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Jaguar F-Type: The cat’s finally out of the bag

Published September 28, 2012

Jaguar has been the teasing the automotive world for decades with periodic hints of building a spiritual successor to the legendary E-type sports car.

Finally it is here, and Wheels got an exclusive peek at the 2014 Jaguar F-Type prior to its official debut at the Paris Auto Show.

Fittingly, the new two-seat roadster (a coupe version will follow) was unveiled at Musée Rodin in Paris. Since most of Jag design director Ian Callum’s work can be classified as rolling sculpture, the F-Type looked quite at home among the large Rodin bronzes.

Built on next-gen aluminum architecture drawn from bigger brother XK, the F-Type casts a smaller shadow and doesn’t stray much from the Jaguar C-X16 concept that made the auto show rounds this year.

This is a good thing.

There’s no question this new roadster is a Jaguar. Initial impressions are of a flowing, sensual design that hints to the past but also looks contemporary.

Shark-like gills on either side of the forward-canted grille lead the eye to the sweeping flanks that culminate in the classic “Callum” muscular rear haunches that any Jaguar sports car worth its Whiskas must have. The horizontal rear lights are a nod to the E-type.

Arriving in Canada spring of 2013, the F-Type roadster will come in three different flavours.

The base model is powered by an all new 3.0L direct-injection supercharged V6 making 340 hp.

The mid-spec F-Type S uses the same engine boosted to 380 hp, and for those seeking a more feral feline experience, the F-Type V8 S boasts a version of Jaguar’s 5.0L supercharged V8 making 495 hp.

All are fitted with a ZF eight-speed auto. S models get active exhaust, limited slip differentials and adaptive damping.

The fabric, powered top folds in 12 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h, and the deck lid has a deployable spoiler.

No pricing has been announced, but the F-Type’s entry point should be somewhere between the Porsche Boxster S and 911 Carrera, which in Canada run $69,500 and $93,700, respectively.

The all new Range Rover was introduced at the Paris show. This is the fourth generation of the vehicle that started the whole premium SUV ball rolling back in 1970, and while the 2014 RR looks mildly evolutionary when compared to the outgoing model, underneath it is revolutionary.

This is the world’s first all-aluminum SUV and it has shed 420 kg.

Despite the Weight Watchers regimen, it is the largest Range Rover yet — its improved packaging has liberated an additional 120 mm of rear leg room.

It’s sleeker, more modern and the lower roofline is enhanced with flush side glazing. If you thought the Rangie’s interior was nice before, this model is even more luxurious, featuring richer materials and simplified design.

Jaguar/RR’s new 3.0L supercharged V6 will be available along with the V8 models. And for those who want to brag about off-road cred, this new Range Rover has more wheel articulation, improved approach and departure angles and can wade in water up to 900 mm deep.

No pricing yet, but we’ll see it in December.

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