If it seems as if Jaguar’s recently announced F-type has been the subject of an inordinate amount of attention lately, please try to understand: Cat fans have been waiting nearly forty years for the spiritual successor of the legendary E-type.
Rumors of a truly British sporting convertible have been circulating ever since the comparatively bloated XJ-S replaced the E-type back in 1975, long enough for many devotees of the Cat brand to give up hope entirely. Now that it’s actually happening, Jaguar is squeezing as much excitement out of the pending reveal as possible. At the New York auto show earlier this month, Jag teased us with a surprise display featuring a trio of F-type predecessors to coincide with the F-type’s official announcement. But we still haven’t seen it in its final production form.
Compared to the images of the F-type in its “F” themed camouflage, the most noticeable difference in this rendering is the dramatically reduced center crossbar in the grille and the presence of deeply scalloped air vents in the front fascia. Hood vents are clearly portrayed, and the A-pillars appear in body color rather than black as in the camouflaged images.* Sculpted cutouts—that may or not be intended as air vents or hood release latches—located below the hood-line-seam in front of the passenger doors pay homage to similar features found on C- and D-types as well as other iconic British makes. A large Cat badge in the grille prevents anyone from mistaking the F-type as anything but a Jaguar.