Normally automobile prototypes are kept in secret and camouflaged to hide their form when in public. Remember the we blogged about last week?
Not so with Jaguar. The British automaker wants very badly for us to know that it is developing the F-Type, its first true 2-seat sports car since the E-Type. In fact, last weekend Jag sent the convertible up the hill at the in front of crowded grandstands. None too subtle. The F-Type was still camoed, but well labeled so there was no mistaking what it was.
It was driven by Mike Cross, Jaguar's Head of Vehicle Integrity – a fancy name for a wonderful driver who could make marks in a drifting contest.
Being July, the F-Type's run up the hill came about one year before Jaguar publically debuts the production F-Type. We know the fundamental shape is that of the C-X16 concept debuted at last year's Frankfurt Auto Show and we've been promised the production car will be little changed.
The engine will be a supercharged V-6 or a V-8, and as the C-X16 was shown as a hybrid that's also a future possibility. Could depend on what Porsche does, as the German company seem to be Jag's target with the F-Type. Jaguar has said it is planning to price the car between Porsche's 911 and Boxster, so let's figure the F-Type starting between $65,000-$70,000.
And plan that at next year's Festival of Speed Mike Cross will likely be driving a non-camo F-Type up the hill.