Jaguar F-Type Takes on Goodwood

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Normally automobile prototypes are kept in secret and camouflaged to hide their form when in public. Remember the we blogged about last week?

Jaguar F-Type Takes on Goodwood

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.

Jaguar F-Type Takes on Goodwood

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.

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