New Jaguar F-Type to make UK debut

The stunning Jaguar F-Type concept car, the two-seat successor to the legendary E-Type, will appear as a prototype at the popular event this year in the grounds of Goodwood House.

The roadster will be tested on the iconic hill climb, where a prototype using either a supercharged V6 or V8 engine – the choices it will be offered with when it goes on sale.

It means Jaguar can test its new roadster on the tricky corners and narrow roads of the hill climb prior to the full production version’s launch in 2013.

Sitting below the Jaguar XK in the range, the Jaguar F-Type is a spiritual successor to a host of iconic British sports cars from the manufacturer.

These include the E-Type, a car once described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful in the world thanks to its curved lines and sleek body shape.

The new model is set to add equipment, safety and luxury to the roadster market, says Jaguar.

This includes a lightweight build using modern technology including aluminium to reduce weight and improve performance in the roadster.

Based on the stunning C-X16 concept car revealed in 2011, the F-Type will come with a fabric roof initially but a coupe version with a fixed roof is expected to follow.

It will be built in the UK at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory, joining the likes of the Jaguar XJ luxury saloon, Jaguar XF executive saloon and Jaguar XK coupe on the UK production lines.

Jaguar F-Type prices have not been revealed – a full production model of the car has still not arrived – but its appearance at Goodwood proves Jaguar is close to creating a finished model.

When it arrives, the new Jaguar F-Type will be available to buy at Perrys Jaguar of Huddersfield.