New Jaguar F-Type will be 'perfectly balanced'

The sports car was revealed in full to the public for the first time ever last week, in a presentation hosted during the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

One of the key challenges faced by engineers when creating a new performance-focused car is finding ways to save weight and find a near perfect weight distribution, as close to 50:50 as possible for the model.

Speaking at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the vehicle line director for Jaguar, Ian Hoban, revealed the obsessive lengths the company’s engineers went to achieving a near perfect balance on the new two-seater F-Type.

Hoban commented: ‘We wanted to get the weight distribution as close to 50:50 as we could to get the handling balance right and after shaving 5kg off the front subframe by making it in aluminium instead of steel as usual, we also found we could lighten the front still further by moving the washer bottle to the back of the car so we mounted it just behind the rear bumper’.

It was also revealed by Hoban that the Jaguar F-Type has a balance of 52:48, but with a passenger and driver aboard, this moves even closer to the desired balance, thanks in large part where the washer bottle is placed.

The Jaguar F-Type will be sold in three specifications, with engine options including a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol unit, capable of producing 335bhp or 375bhp.

The range-topping F-Type S is also available with a 488bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine. With the V8 the Jaguar F-Type can cover the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 186mph.

The Jaguar F-Type will go on sale at Perrys Jaguar Dealership in Huddersfield during mid-2013, with prices starting at £58,500.