Jaguar has confirmed that it intends to build 250 examples of the 2013 F-Type Project 7 concept car for sale to the public, using its Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team to handle the assembly of the custom two-seat roadster. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the LeMans-winning Jaguar D-type race car, the F-Type Project 7 features handmade carbon- fiber aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension, as well as the most powerful engine Jaguar has ever put in a car: a 575-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight- speed automatic transmission. Jaguar says it will propel the Project 7 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, making it the fastest car Jaguar has ever produced.
Several high-performance features will be standard on the Project 7, including carbon- ceramic brakes, a torque vectoring system and race-inspired seats. The only roof will be a stowable fabric strip that stretches from the top of the windshield and accommodates the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver's head. It will be fully road-legal, however, and even features a trunk that holds 7 cubic feet of luggage.
The first examples of the new Project 7 will be delivered to customers in mid-2015, and it will make its public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England on Thursday. Pricing has not yet been announced.
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A bout of sunny weather coincided with a bumper crop of test convertibles this spring — our drive of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata was followed by a stint in the droptop version of Jaguar's newest car, the F-Type. We tested the 495-horsepower, supercharged V-8 model of the rear-wheel-drive soft-top roadster in eye-popping Italian Racing Red, matching its eye-popping $103,820 sticker price after options and destination.
Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder called this cat "a tour de force of eager power, engaging dynamics and head-turning looks." Click here for the full review and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Forget kid in a candy store; these "kids" got to spend the day someplace much sweeter: the racetrack. The Cars.com Editorial team took its annual pilgrimage to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Midwest Automotive Media Association's spring rally.
With two days of track, street and off-road driving and nearly 100 cars available for testing, there were plenty of favorites from the event. Continue below for a gallery of the highlights.
With the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, the British luxury automaker returns to the pure-sports-car game after a decades-long absence. Is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder impressed enough by its Darth Vader-inspired visage and 4.2-second zero-to-60-mph sprint to welcome Jaguar back with open arms? Watch the video.
Our First Look featuring the 2015 Subaru Outback made its way up front on this week's list of most-watched videos, while a crop of newcomers led by the 2014 Jaguar F-Type Exhaust Note rounded out the top five. Check out what else was popular.
Debuting at No. 1 this week on our list of most-watched videos is our overview of the Cars.com $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge. Watch as expert judges from Cars.com, "MotorWeek" and USA Today, along with a real-life family, rank their favorites among the contenders. Filling out the middle of the list are a trio of videos from "MotorWeek," including list newcomers the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI and 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S. Check out what else was popular.
There isn't one body line, curve or crease that looks out of place on the Jaguar F-Type coupe. The way the roofline stretches back into the rear deck and the rear fenders jut out over the wheels is perfect enough to make you forget the F-Type first debuted as a convertible.
Ogling the F-Type coupe is like looking at an entirely new car.
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