With the F-type, Jaguar finally evokes the spirit of its late, great E-type sport car. Can it really justify the mantle?
What is the Jaguar F-type?
Everyone is talking about the F-type being the spiritual successor to the classic E-type - after all, it is an old-school two-seat pure sports car that will slot in as a more affordable model than Jaguar's existing XK.
But the F-type is in reality very much its own car with modern technology under the skin. It will have rear-wheel drive, as all sports cars of this calibre do.
The new cat in town will feature all-aluminium construction and will launch as a two-seat convertible, with a coupe version likely to follow later. Only a disguised prototype has been revealed prior to the F-type's Paris Motor Show debut in September 2012, but the C-X16 concept car gives a good indication of how the new F-type will look.
What's it up against?
As a more affordable two-seat sports car, the F-type will compete with the Porsche Boxster in basic form, and nudge into Porsche 911 territory at the top end.
What engines will be fitted to the Jaguar F-type?
The entry level will be a 3.0-litre V6 with 335bhp. A 375bhp version of the V6 will be the next step up, while a new version of Jaguar's existing 5.0-litre V8 from the XF will be offered with something in the region of 450bhp. All engines will have start-stop technology and be paired up with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
When will the Jaguar F-type go on sale?
After its September 2012 Paris Motor Show public debut, customers will be able to get their hands on an F-type from the summer of 2013.
How much will the F-type cost?
We'd expect the base 3.0 V6 to cost around £55,000. At the top end, expect a price tag in excess of £70,000.