Jaguar has officially shown their new F-Type to the public here at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. During our visit of the Jaguar stand we came across the brand new 380hp Jaguar F-Type S, the fastest V6-powered model in the new F-Type lineup.
The two-seater, convertible sports car is focused on performance, agility and driver involvement and features Jaguar’s new 3.0 liter V6 engine producing 380 horsepower. The powerplant produces the greatest specific power output of any Jaguar engine to date: 127hp per liter. The F-Type S completes its 0-100km/h time in 4.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 275km/h.
The V6 engine is linked to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission. A centrally mounted joystick-shaped SportShift selector offers full manual sequential control, as do the steering wheel-mounted paddles. If Dynamic Mode is also selected on the Jaguar Drive Controller, the transmission will not automatically shift up at the redline and will only downshift to prevent engine stalling, leaving control fully in the hands of the driver.
The F-Type S has a mechanical differential and an active exhaust system. Valves in the exhaust system open under load from 3,000rpm. An optional Configurable Dynamics programme allows the driver to tailor a number of the dynamic features to personal taste and includes lap timer and G-meter functionality.
Exterior highlights are the frontal Jaguar grille, bi-xenon headlamp lights and integral LED daytime running lights, full LED rear lamps and an active rear spoiler which deploys at speed to reduce lift by up to 120kg. The roofless sports car rides on 19 inch wheels and has a twin center tailpipe treatment in a nod to past Jaguar sports cars.
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