It seems the Jaguar F-Type is due for replacement within the next few years, and the direction of Jag’s sport coupe might take a turn towards ‘super’. At least in its engine layout.
Ian Callum, formerly the man leading Jaguar’s design team, has revealed that he and his successor have laid out a road map for the brand’s next sports car.
Callum and Jaguar’s new design director, Julian Thompson, had apparently set plans for the F-Type’s successor to be ‘quite close’ to the C-X75, Callum told British publication Autocar.
“There’s still a formula within Jaguar for a front-mid-engined car. I have a preference for mid-engined cars. It’s certainly something I would like to see.”
Though the F-Type’s current engine would be unlikely to survive a shift to a mid-engine layout, given the C-X75 was originally designed with a turbine-assisted battery hybrid system, then a twin-charged (turbo and super) 1.6-litre petrol four with two electric motors.
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If the C-X75 is the direction Jaguar decides to take the ‘next F-Type’, it’s possible a fully electric drivetrain could even be on the cards.
But, for now, the same engine options remain, with very V8-sounding prototypes having been spotted testing at the Nürburgring numerous times within the last few months, and heavily camouflaged enough to signify a significant update is nearing completion.
Before the current generation F-Type wraps up in a couple of years (we expect), it’s also possible the coupe will run on BMW power in its V8 iteration.
A 4.4-litre twin-turbo F-Type? We’ll have to wait and see.