Jaguar have unveiled the all-new F-Type convertible, the successor to the original E-Type, which was described as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’.
Jaguar to unveil F-Type in Paris
The original E-Type was such a languidly lined curvaceous thing of beauty that when Enzo Ferrari first saw it he exclaimed it the most beautiful car ever made and he, of all people, should now. SO with a legacy like that to uphold it was with a frenzy of anticipation and trepidation that the motor world got their first glimpse of the ‘new most beautiful car ever made’.
The images released by Jaguar don’t take the breath away in the way you imagine it should. Distinctly lacking a paint job they’ve chosen to present it with a sort of crazy ‘F’ motif pattern not unlike the seat cover of bus (wherever in name of all that is holy they come from). It has a lot more in common with the current line of Jaguar motors which seem to have abandoned their once, dreamily romantic aesthetic and plumbed for something more pragmatically German in appearance. That’s all very well, but if we want a Mercedes there are no shortage of Mercedes dealers will to part us from our hard-earned.
The E-Type had flowing lines and a body that sat daintily on four wheels with it’s tail coquettishly in the air, the F-Type hugs the road has a wide nose and brow and holds it rear slightly up as if an ascender in the upstroke of the designer’s pen. The ‘flourish’ in the design in this car is like an after thought as if a German designer decided to design a car like an Italian.
We will probably be able to better evaluate when the real thing is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday. But if the E-Type was the symbol of the swinging sixties, the F-Type is the symbol of economic austerity and end-user experience over fantasy. It will be offered as a rear-wheel-drive convertible with the choice of three engines: 340-hp and 380-hp versions of Jaguar’s new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a new derivative of its supercharged 5.0-liter V8.
We want our breath to be taken away, but we won’t hold our breath.
By Hugo Mc Cafferty
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