A high-performance Jaguar F-type, with a range-topping model to be powered by a 600-horsepower supercharged V-8, is being considered by the brand’s engineers. As of now, it is believed the car is in the planning stages, and if it goes on sale, it would be the most powerful Jaguar in the company’s lineup. Although it would have the same engine as the XJR and XKR-S, the horsepower would definitely be stretched past the 542 hp in those models.
More limited-series vehicles are set to be built with no more than 50 units, as Jaguar sees them more as test subjects than mainstream vehicles. “Clearly, building a run of 30 to 50 exclusive GTs isn’t going to have any impact on the fortunes of the company in sales terms, but the importance of these projects lies in the knowledge they give us,” said Adrian Hallmark of Jaguar in a recent interview with U.K. publication Autocar.
The possible new F-type isn’t set to reach the production stages until 2016, but a prototype may make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This festival is where Jaguar tends to show off new projects ahead of the proposed schedule, as seen last year when the company previewed an F-type one-off driven by Jaguar’s Mike Cross.
Plans to enter the hypercar field with the C-X75 concept car were dismissed, but there is still a chance the company may go back to that plan. Right now, Jaguar is focusing on its existing lineup as they are more marketable in the short term. The Engineered To Order (ETO) division of Jaguar Land Rover will now be developing the vehicles with the GT badge, as well as stepping up to take on more responsibility as the company expands.
More versions of the F-type are in the works, along with the GT, with sporting Jaguars now developed under the R, R-S, and GT brands. GT versions will be limited, with the R version being more mainstream than the R-S performance models. These F-type versions are highly anticipated, but it isn’t likely that the F-type will be the next vehicle to receive the GT badge.