New F-Type Variant Could Be a Club Sport Racer Based on R Coupe

Jaguar definitely has a good thing on its hands with the F-Type coupe. However, not wanting to rest on its laurels, the Brits are currently figuring out even more versions of the car that's making them famous, just like Porsche does with its 911 series. One will come out once every 18 months and the next could be a hardcore racer, a bit like the GT2 but with a bit of 60's zing to it.
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A report from Motoring magazine suggests the F-Type Club Sport is being developed based on the bones of the R Coupe, but with up to 200 kilograms of mass shaved off the admittedly big boned 1,665 kilogram mass. Sounds like the the production version of the Project 7 speedster, but with a roof to keep the rain out.

To shave that much weight off the F-Type R Coupe, Jaguar engineers are leaving no aluminum or steel piece unchanged. Engineers plan on adding carbon fiber seats as well as a myriad of carbon fiber body panels, some of them visible.

More aggressive styling will be breed into the coupe, admittedly justified considering a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds or less is being targeted. Power will of course come from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill, which currently sits at 550 HP (404 kW) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft). Ian Callum, the company's famous design director, has hinted a more powerful version with 600 HP is possible.

The F-Type Club Sport would only make sense financially if a production run of 500 units or higher is approved. That's just a drop in the ocean compared to all the GT3 out there, but if only one ever outruns the competition it would be a huge marketing victory for the British underdogs.

Have your say: Should Jaguar make a car as light as a BMW M3 and more powerful than a 911 Turbo S or are they better off improving on design, quality and luxury?
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