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Old 04-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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A new generation of Jaguar model names will be introduced at the New York motor show later today when the company confirms production of a £50k-plus two-seat sports car based on the C-X16 concept.

The name of the new car remains top secret, but Autocar understands it will be announced at a press conference at the New York motor show at around 17.30 UK time tonight.

The New York announcement will also confirm that the new sports car will initially be sold as an open-top two-seater, rather than in the coupé form of the C-X16 concept. It should go on sale in mid-2013.

The decision to launch a roadster first is believed to be because Jaguar is keen to get the car to market as soon as possible. A coupé is expected to follow around a year later.

The powertrain for the launch vehicle is expected be a 375bhp, 332lb ft supercharged 3.0-litre V6 mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The V6 is new and has been developed from the latest V8, partly to give the company an entry-level, tax-busting engine in China.

In New York, Jaguar will also emphasise again that the two-seater will feature a stiffer chassis tune and crisper steering than the larger XK 2+2 to make it more of a focused driver’s car. Previously, global brand director Adrian Hallmark has commented that the driving manners of the two-seater will start where the XKR-S, the most driver-focused XK, stops.

The introduction of new names signals the overhaul of a system that stretches back to the era of Jaguar co-founder Sir William Lyons, and which has become increasingly confused as the marque’s model range has expanded.

The new naming strategy will solve a significant problem for the manufacturer - which previous owner Ford also grappled with - that the number of X-plus-a-letter combinations available is
much too limited.

Some, such as XD, which was floated as a possible moniker for the stillborn early-2000s mid-engined two-seater, sound more like a diesel designation, while XS is already a well used trim level. The logic of the system is also compromised by Jaguar’s flagship saloon, the XJ, which sits in the middle of the alphabet, limiting the number of letters for other models.

That’s why, with Ford in control, the ‘S-type’ name was resurrected from the 1960s and why the Mondeo-based small saloon had to be the X-type.
Hallmark told Autocar last year that the previous naming system deterred some new customers, particularly those in China and other emerging markets, but owner Tata and the new JLR management team have finally addressed the problem.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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I am sorry to hear that the coupe is delayed a year beyond the initial convertible offering.

I hope it is every bit as drop-dead-gorgeous as the CX16.

Unfortunately, it seems to be going with an automatic-only which is a bad move not to offer a manual, even worse if it isn't even an automated-clutch gearbox. Torque converters SUCK.

It is bad enough that the XK8 has no clutch-based gearbox... if this dedicated sports car doesn't... it is even worse.

It would be about par for the course for the most gorgeous sports car slated to come out, would come out with an automatic-only drivetrain, without any semblance of a clutch, automated, or manual.
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i agree with you on that one. the only hope for a clutch is that they say it's trying to be a focused 'driver's car' that picks up where the XKR-S stops. do you know if the XKR-S is offered with a stick?
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #4
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None of the XK coupes, not even the R or R-S are manuals. none. I like the XKR, other than the automatic-only thing. XKR-S is a bit too much on the styling for not much performance difference than the more gracious looking XKR.

Very few to no Aston Martins are offered with a stick, either. I don't think there are any ferraris, except maybe California, with a stick, no Lambos, and not MP4-12C... but at least those are automated-clutch, and don't rely on a torque-sapping torque converter.

I was hoping that if Jag wanted to take on Z4-M, and Boxster/Cayman, with this new car, that they would offer a gearbox choice, or at least an automated-clutch setup, not a torque converter-based gearbox.

Porsche still gets it right. Manual or PDK choice. No torque converters, and the manual isn't extinct.

8 gears on a modest-weight, 6-cylinder performance car is kind of ridiculous anyway. why should it need more than 6 well-chosen ratios?

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Will it have a real name or some lame code like FU53?
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Will it have a real name or some lame code like FU53?
it'll just be FU
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Reported.

F-type.

As in successor to E-type.
(even though E-type was a nickname for XKE, and there are current cars bearing the XK nomenclature.)

Hope it looks and drives great, even if I don't agree with the gearbox part of the plan.
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Jaguar FUUUUUUU


It's a name that resonates with younger buyers.
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Reported.

F-type.

As in successor to E-type.
(even though E-type was a nickname for XKE, and there are current cars bearing the XK nomenclature.)

Hope it looks and drives great, even if I don't agree with the gearbox part of the plan.
It was E-Type in Britain, and XK-E here.
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