Since its arrival in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type sports car has been a thing of much desire. Available in either open- or closed-top variants, and a range of engine options, more than 4,600 examples were sold in 2015 alone. That makes it one of the best-selling cars the company has ever built. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.
Speaking with Road & Track at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, design director Ian Callum divulged a few details about the upcoming new model. Most significantly, the proposal that it could go from a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, to instead a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, giving it a more "cab-forward look."
"It's time we're changing the proportion of the car," Callum said. "It's something that's been in my mind for years and years. It's really born out of the fact that we all love mid-engine supercars."
A new mid-engine layout would be a first for Jaguar, and put the F-Type even more directly in competition with cars like the Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 570S, all of which used the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup from the start. Though Callum didn’t give much detail in the way of performance, one would expect it to trounce the currently available range of options, including the range-topping, 575-horsepower (428-kilowatt) F-Type SVR.
Even more interestingly, though, Callum brought up the idea of an electric sports car fresh on the heels of the debut of the new I-Pace electric SUV. "I think we're going to have to build an electric sports car. Not to say the next one will be electric, but inevitably we will.”
No word on when a new F-Type could hit the market, but we expect it to be a dramatic departure from the current generation when it does make its appearance.
Source: Road & Track