Jaguar builds a mid-engined supercarSeptember 2, 2018
Most of the leading automakers have supercars in the product line, although Jaguar is not among them, but is already working on correcting the situation.
The first supercar Jaguar was the XJ220. It was introduced in 1991 and cost 413 thousand pounds sterling. Its ideological successor was to be the C-X75, equipped with a 778-strong hybrid powerplant, but due to the global economic crisis that began in 2012, the company refused to produce a supercar.
True, Jaguar was not going to abandon the intention to produce a high-performance sports car and, as it became known to the edition of Auto Express, the company is already working on a radical replacement of the F-Type. The details are not disclosed yet, but the magazine reports that the model will receive a mid-engine layout, the name J-Type and will be launched on the market in 2022.
The future novelty of Jaguar is supposed to create competition for high-end models, including supercar McLaren. Top engineers working on the project, said Auto Express, that the car is comparable in performance to Honda / Acura NSX.
It would seem a strange choice, because few people consider the NSX to be the benchmark among the modern models in this segment, but the “Japanese” is the only hybrid in its class, which J-Type will have such a power plant. The publication reports that most likely it will be based on the gasoline V6, which will be supported by at least two electric motors. That is, the car will have a four-wheel drive and power from 550 hp.
Undoubtedly, in the era of hypercars, the capacity of which is 1 000 hp each. and above, all this does not sound impressive, but the Jaguar supercar will, for example, be more powerful than the Audi R8, and still be able to compete with the McLaren 570S. But, let’s not “guess on the coffee grounds”, we will wait for more detailed information.
In the spring, it also became known that Jaguar is working on a large crossover, which should compete with Porsche Cayenne and Maserati Levante.