The cat is out of the bag. The Jaguar F-Type, one of the most highly anticipated unveilings of next week’s Paris motor show, has been leaked online completely undisguised in full production trim.
The single official image, which was posted onto the Facebook page of prominent automotive spy photographer Chris Doane, reveals the front three-quarters of three uniquely specified F-Type roadsters, giving us our first clean look at the new compact British sports car.
As expected, the design of the Jaguar F-Type remains largely faithful to the Jaguar C-X16 concept, which previewed the production car just over one year ago at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.
Retained are the twin side air intakes in the lower section of the front bumper, which sit either side of the chrome edged black mesh grille that sports a prominent Jaguar badge above a solid black bar.
The front splitter and bonnet vents have a high-gloss black finish, while a stylised vent behind the front wheel arch contrasts in chrome.
The full details of the Jaguar F-Type, including the rear-end styling and powertrain details, will be revealed in Paris in seven days’ time – barring any additional leaks.
The F-Type’s second public appearance will take place in Sydney at the 2012 Australian international motor show in October, where local specifications and prices are expected to be announced ahead of the car’s local launch around the middle of 2013.
The Jaguar F-Type will be available with the choice of three supercharged petrol engines from launch: 250kW and 280kW tunes of the brand’s all-new 3.0-litre V6 and an uprated version of its existing 5.0-litre V8.