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The Jaguar F-Type range will expand to include even more hardcore models to fight it out with the Porsche 911, CarAdvice has learned.

At the launch of the all-new Jaguar XF ahead of the 2015 New York auto show, Jaguar global brand director Steven De Ploey told CarAdvice that the British brand has every intention to expand the F-Type line-up to offer as much choice as Porsche does with its expansive (21-model) 911 range.

“Expect more,” De Ploey said. “They [Porsche] have anything from a C2 [Carrera] up to a Turbo S – so that’s the kind of breadth of capability we want to achieve as well. Have your pick.”

Jaguar F-Type R-S 3

De Ploey said the brand has made its intentions clear with the 2016 update for the F-Type, which included the addition of all-wheel drive and a manual gearbox option for some models.

“We introduced the all-wheel drive which is critical to expand the reach here in the US, where a lot of states – unless you have the all-wheel drive – you’re simply not selling,” he said. “Lots of overseas markets – Russia, for example – if you have no all-wheel drive you’re not going anywhere.”

That surmises why all-wheel drive was critical, but De Ploey said the manual derivative also proved crucial in luring more buyers – with different budgets – to the brand.

Jaguar F-Type R-S 6

“The introduction of the manual, obviously we had more for the purist driver but it also gives you a lower entry-point to the F-Type range,” De Ploey said.

“And clearly we’re – as you’ve picked up from the rumours – we’re looking up other variants. But if you say you’re going to be the performance brand of choice, if you just look at the 911 range or the Cayman range, there’s a lot more there for selected buyers that we still can go at.”

“So, expect more,” he said.

Jaguar F-Type R-S 8

Going on these spy shots from our European photographers, a new hard-edged F-Type Roadster – which could be an R-S or SVR model mule – is likely to be the next cab off the rank.

The car seen in these images while undergoing testing at the Nurburgring doesn’t have its production body work just yet – expect a more aggressive front bumper – but there’s clearly a unique rear spoiler that will work to differentiate it from the rest of the range.

It also appears the rear has seen a new diffuser added, while behind its large wheels there are carbon ceramic brakes – which are currently available as an option.

Jaguar F-Type R-S 1

Under the bonnet, there’s said to be a reworked version of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, possibly with as much as 450kW of power and more than 700Nm of torque. Currently the F-Type R has 404kW and peak torque is rated at 680Nm.

Stay tuned for more.




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