A prototype of what is believed to be the as-yet-unconfirmed Jaguar F-Type R-S coupe has been spied lapping Germany's Nurburgring.
Our trackside shooter says the brakes, with cross-drilled rotors, appear identical to those helping to stop the hardcore, track-focused Jaguar XKR-S GT. The images also show the prototype with its front side air intakes blocked off and covered in camouflage.
Highlighting the advantages of less weight and greater rigidity, De Ploey said, “…clearly we could stretch the edges with such a car [F-Type coupe] more than we could do with a convertible car”.
With a fixed aluminium roof confirmed to replace the F-Type convertible’s fabric drop-top and further weight expected to be saved as a result of it not requiring extra body reinforcement, the coupe should be significantly lighter than its circa-1600kg sibling.
Furthering the likelihood of an F-Type R-S coupe eventuating into a production model, De Ploey also confirmed that the leaping cat brand is committed to future ‘R’ performance models across its range to challenge the likes of BMW’s M Division, Audi’s Quattro GmbH and Mercedes-Benz AMG.
De Ploey said the F-Type is “the most obvious” candidate for all three R, R-S and R-S GT tiers of its performance arm, specifically highlighting the F-Type as a model that would be the perfect platform to expand and exploit the performance range.
“It’s the most likely car on which to do it [R, R-S and GT],” De Ploey said.