2021 Jaguar F-Type could go electric - report

Next-generation sports car could also be offered with a BMW V8 engine, covering both eco-friendly and noise-hungry bases.
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The next-generation Jaguar F-Type could become a two-seat, all-electric sports car to rival the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

Autocar understands Jaguar is evaluating whether the next F-Type should be designed as a pure-electric vehicle.

Under the electric-only proposal, the company's designers would have scope to recall the proportions of the venerated E-Type – and the plan would fit with discussions around turning Jaguar into an all-electric marque.

Another option being considered is developing a car capable of offering petrol and electric drivetrain options. Although it might garner more sales, it will result in a more compromised design.

Should Jaguar decide to go down this route, the new F-Type is likely to feature a BMW engine.

With the market for V8 engines drying up, Jaguar Land Rover is expected to source its next-generation of eight-cylinder engines from its Bavarian rival.

Regardless of the underlying drivetrain, it's understood the next F-Type will remain a two-seat vehicle. Although the F-Type began production in 2013, its replacement isn't expected on the scene until 2021 at the earliest.

"Being a specialist car, it will have a longer life than the mainstream models," Ian Callum, head of design for Jaguar Land Rover, told Autocar.

Despite global sales of two-door sports slowing significantly, Callum insists "there will be a future for the F-Type”.