If you have your eye on a 2014 Jaguar F-Type, you may have to get in line – the leaping cat has already received some 2000 pre-orders for the new roadster according to a new report.
The F-Type doesn’t go on sale until next year, but What Car? has reported that Jaguar has already accepted 2000 pre-orders for the car. That’s a pretty substantial number, as Adrian Hallmark – Jag’s global brand director – told WC that the brand expects to move some 10,000 F-Types per year in the U.K. once full production gets rolling, and between 6000 and 7000 in 2013.
Jaguar has yet to release sales targets for the U.S. markets, but we expect it to be below the 10,000 pegged for Britain; Jaguar has sold just 10,249 cars in the first 10 months of 2012 between its XF, XJ, and XK model lines. Further, the British marque is aiming the F-Type squarely at the Porsche 911 and Boxster, and Mercedes-Benz SLK. Those cars sold 7244, 2052, and 3723 copies in the U.S. through October of this year, respectively. However, both the Boxster and the SLK have lower base prices than the Jag: the 2014 F-Type will start at $69,000, whereas the Porsche Boxster starts at $50,450 and the six-cylinder Mercedes SLK350 retails for $56,305. The Porsche 911 runs some $14,050 more than the base F-Type. (All prices listed include destination.)
The 2014 F-Type will be offered with three different powertrains when it goes on sale here – two six-cylinders and one eight-cylinder. The base F-Type model will use a supercharged V-6 rated at 340 hp; stepping up to the F-Type S will add another 40 hp; the top-spec F-Type V8 S churns 495 hp from a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. All three powertrain options use an eight-speed automatic to send power to the rear wheels.
Source: What Car?