Jaguar has plans to start work on the R-S version of the recently announced coupe version of the F-Type. While standard hard top version is based on the convertible model of the F-Type which was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Expo, the pumped up model is expected to inherit some of the engine technology developed for the canned 900bhp C-X75 hybrid supercar.
The F-Type couple R-S is likely to be powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-litre petrol engine clubbed with multiple electric motors from the C-X75. The hybrid technology is expected to offer the performance version an ability to touch speeds in excess of 320kmph. The design language is also expected to be in the lines of the hybrid supercar and may flaunt the French racing blue paint scheme reserved for all of the brand’s flagship sports car models like the XKR-S.
Jaguar has officially announced that the launch date of the F-Type roadster is July 8; it will get the 3.0-litre V6 mill that produces 380PS and 460Nm of torque as well as the top of the line 5.0-litre supercharged V8 mill that produces 495PS and 625Nm of torque. Both variants will get the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
The F-Type rivals the 911 variants and the proposed R-S version will lock horns with the 911 Turbo S, but it won’t go into production until at least 2016. The F-Type coupe on the other hand will be available in India next year as a CBU, just like most other Jaguar models.