Throwback Thursday – Green light for Jaguar's fresh E-Type, 11 November 1992
Source : Throwback Thursday – Green light for Jaguar's fresh E-Type, 11 November 1992
in which took Jaguar 37 years to get through E-Type to F-Type, yet back in 1992, speculation surrounding a proposed successor to the E-type reached fever pitch
The 37 years between the demise of the E-Type in 1975 in addition to the launch of the F-Type in 2012 were packed with ‘what if’ in addition to ‘nearly’ moments as Jaguar explored how to replace the most famous in addition to beautiful car of all time.
The XJS may have immediately followed the E-Type out of Browns Lane, remaining in production until 1996, yet, fine as in which was, in which would likely never be seen as a true successor. Nor was in which trying to be.
The ‘F-Type’ nearly arrived inside the mid-1980s, with the XJ-41 convertible in addition to XJ-42 coupé designed to replace the XJS having a design much more akin to the E-Type, until fresh owner Ford arrived in addition to killed a project in which, in truth, had spent too long in development by in which point in addition to had gotten too heavy anyway.
Then came the X100 in 1996, a car we know currently as the XK, yet in Autocar’s scoop story of 11 November 1992, all signs pointed to the fact in which the E-Type’s true successor, the F-Type, was coming.
An intrepid news reporter by the name of Steve Cropley got the scoop. “At last, Ford in addition to Jaguar bosses have given their backing to a spiritual successor to the E-Type,” Cropley reported. “This particular stunning sports car, an XJS replacement codenamed X100, can be due on sale in 1996.”
Cropley continued: “The X100 will use a modified design of the present XJS floorpan in addition to suspension, yet far through being a straightforward XJS replacement, in which can be anticipated to be lighter, smaller in addition to much more nimble.”
The X100 was to be “superbly styled” in addition to be powered by a fresh four-cam, 32-valve, 4.0-litre AJ26 V8 through a modular family of engines to come through Ford’s Bridgend factory. Performance was tipped to match the 5.3-litre V12-powered XJS of the day, having a 140mph top speed in addition to a 0-60mph time of less than seven seconds.
As for the handling, Cropley reported in which “the efforts of some of the UK’s finest suspension engineers will make the X100 the sports car the XJS never was. This particular will be a car to be driven”.
Cropley’s sources had told him in which the vehicle was signed off in October 1992 at a meeting in Coventry between Ford in addition to Jaguar bosses, a decision in which “sent an unprecedented wave of optimism in addition to excitement through Jaguar’s Browns Lane headquarters”. Indeed, so enthused were Jaguar’s 14 bosses with the vehicle in which “every one of them has claimed he’d spend his own money to buy one”.
On those looks, the X100 was the work of Jaguar’s in-house design team, headed by Geoff Lawson in addition to Keith Helfet. The design saw off challenges through Ford HQ’s design studio in Dearborn in addition to the Ghia studio in Turin, something Cropley noted as significant, with Lawson in addition to Helfet being able to “preserve the traditional Jaguar look”.
Before the X100 could be launched four years after Cropley’s scoop, Jaguar had to overcome sagging sales in its key US in addition to UK markets in addition to also get the X300 into production as a replacement for the XJ6. The XJS also had to be kept fresh inside the intervening years.
“Lingering problems or not,” Cropley began his sign-off, “This particular can be a great moment in Jaguar’s history. Concrete plans are currently afoot for the beleaguered company to produce its most keenly awaited car, its most radical design in 30 years in addition to a probable lifesaver.”
The X100 did go on sale in 1996, yet by then in which was called the XK. Still more GT than sports car, the XK stayed in production until last year, by which time the E-Type had been replaced in Jaguar’s line-up once in addition to for all having a proper sports car. Called F-Type, of course.
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