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Jaguar F-Type makes US debut at the LA Auto Show with a roar

The Jaguar F-Type has some awfully big shoes to fill. The car which first debuted at the Paris Motor Show a couple months ago is, as the name suggests, intended as the spiritual successor to the much-celebrated E-Type. Because of how loved as that car was, and the neat mythic status it enjoys, Jaguar knew they would have to make the F-Type something really special. Well, the car hasn’t even hit dealerships yet but at the car’s US debut at the L.A. Auto Show, the F-Type was shown with a special “black” design pack. This is a collection of black accent pieces for both the interior and exterior.

We can be sure that there will be more of these to come, but the car itself, which will be making its production debut for the 2014 model year, is really quite something on its own. The two-seat sports car will slot in below the XK grand touring car in Jaguar’s lineup. The standard model will come with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 which produces 340 horsepower. The price for this version starts at $69,000, which is $14,000 less than the XK. Next comes the F-Type S, which has the same engine, but is tuned to 380 horsepower and costs $81,000. At the top sits the F-Type V8 S and its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing 495 horsepower. This car costs $92,000, which is starting to get up there. But the good news is that Jaguar doesn’t go quite as crazy with the options lists as some other European brands, and the base prices you see here won’t be too different from what the people buying them end up actually paying.

The F-Type certainly looks good, and the design incorporates some styling cues from the old E-Type. But is it really a worthy successor? I’m still not completely sure one way or the other.

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