Forecourt Update: Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7
New model is inspired by the legendary D-type
What Is it?
The F-TYPE Project 7 is the most powerful production car in Jaguar's history.
It is also the most “performance focussed” version of the F-TYPE Roadster.
250 will be hand built by the manufacturer’s Special Operations Team, with first delivery in the middle of 2015.
The “Project 7” name pays homage to the manufacturer's seven wins at Le Mans. Furthermore, the styling incorporates elements from the D-Type that took three of the victories.
The most notable similarity is the large, asymmetrical, hump that is mounted behind the driver.
Jaguar says the look is the “perfect contemporary embodiment of the D-type that inspired it”.
What Are The Engine Options?
The F-Type Project 7 is powered by a 5.0-litre V8, 575PS/680Nm, petrol engine. This propels it to 62mph in 3.8 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 186mph.
Jaguar emphasises that the vehicle “is fast” and “uses all the key technologies we’ve proven on F-TYPE R Coupé to deliver absolute immediacy of response to all driver inputs”.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via 8-speed automatic transmission. It incorporates paddles behind the wheel that enable the driver to – optionally - select gears manually. The Project 7 also has different automatic shifting points than tamer versions of the car.
The engine is reined-in by carbon ceramic brakes that have 398mm front and 380mm rear discs, and are teamed to multi-piston callipers. Jaguar says they offer “fade free braking”.
What Are The Trim Options?
Just the one, “Project 7”. Standard equipment includes Torque Vectoring that applies braking force to individual wheels to sharpen the car’s line through corners. Furthermore, the Adaptive Dynamics system controls vertical movement, roll and pitch by monitoring the “attitude of the car on the road”. Dampers automatically adjust to optimise stability.
Project 7 also has bespoke, Special Vehicle Operations, suspension for optimal handling.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
It has lightweight, race-inspired, bucket seats finished with a quilted diamond racing pattern. Four-point racing harnesses are available as an accessory. The interior also has carbon-fibre veneer inserts on the central console and aluminium gear shift paddles.
The Project 7 is available in 5 colours: Ultra Blue, Italian Racing Red and British Racing Green (optional white decals), and Ultimate Black and Glacier White (with grey decals).
How Much Is It?
F-TYPE Project 7 prices start at £135,000.