REPORTS OUT OF EUROPE today suggest that Jaguar is considering a Porsche Boxster-rivalling convertible, harking back to the legendary Jaguar C-Type built in a limited run of just 52 examples between 1951 and 1953.
According to the sleuths at British automotive mag Auto Express, the C-Type would draw on the styling of the Ian Callum penned Jaguar XK and would be powered by either a 175kW 3.0 litre V6, or an autobahn-storming 285kW 5.0 litre V8.
The C-Type?s powerful engines would be paired with Jaguar?s six-speed automatic gearbox, with wheel-mounted gear paddles.
Auto Express says that, like the Jaguar XK, the strictly two-seater C-Type would feature an aluminium monocoque body with extruded panels for optimum weight-saving and rigidity, including an electric-folding soft-top to avoid the weight of a folding hardtop.
With that light body, Auto Express reckons the 3.0 litre V6 C-Type would hit 100km/h in just over seven seconds, while the 5.0 litre V8 would knock over the ton in around five seconds.
With the Tata-owned Jaguar currently trying to secure financial aid from the UK Government, it remains to be seen how much stock one can put into talk of a new Boxster-rivalling Jaguar.
But according to Auto Express, Jaguar is looking long and hard at the idea, with a potential 2012 production date on the cards.
[via Auto Express]