Images of first Special Ops Jaguar model appear ahead of global Goodwood unveiling.
We reported yesterday that the Special Operations skunkworks at Jaguar Land Rover planned to reveal its first car at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, but it seems we're getting an early look at the new model through images leaked online.
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As we tipped, the new model is a production version of the Project 7 performance concept revealed at Goodwood last year, with the Special Ops tuning arm basing the newcomer on the F-Type.
Named for Jaguar's seven victories at Le Mans, and taking design cues from the legendary D-Type racer that put Jaguar on the Le Mans podium several times, the Project 7 concept has been morphed onto an F-Type -- and brings a sportier bodyki with side skirts, new front splitter and rear diffuser that will aid performance handling.
Details of the engine have not been confirmed, but you could expect to see the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that was carried by the concept and that now powers the F-Type R Coupe. You can also expect this to be a somewhat limited-production halo for the F-Type range and to sit a fair margin above the R Coupe's $219,600 if any of the production run makes it to Australia.
We'll have more news as the Jaguar is officially revealed this weekend at Goodwood, where the brand will also showcase its racing heritage and the 60th anniversary of the D-Type, with the event's famed hillclimb being taken on by a pair of the legendary race cars -- the original 1954 D-type prototype and the later 1956 'Long Nose' model.
Other Jags also tackling the Goodwood Hill be a 'Group 44' E-type, Group-A XJS TWR, the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9 LM, and current model F-Type R Coupé and XFR-S Sportbrake.