Jaguar reportedly hasn’t given up on the idea of a high-performance sports car as Auto Express is reporting the company is working on a radical replacement for the F-Type. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt, but the publication claims the mid-engine model will be launched around 2022 and could wear the J-Type moniker.
At first glance, this seems like the company is working on a closer competitor to the Porsche 718. However, the publication says the car has much higher targets including models from McLaren. Auto Express even quotes “high-ranking technicians working on the project” as saying the car is being benchmarked against the Acura / Honda NSX.
That seems like an odd car to choose, but it’s a natural candidate as the J-Type will reportedly have a hybrid powertrain. Specifications haven’t been finalized, but the publication says the model will likely use a V6 engine as well as at least two electric motors. This setup would give the all-wheel drive car a rumored output of at least 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS).
That doesn’t sound like much in era where hyper cars are producing more than 1500 hp (1118 kW / 1520 PS), but it would make the model more powerful than the entry-level Audi R8. It would also be on par with the McLaren 570S.
Note: Jaguar C-X75 pictured