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Jaguar's new F-type revealed ahead of Paris motor show

JAGUAR has released the first official picture of its new F-type ahead of the car's debut at the Paris motor show next week.

Jaguar has issued the first official picture of its Paris motor show star and the successor to the legendary E-type, the new F-type.

The image, which has been released by Jaguar after it was leaked on a US website, shows three F-type convertibles displaying a range of colour and wheel options.

Jaguar has confirmed that the rear-wheel-drive F-type will be powered by a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with 335- or 374bhp. An updated version of the company's supercharged 5.0-litre V8 will also be available, and all engines will be combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The image shows that the front of the car has stuck with the styling of the C-X16 coupé concept that Jaguar displayed at last year's Frankfurt motor show, with a wide grille flanked by twin cooling slats either side.

Prices are yet to be announced, but it is rumoured that the range will start from about £55,000 when the F-type goes on sale in the spring.

By Chris Knapman Telegraph.co.uk