Continental-GT3

Some quick(ish) Paris Motor Show news.

The first night of the PMS seemed to be a bit of a VW night with Lambo, Porsche, Bentley, Audi, Seat, VW and Skoda all launching new cars. But there is good news in all this VAG-ness. Bentley has show a new racecar which meanins they’re going back to Motorsport. Yes!

Not so great news is another Audi Q car. No, not a new RS model. A new Q 4x4 SUV SAV STFU thing. It’s not at all exciting.

Not like the announcement of a new Golf GTI. I’ve always loved a GTI, and this new one seems to be an improvement over the last. Chiefly because of a power increase to 227 bhp. It’s not going to set the world on fire, that’s the Golf R’s job. The GTI has always been about the having usable performance for everyday situations. And with a new, lighter MQB platform underpinning it, the handling should be mighty impressive as well.

And finally some non-VAG news, Jaguar has released official details on its stunning new F-Type.

Under the aluminium body will be two engine choices, but with three different power outputs. The standard F-Type will have a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 which produces 335 bhp. More than enough to get this athletic cat to 100 from standstill in just 5.1 seconds while maxing out at 260 km/h. Next up is the F-Type S which uses the same supercharged V6 as the standard car but is tuned to produce 375 bhp. The extra power means 0-100 is down to 4.8 and top speed is up to 275. At the very top of the F-Type ladder is the V8 S. As the name suggests it’s powered by a might impressive 5.0-litre V8. 488 bhp, 0-100 in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h makes this the F-Type most feared by 911 drivers.

The F-Type S and the V8 S get something called Adaptive Dynamics. They also get a limited slip diff, an electronic set up for the V8, and a one-choice 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddles.

Inside it’s the usual sporty Jag design with a driver focused cockpit, lashings of leather, aluminium and TFT-screens. You can also option a massive 700W stereo so you can let everyone outside hear your tunes. Personally I’d rather listen to the engine, especially with that V8.

Size wise it’s bang in the middle of the Boxster and 911. And while it’s an impressive 63 kgs lifter than the XK, it’s a whopping 252 kg heavier than the Boxster. Which is surprising considering the amount of aluminium used in its body.

Prices start at £58,500 for the standard V6 and rising to £79,500 for the V8. Again, bang in between the Boxster and the 911. Porsche’s designs are getting better, but this Jag is going to put up a seriously good fight.