Jaguar has announced that the production F-Type will make its global debut at this September’s Paris Motor Show. Inspired by the C-X16 Concept from Frankfurt 2011, the F-Type is an all-new aluminium bodied two-seater sports car that’s more compact than the firm’s XK.

“The unveiling of the F-Type in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create,” said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars.

“As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-Type will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality,” he added.

The F-Type will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines – 340 PS and 380 PS versions of Jaguar’s new 3.0 litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0 litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with Stop/Start.

Following the F-Type’s camouflaged public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in “some of the harshest environments in the world.” The test programme was designed to verify the design work carried out in the “virtual world”.

Jaguar says that more than half-a-million separate F-Type design analyses were carried out comprising 10 million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data. Had that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, the number of prototype F-Types built would have filled the majority of the UK’s motorway network bumper-to-bumper!