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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 27, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Early shows at Paris motor show

    Michael McAleer

    The mood may be downbeat given the perilous stat of European economies but there is still some new metal on display at this year’s Paris show.
    So far, after a dozen press conferences and unveilings it’s the new Jaguar F-Type that still holds the lead in terms of a talking point. One of those cars that is never done justice by the press photographs, in the metal the car looks amazing. Whatever about ambitions of reflecting the heritage of the E-Type, the new car has the looks of a small Maserati roadster. The two-seater convertible has lines that would normally be lost in the process of converting concept models to production cars. It’s a really tidy, striking package.

    Three engine options will be offered when it goes on sale in Ireland in Spring: a 3-litre V6 340bhp; a 380bhp version; and a V8 495bhp version.
    Prices not confirmed ask yet but expect them to be in the region of €80,000 when it reaches Ireland in March.

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