The Jaguar F-Type was first conceived as a hardtop coupe in the form of the C-X16 Concept. Then in the transition to a production car it lost its roof because Jaguar wanted a pure, full-blooded sports car, and that has to be open-top. But the Coupe version is not completely ditched. In fact it is in the pipeline, as confirmed by Jag’s recent patent filings.
In the same way the the F-Type Roadster inherits some of the E-Type Roadster’s styling cues, the Coupe is inspired by the hardtop XKE and feature the same iconic hatch at the back. It is not clear yet if it is going to get the side-opening mechanism as well, but it would be nice if it does. It’s not very practical, but really cool.
According to AutoMotorSport who acquired the patents, the F-Type Coupe will add a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine, rated at 240 horsepower, from the Range Rover Evoque to the list of engines available for the car. So chances are the Coupe will be more affordable than the Roadster.
In any case, Jaguar won’t launch the Coupe until the Roadster get its feet fully grounded in the market.