Spied: Jaguar F-Type R Testing at the Nurburgring

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The performance-variant of Jag's all-new sports car has been caught testing at the 'Ring.

Jaguar has recently spent some time at the 'Ring undertaking an industry test day with some of its most powerful models. Following the XKR-S Track Version of earlier today, we now have some shots of the potent R-version of the upcoming F-Type. The standard F-type will feature the automaker's new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380hp, a quad-cam engine that draws on key technology used in the current 5.0-liter V8.

This will pitch it against the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4; however the R-version, distinguished from the standard model by a set of quad exhausts, is expected to sport the V8 to give it a chance against the Aston Martin Vantage and Mercedes SLK 55 AMG. The F-Type will start out life as a Roadster but a Coupe version is expected to follow. Jaguar will announce the F-TYPE's technical specs and range details later this year, probably at September's Paris Motor Show, and the car will go on sale in mid-2013.

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