The F-Type, Jaguar's all-new aluminium two-seater sports car, will make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show on 27th September.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "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."

The F-Type will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar's new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and an upgraded version of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8. The transmission will be an eight-speed automatic and the drivetrain will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

Jaguar says that most of the initial development was done on computer, with more than half-a-million separate F-Type design analyses carried out taking up 10-million hours of processing. The last 18 months or so has been spent honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes. Said Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director: "When you are working on a Jaguar sports car the expectations of the world are huge. We're really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we've done into the physical world.

"Now, we're refining and adding those last few percentage points – that true element of honing which the Jaguar test team are delivering – which will turn a great sports car into an exceptional one."