Mid-engine sports cars carry numerous benefits over a traditional front engine setup. However, that comes at a cost.
There’s a reason the Corvette has remained so affordable after all these years, but that’s certainly looking like it’s going to change in the near future. With the possibility of a mid-engined Corvette coming, the rumors of a mid-engined Cadillac have followed. Should they be true, Jaguar could beat it to the punch.
Road and Track sat down with Jaguar Lead Designer, Ian Callum, and discussed the future of the brand’s sports car. He let it slide that the F-Type was originally imagined as a mid-engined sports car, but in the end, it went with a front-mounted engine.
“Our F-Type, before the one that became the production car, the previous design concept was mid-engine. It never happened. It would have been very different. But I think we’ve got permission to do that because we’re a sports car company,” he said.
Of course, everything we’re talking about here is speculative. Only the insiders at both Cadillac and Jaguar can chart the future of the brands. But, a Cadillac sports car seems quite plausible. A Jaguar sports car is already a reality. Who knows what the future holds, but it’s talk like this that still inspires us to be enthusiasts.