Every coming-of-age movie about high school–aged boys traveling throughout Europe shares one stereotypical scene: There’s always the nerdy creep who demands to be taken to a topless beach in France. Disappointment, rather than hilarity, ensues. In September, the topless antics in France will take place in Paris and promise to be far less disappointing. Jaguar has announced that a production version of its highly anticipated F-type roadster will appear at the 2012 Paris auto show, adding another top-dropping draw in addition to the Audi R8 Spyder and, very likely, the RS5 cabrio.


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Sometime after the debut of the F-type roadster, a coupe also will hit the market. Both will showcase a new supercharged V-6 with 380 hp, while an available V-8 will court cylinder-counting shoppers. For more on what we know of the F-type, check out our previous coverage here and our bespoke renderings of the convertible here.

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By Justin Berkowitz