Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Jaguar F-Type Revealed

Jaguar F-Type Revealed

The F-Type R-Dynamic comes equipped with a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and either rear- or all-wheel drive, and the base F-Type has a 296-hp 2.0-liter Ingenium turbo four powering its rear wheels. At the top of the streamlined range is the 5.0-litre supercharged V8, which now produces 423kW/700Nm, up from 405kW/680Nm in the outgoing R variant. On the inside, the newest addition is the 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster. It is already available for order starting from £54,060 in the UK.

This is it. The new MY2021 Jaguar F-Type, as previewed a couple of days ago.

Since taking the reins from long-time Jaguar design director Ian Callum earlier this year, Julian Thompson's first job is to redesign the F-Type.

Significantly, Jaguar becomes the latest automaker to allow smartphone-style, over-the-air software updates with the 2021 F-Type - though, for now, they are limited to the latest version of the Touch Pro infotainment system.

The F-Type's hood has a distinction: it opens in the direction opposite to movement. Jaguar has slapped on a new face, but hasn't tinkered with the silhouette or the proportions. The vehicle has new super-slim LED headlights.

Various subtle changes to badges and textures on trim parts feature across the auto, while at the rear the lights have adopted a slimmer, "chicane" design inspired by the Jaguar I-Pace.

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The new 2021 model year F-Type has a wider grill that's set deeper into the body. The fact that we are finding it hard to pick between the old and the new F-Type is clear evidence that the Jaguar has got the design right (that was a lie, we still prefer the old F-Type).

Let's start by looking at its most obvious change, the design.

The F-Type R, finally, will temporarily top the range - what with an inevitable SVR flagship on the horizon - offering 423 kW/700 N.m (up from 405 kW/680 N.m) to all four wheels via its supercharged 5,0-litre V8. United Kingdom buyers will also be able to opt for a new 450-hp V8 engine in AWD or RWD configurations. The 567 PS version will be exclusively offered with an all-wheel drive. With this engine, the F-Type scampers to 60 miles per hour in 3.5-seconds while top speed is rated at 186mph.

The F-Type R's increased power is matched to a comprehensively uprated chassis, featuring adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars as well as 20-inch wheels.

Performance numbers for the turbo-four model include a 0-60 miles per hour time as low as 5.4 seconds and a 155 miles per hour top speed. It has been recalibrated to offer a more engaging experience and crisper gear changes when the driver commands shifts manually via the steering wheel-mounted paddles or the SportShift gear selector.

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