Jaguar has launched its revised F-Type sports car, which is now an extensively revised version of the model that is built on the same aluminium structure as the outgoing model’s.
Leading the changes is its new face, now featuring slimmer pixel LED headlamps with signature ‘Calligraphy’ LED daytime running lights and sweeping indicators, a larger front grille and front bumper, new clamshell bonnet and vents, while the rear end also brings new tail lights with its chicane signature inspired by those on the I-Pace electric SUV, and its wheels now feature new designs.
Along with its new looks, the British coupe and convertible now features a revised powertrain line-up; a 2.0 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder kicks off proceedings, and the upper end of the range sees the return of the 575 PS supercharged 5.0 litre V8, which is joined by a 450 PS variant that brings back the V8/rear-wheel-drive pairing. All now include particulate filters to meet the latest emissions regulations.
Built at the marque’s Castle Bromwich production plant in the United Kingdom, the F-Type Coupe and Convertible starts with the 2.0 litre Ingenium inline-four petrol engine producing 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm, which is channeled to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission. The automatic gearbox is now standard across the range, and the manual gearbox option is no more. Thus equipped the 2.0 litre F-Type accelerates from 0-96 km/h in 5.4 seconds, and to a top speed of 248 km/h.
Stepping up to the six-cylinder realm brings not the rumoured inclusion of the Ingenium straight-six, but the existing configuration of a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 with 380 PS and 460 Nm of torque, which can be paired with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Here, the 3.0 litre V6 model features a mechanically locking rear differential on both RWD and AWD variants.
Next up is the 450 PS version of the 5.0 litre supercharged V8, which offers 580 Nm of torque from 2,500 rpm. This can be paired with either all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, and both versions are equipped with an electronic active differential to optimise traction, says Jaguar. Regardless of drivetrain layout, the 450 PS 5.0 litre supercharged V8 does 0-96 km/h in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 283 km/h, it says.
At the top of the F-Type tree is the F-Type R, featuring the supercharged 5.0 litre V8 in its highest state of tune with 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque. The range-topper channels its outputs to all fours via the eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear electronic active differential. The F-Type R does 0-96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 300 km/h.
Jaguar hasn’t forgotten about the aural enjoyment of motoring, as each engine configuration comes with an active exhaust system that can be switchable either as standard, or as an option. Buyers who choose either version of the V8 also get an additional Quiet Start function, which keeps the exhaust’s electrically-actuated bypass valves closed until they automatically open under load, or when Dynamic mode is selected before starting.
The revised F-Type chassis is comprised of aluminium double wishbones at both front and rear axles, which have been fitted with new springs and anti-roll bars which are now paired with continuously-variable dampers controlled by the Adaptive Dynamics system. Here, damper valving and control algorithms have been revised to improve comfort at low speeds, as well as body control at high speeds.
Rear knuckles are now aluminium die-cast, and are mated with new, larger wheel bearings and updates upper ball joints which increase camber and toe stiffness by 37% and 41% respectively, says Jaguar; this combination results in more precise control of the tyres’ contact patches and therefore further improved steering feel.
Torque vectoring by braking also features on the revised F-Type, which brake the inside wheels to curb understeer. In terms of braking, the top F-Type R features 380 mm front and 376 mm rear brake discs, or it can be specified with the optional carbon ceramic matrix (CCM) brake setup. These upsize the discs to 398 mm and 380 mm with six-piston and four-piston moonobloc calipers front and rear, respectively.
On the inside, the revised F-Type features a new, high-definition 12.3-inch instrument cluster for the driver, while infotainment is via the TouchPro system that comes with the Smartphone Pack with Apple CarPlay as standard. The driver’s instrument cluster is configurable, including a full map mode, although its default mode is characterised by a large central tachometer.
Depending on markets, the Smartphone Pack also includes Android Auto and Baidu CarLife, and software-over-the-air functionality enables updates without requiring a dealer visit. Sound systems come courtesy of Meridian, available in two specifications for the new F-Type.
The F-Type interior features Windsor leather with satin-finish Noble Chrome brightwork, along with monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trim panels, the ‘Leaper’ motif in the headrests and ‘Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround and seat belt guides.
For the First Edition models which will be available in just the first year of F-Type production, it is based on the R-Dynamic trim level and includes the Exterior Design Pack in Dorchester Grey, comprising 20-inch, five-spoke wheels finished in Gloss Technical Grey with a contrasting diamond-turned finish. These are matched with exterior colours of either Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Fuji White.
The First Edition also brings 12-way adjustable seats trimmed in Windsor leather, with the colour choice of Ebony and Light Oyster stitching or Mars and Flame Red stitching. Additional highlights for the First Edition include an Alcantara-wrapped instrument panel with monogram embossing, aluminium gearshift paddles, an Engine Spin centre console finisher with First Edition branding and a suede headliner.
The engine line-up for the new F-Type is market-dependant. The United Kingdom, European Union and selected overseas markets receive the 2.0 litre Ingenium and both versions of the V8; North America gets the 2.0 litre four-pot, 3.0 litre V6 and the top 575 PS V8 while China gets the 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre engines, missing out on the V8s; markets categorised as rest-of-world will get the 2.0 litre Ingenium, 3.0 litre V6 and the 575 PS V8.
Starting from £54,060 (RM291,933) in the United Kingdom, the updated Jaguar F-Type is available to order online, and the 12 available core paint colours are joined by another 16 choices from the SVO Premium Palette.