Jaguar has revealed the first images and details of its new F-Type sports car.
The two-seater – or 1+1 as Jaguar insists on calling it – has been updated inside and out, with new external styling, more power from its range-topping V8, chassis refinements to improve engagement and upgraded information and media systems.
Some of the most obvious changes come on the outside, where the whole front end has been redesigned. The car retains its familiar silhouette but new slimline headlines and a reshaped grille and bonnet are immediately obvious. The LED headlights sit lower and more horizontal than in the outgoing model while the grille has been widened and new bumper designs mark out different models in the range. The “liquid metal” bonnet has apparently been inspired by the soft organic shapes of the C- and D-Type, but now features larger air vents positioned further forward.
At the rear, the LED taillights have been slimmed down and smoothed into the bodywork, featuring the “chicane” graphic first seen on the I-Pace. Entry-level four-cylinder models get a new central quadrilateral tailpipe while V8s are marked out by quad exhausts mounted on outside edges of the diffuser.
The changes are less substantial inside, amounting largely to a new 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument display, some new colour combinations for the trim and “Jaguar Est. 1935” markings on the seatbelt guides and centre console. The 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system also now gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.
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Much of the rest of the updating has been invisible with significant time spent “recalibrating” physical and electronic elements.
New adaptive springs, anti-rolls bars and stiffer suspension components are designed to increase the car’s agility while everything from the power steering and eight-speed gearbox to the stability control and algorithms that control the adaptive suspension have been fined tuned.
Available in both coupe and convertible forms, the F-Type comes with three engine choices. A 297bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder kicks off the range, offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Nought to 60mph takes 5.4 seconds in either model, with economy of up to 35mpg.
Above that sit two supercharged V8s. The “lesser” one produces 444bhp and 428lb/ft for a 0-60mph sprint of 4.4 seconds while the F-Type R gets a power and torque boost thanks to some engine fettling. The 5.0-litre V8 now produces 567bhp (up from 542bhp) and 516lb/ft (up from 502lb/ft) and the all-wheel-drive-only range-topper will reach 60mph in just 3.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 186mph.
The new F-Type is priced from £54,060 for the entry-level model, with R-Dynamic, First Edition and R versions completing the line-up.