With a new design, new technology, and the same sculpted lines that made it an icon, the new Jaguar F-Type is a big cat with attitude.
When Jaguar first launched the F-Type in 2013, it breathed new, sporty life into one of the most esteemed British auto brands. Until then Jaguars were known as the sedans of choice for government officials (the PM’s official ride is a Jag) and aged lords – spritely but ultimately more about comfort than balls-to-walls speed. The two-seat coupe gave the brand new street cred and a chance to up the performance ante.
The newest rendition of the F-Type continues that transformation with a range of powerful, responsive engines that include four- and eight-cylinder options (including 450PS or 575PS supercharged V8s that benefit from a new Quiet Start function), all of which are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The F-Type’s award-winning design has evolved with a focus on even greater purity and discipline to the perfectly-sculpted form. Super-slim pixel LED headlights with subtly updated signature ‘Calligraphy’ J daytime running lights, and sweeping direction indicators, blend perfectly into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the new clamshell bonnet, exaggerating the car’s visual width and accentuating its assertive stance. The new front bumper and subtly enlarged grille deliver even more visual impact and presence.
The rear haunches enhance the F-Type’s inherently dramatic, purposeful form, while the new slender rear lights combine an unmistakable LED chicane signature, inspired by the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric Performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath.
The new F-Type also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, high-definition, 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as standard, and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience. Two superb Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction.
The interior combines traditional Jaguar craftsmanship with rich, contemporary materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome. Beautiful details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests, and subtle ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.
Even before the drive begins, the F-Type delights the driver with the visual theatre of flush, deployable door handles, and deployable air vents. Pressing the start button brings the car to life with its hallmark exhaust flare as purposeful as ever
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