Jaguar has just pulled the covers off the facelifted F-Type, undeniably one of the prettiest (modern) cars ever made, and this writer thinks it’s gotten just that bit better. While others may not see it that way, one thing we’re all grateful for is Jaguar leaving the rear fascia virtually untouched.
The front end looks much sleeker with the addition of Jaguar’s J-Blade daytime running lights which they’re calling Calligraphy J. Whatever. Glossing over that, the LED headlights are now complemented by sequential signal lights, both of which are sandwiched between the updated clamshell bonnet with repositioned vents and the new bumper.
Speaking of which, it has a slightly wider grille and side air intakes and omits the horizontal bar. The changes made to the front end really does give this F-Type a more aggressive look, not that it lacked it before.
As mentioned, the rear has been left broadly untouched apart from details such as the revised LED Chicane taillights inspired by the I-Pace EV with a new bumper and diffuser. The old exhausts tips meanwhile, are swapped out for new R-etched ones.
Inside, the interior has been given a mild refresh but in all the right places, we reckon. The instrument cluster swaps out its analogue gauges for a 12.3-inch configurable TFT display and the screen displaying infotainment is bigger than before.
Other interior changes include the monogram stitch patterns. The seats and door trims are upholstered in Windsor leather with the infamous Jaguar Leaper embossed into the headrests. The interior is also festooned with satin-finished Noble chrome trim. The centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround and seatbelt guides all get “Jaguar Est. 1935” markings on them.
Onto the oily bits, in Australia the F-Type range will be offered with three engines all mated to a Quickshift eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. A total of six variants will be available, namely, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder R-Dynamic in coupe and convertible body styles, a 3.0-litre V6 in the same body styles plus a First Edition coupe variant and the range-topping 5.0-litre V8 R in coupe form. All variants are rear-wheel drive apart from the V8 which gets all-wheel drive.0
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 221kW and 400Nm and completes the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.7 seconds while the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 pumps out 280kW and 460 Nm. The facelifted supercharged V8 however makes 423kW and 700Nm which is a jump of 18kW over its predecessor and takes just 3.7 seconds to get to 100km/h from standstill, its top speed is electronically limited to 300km/h. The new V8’s engine is basically lifted from the outgoing SVR.
All variants will receive a switchable active exhaust system. The V8 variant will get a feature called Quiet Start which will keep the by-pass valves in the silencer closed until they’re opened automatically under load.
Jaguar Australia hasn’t revealed when the facelifted F-Type will land on our shores, so please stay tuned to this space as we bring you updates.
- 2.0-litre R-Dynamic coupe - $126,400
- 2.0-litre R-Dynamic convertible - $145,100
- 3.0-litre V6 R-Dynamic coupe - $173,100
- 3.0-litre V6 R-Dynamic convertible - $191,800
- 3.0-litre V6 First Edition coupe - $205,300
- 5.0-litre V8 R coupe - $263,300
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