F-TYPE’s award-winning design has evolved still further 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, introduced by the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath.
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 center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.
The 12.3-inch reconfigurable HD TFT instrument cluster offers a choice of different displays, including full map mode but, as befits a true sports car, the default mode is characterized by the large central rev counter. This feature and the gearshift light subtly convey the F-TYPE’s driver-focused character and performance potential. 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
All engines – 295 BHp turbocharged four-cylinder, 375 BHp supercharged V6, and 444 BHp, and 567 BHp V8s – feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard. Customers who choose the 444 BHp or 567 BHp supercharged V8s benefit from the new Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined sound – the electrically-actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load.
If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine. The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-TYPE remain the sounds meticulously tuned to suit the range of powerful four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters reduce emissions.
The new 444 BHp supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable and rewarding performance – its maximum torque of 580Nm is generated from just 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive and – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both versions can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 285 km/h.
Raising the output of the all-wheel-drive F-TYPE R’s supercharged V8 to 567 BHp and 700Nm (up from 542 BHp and 680Nm respectively) delivers truly outstanding performance in all weathers and in all conditions while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability. Performance is exceptional: the benchmark sprint to 100 km/h takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 300 km/h.
The F-TYPE R’s increased power is matched to a comprehensively uprated chassis with new, wider, 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels in Gloss Black with contrast Diamond-Turned finish, and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars, and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints, delivering even greater agility and responsiveness.