Jaguar’s new flying F-Type

11 December 2019

JAGUAR has revealed its revamped F-Type sports model with an engine so powerful that its top speed has to be electronically limited to 186mph.

There are styling tweaks, additional equipment, enhanced electronics, and remarkable performance with a 0-60mph acceleration time of just three and a half seconds.

The revised model comes with a choice of four and eight cylinder engines mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts on the steering wheel.

A 12-inch interactive driver display, infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a pair of sophisticated Meridian sound systems are also new.

As is now the case with all new vehicles, there are new front lights with the sort of penetrating LED systems that increase visibility massively.

They are embedded into a resculpted bonnet below which is a new front bumper and an enlarged grille.

There are also rear styling changes that include revised wheel arches and more slender rear light clusters with a so-called LED chicane signature.

In true Jaguar tradition the interior boasts contemporary materials including Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble chrome, monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, plus Jaguar motifs in the headrests.

There are even ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.

Engines include a 300bhp turbocharged four-cylinder plus 450bhp and 575bhp V8s that come with the sort of active exhaust systems that enable the driver to create a throaty roar or relatively quiet rumble.

The new 450bhp supercharged V8 has maximum torque of 580Nm generated from just 2,500rpm and is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Both versions can accelerate to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 180mph.

Raising the output to 575bhp of power and 700Nm of torque reduces the 0-60mph acceleration time to just 3.5 seconds, while the maximum speed is electronically limited to 186mph rather than 200mph.

The increased power is matched to an uprated chassis with wider 20-inch, ten-spoke wheels in gloss black, and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints.

To be offered for one year only will be a First Edition version with

grey paintwork, 12-way Windsor leather seats in ebony with light oyster stitching or flame red stitching. Other highlights include the instrument cluster wrapped in Alcantara with monogram embossing, aluminium gearshift paddles, an engine spin centre console finisher with First Edition branding, and an Ebony suede headliner.

Prices are expected to start at about £54,000, rising to £120,000.