Jaguar F-Type Unveiled

Alonzo Simpson
December 4, 2019

On the inside, the F-Type gets a 12.3-inch reconfigurable digital instrument cluster.

The 450hp and 300hp versions are available in either middle-level R-Dynamic trim (or entry-level guise).

Bookings are open in the United Kingdom with prices starting from £54,060 (Rs 50 lakh excluding taxes).

It doesn't seem all that long ago we were looking at the Jaguar F-Type for the very first time. Now, the big question is - has it lost its beauty and charm with the new face? However, we're expecting base prices to creep a bit higher than the previous F-Type's $61,000 base price. Jaguar has slapped on a new face, but hasn't tinkered with the silhouette or the proportions. The auto has new super-slim LED headlights. The V8-engined cars still get the quad-exit exhausts at either side of the rear bumper, too. "We are used to creating models in clay but seeing such a finely-detailed 1:64-scale model of the new F-Type race around the studio, showcasing every stage in our design process, was a truly unique experience". The update is evolutionary and the while it still is unmistakably an F-Type, its face has lost the vertical charm and new design elements are all about highlighting the width and the length of the bonnet. The supercharged V8 version has all-wheel drive.

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The flagship F-Type R gets a 25-hp boost, relying on a 575-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 and torque-on-demand all-wheel drive to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96.5 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. However, instead of this, South Africans will be offered a carried over V6 turbo unit with 280kW and 460Nm, offered with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, while the 2-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol model, rated at 221kW and 400Nm, soldiers on at the bottom of the range with rear-wheel-drive only. Meanwhile, the top-spec F-Type R gains the 575PS/700Nm tune with all-wheel-drive. "The new F-Type embodies true Jaguar design DNA", said Thompson. It features a Dorchester Grey exterior design pack as well as Gloss Technical Grey 20-inch alloy wheels with a diamond-turned finish. With the 450PS tune, the F-Type takes 4.4 seconds to hit 100kmph from standstill, ultimately, reaching a top-speed of 284kmph.

What has been dropped is both the V6 engine and the manual gearbox. Boo.

Jaguar's supercharged 5-litre V8 continues to power the F-Type R all-wheel-drive coupe and convertible models, but they've been upgraded to match the 423kW, 700Nm outputs of the previous SVR flagship, which is an increase of 18kW and 20Nm, and enough to get the models from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

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