The new Jaguar F-Type is revealed as Jaguar give their sportiest model a bit of an angry makeover and a revised range of engines.
We had sort of hoped that Jaguar might do something a bit radical with the F-Type, and give new Jaguar designer Julian Thomson a chance to stamp his mark on Ian Callum’s design. But it’s all a bit more modest than that.
Not that there’s anything wrong with not being too radical with the F-Type’s update – it was a good looking car to start with – but this is definitely a more evolutionary update for the F-Type than any big statement of design intent.
Perhaps best described as adding purpose to the F-Type’s looks, the update arrives with the obvious facelift stuff like new headlights, reshaped bonnet, a bit bigger grille and new lights at the back too.
Under the bonnet things kick off with the 296bhp four-pot turbo with rear wheel drive, but the next step up is Jaguar’s 5.0 litre Supercharged with 444bhp, and RWD or 4WD, to replace the previous 3.0 litre V6 options. Which feels like a stop-gap engine.
There’s no F-Type SVR (at least not yet), but the F-Type R gets a lot of what the SVR had, including chassis upgrades and 567bhp from its 5.0 litre supercharged lump. It will hit 62mph in 3.7 seconds, with the four-pot doing the same in 5.7 seconds and the lower-powered 5.0 litre in 4.6 seconds.
Inside the makeover is relatively modest too, with the headline act the new 12.3″ screen for the dials and a central infotainment screen that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (and SOTA).
Prices for the new F-Type start at £54,060 for the entry-level P300 2.0 litre Coupe (the droptop costs £5,480 more), the lower-powered V8 at £69,990 and the F-Type R at £97,280.