Jaguar reveals facelifted F-Type

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Words: Nile Bijoux
3 Dec 2019

Jaguar dropped a bomb this morning with the debut of the 2021 F-Type, featuring a slick new face and a more powerful V8.

The new front end looks fantastic, with horizontal headlights and ‘J’ shaped daytime running lights which hover over chunky air intakes. There are subtle changes to the bonnet, matching the new curves in the nose. Around back are fewer changes, comprising of slightly more angular tail lights seemingly borrowed from the I-Pace and a differing lower bumper/diffuser depending on powertrain choice.

For 2021 the F-Type the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-banger and 3.0-litre supercharged V6 remain unchanged while the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has had some fettling to unleash a little extra power and torque. The range-topping R variant now boasts 427kW/700Nm allowing it to hit 100km/h in 3.7 seconds before topping out at a limited 300km/h. All models now feature switchable active exhaust systems. 

The R also gets revised suspension, including adaptive dampers, updated springs, tweaked anti-roll bars, and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints. Factor in a crisper Quickshift automatic transmission, refined with knowledge gained from the XE SV Project 8, and the F-Type R is shaping up to be a real ripper of a thing. There aren’t any mentions of a manual option thus far.

Inside the new F-Type are more refinements, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster taking over duties from the analogue gauges. The infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as standard and can be updated over-the-air.

New Zealand pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

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