Jaguar has the reputation of building some of the world’s most beautiful cars, so what do you do when you get tapped to update the looks of one of these things of beauty? If you’re Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s new design director, and you’re in charge of improving on one of Ian Callum’s best designs, you’ve got to be sweating bullets. But Thomson pulled it off with a new Jaguar F-type.
Thomson didn’t just limit the update to the looks, though. The new F-type makes some pretty big changes under the hood—specifically, the V6 and manual gearbox are gone. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of options to choose from. For the base model, the F-type has a 296 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that is available in rear-wheel-drive. With this mid-mounted single exhaust engine, the F-type can hit 62 miles per hour from 0 in just 5.7 seconds. From there, you can move up to a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 444 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. This second option is paired with an upgraded eight-speed automatic gearbox that comes in either rear- or all-wheel drive. The 5.0-liter V8 does the 0 to 62 miles per hour sprint in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 177 miles per hour. At the top of the range is the R—a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 capable of 56 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The R also comes with an updated chassis with new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. The R only takes 3.7 seconds to reach the 62 miles per hour mark and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour. The V8 comes with quad-exit exhausts.
Inside, the F-type stays true to the dash layout that it has always had, only with a 12.3-inch screen being added in to replace the analogue dials. Pricing starts at £54,060 and goes up depending on the options you select.