Jaguar Land Rover South Africa is proud to announce that the new Jaguar F-TYPE reached showrooms on July 19, heralding a return to the company’s heartland: a two-seater, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement.
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One of the most eagerly awaited introductions of the decade, the F-TYPE distils the essence of a long line of sports cars dating back to 1938 into a thoroughly modern interpretation of what the marque represents. With a trio of models all featuring supercharged engines and lightweight aluminium architecture, performance remains at the forefront of what Jaguar offers, while modern technology make it more accessible than ever.
Sports Suspension is fitted to all three models, the two ‘S’ versions adding Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics and a locking differential
, the version on the V8 S an electronically-controlled ‘active’ type. The aluminium body is, at just 261 kilograms exceptionally light but also extremely rigid. This has allowed the fitment of the quickest steering rack ever on a Jaguar, providing outstanding response.
The F-TYPE is powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 in 250kW/450Nm form, increasing to 280kW/460Nm for the F-TYPE S and 364kW/625Nm for the F-TYPE V8 S. The flagship F-TYPE V8 S is powered by a 5.0-litre engine based on the same mechanical architecture. The three engines all interface with an 8-speed Quickshift close-ratio automatic gearbox, all featuring a paddle shift function to maximise driver involvement.
Headline performance figures for the V8 include a 0 – 100km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h. Acceleration between 80 to 120km/h takes a mere 2.5 seconds. CO2 emissions are 278g/km[l2] .
The braking system of each model differs in line with the performance capabilities, and the V8 S is fitted with 380mm/376mm ventilated discs front and rear respectively. Similarly, wheel diameter and tyre width and profile increase the further along the power curve one travels, with an 18-inch alloy shod with 245/45 rubber the starting point. A wide range of alloys measuring up to 20 inches in diameter are offered as optional equipment.
As the spiritual successor to the E-TYPE – a car which set the standards in its day as far as sheer visual presence is concerned – the newcomer encapsulates the assertive new design language of the brand. Jaguars have always defined sinuous, muscular simplicity and the F-TYPE is no exception.
Taking inspiration from the C-X16 concept unveiled in 2011, the front of the F-TYPE features a new interpretation of the bold angular Jaguar grille from which flows the muscular clamshell bonnet with its signature ‘power bulge’. Bi-xenon headlamp and integral LED daytime running lights are thoroughly modern touches, while the muscular rear haunch and sensual, low tail are Jaguar sports car hallmarks. A deployable rear spoiler adds 120kg rear downforce, for exceptionally stable high speed cruising.
The cabin’s driver-centric focus is highlighted by the ‘one plus one’ layout and a grab handle sweeps down the centre console on the passenger side, delineating it from the driver’s position. This is reinforced by the use of different trim materials either side of the cabin, with a more technical finish on the driver’s side. Taking inspiration from cockpits of fighter airplanes, the controls are ergonomically grouped by function.
The choice of a fabric (available in one of four colours) top rather than a folding metal one was deliberate, as it not only represents a significant weight saving but optimises packaging and helps maintain a low centre of gravity for greater agility. The hood itself can be fully raised or lowered in just 12 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The F-TYPE is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable cars ever built. It complements the existing Jaguar model line-up to provide a range of premium cars which represent the best of their respective market segments.
[l1]V6 S has a mechanical limited slip diff while the V8 S has an electronic active diff – we should probably note the differences?
[l2]Should we leave this out of the summary?