F-TYPE marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars and its final model year update.
Posted by Breda | Oct 11, 2022 | Features, FIRST LOOK, Homepage, Press Release | 0
F-TYPE marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars and its final model year update.
- F-TYPE 75: To celebrate the final Model Year of F-TYPE and 75 years of Jaguar sports cars in 2023, customers can choose the F-TYPE 75 or F-TYPE R 75 special editions, powered by Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine in 450PS and 575PS forms respectively, in both Coupé and Convertible bodystyles
- Curated exclusivity: Featuring unique interior and exterior design elements, rich specifications and the unique paint option of Giola Green metallic, the special editions are a fitting celebration of combustion engine performance before Jaguar becomes a pure electric modern luxury brand from 2025
- Visceral, exploitable performance: F-TYPE’s range of powerful, responsive engines includes four- and eight-cylinder options with outputs from 300PS to 575PS, offering outstanding driver reward and an unmistakable sound
- Exceptional agility: F-TYPE delivers a truly involving, engaging experience, delivering immediate and intuitive responses to every driver input
- Available to order now: First customer deliveries begin from January 2023 – the year which marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars. Configure yours at jaguar.co.uk
Tuesday 11 October 2022, Gaydon, UK – The Jaguar F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car from a rich bloodline spanning 75 years and including some of the most iconic models ever built.
In Coupé or Convertible form, F-TYPE offers a perfect balance of visceral performance and driver reward with a muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by luxurious materials, exacting craftsmanship and exquisite details.
For the final Model Year, on sale from early 2023, the range has become simpler and more focused, making it easy for customers to select their perfect F-TYPE. The car looks more purposeful and assertive than ever too, with 20-inch wheels standard on all models, and discreet detail changes such as the wheel centres and grille badge changing from red to black, and the R and R-Dynamic badge accent colours now black and grey instead of red and green.
To mark the final Model Year of F-TYPE and 75 years of Jaguar sports cars, customers can choose the new F-TYPE 75 or F-TYPE R 75 special editions. These are distinguished by unique interior and exterior design elements, carefully curated specifications, and – of course – the supercharged 5.0-litre Jaguar V8 engine** synonymous with F-TYPE. These exclusive models are a fitting celebration of internal combustion engine performance before Jaguar becomes a pure electric modern luxury brand from 2025.
Matthew Beaven, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Designer, Exteriors, said; “For 75 years Jaguar has been renowned for producing extraordinary sports cars that deliver performance, agility and maximum driver reward. The F-TYPE special editions hold true to these principles, adding unique interior and exterior design details to celebrate this lineage before Jaguar becomes an all-electric brand from 2025.”
The Jaguar F-TYPE looks as dramatic as ever and is the definitive Jaguar sports car in a rich bloodline going back 75 years. The powerful proportions of the front-engine two-seater – with its body structure sculpted from light, stiff aluminium – are instantly recognisable, and the focused and assertive presence references the flowing forms from Jaguar’s rich sports car heritage, which began with the XK120 – launched in 1948 as the world’s fastest production car.
Super-slim LED headlights, featuring Pixel technology as standard, with ‘Calligraphy’ J signature daytime running lights and sweeping direction indicators accentuate the car’s visual width and hint at its performance potential. They blend perfectly into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the clamshell bonnet, which sweeps elegantly back, inspired by iconic models such as the C-type and D-type.
Unique to the F-TYPE 75 and F-TYPE R 75 are discreet badges on the front fenders which depict the F-TYPE’s unmistakable silhouette.
As part of the curated, simplified customer offer, every F-TYPE in the range is now offered with a model-specific 20-inch wheel as standard, with the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 distinguished by their gloss black, five-spoke- and gloss black diamond-turned 10-spoke designs respectively.
The rear haunches enhance the F-TYPE’s inherently dramatic, purposeful form and sweep downwards to the slender rear LED lights with ‘Chicane’ signature. Powertrain-specific exhaust pipes emerge from the rear diffuser, clearly signalling F-TYPE’s performance intent. Four-cylinder models feature a single, central, finisher while both the 450PS F-TYPE 75 and 575PS F-TYPE R 75 V8s are identified by quad, outboard exhausts – the latter featuring subtle etched R branding.
The F-TYPE’s driver-focussed interior is a pure expression of the car’s elegance and performance. Combining Jaguar craftsmanship, exquisite, details and rich materials and finishes deliver a heightened sense of luxury and sportiness.
The ‘1+1’ cockpit features a 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display, offering a choice of display themes – as befits a true sports car, the default mode is characterised by the large central rev-counter.
This feature and the gearshift light subtly convey the F-TYPE’s character and performance potential, digitally enhancing the mechanical theatre of the pulsing red ‘heartbeat’ of the start button and the deployable centre air vents.
The F-TYPE 75 and R 75 models are distinguished by the unique silhouette motif on the Engine Spin centre console finisher and stainless-steel tread plates, while the Interior Black Pack is another subtle enhancement.
Lightweight slimline seats – in Sport or Performance designs, with the latter standard on the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 – combine an ergonomically-optimised form with outstanding comfort, further enhanced by heating and cooling options. Rich materials such as Windsor leather – standard on the special editions – add a further touch of luxury, complemented by details such as the crafted monogram stitch pattern – repeated in the door trim, with the Extended Leather Upgrade option – and Jaguar Leaper or R motifs in the headrests. An Ebony Suedecloth headliner – also standard on the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 – further enriches the interior.
Ride and Handling
F-TYPE continues to set the benchmark for truly involving, engaging, driver-focused sports cars. Double wishbone front- and rear suspension, meticulously tuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and Torque Vectoring by Braking deliver outstanding agility and a truly connected feel. These attributes are fundamental to the car’s immediate and intuitive responses to every driver input.
The chassis of the F-TYPE 75** and R 75 is further enhanced by rear knuckles made from light, stiff aluminium die castings, which, together with larger wheel bearings deliver absolute precision control of the tyre contact patch, translating to even more connected steering feel. For the R 75, this key attribute is optimised still further thanks to revised upper ball joints which significantly increase camber and toe stiffness. Both models also feature a rear electronic active differential (EAD) to optimise traction.
The torque on-demand all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) technology – available on the F-TYPE 75** and standard on the R 75 – further enhances traction and dynamics – on all surfaces and in all weathers – while maintaining F-TYPE’s characteristic rear-wheel drive feel and handling balance.
All 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPE models use meticulously tuned monotube dampers to deliver the ride and handling attributes which give these models their unique character, while F-TYPE 75** and R 75 are equipped with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics. Using electronically controlled, continuously-variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimises both low speed comfort and high speed control, while Configurable Dynamics enables the driver to tailor the settings for suspension stiffness, steering weight, throttle response and gearshifts.
Every F-TYPE in the range is equipped with distinctive 20-inch wheels. All offer a choice of one standard and three optional designs, including forged wheels for the R 75. As befits its position as the performance flagship of the F-TYPE range, the R 75 features wider, specially-developed Pirelli P Zero tyres – 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 front and rear respectively – to provide exceptional levels of grip.
The F-TYPE R 75 can be specified with Jaguar’s Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system. Featuring 398mm and 380mm front and rear discs with six- and four-piston monobloc calipers with a distinctive yellow finish, this system delivers exceptional braking performance with outstanding fade resistance.
F-TYPE’s range of powerful, responsive engines includes four- and eight-cylinder options with outputs from 300PS to 575PS – a breadth of choice unrivalled in its segment. All are paired with an eight-speed Quickshift transmission with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. All engines are made at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, UK.
Exclusively rear-wheel drive, the 300PS, 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine generates maximum torque from just 1,500rpm, delivering exceptional throttle response throughout the rev range. It also provides the performance expected from F-TYPE and enables acceleration from 0-60mph in only 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
The 450PS, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable, useable and rewarding performance – maximum torque of 580Nm is generated from 2,500rpm. Available in the F-TYPE 75**, this engine is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both feature an electronic active rear differential to optimise traction, and both enable 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 177mph.
For truly exceptional performance in all weathers and on any kind of road there is the F-TYPE R 75. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 575PS and a remarkable 700Nm of torque: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically limited 186mph.
Each engine is matched to a switchable active exhaust system as standard. The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-TYPE, remains, with sounds meticulously tuned to suit the distinctive character of each model. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters help to minimise emissions.
Customers who choose a V8 benefit from the Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined start-up sound: electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load, releasing the signature roar which has always been fundamental to the F-TYPE driving experience. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.
The first customer deliveries begin from January 2023 – the year which marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars – and a pivotal moment in the brand’s history as it proudly moves towards an all-electric future from 2025.
The 2024 Model Year Jaguar F-TYPE range (market-dependant) is made at the Castle Bromwich plant in the UK and comprises:
- F-TYPE R-Dynamic: 300PS Four-cylinder; rear-wheel drive
- F-TYPE 75: 450PS V8; rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
- F-TYPE R 75: 575PS V8; all-wheel drive
The F-TYPE’s four-cylinder and V8 engines are made at Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, UK.
* All emissions and fuel economy figures are EU – WLTP (TEL) Combined. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. For comparison purposes only. Real world figures may differ. CO2 and fuel economy figures may vary according to factors such as driving styles, environmental conditions, load, wheel fitment and accessories fitted.