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Jaguar F Type

Jaguar F Type

Jaguar F Type

One of the best looking sports cars around is the Jaguar F-Type and it has just received some styling and engine updates.

The new 2020 F-Type looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design DNA in its purest form. The two-seat sports car offers a perfect balance of performance and driver appeal with an even more muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by rich, luxurious materials and details.

The range of powerful, responsive engines includes four- and eight-cylinder options, all matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The new F-Type also offers more driver-focused technology, including a 12.3-inch interactive driver display, ‘touch pro infotainment system’ with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience, without having to visit a retailer. Two superb Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction.

Super-slim pixel LED headlights with updated daytime running lights, and sweeping direction indicators, blend perfectly into the new clamshell bonnet. The new front bumper and subtly enlarged grille deliver even more visual impact and presence.

The interior combines traditional Jaguar craftsmanship with rich, contemporary materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish ‘noble chrome’. Details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests, and subtle ‘Jaguar Est 1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.

The F-Type also features flush, deployable door handles and air vents. Pressing the start button brings the car to life with its hallmark exhaust flare as purposeful as ever.

All engines feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard. Customers who choose the 450PS or 575PS supercharged V8s benefit from the new ‘quiet start’ function, which ensures a more subtle, refined sound.

The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-Type remains; the sounds tuned to suit the range of powerful four and eight-cylinder engines.

The new 450PS supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable and rewarding performance – its maximum torque of 580Nm being generated from just 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive and – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both versions can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 177mph.

Raising the output of the all-wheel drive F-Type R supercharged V8 to 575PS and 700Nm (up from 550PS and 680Nm respectively) delivers truly outstanding performance in all weathers and in all conditions, while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability.

Performance is exceptional: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 186mph. Prices start at just over £54,000.

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