We’ve been watching the test mules flaunt around the UK, but now we get to see the new 2021 Jaguar F-Type entirely uncovered. Its altered bodywork is on show, and its specs have been uncovered. Let’s dive in.
As we could see from the mules, the front face of the car has had quite the plastic surgery. Its eyes have been narrowed and lowered into the front bumper, and the grille is larger (it seems to be a recent trend, doesn’t it?). The rear has had less alteration, with the main shape remaining. But the rear lights now have the ‘Chicane’ design from the I-Pace, and it looks rather good.
The main changes come under the bonnet. The 3.0-litre V6 has been thrown to the gutter, with a turbocharged Ingenium 2.0-litre 4-cylinder now taking its place. This produces a respectable 296bhp at 5,500rpm. Unfortunately, like the V6, the manual transmission has also been thrown out, so while it would make the perfect counterpart for the light four-banger, we’re forced to use an eight-speed automatic. Good news does follow, however.
Two supercharged V8 options are now available, one sitting at 444bhp and one at a massive 567bhp. The former is available in both AWD and RWD – yes, rear-wheel power has returned to the F-Type range for that pure sports car handling. And to make it even sweeter, an electronically-controlled differential is fitted.
0-60mph happens in 4.4 seconds regardless of the drive layout, and the car will top out at 177mph. The four-cylinder will get there in 5.4 seconds and manages a still remarkable 155mph. The big brother V8, which replaces the outgoing SVR, hits 60 in 3.5 seconds and is only stopped by an electrical barrier at 186mph.
So the V8 has remained part of the car, and despite rumours of hybrid powertrains, the car retains its American muscle-esque brutes of engines. Underneath the car has had a seeing to, though, with new springs and anti-roll bars, plus a quartet of new adaptive dampers. The rear knuckles and upper ball joints have also been redesigned, and the wheel bearings are now larger. Wrapped around these wheels are Pirelli P Zero tyres, and to top off this ultimate sports car, the electronic steering has been recalibrated.
Step inside and you’re treated to a 12.3-inch digital cluster, paired with a ‘Touch Pro touchscreen, and 120-way adjustable seats draped in Windsor leather. Of course, you can spec the car without a roof if you really want to show it off to plebeian pedestrians.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type will start at £54,060 and is available to order now.