It’s so much more than looks.
At the ongoing 2017 Detroit Motor Show, legendary British carmaker Jaguar has unveiled the 2017 F-Type, a facelifted version of its massively impressive sports car. Because the existing F-Type was touted as being one of the prettiest cars ever made, Jaguar thought it best to keep the styling changes minimal, and they’re limited to new full-LED headlights, mildly changed tail lights, and sleeker bumpers on either end.
They didn’t ruin the exterior, and they most certainly didn’t ruin the interior. The cabin of the two-seater receives upgraded finishes and fabrics, and there are new lightweight seats with die-cast magnesium alloy frames, which no doubt address the squeaking that the rears of the seats used to make. Those seat flames also allow for more rearward travel, with legroom being a gripe on the outgoing car.
Addressing another gripe on the outgoing car is the inclusion of Jaguar’s freshest TouchPro infotainment system, replete with 8.0-inch touchscreen, 60GB worth of storage (on a solid-state drive, no less), and 4G internet connectivity. The standard 10-speaker setup is impressive, but audiophiles can treat themselves to an optional 12-speaker surround-sound system for extra oomph. More on tech, Jaguar has created a ReRun app for its owners, which can display things like speed, throttle position, engaged gear, braking force, and G-force, into videos that are shot with GoPro cameras.
There’s a revision to the F-Type family too, which sees the addition of the 400 Sport and R-Dynamic variants. The 400 Sport will only be offered for a year, effectively making it a limited edition, and features Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6, which has been revised and retuned to churn out 294kW and 460Nm. The 400 Sport also gains the ‘Configurable Dynamics’ system, 20-inch alloy wheels in dark grey, Super Performance brakes, and ‘400 Sport’ badges chucked about generously.
The 400 Sport (a moniker it derives from its 400PS power output) is joined by the R-Dynamic variant. The R-Dynamic is a permanent addition to the F-Type lineup, rather than being a special edition. The R-Dynamic trim can be optioned with either the 250kW or 280kW versions of the same 3.0-litre supercharged V6 as found in the 400 Sport. The R-Dynamic trim level tacks on black finishing on the air intakes, bonnet vents, front splitter, side sills, and rear diffuser, and throws in either 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The range now starts with the ‘vanilla’ F-Type, followed by the F-Type R-Dynamic (in coupe and convertible forms), which sees motivation from a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic sending drive to the rear wheels, unless otherwise specified (on the R-Dynamic trim, the aforementioned 280kW/460Nm version of the V6 can be specced with the eight-speed automatic with all- or rear-wheel drive, or with the six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive).
Moving up will get you the 400 Sport (also in coupe and convertible body styles), which comes exclusively with the eight-speed automatic, available in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The F-Type R (coupe and drop-top) comes next, replete with a 405kW/680Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8, the automatic gearbox, and all-wheel drive. The same drivetrain is employed in the F-Type V8 SVR (also coupe and convertible), except the engine manages 423kW & 700Nm.
Jaguar Australia has not yet commented on the F-Type revisions, or detailed when we can expect local introductions, but we expect them to do so very soon. In the meantime, we advise readers to drool over the massive debut gallery below, which ought to see one finding ways to get this hot Jag on the drive.