The facelifted Jaguar F-Type has been revealed, boasting fresh styling and more power for the V8-powered R-badged models.
Interestingly, it seems the range for South Africa will no longer include manual gearboxes, with all SA-spec variants set to adopt the eight-speed “Quickshift” automatic transmission as standard.
Set to launch locally at some point in 2020, the line-up for South Africa will include the 221 kW turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder and the 280 kW supercharged 3,0-litre V6, both rear-driven and offered in “R-Dynamic” guise (in coupé and convertible form). The latter engine but with power sent to all four wheels will also be available in F-Type “First Edition” guise (again, in both coupé and convertible body styles).
The F-Type R, finally, will temporarily top the range – what with an inevitable SVR flagship on the horizon – offering 423 kW/700 N.m (up from 405 kW/680 N.m) to all four wheels via its supercharged 5,0-litre V8. That’s enough, says the automaker, for a sprint to 100 km/h in 3,7 seconds (down four-tenths) and an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h.
The R-badged F-Type employs what Jaguar calls a “comprehensively uprated chassis” with wider, 20-inch wheels and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints. The transmission, too, has been “recalibrated” for snappier shifts.
In terms of styling, Jaguar says the F-Type’s headlamps have been updated with a new lighting signature and sweeping indicators, while the firm has also added a new clamshell bonnet, fresh front bumper and enlarged grille. Round back, you’ll find redesigned, more slender taillamps.
Inside, we see a new configurable 12,3-inch TFT instrument cluster as well as the Touch Pro infotainment system, now with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as software-over-the-air functionality. Jaguar furthermore says it has “enhanced” the Meridian sound systems on offer.