CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The latest Jaguar F-Type two-seat sport car, its maker says, ”looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design in its purest form”. But you’ll have to wait until 2020 for deliveries.
Well, it would, wouldn’t it? And has since it was launched as a two-door, soft-top, convertible or a two-door fastback coupé back in 2013 (read the original 2013 SA launch feature here)
Units are now in Jaguar showrooms in sunny SA so here’s a rundown of what a tiny fraction of the population can look forward to owning…
The range of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines, each spinning an eight-speed Quickshift manual/auto transmission, can be controlled by a normal shift or steering-wheel paddles.
‘FOCUS ON PURITY’
Cabin tech includes a configurable TFT instrument cluster, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and software-over-the-air functionality for software updates.
The F-Type’s design claims to have evolved ”with a focus on even greater purity and discipline to the perfectly-sculpted form”. That means very slim diode headlights* with updated daytime running lights and ”sweeping” ‘turn indicators. The new front bumper and larger grille are said to ”deliver even more visual impact and presence”.
The cabin uses leather (well, it would, hey?) with monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trim.
Each engine – 221kW turbo four-cylinder, 280kW supercharged V6 and 423kW V8 – has active exhaust systems with which to annoy the neighbours. To be kind, a ”quiet start” can be achieved at the touch of a button and the you can play with what Jaguar calls ”that distinctive crackle”.
Raising the output of the all-wheel drive R’s supercharged V8 to 423kW/700Nm (from 405kW/680Nm) delivers, Jaguar says, ”truly outstanding performance in all weathers and in all conditions, while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability”.
For those who still demand such data, the benchmark sprint to 100km/h takes 3.7sec. top speed is limited to what The Corner believes is a totally unnecessary 300km/h.
CHOICE OF RIMS
The various packages run on 20”, 10-spoked, rims controlled by new adaptive shocks, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints.
An F-Type First Edition version based on R-Dynamic models can be ordered for the first year of production to add a Dorchester (it’s a posh hotel in London) Grey finish and five-spoked 20” wheel rims om a variety of colour combinations.
Windsor leather is part of the package along with Monogram embossing, aluminium shift paddles, First Edition branding, and black headlining.
The F-Type range will be introduced to sub-Sahara Africa in2020 and include coupe and convertible models with a choice of engines.