PRETORIA, South Africa – The 2020 Jaguar F-Type coupes and convertibles haves arrived in South Africa with further improved dynamics and a greater focus on ”driver engagement”.
Jaguar says its two-seater sport car has evolved from its World Car Design-winning predecessor’s form through very slim diode headlights framed by J daytime lights and, at the rear, revised Calligraphy J signature daytime running lights similar to those on the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.
The shell is still reminiscent of the 1960’s X-Type though the bonnet, Jaguar says, flows to a grille that is slightly wider and deeper with a new hexagonal mesh pattern.
Fender vents now feature the Jaguar ‘Leaper’ motif and the bumpers, updated front and rear, have been further changed away from those of the F-Type R-Dynamic to the range-topping F-Type R.
The fascia now carries a 12.3-inch high-definition cluster with reconfigurable graphics unique to the F-Type . There’s a choice of display – among them a satnav map with default mode a large central rev-counter.
Windsor leather upholstery, door trim, and head restraints are monogrammed with Leaper or R motifs. On that level, there’s the option of seat heating/cooling and R-Dynamic units have the Sport version. R and First Edition units have a ”performance” seat with extra shoulder support.
Standard equipment in the R-Dynamic package includes diode headlights, 19” alloy wheel rims, six-way electric seat adjustment, keyless entry, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 31cm interactive instrument cluster, six crash restraint cushions and a fixed glass roof.
THREE ENGINE DERIVATIVES
The range-topping F-Type R adds dioed headlights, electric 12-way memory seats, black Windsor leather, 20” alloy rims and an R body kit.
- Three engine options are available to South African buyers: a 221kW/400Nm Ingenium two-litre, four-cylinder P300 capable of 0-100km/h in 5.7sec, 250km/h, but an average combined fuel consumption of 7.2l/100km.
- A three-litre V6 280kW/460Nm delivers 0-100km/h in 4.9sec and 275km/h through rear or all all-wheel drive, and a mechanical limited-slip differential. Available for the first year of production will be First EditionP380 all-wheel drive exclusively. The First Edition adds 20” alloy rims, ‘First Edition’ scripting on the door tread plates and an aluminium instrument panel finisher. Three body colours will be available- white, black or grey.
- Setting what Jaguar calls ”a benchmark” for a sport car with a five-litre, supercharged, V8 is an F-Type R P575 capable of 423kW/700Nm 0-100km/h in 3.7sec, and 300km/h.
The V8’s transmission has a choice of steering-wheel paddles or floor shift and all-wheel drive support when needed.
New springs and anti-roll bars are said to enhance the control of continuously-variable shock-absorbers, each fitted with valves calibrated to, Jaguar says, ”improve low-speed comfort or high-speed control”.
The standard F-Type R has 380mm front and 376mm rear brake discs; optional are 398mm/380mm discs and six- and four-piston monobloc calipers.
Model-specific Pirelli P Zero tyres (265/35/ZR20 or 305/30/ZR20) are 10mm wider than standare and can be fitted to 10-spoked, 20”, gloss-black rims exclusive to the Type R.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P300 RWD – R1 243 000
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P380 RWD – R1 513 700
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P380 AWD – R1 659 300
Jaguar F-Type First Edition – R1 659 300
Jaguar F-Type R P575 AWD – R2 422 700
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P300 RWD – R1 241 000
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P380 RWD – R1 511 800
Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic P380 AWD – R1 652 800
Jaguar F-TYPE First Edition – R1 652 800
Jaguar F-TYPE R P575 AWD – R2 421 000