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The Jaguar F Type has already earned the title of future classic, thanks to its jaw dropping looks, performance and refinement which hark back to iconic E type. Now Jaguar has lifted the covers on the next F Type, and Jaguar Land Rover New Zealand have confirmed pricing and model variants which are on their way to New Zealand this year.
According to the General Manager of JLR NZ, Steve Kenchington, the new F Type is a modern classic updated to reflect today’s technology. “We’re always impressed by how the Jaguar team manages to improve vehicles each model year and this year’s F-TYPE is no exception. While challenging to take a modern classic to the next step, the team have done so with vast improvements both inside and externally on the vehicle. In addition is a significant technology upgrade that helps lift Jaguar into a much more contemporary set of brands,” says Steve.
The biggest change to the F Type is the styling. The front seems to reflect styling cues of the XE and the all-electric I Pace in the range, with its slim wrap around head and taillights and rounded off mesh inspired radiator grill. The original F Type was a pretty thing indeed, and in this writer’s opinion, the new one is just as beautiful to behold in pictures. Really hoping it’s the same story up close.
Three models with three engine choices will be available to Kiwi buyers. The range kicks off with the $139,900NZ P300 R Dynamic. Powered by a 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Jaguar claim a top speed of 250km/h and zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds.
The mid-range P380 R Dynamic retains the sweet sounding 3.0-litre supercharged V6 as the previous generation, now with 380hp and 460Nm of torque. Your $164,900NZ also gets you a mechanical limited slip differential. The flagship the F Type range was always the insane F Type R, and it is business as usual with the new one. Called the P575 R, it will set you back $214,900NZ, and is set to rearrange your fillings thanks to a 575hp supercharged V8, providing a sprint to 100 in 3.6 seconds and a top whack of 322km/h.
Regardless which variant does it for you, all new F Type’s benefit from Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission, however the system has been recalibrated thanks to input from Jaguar’s mental limited edition XE SV Project 8 super saloon. Jaguar claim faster and crisper shifts, and if their track record is anything to go by, each shift will be accompanied by a crackle of the exhaust.
All F Type’s come with aluminium double wishbone suspension, front and rear, and electric power steering, with new springs and anti-roll bars, Jaguar claim the new F Type is the best handling yet. Inside, the F Type gets a new 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster with incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard. Plus, the option of Meridian premium sound system is offered, however, I would much rather listen to the bellowing V8.
Fingers crossed Jaguar New Zealand will have the new F Type on fleet later in the year. Cant wait.
By Ben Selby