Newcomer gets black styling touches and a dark interior.
Dubbed the F-Type Chequered Flag, the newcomer is based on the mid-range R-Dynamic model, with hard-top coupe and soft-top convertible versions on offer.
The Chequered Flag model is marked out by its black exterior features, including the model-specific 20-inch alloy wheels and, on the coupe, the black contrast roof. The car also benefits from the Exterior Black Design Pack, which incorporates sportier side sills and glossy black bonnet louvres.
Inside, the car gets black leather upholstery and a dark brushed aluminium centre console fascia, as well as a Chequered Flag logo on the steering wheel, as well as a band of red leather to mark the straight-ahead position. Customers will be able to choose between red or grey contrast stitching, while the sports seats can be had with optional heating and cooling functionality.
On-board technology includes a Meridian audio system, a range of connected-car services and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems, which are making their first appearance in the F-Type.
As standard, the car gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and a digital trip computer, although the dials remain analogue.
Other high-tech features include keyless entry and start, a lane departure warning system and a reversing camera.
Under the F-Type Chequered Flag’s long bonnet, customers get a choice of three engines. The base model comes with the 2-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 296 bhp, but there is the option to upgrade to one of the more powerful 3-litre V6 supercharged units.
The cheapest of these is the 335 bhp version, which manages 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 161 mph. But if that’s not enough, Jaguar will sell you a 375 bhp variant that’s 0.2 seconds faster to 60 mph and manages a 171 mph top speed.
The Chequered Flag is already available to order, with prices starting at £62,335.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, said: “Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama – every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-Type. In creating the Chequered Flag we’ve focused on details which enhance F-Type’s presence and promise of performance – and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast Jaguar sports cars.”
Big cat gets comfortable
As well as revealing the Chequered Flag model, Jaguar has also announced a range of enhancements across the F-Type range. The company has tweaked the car’s suspension to make it more comfortable at low speed, while the rear parking camera and front parking aid are now standard features across the line-up.
Prices for the standard F-Type range from £51,925 for the 2-litre Coupe and rising to more than £118,000 for the four-wheel-drive SVR Convertible, which comes with a 567 bhp supercharged V8.