Improved tech on the inside includes a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system supporting over-the-air updates.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible arrive bringing a fresh look for the brand's sporty model, but there's more than just a prettier face. Jag also uses this update as an opportunity to install a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and introduce a new V8 engine tune.

Gallery: 2021 Jaguar F-Type

There's no problem seeing the changes from the outside. The designers sculpt a new, low-slung nose and reorient the headlights so that they now stretch horizontally across the front. The bonnet also has subtle styling changes to match the more curvaceous appearance from this refresh.

The revisions at the rear are far less noticeable. The taillights now have a more angular shape. The lower bumper and diffuser continue to vary depending on the powertrain choice.

Stepping inside reveals more of the big updates. The 2021 F-Type follows the current trend of adopting a digital instrument cluster to replace the traditional analogue gauges. The infotainment system gains standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the tech is now capable of over-the-air software updates.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.0-litre supercharged V6 carry over for the 2021 model, but the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has some tweaks. The 567-bhp and 516-lb-ft version from the range-topping SVR is now available on the F-Type R trim. It gets the model to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and to an electrically limited top speed of 186 mph. The model also gains a revised suspension with adaptive dampers, updated springs, tweaked anti-roll bars, and stiffer components for the rear knuckles and ball joints.

For Europe, there's a new tune of the V8 making 444 bhp and 428 pound-feet of torque. It's available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. This mill gets the Jag to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Both V8 engine options get a Quiet Start function that keeps the active exhaust valves closed for a more subdued sound until the driver really gets on the throttle.

The 2021 F-Type Coupe is available for order no in the UK and starts at £54,060, versus £52,310 for the existing one.

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THE NEW JAGUAR F-TYPE

    • New design: F-TYPE evolves into a purer, more sculpted and assertive expression of the definitive Jaguar sports car
    • Luxurious materials, exacting craftsmanship and beautiful detailing define the driver-focused interior
    • New 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster, enhanced Meridian audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enrich the driving experience
    • F-TYPE R gains 575PS supercharged V8 for 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds and an uprated chassis with new springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and rear knuckles
    • New 450PS supercharged V8 models introduced – rear- and all-wheel driven –with dynamics tuned for exploitable performance and driver engagement
    • Quickshift transmission meticulously recalibrated to offer even faster, crisper gear changes using learning from the 200mph Jaguar XE SV Project 8
    • First Edition with Exterior Design Pack, Black Contrast Roof, unique 20-inch wheels, and 12-way Windsor Leather Performance Seats with Monogram stitch
    • Watch the global reveal film here [link]
    • Available to order now at jaguar.com and priced from £54,060 in the UK 

Monday 02 December 2019, Whitley, UK – The new Jaguar F-TYPE looks more beautiful than ever and embodies Jaguar design DNA in its purest form. The two-seat sports car offers a perfect balance of performance and driver reward with an even more muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by rich, luxurious materials and beautiful details.

The range of powerful, responsive engines includes four-, six- and eight-cylinder options*, all matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The new F-TYPE also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, high-definition, 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience without having to visit a Retailer. Two superb Meridian sound systems also offer enhanced sound reproduction.

Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, said: “Design the most beautiful sports car, with purity, proportion and presence that’s unmistakably Jaguar: that was the challenge we set ourselves. The new F-TYPE is more dramatic than ever, with even greater clarity of purpose in every line, surface and feature, and embodies true Jaguar design DNA.

State-of-the-art technologies together with luxurious materials and finishes deliver beauty with purpose in an interior which will delight driver and passenger alike even before the engine starts and the journey begins. Jaguar has been making sports cars for more than 70 years, and that rich heritage has inspired the team to create something truly extraordinary.”

F-TYPE’s award-winning design has evolved still further with a focus on even greater purity and discipline to the perfectly-sculpted form. Super-slim pixel LED headlights** with subtly updated signature ‘Calligraphy’ J daytime running lights, and sweeping direction indicators, blend perfectly into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the new clamshell bonnet, exaggerating the car’s visual width and accentuating its assertive stance. The new front bumper and subtly enlarged grille deliver even more visual impact and presence.

The rear haunches enhance the F-TYPE’s inherently dramatic, purposeful form, while the new slender rear lights combine an unmistakable LED chicane signature, inspired by the Jaguar I-PACE all-electric Performance SUV, with subtle monogram pattern detailing and a fine ‘pinstripe’ beneath.

The interior combines traditional Jaguar craftsmanship with rich, contemporary materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome. Beautiful details include monogram stitch patterns in the seats and door trims, Jaguar Leaper motifs in the headrests, and subtle ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides.

The 12.3-inch reconfigurable HD TFT instrument cluster offers a choice of different displays, including full map mode but, as befits a true sports car, the default mode is characterised by the large central rev counter. This feature and the gearshift light subtly convey the F-TYPE’s driver-focused character and performance potential.

Even before the drive begins, the F-TYPE delights the driver with the visual theatre of flush, deployable door handles and deployable air vents. Pressing the start button brings the car to life with its hallmark exhaust flare as purposeful as ever

All engines – 300PS turbocharged four-cylinder, 380PS supercharged V6 and 450PS and 575PS V8s – feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard. Customers who choose the 450PS or 575PS supercharged V8s benefit from the new Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined sound – the electrically-actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.

The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-TYPE, remains, the sounds meticulously tuned to suit the range of powerful four-,six-, and eight-cylinder engines. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters reduce emissions.

Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-TYPE, said: “The new F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car and continues to set the benchmark for design purity, driver engagement and reward, and a truly visceral driving experience – it makes every journey extraordinary.

Its timeless looks are more assertive than ever, technologies such as the high-definition virtual instrument cluster deepen the driver-focused feel of the interior, while the range of powertrains offers a breadth of choice unrivalled in the segment. Enthusiasts will appreciate the new F-TYPE R’s 575PS supercharged V8, enhanced chassis and intelligent all-wheel drive system, which deliver truly outstanding performance in all conditions while retaining its inherent tractability and usability.”

The new 450PS supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable and rewarding performance – its maximum torque of 580Nm being generated from just 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive and – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both versions can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 177mph.

Raising the output of the all-wheel drive F-TYPE R’s supercharged V8 to 575PS and 700Nm (up from 550PS and 680Nm respectively) delivers truly outstanding performance in all weathers and in all conditions, while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability. Performance is exceptional: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 186mph.

The F-TYPE R’s increased power is matched to a comprehensively uprated chassis with new, wider, 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels in Gloss Black with diamond-turned finish, and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints, delivering even greater agility and responsiveness.

Taking all of the learning accrued from the development of the limited-edition, 200mph Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the Quickshift transmissions in both the new F-TYPE R and the 450PS V8 models have been meticulously recalibrated for a more engaging driving experience. The new F-TYPE R specifically offers even faster, crisper gear changes when the driver commands shifts manually via the steering wheel-mounted paddles or the SportShift gear selector. Both upshifts and downshifts are more immediate and give an even more connected and responsive feel.

Customers also have the choice of the exclusive F-TYPE First Edition. Based on the R-Dynamic models, the First Edition is offered for one model year only, and has refinements such as the Exterior Design Pack in contemporary Dorchester Grey and five-spoke, 20-inch wheels in Gloss Technical Grey with contrast Diamond-Turned finish, complementing the choice of Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Fuji White paint.

The interior features 12-way Windsor Leather seats in Ebony with Light Oyster stitching, or Mars with Flame Red stitching. Other highlights include the instrument cluster wrapped in Alcantara with Monogram embossing, aluminium gearshift paddles, an Engine Spin centre console finisher with First Edition branding, and an Ebony Suedecloth headliner.

The F-TYPE range is built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant in the UK and consists of:

F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible:

      • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD
      • 380PS 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD
      • 450PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD

 

F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible:

      • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD
      • 380PS 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD
      • 450PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD

 

F-TYPE First Edition Coupé and Convertible:

      • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD
      • 380PS 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD
      • 450PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD

 

F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible:

      • 575PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD


* The new global engine line-up is market-dependant

** Pixel LED headlights are exclusively available on the new F-TYPE R

 

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Editors’ notes

The Jaguar F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car and has won 178 awards to date, including World Car Design of the Year.

The Jaguar F-TYPE range offers an unrivalled breadth of capability in the sports car segment, from the entry-level rear-wheel drive 300PS four-cylinder model up to the all-wheel drive 575PS V8 R.

The new global engine line-up is market-dependant:

    • UK, EU and select Overseas markets: 300PS four-cylinder, 450PS V8, 575PS V8
    • North America: 300PS four-cylinder, 380PS V6, 575PS V8
    • China: 300PS four-cylinder, 380PS V6
    • Rest-of-world: 300PS four-cylinder, 380PS V6, 575PS V8

Complementing the 12 core paint colours, customers can choose from 16 exclusive colours in the SVO Premium Palette, each one meticulously designed by Special Vehicle Operations.

Jaguar’s sports car lineage spans more than 71 years, beginning with the XK120. At reveal at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1948, this beautiful 120mph roadster was the world’s fastest production car.

 

About Jaguar

Jaguar’s heritage of elegant design and breathtaking performance has excited and delighted the world for over 80 years. Today’s world-class Jaguar family comprises the award-winning XE, XF and XJ saloons, the dramatic F-TYPE sports car, the F-PACE performance SUV – the fastest-selling Jaguar ever – the E-PACE compact performance SUV and I-PACE, the all-electric performance SUV and 2019 World Car of the Year that puts Jaguar at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.