Say hello to the redesigned 2021 Jaguar F-Type.
The Jaguar F-Type is one of the finest sports cars on the market, but it's starting to show its age having been on sale since 2013. To keep its flagship model looking fresh to fend off the competition, Jaguar has given the F-Type a significant update for the 2021 model year, with a refreshed exterior design and more high-tech interior.
While the proportions look instantly familiar, the 2021 Jaguar F-Type boasts a sharper, more contemporary design thanks to new super-slim LED lights slim and subtly updated daytime running lights. The light graphic "accentuates the car's visual width and hints at its performance potential," while new front bumpers and a wider grille with a new hexagonal mesh pattern give the F-Type more presence. The surround is finished as standard in satin Noble Chrome or gloss black when the Black Exterior Pack is specified, and the new bumpers feature discrete signature graphics to distinguish different models.
A new clamshell hood design features flowing surfaces inspired by vintage Jaguar models such as the C-Type and D-Type. The air vents are also positioned further forward to improve efficiency, and the fender vents now feature the Jaguar Leaper. At the back, the LED rear light clusters have been subtly updated with a slimmer design and bolder light graphics introduced by the electric I-Pace SUV. In a first for Jaguar, the rear badges feature a gloss black finish with the Black Exterior Pack.
Jaguar describes the core F-Type's look as "clean and sculptural", while the F-Type R-Dynamic model gains layered J aero-blades that guide the airflow around the front of the car. F-Type R models, on the other hand, feature gloss black bezels around the apertures, while aerodynamically-optimized strakes further reduce drag.
Inside, the driver-focused cabin has been updated with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster with unique graphics. Three display themes are available including a full map, while the default option features a large central tachometer.
Like the outgoing model, the 2021 F-Type is also equipped with a Touch Pro infotainment system featuring a ten-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and software over-the-air support as standard. The seat belt guides and glovebox release button surround are also finished with subtle 'Jaguar Est. 1935' markings referencing the year the Jaguar name was first used by company founder Sir William Lyons.
More changes can be found under the hood. Jaguar's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that powers the F-Type R now produces 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque – that's 25 more hp and 14 more lb-ft than the outgoing model. 0-62 mph takes 3.5 seconds before the F-Type R maxes out at 186 mph. To enhance the driving experience, Jaguar has also recalibrated the power steering system and fitted new springs and anti-roll bars.
The valves inside each damper and the control algorithms have also been recalibrated to improve both low-speed comfort and high-speed control. Camber and toe stiffness have increased by 37 percent and 41 percent respectively thanks to new larger wheel bearings, revised upper ball joints and rear knuckles with new aluminum die castings, resulting in a more connected steering feel. Paired with new 10-spoke 20-inch wheels in gloss black with a diamond-turned finish, the Pirelli P Zero tires are 0.3 inches wider than before.
Contrary to rumors, the F-Type R Dynamic retains Jaguar's sublime supercharged 3.0-liter V6, producing 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque and is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive. The base F-Type, on the other hand, is still offered with a 2.0-liter turbo producing 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph takes 5.4 seconds before the base F-Type tops out at 155 mph. All F-Type models send power through an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
Pricing details for the 2021 Jaguar F-Type haven't been announced yet. Jaguar will also launch an F-Type Launch Edition. Based on the F-Type R-Dynamic, the First Edition will be available for one model year only and is enhanced with an Exterior Design Pack in contemporary Dark Satin Grey and special five-spoke, 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the F-Type First Edition features 12-way Windsor Leather seats in Ebony with Light Oyster stitching, or Mars with Flame Red stitching. Other highlights include an instrument cluster wrapped in Ebony Suedecloth with Monogram embossing, aluminum gearshift paddles, an exclusive aluminium center console finisher with First Edition branding, and an Ebony Suedecloth headliner.
As part of a new partnership, a 1:64-scale model of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type was created by Hot Wheels and raced around a 761-feet Hot Wheels track, making 25 loop-the-loops and three gravity-defying jumps.