But a new special edition is now available to soften the blow.
For a relatively niche model, the Jaguar F-Type is available in a surprisingly wide array of configurations. But it's getting a little narrower this year.
For the 2020 model year, American customers will still be able to order the F-Type in coupe or convertible, rear drive or all-wheel drive, and with forced-induction engines ranging from four to eight cylinders. But gone from the lineup – as it is from so many others – is the manual transmission option. And that's a bit of a shame. But in its place, Jaguar is offering a new special edition.
Previously announced for European markets and similarly introduced for the XF sedan and wagon, the Checkered Flag edition pays homage to the XK 120 – one of Jaguar's original sports cars, launched in 1948.
The limited-edition treatment encompasses the Exterior Black Design Pack and features its own unique set of gloss-black, diamond-turned 20-inch alloys housing red brake calipers. The interior's done up in contrast-stitched Ebony Windsor leather with Performance seats, dark-brushed aluminum console, and steering-wheel center mark at 12 o'clock. Special badges feature inside and out, and customers will be able to choose between coupe and convertible bodystyles with two engine options.
The Checkered Flag Limited Edition can be had with either a 2.0-liter turbo four driving 296 horsepower to the rear wheels, or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 sending 380 hp to all four. Other models will still be available as well with the same super-six detuned to 340 hp or the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with either 550 hp (in R spec) or 575 hp (in the top-of-the-line SVR). What you won't be able to get anymore is the six-speed manual, which was until now offered only with the V6 in rear-drive form. Pricing ranges from $61,600 to $12,6700, with the Checkered Flag edition ranging from $71,900 to $96,900.