Jaguar F-Type Special Edition Celebrates 75 Years Of Sports Cars

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F-Type 75 and F-Type R 75 are the curtain call for the Jag F-Type coupe and convertible models.

The Jaguar F-Type is heading for retirement soon, but the British automaker is giving the sleek sports car a fitting send-off in its final model year. Two limited edition models will soon hit showrooms; the F-Type 75 and F-Type R 75 are both powered by the company's glorious supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and pump out 444 and 575 horsepower, respectively. These special models are available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles.

There are some unique exterior touches, too. The front fenders sport subtle badges that showcase the F-Type's elegant silhouette. Both variants also receive exclusive wheels. The F-Type 75 receives five-spoke wheels in a gloss back finish, while the R model gains diamond-turned 10-spoke items finished in gloss black. Round back, you'll find model-specific quad exhaust tips. The more muscular model receives etched 'R' logos.

Buyers can specify Giola Green metallic, an exclusive color for the special editions, as an optional extra.

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Inside, you'll find the vehicle silhouette repeated on the Engine Spin center console trim and the tread plates. The Interior Black Pack is also standard, along with lightweight performance seats (trimmed in Windsor leather) in the special edition models. The extended leather package, along with the Ebony Suedecloth headliner, adds an extra touch of class to the package.

Despite the posh innards, the F-Type 75 models have been upgraded to deliver even better driving performance. Both receive new rear knuckles fashioned out of stiff aluminum. Together with the larger wheel bearings, this provides the driver with more communicative steering. The R model goes even further, with revised upper ball joints which increase toe stiffness and camber. Lastly, both models are equipped with a rear electronic active differential.

The R 75 model is shod with specially developed Pirelli P Zero rubber that provides improved grip.

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"For 75 years Jaguar has been renowned for producing extraordinary sports cars that deliver performance, agility, and maximum driver reward. The F-Type special editions hold true to these principles, adding unique interior and exterior design details to celebrate this lineage before Jaguar becomes an all-electric brand [in] 2025," said Jaguar's Matthew Beaven.

But these special editions aren't the only changes made to the lineup. The entire range has been refreshed with subtle changes. Twenty-inch wheels are now standard across the range. Different designs are available at extra cost, though. Elsewhere, the badging and trim have been treated to a more demure look. The wheel centers and grille badges are now black, and the R and R-Dynamic badges now feature black and gray accent colors.

Just four- and eight-cylinder engines remain, but we don't expect the four-pot to arrive in the USA for the final model year. As a reminder, the F Type R is capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.5 seconds before hitting its top speed of 186 mph.

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The 75 models don't just serve as a goodbye to the F-Type models, but they also celebrate 75 years of Jaguar's sports car legacy. Vehicles such as the glorious E-Type and the iconic XK140 provide Jaguar with an enviable back catalog. Will the automaker be able to continue this legacy into the electric era? That remains to be seen, but CEO Thierry Bollore has said "it's a question that we are looking at very carefully."

In the meantime, gearheads and Jaguar lovers have a few more months to savor the wonderful F-Type in its final year. Jaguar says the first customer deliveries will commence in January 2023, but there's no word yet on when they'll arrive in the states. Price-wise, expect to pay £83,290 (approx. $91,700) for the P450 AWD 75 Coupe. The range-topping P575 AWD R 75 Convertible will set buyers back £108,065 (approx. $119,000).

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