It’s hard to believe, but the Jaguar F-Type has been with us since 2012. Even more surprising is the fact that the concept car that previewed the F-Type was first shown in September, 2011. That’s a long time in the car world, and while no one is complaining about the F-Type’s looks, Jaguar decided to give it a facelift for 2021. It looks quite a bit angrier than before.
So many modern cars have angry faces, making cars that don’t—like most Jeeps, the Porsche 911, the Mini cooper, and the Fiat 500—stand out. With its headlights extending into the fenders, the F-Type was one of those few. Now, the F-Type has been given the wide aggressive headlights you see in the rest of the Jaguar lineup. There are other visual tweaks, too. The grille has been reshaped, and there are new intakes on opposite sides of the front bumper. To better pair with the new headlights, the clamshell hood was also redesigned, with new vents on top.
From other angles, the design changes are even more subtle. In profile, you’ll notice the new wheels, new (seemingly nonfunctional) fender vents, and that’s about it. At the back, there’s a new bumper, and the E-Type-inspired taillights have been reshaped to look more like those on the I-Pace. Oh, and you can get the badges blacked out, if that’s your sort of thing.
Inside much is the same as before, the most notable update being a snazzy new digital gauge cluster. There are also a handful of new colorways to chose from, and some neat stitching details.
Mechanically, not much has changed either. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque is still standard, while the upgrade choices are a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. The six offers 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque—the 340-hp version of this engine is gone; The V-8 offers 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the F-Type R, matching the figures of the old SVR. In other markets, Jaguar will offer a 450-hp version of this V-8, but not in the U.S.
All-wheel drive is now standard for the V-6 F-Type, meaning the only rear-drive F-Type you can get is the turbo-four. And at this point, we should probably remind you that Jaguar stopped bringing manual F-Types to the U.S. last year since no one bought them.
The F-Type R gets a couple of other mechanical changes, too, including new springs, anti-roll bars, rear knuckles, and software revisions for the adaptive dampers, and stability control and torque vectoring systems. The R’s Pirellis are also 10mm wider than before, measuring 265/35/ZR20 up front and 305/30/ZR20 out back. There’s also a Quiet Start mode, which is great for those who want an F-Type R and don’t want to be kicked out of their neighborhood HOA.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, nor when the 2021 is expected to go on sale. Jaguar did install a big Hot Wheels track inside its design studio for the reveal movie, and it’s pretty rad, though.
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