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2021 Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type facelift revealed: 2021 model gets new eyes, loses the V6

2021 Jaguar F-Type

After six years on sale, the Jaguar F-Type has been facelifted for 2020. Quite literally, given that the F-Type has an all-new face.

This joins a revised engine range and interior updates, for the most comprehensive update to Jaguar’s two-seat sports car since its introduction.

More in line with the other models in the range, the F-Type trades its curvaceous XK-esque lighting for sharp ‘super-slim’ units. The LED ‘Pixel’ headlights are standard on the R and an option everywhere else.

These join the new clamshell that has ‘liquid metal’ surfacing and new air outlets. The grille and lower intakes at the front are a bit more familiar, though also come subtly updated.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

At the rear, it’s much more familiar. The razor-like lights the F-Type introduced way back when are now less curvy, and more to I-Pace, E-Pace and updated XE ‘chicane signature’ specification. If you go for the F-Type R, you get nice ‘R’ detailing on the exhaust tips.

“Design the most beautiful sports car, with purity, proportion and presence that’s unmistakably Jaguar: that was the challenge we set ourselves,“ said Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director.

“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.”

2021 Jaguar F-Type

On the inside, again, it’s very much evolution rather than revolution. In terms of design and layout, all remains more or less the same.

However, gone are the analogue dials, replaced by a fully digital 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display. The standard mode lends itself to the F-Type’s sporting character – a big central tachometer, with a gearshift indicator.

This screen can be configured a variety of different ways, including to display the full map. In the new Touch Pro infotainment system is standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as, as previously reported, over-the-air updates.

A subtle but nice touch – ‘Jaguar Est 1935’ around the glovebox button (see the image below).

2020 Jaguar F-Type – under the bonnet2021 Jaguar F-Type

So what’s changed under the skin? Well, the spec sheet at a distance will reveal that the long-standing supercharged V6 engine has been dropped entirely. The range is comprised now exclusively of V8s and four-cylinders.

Those that had hoped the new JLR straight-six would make its way into the F-Type, we’re sorry for the bad news.

Beginning at the bottom, there is the 300 hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo that we’ve become used to, coming in rear-wheel-drive only.

In terms of V8s, there is a 450 hp and 575 hp version available, the latter of course coming in the R, which is also all-wheel-drive only. The 450 hp variant can be had in either AWD or RWD.

Getting all that power to the ground is an updated version of the quickshift transmission, with learning taken from the monstrous XE Project 8.

F-Type – still a muscle car in a sports car suit?2021 Jaguar F-Type

Previous F-Types, especially the raucous R, got a reputation for being muscle cars in disguise. Their raspy V8s and lairy power delivery betrayed the car’s dainty looks.

For 2021, Jaguar says it’s ‘comprehensively uprated’ the chassis. New wider 20-inch wheels join adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints.

As for performance? Spoiler alert, it’s still rapid. The 450 hp V8s get to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the R will get there in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 177 mph for the V8, and an electronically limited 186 mph for the R.

Prices will kick off from £54,060, and you can order now. Of course, expect inevitable silly versions with SV badging to arrive later.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

“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,” said Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-Type.

“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 575 hp 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.”

2021 Jaguar F-Type – In pictures

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2021 Jaguar F-Type Hot Wheels

New Hot Wheels Jaguar F-Type meets the real thing, ‘hits 300 mph’

2021 Jaguar F-Type Hot Wheels

Jaguar has tested the revised 2020 F-Type on a challenging 44-corner course including 25 loop-the-loops and three gravity-defying jumps… in 1:64 scale Hot Wheels guise.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Hot Wheels

The 232-metre Hot Wheels orange course was laid out within the new Jaguar Design Studio, with inspiration seemingly coming from the British firm’s design director himself, Julian Thomson.

“As a designer and huge car enthusiast, Hot Wheels models have been a part of my life since childhood,” said Thomson. “They capture the imagination, make owning the car of your dreams a reality, and give you the first opportunity to actually ‘drive’ a car.

“Seeing such a finely-detailed 1:64 scale model of the new F-Type race around the studio, showcasing every stage in our design process, was a truly unique experience.”

Hot Wheels tour of Jaguar Design

2021 Jaguar F-Type Hot Wheels

The Hot Wheels track followed a course from a design review of original sketches, across their digitally rendered equivalents, over colour and materials samples, and a clay model, before finishing alongside the real thing.

The course was designed by Official Hot Wheels master track designer Paul Schmid: he calculated the tiny car reached a scale-equivalent speed of 300 mph in the studio.

The Hot Wheels Jaguar F-Type itself was created by a joint team, using actual CAD data from the real thing. Hot Wheels even replicated the car’s new Velocity Blue colour.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Hot Wheels

The team then ‘camouflaged’ the model car so it could be unwrapped and revealed in a special film.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Hot Wheels

“We’ve been working with Jaguar for over 40 years,” said Hot Wheels product design senior manager Bryan Benedict, “but this was an opportunity to do something really special with a car that was not yet on sale.

“To go behind the doors of the top-secret Jaguar Design Studio and work with the talented design team to bring this car to life and reveal it on unmistakable orange and blue track was a unique opportunity.”

The new 2021 model year Jaguar F-Type is available to order now. The Hot Wheels Jaguar F-Type launches November 2020.