For the most part of this year we’ve seen the latest models to grace our shores are all-new and clearly changed in their entirety; others, like the 2021 Jaguar F-TYPE look at first glance to have merely received a polish, and yet the differences are actually huge.
For 2021, Jaguar has thrown new super-slim pixel LED headlights, at its stunning coupe and convertible, featuring subtly revised ‘Calligraphy’ J signature daytime running lights. At the rear, slender tail lights inherit ‘Chicane’ LED signatures similar to the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.
That thankfully changes the interior as well. The F-TYPE’s driver-focussed 1+1 interior has been refined wit a heightened sense of luxury and sportiness. Along with deployable centre air vents, the start button’s pulsing red ‘heartbeat’ conveys a sense of theatre , while ‘Jaguar Est.1935’ markings on the centre console finisher, glovebox release button surround and seat-belt guides offer subtle reminders of Jaguar’s rich heritage.
Then there’s that 12.3-inch HD TFT instrument cluster with reconfigurable graphics. Here drivers have a choice of display themes, including a full-screen navigation map, but in true sports car fashion the default mode is set to a large central rev-counter.
According to Jaguar South Africa, three engine options are available to South African customers starting with a 221kW/400Nm Ingenium 2.0-litre 4-cylinder P300. This model dashes from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 250km/h, with an average combined fuel consumption of 7.2l/100km.
An ever-popular supercharged 3.0-litre V6 P380 with 280kW and 460Nm delivers 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds and maximum speed of 275km/h. The V6 is offered with a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive, and benefits from a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Finally, available throughout the first year of production is a special First Edition version of the P380 all-wheel drive exclusively. The First Edition adds 20” Diamond Turned alloys, ‘First Edition’ scripting on the door tread plates and aluminium instrument panel finisher and Windsor leather Performance seats in a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster stitching or Mars Red with Flame stitching. The First Edition is available in three colours – Fuji White, Santorini Black or Eiger Grey.
Setting a benchmark for a driver-focused sports car with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 at its heart, is the new F-TYPE R P575. The R makes more than generous outputs of 423kW and 700Nm and can blitz the 0-100km/h test in 3.7 seconds with a max speed of 300km/h.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is already on dealership floors while pricing starts at R1,243,000 and R1,241,000 for the Coupe and Convertible models respectively.
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