New Jaguar F-Type price and performance revealed

The F-Type was always good looking, but this 2020 update makes it even sharper. That's not the only change though. Keep reading for more

John Evans
Jan 30, 2020

If you thought the Jaguar F-Type coupe was a good looking car, then feast your eyes on these pictures of the new, facelifted version on sale now and priced from £54,060.

The old model, on sale since 2013, impressed car buyers and enthusiasts with its classic E-Type-inspired curves, but to keep the car fresh and competitive against rivals, Jaguar has given it a sharper look. The result is a leaner, more aggressive-looking coupe, ready to go into battle against the likes of the new Porsche 911.

In contrast, Jaguar has left much of the car’s interior alone, the exception being a new 12.3-inch media system, some plusher materials and reminders of Jaguar’s heritage in the form of discreet ‘Jaguar Est. 1935’ references.

Under the restyled bonnet there’s a new version of the F-Type’s existing 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, intended to bridge the gap between the economy-focused 2.0-litre engine, the cheapest in the range, and the most powerful 5.0 litre unit, popular previously for its musical engine note. The 3.0-litre V6, which was offered in two power outputs, is no more. The car itself is expected to be no more in 2022, but until then, these changes give the F-Type a renewed sense of purpose. Read on to find out more about the facelifted Jaguar F-Type.

Quick facts

  • Sharper and more aggressive looks
  • Prices start at £54,060
  • New, lower-powered 5.0-litre engine
  • Plusher interior with new technology
  • Choice of two- or four-wheel drive
  • Coupe and convertible body styles

Jaguar F-Type model range

For an expensive and powerful, two-door, two-seat performance car with very particular appeal, the F-Type manages to offer a surprising array of options to those tempted by one.

For a start, it’s offered in coupe and convertible body styles, the latter costing an extra £5,480. And then there are the engines; three of them ranging from a 300hp 2.0-litre to a 575hp 5.0-litre V8.

On top of that, depending on which engine you choose, you can have the car with rear or four-wheel drive. The former is a traditional layout for a sports car since it helps to make the car more balanced around corners and, because no matter how hard you accelerate, the steering wheel never tugs side to side in your hands.

The downside can be an occasional lack of grip and traction on slippery surfaces, although modern cars like the F-Type have safety aids that can help. And this is why 5.0-litre versions of the F-Type are also offered with four-wheel drive where some of the power is also sent to the front wheels to stabilise the car and improve grip when pulling away at speed. In fact, the most powerful engine is only available with four-wheel drive.

On top of all this, 2.0-litre and low-powered versions of the 5.0-litre F-Type are available in standard, R-Dynamic and First Edition trims, while the most powerful version has its own trim called R. An automatic gearbox is standard – there’s no manual option.

Standard trim features LED headlights, an active sports exhaust that pops and bangs when you lift off the throttle, electric leather sport seats and an upmarket Meridian sound system. New for the facelift is a 12.3-inch digital display in place of conventional dials, and incorporating a sat-nav display. The system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and also offers over-the-air software updates.

For a further £3,000 R-Dynamic brings an even sportier look thanks to a body kit and, for that final touch, chrome sill plates. For a limited time and for another £6,500, there are First Edition versions with larger (20-inch) alloy wheels, unique leather seats and aluminium detailing.

The range is topped off by R trim, exclusive to the most powerful 5.0-litre engine. Unique R branding, an aluminium centre console and red brake calipers are among the highlights.

Jaguar F-Type engines

As before, the F-type engine range opens with the 2.0-litre engine. This four-cylinder unit may look modest but because it is fitted with a power-boosting turbocharger, it produces an impressive 300hp, sufficient to launch the car from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds - quicker than many hot hatchbacks. However, because it has to work so hard, it does only 29.6mpg and emissions are 221g/km CO2.

Even so, those emissions and the model’s starting price of £54,060 for the coupe should be enough to make it popular with company car drivers who have a big monthly allowance but are looking to reduce their benefit-in-kind tax liability. However, it’s the 5.0-litre V8 engines and the new, mid-power 450hp version in particular, that will appeal to more buyers, despite a £69,990 starting price.

The 5.0-litre engine has all the right ingredients: eight cylinders - which produce a rich, dramatic engine note and a supercharger which, like a turbocharger, blasts additional air into the engine for additional power, although over a wider speed range. The 0-62mph time of the 450hp version is just 4.4 seconds while economy is 25.5mpg for the four-wheel-drive model. Emissions are 253g/km CO2.

Remarkably, the most powerful engine, the 575hp 5.0-litre V8, is more economical with figures of 26.4mpg and 247g/km CO2, this despite it accelerating from 0-62mph in a supercar-rivalling 3.5 seconds. However, the price for this greater efficiency is £97,280.

Jaguar F-Type design

With cars like the all-new Porsche 911 to contend with, the facelifted F-Type not only has to perform but must also look the part. Fortunately, on this measure, it does. Jaguar has paid a lot of attention to getting the front of the car just right. It certainly looks more assertive and aggressive than before thanks to narrow, LED headlights that are now located just above the bumper, where the previous car’s larger lenses were set further back on the front wings, and a larger grille. R versions have pixel headlights that reduce glare (they’re a £1,200 option on the other trims).

The edges of the restyled bonnet, which now incorporates vents, continue down into those same wings – designers call it a clamshell – in a nod to the model’s illustrious forebear, the E-type. Elsewhere, references to great Jaguars continue below the new car’s larger grille where a discreet chin spoiler mimics that found on the F-Type Project 7, Jaguar’s fastest-ever car, launched in 2015. The indicators are of the sweeping variety, much like you see on some Audis, and at the back there are new tail lights with an eye-catching LED signature.

Jaguar F-Type interior

The F-Type is a two-seater where rivals such as the Porsche 911 are a two-plus-two - meaning there are two small seats in the back for children or shorter - and flexible - adults; so it’s an uncompromising choice but nevertheless a roomy one. The dimensions of the facelifted model are unchanged so even tall occupants should avoid brushing their head on the roof lining. Leg room was generous in the earlier models, too, and we expect this new one to be no different.

There’s some stowage space behind the seats, too. On paper the boot is quite generous at 310 litres (a little more than a Ford Fiesta) but the space is wide and not very deep, and the opening not especially large, so it’s not a place for bulky items.

Where things have moved up a gear are in the quality of the interior materials, and fit and finish, and the arrival of some new technologies. Plastics look and feel better and the leather is softer.

All versions have a 12.3-inch digital driver information display in place of conventional dials. The F-Type also features sat-nav. Other new additions are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can pair your phone more fully with the car, while software updates can be carried out over the air, so avoiding you having to take the car to a dealer to get them.

Jaguar F-Type exhaust noise

It might seem strange to devote a section to the noise an F-Type makes, but for its designers and customers, it’s as important as the way the car looks. As standard the model is fitted with a so-called active exhaust system that produces a more soul-stirring noise at high speeds. When you lift your foot off the throttle, the exhaust crackles, and pops and bangs, too. It’s all a bit silly, but a key part of the F-Type’s appeal.

On V8-engined cars a new Quiet Start function muffles the sound when you start the car. For owners who don’t mind disturbing their neighbours when leaving early in the morning, it is possible to override this by pressing Dynamic Mode on the switchable exhaust button.

Jaguar F-Type review

Although we haven’t driven the car, we expect the facelifted F-type to be at least as good as its predecessor, with quick and precise steering. It’s a heavy car and not as agile as, say, a Porsche 911 but rear-wheel drive versions are great fun and four-wheel-drives ones more secure in the wet.

The 2.0-litre engine needs working hard and isn’t as characterful as the more powerful engines. However, the car is less nose heavy with this engine and consequently better able to attack corners at speed.

We’ve not driven the new, low-powered V8 but expect it to be a much more suitable match for the F-Type’s looks and potential, and even more so in its most powerful guise. This R model has uprated suspension, too, plus four-wheel drive for an even sportier but more secure driving experience.

Regardless of their engine, all versions have what Jaguar claims is a more responsive automatic gearbox which, as before, can be controlled via the selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles, making for a relaxed but engaging drive.

 

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