Jaguar designers have had a go at a bit of nip/tuck with the F-Type and boy have they done a decent job. It’s still the same overall shape which is a good thing. They have basically just done the front grill, lights and bonnet as well as rear lights and bumper. Only those of you with a keen eye will notice the changes outback however the front is quite considerably different. Slimmer more angular headlights coupled with vented, curvaceous bonnet gives it a nice aggressive face. It reminds me of an Aston Martin Vantage. The changes are not just to the exterior but beneath the surface too.
The inside has had a bit of a refresh as well, although the changes are fairly minor they do quite a bit to keep the interior up to date. The biggest change is the addition of the digital driver’s display which is a 12.3″ HD TFT screen which is also customisable. The rest is pretty much almost as it was which is still a nice place to be if just a little boring and getting dated. Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and software-over-the-air functionality so future software updates can be made remotely. Two Meridian sound systems are on offer.
Three engine options will be available starting with a 221kw turbocharged four-pot. The supercharged 3.0 V6 with a decent 280kw on tap. The range is spearheaded by the F-Type R. The R makes use of the tried and tested supercharged V8 which I know we all love. This snarling and popping V8 has lost none of its charms and to me, it is one of the best sounding engines. Jaguar has managed to squeeze a few more ponies from it pushing power up from 405kw to 423kw. Torque is up too now at 700nm. This grunt allows the F-Type R to sprint to 100km/h in a claimed 3.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to a staggering 300kmh.
The F-TYPE R’s increased power is matched to a comprehensively uprated chassis with new, wider, 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels in Gloss Black with a diamond-turned finish. New adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints, delivering even greater agility and responsiveness. The question still remains when it comes to the F-type, Does one buy this or a 911? This updated F-Type will go on sale in 2020.