2021 Jaguar F-Type – An athletic, powerful, and comfortable sports car

Jaguar has decided to go all-electric by 2025, which means you soon you won’t be able to hear the roar of its supercharged 5.0L V8 pumping energy to the range-topping F-Type P575. However, before it happens, the automaker has introduced a less powerful and more affordable version of the 5.0L V8. It will be available in the upcoming F-Type P450 variant in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive layouts. 

Let’s look at the details to find out more about this characterful British sports car.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is available in both coupe and convertible body styles. There are three trim levels on offer right now, namely P300, P380, and P575. The P450 coupe and convertible variants will hit the showrooms in South Africa in the second half of 2021.

The base P300 carries a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 221kW. It is a rear-wheel-drive only model, which means you can’t pair it with an all-wheel-drive. This model can hit 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h.

The P380 comes equipped with a 3.0L supercharged V6 generating 280kW with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 275 km/h. It is accessible in both RWD and AWD.

As said earlier, the range-topping P575 features a 5.0L supercharged V8 engine generating 423kW, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds. The top speed is limited to 300 km/h, and it is exclusively available in all-wheel-drive.

The upcoming P450, with its less powerful 5.0L V8, can develop 331 kW and 580 Nm of torque with 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 285 km/h. The engine mates to ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission with fully adaptive dampers and offers the sound signature of its powerful V8.

Jaguar is offering three drive modes: Sport, Dynamic, and Rain, Ice, Snow. Activating the Dynamic Mode toughens the suspension, makes the exhaust note louder and speeds up the throttle response. Rain, Ice, Snow Mode are for corresponding weather conditions, limiting the power for better control. It doesn’t matter which drive mode you select; you feel safe and have fun behind the wheel.

The new 2021 Jaguar F-Type looks lean, elegant and athletic from any angle thanks to the bold new front grille, a long, muscular clamshell bonnet, signature ‘J’ blade LED Daytime Running Lights, and monogram pattern taillights. The interior is inspired by fighter jet ergonomics with a focus on just one thing – comfort.  

The technology suite includes Connected Navigation Pro4 with real-time traffic updates, Online Media for music streaming, and compatible smartphone integration. The infotainment touchscreen is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Jaguar has ensured safety through Driver Condition Monitor, Rear Camera, Front and Rear Parking Aid, and Lane Keep Assist. The Park Assist and Blind Spot Assist Pack are optional.

The entry-level 2021 Jaguar F-Type coupe starts at R1,292,700 and tops out at R2,519,600. (Prices correct at time of publication.) The pricing information of the P450 models is not yet available.

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