Do you know how long we’ve had the Jaguar F-Type prowling the streets here in America? It’s actually been around over seven years now, and it’s still one of the best-looking sports cars out there. The F-Type, like several other Jaguars, had a pretty timeless design, and it’s so good looking there was hardly a need to update it. But Jaguar’s gone ahead and done it anyway, so here is the result: the 2021 Jaguar F-Type.
It’s not a complete, ground-up redesign, but a fairly substantial facelift. Its front end looks more aggressive by way of a larger side grilles paired with smaller LED headlights. It looks mean, and (praise!) it still has the firepower to match its looks.
Yes, there is still a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine on the base models. That engine actually puts out a respectable 296 horsepower, which should shuffle the revamped F-Type along perfectly well. The S variant retains its 380 horsepower V6 engine, but that’s not the one you want either, is it? At the top end, you want the F-Type R, complete with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. That one puts out more power than before, with its output increased to 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Sadly, none of these options feature a manual transmission — Jaguar killed that off in the 2020 model. Instead, you get an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Unlike the previous model year, you can only get the V6 option with all-wheel drive. 2021 Jaguar F-Type models still come in coupe and convertible versions across all the powertrains.
On the inside, the first change that hits you is the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. You also get a familiar 10-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. Jaguar says that, “Luxurious materials, exacting craftsmanship and beautiful detailing define the driver-focused interior.” Sounds nice, and indeed it looks nice, if remarkably similar to the old F-Type. Apart from the cluster, the interior isn’t a huge shift from what we already know.
Jaguar didn’t announce pricing on the new F-Type yet, but I don’t suspect it will change much from the current entry price. The 2020 Jaguar F-Type starts from $61,600 and rises beyond $101,800 for the F-Type R.