On its launch in 2013, the F-TYPE was described as the spiritual successor to the 1961 E-type, a car so iconic that even Enzo Ferrari was moved to describe it as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’. In between E and F there had been other two-door sporting Jaguars such as the XJ-S and XK, but these were luxury grand tourers, whereas the F-TYPE was designed from the start as an uncompromising sports car.
Time moves on, and now the new 2020 F-TYPE features a design refresh, technology update and revised powertrain line-up.
The headline news for the 2020 F-TYPE range is that Jaguar no longer offers a supercharged V6 3.0 engine. Instead, there’s now an additional V8 model. The entry model remains the four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium engine, which delivers 300PS and maximum torque of 400Nm. This drives the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission, and the 0-62mph benchmark takes 5.7 seconds. Next up, and replacing the former 3.0 V6, comes a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that can be chosen either with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
This model develops 450 metric horsepower and 580Nm, for a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds. Performance flagship is the F-TYPE R, which is also powered by a supercharged 5.0 V8 but develops 575PS and 700Nm.The sprint from 0-62mph is brushed aside in 3.7 seconds, and this model is only available with all-wheel drive.
New design director Julian Thompson loved the look of the original F-TYPE, so he and his team have focused on detail, sharpening it up and adding an extra touch of aggression. The headlights are narrower and ‘angrier’, using the latest in Pixel LED technologies, and the grille is both wider and deeper. The new clamshell bonnet makes the front end look longer and lower, even though the actual dimensions are unchanged.
The bonnets contours are also flowing and organic than before, for an effect that Jaguar describes as ‘liquid metal’. At the rear the slim LED taillights have been remodelled to a more angular shape. Overall, it’s not a seismic change, more a sharper look to a design that was already mean, lean and well proportioned.
The F-TYPE’s updated cockpit now features a configurable 12.3-inch driver display, with graphics that are unique to this model. In default mode this displays a large central tachometer. A central 10” touchscreen controls the Connected Navigation Pro5 system, which has real‑time traffic updates and online music streaming as well as smartphone compatibility via Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™.
Two Meridian sound systems are available, one with 380W and the other with a full 770W Surround Sound 10-speaker set up. Another feature, the Jaguar Remote app, allows you to track your journeys, check your fuel level and even find your way back to the car remotely with on-foot directions. Optional Pixel LED headlights use intelligent technology for the main beam to avoid dazzling other drivers and even adapt to the curvature of the road.
As part of the 2020 upgrade, the new F-TYPE comes with
Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition as standard.
Front and rear parking sensors and rear camera take the stress out of low-speed
manoeuvring in car parks or tight spaces. Optional systems include Park Assist,
which will take over the steering when it selects a suitable space for parallel
or perpendicular parking. Another option, Blind Spot Assist keeps an eye out
for traffic that’s in your blind spot when on motorways.
The F-TYPE has always been an uncompromising two-seater sports car – Jaguar calls it a ‘1+1’ – with power and agility at the heart of its appeal. That much, thankfully, is unchanged. Instead the refreshed design, upgraded 2020s infotainment system and revised drivetrain line-up gives it a fresh lease of life and makes day to day ownership even more enjoyable.
|Vehicle length||4470 mm / 176 in|
|Vehicle width||1923 mm / 75.7 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1311 mm|
|Wheelbase||2622 mm / 103.2 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1520 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||5.0-litre/V8|
|Engine Capacity||5000 cc|
|Max Torque||700 Nm @ 3500 rpm|
|Max Power||575 PS @ 6,500 rpm|
|Top Speed||186 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph: 3.5 sec|
|Combined cycle||29.9 mpg|