The refreshed 2021 Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible made an online debut on Monday with tweaks to its sleek design, new in-cabin technology, more power, and a focus on fine details. Jaguar didn’t want to mess with that winning formula, so it took a light brush to the British sports car.
A new design for the clamshell hood features air vents positioned closer to the front bumper to aid with efficiency, according to Jaguar. The look is capped off with revised front and rear bumper designs to help differentiate the three F-Type trims; R-Dynamic and R models feature J-shaped aero-blades to guide airflow around the front of the car. Thankfully, the rear haunches haven’t been touched and look as muscular for 2021 as they did when the F-Type debuted in 2014.
Mechanical changes see a simplification of powertrain options. Now the choice is between the 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 for R-Dynamic models, and the 575-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 for R models. The lower-power 340-hp version of the V-6 is no longer available, and the V-8, which previously made 550 hp in the F-type R, now matches the power output formerly only available in the more exclusive SVR, which has now been dropped.
Jaguar didn’t reveal plans for a SVR version of this new F-Type down the road, but we assume one must be in development. Expect even more horsepower from that car if/when it arrives. As of now, Jaguar claims the R will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, the same time as the SVR. Top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph. Every engine configuration comes with an active exhaust system as standard or optional. The R features a new “Quiet Start” mode that’ll help you maintain a friendly relationship with your neighbors.
Inside, drivers will find a familiar interior. While most components carryover, there’s a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a Touch Pro infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Speaking of the infotainment system, it now has software-over-the-air functionality so future updates can be delivered without a visit to dealerships. Two different seats are available, and Jaguar offers a wide array of customization options for materials and colors.
Pricing details for the 2021 Jaguar F-Type haven’t been announced yet. Jaguar will also launch an F-Type Launch Edition. Based on the F-Type R-Dynamic, the First Edition will be available for one model year only and is enhanced with an Exterior Design Pack in contemporary Dark Satin Grey and special five-spoke, 20-inch wheels.