Jaguar’s venerable F-Type sports car has received its first major facelift since it first launched in 2014.
The majority of the changes can be found up front, where the existing vertical headlights have been replaced by ultra-slim, horizontal LED units. They’re complemented by a larger front grille, redesigned air intakes and a vented clamshell bonnet, which combine for a more aggressive look than the outgoing car’s.
At the rear, the tail-lights – which sport an updated design – sit above a restyled bumper featuring new exhaust tips and lower diffuser.
Inside, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster from other Jaguar models now features, alongside an updated Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and over-the-air updates as standard.
Few changes have taken place under the bonnet.
The base engine in all markets is still a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol – its 221kW and 400Nm ratings enable a 5.7-second sprint from 0-100km/h.
The mid-spec 3.0-litre supercharged V6 carries over, with unchanged figures of 280kW of power and 460Nm of torque. While Australia and North American markets will still get the V6, stricter new WLTP emissions regulations in Europe will see the death of the six-pot on the Old Continent.
Filling its place will be a lower-output version of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in service in Jaguar’s hot SVR models, detuned to produce 331kW of power and 580Nm of torque. Available with a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive, the British brand claims the new bent-eight variant can run the 0-100km/h benchmark in the mid four-second range.
Sitting atop the range is the F-Type R, powered by the same force-fed V8 now tuned to produce 423kW of power and 700Nm of torque – up 18kW and 20Nm, the same as the outgoing hi-po F-Type SVR. The additional firepower allows it to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, towards a 300km/h top speed.
The R’s chassis has been considerably revised over the pre-facelift model, with its maker reporting “new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints”.
V8 models feature a ‘Quiet Start’ mode as standard, enabling owners to start their eight-cylinder machines without waking their entire suburb.
The facelifted 2020 Jaguar F-Type is available to order in Australia now, with first deliveries scheduled for sometime in 2020.