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NEW F-TYPE CHANNELS CELEBRATED PEDIGREE
When the striking Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe went on sale in 2014, its pedigree could be traced back to the acclaimed beauty of the E-TYPE sports car from the ‘60s and ‘70s, including the ultra-slim wrap-around taillights and the shape of the grille. CarExpert’s Anthony Crawford took the latest model to arrive on Australian shores - the F-TYPE P380 First Edition - for a test drive and discovered “a Jaguar sports car that’s never looked better”.
The new F-TYPE, Crawford says, takes an evolutionary approach to design with revised front and rear bumpers, along with a new grille surround, bonnet, and front guard vents. Visual highlights include slimline pixel LED headlights with animated directional indicators, and there is a choice between three special exterior colours - Eiger Grey, Santorini Black, and Fuji White. Inside, “there’s no mistaking the latest iteration of the F-Type for anything other than a proper sports car” with aluminium gearshift paddles, and First Edition tread plates. The Windsor Leather Performance seats with metal inserts and embossed logo on the headrests “look the business, but also offer superb comfort and support”.
Under the long bonnet is a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 with 280kW of power and 460Nm of torque. Top speed is 275km/h, and it powers from standstill to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. The vehicle “awakens with a proper bark before settling down” when you hit the starter button, and “can be downright ferocious when leaned on from a standing start – like the proverbial scalded cat”. Mid-range punch is also very impressive, and “switching to Dynamic ups the ante considerably, especially when it comes to throttle response. It feels quicker than its 4.9 second claim. A lot quicker”.
The First Edition comes equipped with a “host of creature comforts” including auto-dimming/power-folding/heated door mirrors, 12-way electric seats with memory, and single-zone climate control. There’s also a Meridian 380W 10-speaker sound system with two subwoofers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 10-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors. The safety kit includes autonomous emergency braking, driver monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.
Crawford says the new F-TYPE is “as much about aesthetics as it is about performance and there’s a good blend of both in this First Edition model”. The supercharged V6 has more in common with its E-Type heritage than the supercharged V8 version, and “it’s also the car that feels the most manageable and the most alive in the handling department while still offering explosive off-the-line pace and unrivalled beauty”. Against its rivals, Crawford argues that “the Jag is the clear winner in the beauty department. And that will likely satisfy its fair share of willing Jaguar aficionados”.
Learn more about the gorgeous F-TYPE P380 First Edition.