RE: 2020 Jaguar F-Type revealed!

RE: 2020 Jaguar F-Type revealed!

Tuesday 3rd December

2020 Jaguar F-Type revealed!

Updated line-up promotes R into range-topping role and gains a 450hp V8 rear-drive variant



Jaguar has given its F-Type the most significant update of its six-year life yet, bringing a new face, slipperier aerodynamics and enhanced performance, despite the culling of the V6 engine and range-topping SVR. Before you mourn the loss of those versions, though, know firstly that an inline six is expected later on, and that the departures have encouraged the R’s promotion to 575hp supercharged 5.0 V8 power and all-wheel drive. They’ve also cleared space for a new rear-drive eight-cylinder version that has a 911 Carrera S-rivalling 450hp. Although, disappointingly, demand has ensured the entire F-Type range is now eight-speed automatic only.

Following an early viewing of the new car, it seems that for everything it loses in tech compared to Porsche’s 992, the 2020 F-Type range fights back with added character and enhanced driver appeal. There is new infotainment, yes, but the upgrade is small by today’s standards, so it’s a real relief to see powertrain options that will genuinely excite – particularly when the turbocharged 911 has (at least in its Carrera forms) yet to engage the soul like its predecessors. From a driver’s point of view, Jag has been presented with an open goal at which to take its best shot.

The engine line-up will certainly interest. At the base remains a 300hp Ingenium four-pot for Β£54k, but the loss of the V6s means things at launch are swiftly elevated to V8 power. Accordingly you’ll only need to step one rung up the ladder to be given a 450hp Jag that can hit 62mph in 4.6 seconds, both in coupe and convertible forms, and costs from Β£69,990 - so it's only a couple of grand more than the old 380hp V6. That sprint time is the same for both RWD and AWD variants, presumably thanks to the 80kg weight saving of the two-wheel drive car, so aside from traction there’s no measurable loss in performance for opting for the hero-spec machine.


If you’re wondering why this isn’t dressed as a proper SVR, Jaguar exterior design director, Adam Hatton, told PH during our studio visit that it all relates to cost and customer demand. He said the promoted R gets the engine, eight-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive hardware of the old SVR, as well as its adaptive damper chassis. But without the Special Vehicle Operations link pricing can be reduced from the old top model’s Β£113k starter to Β£97,280. Given that the Audi R8 RWD costs from about Β£120k, we suspect this change will prove to be a vital one in ensuring the Brit remains competitive at both ends of its range. The fact both the coupe and convertible Rs can hit 62mph in 3.7 seconds might help, too.

Still, a shuffling of engine specs can’t outweigh the significance of the F-Type’s new front end. Hatton said the car uses new, super slim pixel LED lighting technology (with new J-shaped day running lights), and a re-engineered design. They give the 2020 car a β€œbetter crash structure, slipperier aerodynamics and more efficient cooling” and have allowed for the removal of a horizonal bar behind the intake grille. It’s helped to clean up the look, accentuating that enlarged grille all the more – something Hatton said was vital to address the F-Type’s global ambitions.

β€œWe want to do things in a Jaguar way, so we don’t want to be brash, but we have to take into account the tastes of our markets,” he said in reference to the new nose. β€œIn places like America and China, it’s getting even more β€˜look at me’, so we’re trying to mix boldness with Jaguar elegance”.


You won’t be surprised to hear that the US is the F’s second biggest market after Britain, although arguably China represents the company’s biggest opportunity for growth. The demand for enormous grilles in those countries is clear – we’re looking at you BMW  – so while the loss of the old F-Type’s butch visage will be divisive, Hatton’s team has done a commendable job of retaining an air of elegance. Elsewhere on the car, the updates are much smaller and largely amount to detail alterations – which come thanks to Jaguar’s newly established design detail team.

Note the restyling of the front grille pattern to incorporate polygon shapes, which hark back to the original Jaguar badge. Or the new Leaper on the wing vents in place of Jaguar lettering and R-specific etching on the exhaust tailpipes that signals this particular car’s top ranking. It’s all there thanks to that detail-orientated department. At the back, the most noticeable change is the β€˜chicane’ lighting in the taillights, pinched from the I-Pace. The broad shoulders, sloped roofline and – in the case of the V8 – upward angled quad pipes remain for maximum muscle. This is still unmistakably an F-Type.

Inside, the aesthetic updates are even slimmer, with the front grille’s badge pattern carried onto the stitching of the door cards and seats, while a new embossed Leaper is located on the headrests. There’s also a new suite of digital tech, JLR’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and wide touchscreen, as well as – as Hatton puts it – β€œa significant upgrading of materials, fit and finish”. Having sat in the Launch Edition car, PH can confirm the leathers, metals and plastics do all seem to have taken a notable step up in quality. Although the setting is still clearly that of an F-Type, with buttons and rotary controls retained where rivals have integrated more screens.

Like the rest of the car, that means the F-Type feels like a convincing meld of old and new. That’s unsurprising, given that it only has to survive until around 2023, when an all-new version is rumoured for arrival. It means that in the face of fresher competition, the F-Type appears long in the tooth, although those aforementioned engine changes ensure it still holds plenty of appeal for traditionalists, who’ll no doubt value the survival of the 5.0 V8 before the BMW engine deal spells its demise. That Jaguar has also gone against the trend to introduce a rear-wheel drive V8 model with 450hp makes us all the more excited to try it for ourselves.


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cmoose

Original Poster:

45,318 posts

177 months

Monday 2nd December
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May I be the first in typically desiccated and cynical PH style to complain this car pretty much sums it up. Crap corporate styling overhaul that actually looks worse than the original. Dropped the only really good engine. Kept the nonsense 'low emissions' stheap four pot and the dhead spec V8.

Typical!

BigChiefmuffinAgain

203 posts

46 months

Monday 2nd December
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Nice enough update on it's own but sort of feel the competition, as in Porsche, are still well ahead....

NJJ

199 posts

28 months

Monday 2nd December
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Still a lovely looking machine that looks sharper with the restyle. Will miss the V6 option though and where is Jaguar's new i6 engine? Disappointed too that the interior was not given more of a lift and why no iPace steering wheel, which is far better to hold?

Autonomy

2,189 posts

46 months

Monday 2nd December
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BigChiefmuffinAgain said:
Nice enough update on it's own but sort of feel the competition, as in Porsche, are still well ahead....
Well, considering Porsche have money coming out of every area and Jaguar have about 20p, that's no surprise, is it? And even so, it's still manages to be a credible rival.

Before anyone says they've not changed the looks enough, well the E-Type had a long run and didn't change too much..despite the wheel arches..plus it keeps the owners of the old model not looking dated.

lord trumpton

5,358 posts

74 months

Monday 2nd December
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There should have been a hybrid option to remain current and sell more imho

Wezzer

6 posts

122 months

Monday 2nd December
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Stunning! Love the new face, really brings it up to date. 450PS V8 looks great value at sub-£70k. Well done Jaguar 👍

Terminator X

8,134 posts

152 months

Monday 2nd December
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cmoose said:
May I be the first in typically desiccated and cynical PH style to complain this car pretty much sums it up. Crap corporate styling overhaul that actually looks worse than the original. Dropped the only really good engine. Kept the nonsense 'low emissions' stheap four pot and the dhead spec V8.

Typical!
WTF, praise the lord that the V8 remains surely!

TX.

Burwood

14,110 posts

194 months

Monday 2nd December
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I can’t see the bmw v8. Is it not being fitted?

cerb4.5lee

13,007 posts

128 months

Monday 2nd December
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It is such a lovely shape but I'm not completely sure that I prefer the new front lights over the old ones at the moment. I guess that they will grow on me though.

simon-tigjs

49 posts

45 months

Monday 2nd December
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For my money this is one of the sexiest looking cars on the market. the Porsche is yesterdays news in styling, apart from the Targa, which is disappointingly noisy at speed with the roof off , so much so you cant hear the engine.. They ruined it years ago giving constant rebirth to a once beautifully proportioned car.
I'll have a dark blue one please with ivory leather but defo the bigger engine and a year old at half price

Mo28

542 posts

48 months

Monday 2nd December
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Burwood said:
I can’t see the bmw v8. Is it not being fitted?
Think that's going to be seen in the all new model in the next couple of years

Mr_Sukebe

236 posts

156 months

Monday 2nd December
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and no mention of a lard reduction.
I was amazed at the first launch of the F at just how much it weighed, and whilst it's probably the worst thing about it, they've ignored it.

cerb4.5lee

13,007 posts

128 months

Monday 2nd December
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It looks more saloon car than sports car at the front end to my eyes now. The pictures I've seen looking at it from the front it looks a fair bit like the XE to me.

Nerdherder

1,648 posts

45 months

Monday 2nd December
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Mr_Sukebe said:
and no mention of a lard reduction.
I was amazed at the first launch of the F at just how much it weighed, and whilst it's probably the worst thing about it, they've ignored it.
This. As much as I love the F-type, s similar Cayman is much more affordable over here due to weight (combined with emissions probably).

British Beef

1,249 posts

113 months

Monday 2nd December
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Mr_Sukebe said:
and no mention of a lard reduction.
I was amazed at the first launch of the F at just how much it weighed, and whilst it's probably the worst thing about it, they've ignored it.
No mention of lard reduction as there is no lard reduction.

New model in 2023 may or may not address this. Given it will likely carry at least 200kg of batteries and electric motors for a hybrid drivetrain, I cant see weight reduction ever happening with this car especially as it is a GT more than sports car and its biggest rival the 911 is also getting biger and fatter with every iteration.

Lotus will serve you if light weight is important for a GT (Evora), if it is really important for sports (Exige) if it is the most important thing for track (311)!!

AshD

98 posts

197 months

Monday 2nd December
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Good looking car, nice styling tweaks. Shame the delay for the inline 6.

Biggest criticism is the infotainment - tried an iPace last week and it was awful compared to a Tesla, and have to say steering wheel was horrible compared to the one in my Up Gti and Golf R

SYC378L

132 posts

154 months

Monday 2nd December
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I need to see it in the flesh but to me it looks like it’s just had an XE nose grafted onto it. Lazy, corporate bks.

JxJ Jr.

208 posts

18 months

Monday 2nd December
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How apt. The SVR link goes to an article asking: "Is there a six-figure junior supercar lurking within the F-Type?"
Article said:
...the promoted R gets the engine, eight-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive hardware of the old SVR, as well as its adaptive damper chassis. But without the Special Vehicle Operations link pricing can be reduced from the old top model’s £113k starter to £97,280.
So, no. No there isn't.

Court_S

1,551 posts

125 months

Monday 2nd December
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I quite like it. The changes seem pretty subtle.

The ditching of the V6 is a shame because even that sounds pretty good / noisy.

I do think the interior could have have done with a bit more of an update but as another poster said, they just don’t have the cash.

scottydoesntknow

343 posts

5 months

Monday 2nd December
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Lovely looking thing. Would love to see them ditch the nasty 4 pot and offer one with iPace underpinnings instead.

Shame about the six. Sounded glorious with more than enough go to make the eight an unnecessary extravagance.

Edited by scottydoesntknow on Monday 2nd December 21:21