A few years ago now, Jaguar made the F-Type 400 Sport. A very nice car it was, too, adding a little more attitude in all the right places to the mid-range V6 S. Now the same methods are being employed for the much bigger selling F-Pace SUV, with a 400 Sport (and diesel-powered 300 Sport) joining the 2023 range.
As with the F-Type, the F-Pace 400 Sport uses six-cylinder power, though for this car it's the 3.0-litre Ingenium straight-six turbo. It's identical here to all other P400-badged JLR models, with 400hp, 406lb ft and mild hybrid assistance; 0-62mph is claimed in 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 155mph.
Marking the 400 Sport out are a range of cosmetic tweaks, with 21-inch black wheels, privacy glass, Black Pack and black roof rails all coming as standard. So best like black. Customers can upgrade the standard black wheels to 22-inch black wheels (gloss black with satin black inserts, no less) or - thank goodness - gloss silver with contrast inserts. The only exterior paint option is bla.. just kidding. Buyers of the 400 Sport will be offered 10 colours, including the 'premium metallic' Carpathian Grey and Charente Grey.
The Sport upgrades continue inside, with 16-way adjustable heated seats, a standard panoramic roof, Satin Charcoal Ash veneers, Ebony Suedecloth headliner and Premium Cabin Lighting. Something to break up the black, at least, with 30 colours available. Everything found on the 400 Sport distinguishes the 300 Sport, too, the latter model powered by the Ingenium straight-six diesel with - you've guessed it - 300hp and 479lb ft. Its important numbers are 6.4 seconds, 143mph, 38.2 and 194g/km. Jag says the new models "subtly accentuate the F-Pace's inherently assertive, purposeful design and deliver an even more confident on-road presence, while beautiful, rich materials - including meticulously-crafted veneers - make the interiors even more luxurious."
Both 300 and 400 Sport join a MY23 F-Pace range that's notable for Amazon Alexa being made standard fit across the range. Integrated as part of the Pivi Pro infotainment system means drivers can ask Alexa things in their Jaguar just as they might in their home. As a cloud service, it'll update over time to offer more functionality - already Jaguar says 55,000 customers with Pivi Pro-equipped F-Paces have downloaded Alexa. An app is on hand for the smart speaker to allow customers to check on their Jag when it's not in sight.
The new F-Pace range is on sale now, priced from £46,520 for the entry-level 163hp diesel. The new Sport models starts at £62,250 for the 300, with the 400 coming in at £68,520. The £60k Audi SQ5 TDI and BMW X3 M40d probably best rival the former, with the latter nestled between the top of the Macan range and the Cayenne S. Or if neither new F-Pace quite does sporty SUV emphatically enough, the (very good indeed) V8 SVR is still available...
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