If you wanted a Jaguar F-Pace with decent power and looks to flaunt its grunt, your choice was pretty much limited to the red-blooded and V8-engined SVR. Now, however, Jaguar has introduced a new Sport 300 variant that uses a petrol or diesel engine producing 300hp and wears more aggressive bodywork than the existing, comparably discreet R-Sport, on which the new variant builds.
Buyers can choose from either JLR's 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder or 3.0-litre V6 diesel for the model, both of which offer the same peak power output to give the new trim level its name. The petrol produces 295lb ft of torque while the oil burner offers a greater 516lb ft, but the former hits 62mph in 6.1 seconds, three tenths quicker than the weightier latter. Drive is supplied through a ZF eight-speed auto in both.
These powertrains were, of course, already available in the range, so it's the introduction of 22-inch Sport wheels and Dark Satin Grey exterior trim that sets the 300 Sport apart from its siblings. The front grille surround, side window outlines and side vents are finished in this colour, as are the mirror covers and bumper valance. There are also 300 Sport badges and three exclusive body colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black.
Inside, there's yellow contrast stitching and lots of 300 Sport logos, which come on the kickplates, carpets and steering wheel, as well as the seat headrests. As standard, this 300hp F-Pace comes with JLR's Touch Pro Navigation with Connect Pro remote control, all featured within the infotainment and its 12.3-inch display. There's also the top Meridian sound system, a panoramic roof and 14-way heated electric front seats that can save your settings.
And that's that. Total the bits you get on the F-Pace 300 Sport and they come to £8,430 worth of options, but JLR asks £5,000 for the premium of buying a 300 Sport petrol compared to the R-Sport equivalent, so the deal doesn't look too bad. Course, that does still mean the starting price for a 300 Sport is a not-insignificant £53,980, which is almost £5k more than Porsche charges for its more potent Macan S. But the Jag is the roomier and, arguably, prettier model, and it's a fine handling machine in itself. Plus, you do get all those badges.