Jaguar has given its flagship F-Type a sleek new makeover – not that it really needed to give one of the prettiest cars on sale a facelift – to keep it in line with the rest of the marque’s lineup as the sports car that is ageing like a fine wine comes closer to the unfortunate end of its production run.
The most dramatic changes come at the front, where the fascia has been dramatically redesigned. Wider, slimmer pixel LED headlights with J-blade DRLs are the most notable change – replacing the older, taller units – and dramatically change its expression from supermodel to supermodel whose Jimmy Choos you’ve just stepped on.
The grille is also now wider than before – such is the trend to have a massive grille these days – while the side air intakes have been redesigned as well, along with the bonnet now being vented.
A few changes have been made at the rear, too, most notably squaring off the previously rounded dip, along with a redesigned diffuser and exhaust tips.
Overall, the front end now looks a lot more like that of the facelifted XE – we have review on that coming very soon – along with that of the Aston Martin Vantage, which is to say that it still looks very, very attractive.
While the interior looks much the same as before on the surface, there have been some big changes on the technology front – most notably, a fully configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster now features in place of the handsome but old-school mechanical dials, along with an all-new infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The same three engines previously available in the F-Type still all feature in the 2020 facelifted model, all of which come paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the range has been paired back slightly to remove a few less popular variants.
A 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo with 221kW and 400Nm gets the ball rolling, which is available in both coupe and convertible body styles and only with rear-wheel drive in R-Dynamic trim.
The next step up is to the creamy 3.0-litre supercharged V6 which now only comes in its more potent 280kW/460Nm tune, with the 250kW version now in the bin. All-wheel drive versions of the V6 have also been scrapped from the lineup – speaking from experience here, that’s probably not the worst thing as the rear-drive V6 feels far more predictable – and R-Dynamic trim also comes as standard on both coupe and convertible body styles. A limited-run First Edition V6 coupe will also be available which gains special 20-inch wheels, a black roof, and special 12-way adjustable performance seats.
Finally, the range is capped off with the bonkers 5.0-litre supercharged V8 F-Type R coupe, which packs an even more potent 423kW and 700Nm and comes with standard all-wheel drive. The R has had its suspension setup totally recalibrated for better responsiveness, it should be noted, including adjustments to the dampers, springs, and sway bars.
The revised F-Type lineup is available to order now.
2020 Jaguar F-Type Australian range and pricing
- 2.0-litre turbo 4cyl R-Dynamic coupe – $126,400
- 2.0-litre turbo 4cyl R-Dynamic convertible – $145,100
- 3.0-litre supercharged V6 R-Dynamic coupe – $173,100
- 3.0-litre supercharged V6 R-Dynamic convertible – $191,800
- 3.0-litre supercharged V6 First Edition coupe – $205,300
- 5.0-litre supercharged V8 R AWD coupe – $263,300
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