The all-new Jaguar F-Type has made only its second ever public appearance in Australia, impressing those at the 44th Jaguar National Rally held in Woolongong over the Easter long weekend.
Not launching locally until August, the Jaguar F-Type was displayed alongside its enviable sporting lineage, which included a C-Type, D-Type and E-Type Jaguar.
The F-Type is Jaguar’s all-new two-seater sports car, and marks the first such vehicle for the luxury Brit carmaker since the iconic E-Type was launched back in 1961.
Available in three model variants – F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S, the new Jaguar takes advantage of a front-engine, rear-wheel drive lay-out with power coming from Jaguar’s latest 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 250kW and 280kW tunes respectively, and its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine developing 364kW.
Performance is suitably quick with the range-topping F-Type V8 S able to reach 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h. The V6 F-Type S is capable of going from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 275km/h, while the entry-level F-Type needs 5.3 seconds and tops out at 260km/h.
All F-Type variants get an eight-speed automatic transmission offering manual sequential shifting and steering wheel mounted paddleshifters, as standard fitment. The F-Type S variants utilise a limited-slip differential – mechanical for the V6 versions, and electronic for the V8.
There’s also an active exhaust system for the ‘S’ models and an optional configurable dynamics program that allows drivers to customise a number of dynamic features such as the lap timer and G-meter.
CarAdvice will bring you a complete review of the Jaguar F-Type, from the global launch in Spain, in May.