The new sleek-looking Jaguar F-TYPE has finally made it through the homologation process and is now available in SA. Offered in both Coupe and Convertible bodies – a lot has changed in this leaping feline.

From the front, the Jaguar now stalks its prey through squinted eyes, and although some may argue that the new look has made the apex feline look soft and unthreatening, the new design is not offensive and can easily grow on you. Rear styling hasn’t strayed too far from the model it replaces, with the most notable change being the LED design inherited from the electric I-Pace.

Inside, the driver-focussed cockpit isn’t cluttered with a slew of buttons and switches, but instead offers occupants an inviting space through a minimalistic layout. Deployable air-vents hovering above the infotainment screen tidy things up pretty well. The F-TYPE R-Dynamic is now paired with a 12.3-inch HD TFT instrument cluster with configurable graphics as standard, bringing it up to date with other vehicles of its calibre.

Local customers have three engine options to choose from, with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder P300 opening up the rangeand with a respectable 221kW and 400Nm. It will make the 0-100 sprint in a reasonable 5.7 seconds. Next is the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 P380, which incidentally is the popular choice in this lineup, producing 280 kW and 460 Nm. Depending on your inclination towards spikes of adrenaline, this variant has the option of rear or all-wheel drive with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

At the crest of the F-TYPE range is of-course the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 F-TYPE R. The purring eight-cylinder churns out a healthy output of 423 kW and 700 Nm. It has 0-100 sprint time of 3.7 seconds and sweetens the deal with a top speed of 300 km/h, although this figure is only used at braai gatherings in most instances. The three engine options are equipped with active exhaust systems to cater for all moods and occasions. In the brawny V8, however, a quiet start function is available to keep the peace with your whiney neighbour who finds any reason to complain.

A First Edition version of the P380 in all-wheel will be available for the early birds throughout the F-TYPE’s first year of production. This limited-run variant will be inscribed with ‘First Edition’ scripting inside the cabin and only available in three specific colours.

Pricing for the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE starts at R1 243 000 for the R-Dynamic P300 RWD. The First Edition will ring in at R1 659 300 and the range-topping F-TYPE R P575 starts at R2 2421 000.

By Gugu Masuku