Jaguar has improved the looks of the gorgeous F-Type (yes, really!) and boosted kit for 2017. Find out what’s changed with our dedicated old vs new guide…
- New F-Type features subtly tweaked styling
- Will boast upgraded equipment and a new infotainment system
- F-Type S model dropped in favour of new R-Dynamic version
- Limited edition F-Type 400 Sport model priced from £70,115
Jaguar’s decided its handsome F-Type sports car could do with a discrete nip and tuck for 2017. In addition to a number of visual tweaks, the latest incarnation of this jaw-dropping GT features upgraded tech and a revised model range.
Jaguar F-Type old vs new – styling
The old car’s rounded grille has been carried over to the new model but the air intakes to either side have been remodelled to feature new horizontal bars and a cleaner, simpler design. The headlights feature full LED technology for 2017, too, helping to give the facelifted F-Type a more modern appearance, not to mention improved visibility at night.
The high-performance SVR model, shown above, hasn’t received any visual tweaks – from the outside it looks identical to the outgoing car. New 400 Sport versions, however, will come with an exclusive black splitter that’ll not be offered on other F-Types.
Jaguar F-Type old vs new – interior
Not only has the new car’s body been put under the knife, but its cabin has received a thorough seeing-to as well. The sporty seats are now 8kg lighter than those in the outgoing model and a hearty helping of new trim pieces are offered in a wide range of finishes. Chrome, aluminium and carbon fibre can all be lavishly applied depending on your personal preferences.
The old F-Type’s infotainment system was far from class-leading but a comprehensive update for 2017 should help it keep pace with the competition. The eight-inch touchscreen display will feature a revised smartphone-style interface with access to real-time weather and traffic updates. A new park assist feature will also be available to help you slip into tight spots without kerbing your new car’s expensive alloys.
Jaguar F-Type old vs new – engines and driving
The F-Type S will be dropped from Jaguar’s lineup for 2017 – replaced by an R-Dynamic variant offering the same pair of supercharged 335hp and 375hp V6 engines. Both models will be available with manual or automatic gearboxes and with either rear- or four-wheel drive.
New for 2017 is the limited edition 400 Sport version. This aggressive looking mid-range model will feature a tweaked supercharged V6 engine producing a tempting 395hp. Buyers will be offered both a four-wheel drive model – for sure-footed sprints in slippery conditions – and a lairy rear-wheel drive version. Choose the latter if you prefer to spend your weekends turning tyres into smoke at your local race track.
This automatic-only offering will come with a number of exclusive features including bigger brakes, three new paint finishes, yellow contrast stitching and a system that’ll allow you to tweak individual gearbox, engine, steering and suspension settings.
The 2017 Jaguar F-Type range will cost from £51,450…
Jaguar F-Type old vs new – price
Entry-level £51,540 V6 models will cost almost exactly the same as the outgoing £51,775 car. The cheapest R-Dynamic model will set you back at least £55,150 while the exclusive 400 Sport version comes with a hefty £70,115 price tag. If that wasn’t eye-watering enough, a super fast F-Type SVR will happily relieve you of around £110,000 quicker than the short time it takes to sprint from 0-62mph.