How does the 2021 Jaguar F-Type stack up to the current model?

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has just made a very quiet debut with no live stream and no crazy jaguar-like stunts. You can visit our one-live-stream page to see videos that were launched along with the new F-Type or you can stick around here to see how the 2021 Jaguar F-Type compares to the current model. There are certainly some changes, not only cosmetically, but mechanically as well. We’ll try to keep it brief, but there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Front Design Changes

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The front end is a big departure from the current model. Where the old front fascia featured a corner air intakes that were separated by a vertical louver, the 2021 model no has wider intakes and are positioned lower in the fascia. As such, the front splitter is more defined and the small air dam as a sleeker shape to it. The massive grille hasn’t really be redesigned, but it does feel a little bit wider and does feel to sit a little lower, probably because the horizontal louver is missing. The most important change, however, are the new headlights. These aren’t only sleeker and more attractive (they remind me of a blend between the Acura NSX and Audi R8, honestly) but they bring the F-Type into the modern era and give it a more aggressive look at the same time.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Side Design Changes

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The side profile hasn’t changed much. The front fenders feel a little more muscular, but that could just be a side effect of the updated front end and new headlights. The rear haunches definitely feel more refined and the taillights still a little higher in the corners than they did before thanks to that new rear fascia.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Rear Design Changes

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The rear end ties together the whole body design nicely. The new taillights are clearly inspired by the new Jaguar I-Pace, and they now feature a more defined design with more squared off drops on the bottom. They still don’t run the full width of the rear, but that’s a request we’d like to withdraw after seeing the design of the rear end. The rear fascia is, for the most part the same, despite meeting the rear quarters in a different, and it’s the rear diffuser that gets the most attention. The dual central exhaust outlet has been done away with to make room for the body colored insert and twin-dual exhaust outlets, one in each corner.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Interior Design Changes

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Overall, the interior has changed very little, but there are a few little things to point out. Notice how the hood above the instrument cluster is different now? Below that hood sits an all-new 12.3-inch driver information center that is highly customization, but defaults to a large tach in the center. This is, obviously, comparable to what is offered in high-end Mercedes models but actually looks a little more modern and attractive. We’re excited to see what it looks like in real life. In that note, the infotainment system has also been updated. It’s not really larger than before, but it’s not positioned as deep in the center stack. This give sit a more modern feel and makes it a little easier to reach while driving.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Powertrain Update

2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type Visual Comparison Exterior
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Things have changed under the hood, but maybe not quite as much as you might think. That Range Rover hybrid system didn’t find its way into the lineup, and neither did BMW’s S63 V-8 – these will probably sit on the sidelines until the next-gen model debuts in 2023 or so. However, that doesn’t mean you walk away from this department empty handed. The entry level models 2.0-liter four-cylinder is good for 295 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the supercharged V-6 carries over with 374 ponies and 379 pound-feet. There’s also a new V-8 that’s good for 443 horsepower and 427 pound-feet, but the big news is the power bump in the Type R, which is now good for 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. - and increase of 17 horsepower and 14 pound-feet. Put these numbers together and you’ll get a 60-mph sprint in the range of 5.4-3.6 seconds with top speeds ranging from 155 mph all the way up to 186 mph.

2021 Jaguar F-Type specifications
Model Jaguar F-Type R Jaguar F-Type V-8 Jaguar F-Type V-6 Jaguar F-Type
Engine 5.0-litre supercharged V8 5.0-litre supercharged V-8 supercharged 3.0-litre V6 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium
Horsepower 567 HP 443 HP 374 HP 295 LB-FT
Torque 516 LB-FT 427 LB-FT 339 LB-FT 295 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.6 seconds 4.4 seconds 4.9 seconds 5.4 seconds
Top Speed 186 mph 177 mph 171 mph 155 mph

All engines feature an active exhaust system and come paired to an eight-speed quickshift automatic transmission. We’ll be covering the 2021 Jaguar F-Type in more detail over the coming days, so be sure to check our homepage frequently for new updates.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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