2017 Jaguar F-Type

2017 Jaguar F-Type
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  • Jaguar F-Type
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    6-speed ZF
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    161 mph
  • Price:
    61400
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Introduced in 2013 as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type, the F-Type marked the beginning of Jaguar’s much anticipated revamp as a brand.Offered in both coupe and convertible guises, with up to 550 horsepower, the F-Type received rave reviews and quickly established itself as one of the most appealing sports cars on the market. For 2017, the F-Type is set to receive an equipment update for the U.S. market in the form of a more affordable entry-level model. The update is available for both the coupe and convertible versions.

The good news is that while the base models will be cheaper, owners won’t have to give up amenities, as both variants carry over their 2016 standard features, while also receiving a few extras. Jaguar will also throw in the EliteCare ownership package.

The 2017 F-Type will arrive in U.S. showrooms in late spring 2016. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at Jaguar’s most exciting modern-day sports car.

Updated 06/10/2016: Jaguar announced full pricing details for the 2017 F-Type lineup. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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Next stop: Bland, Australia or Ordinary, Maine?

Believe it or not, but the world is a pretty interesting place. It’s so interesting that there are actual places in the world that have some unique names. Take Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland as two examples. They’re not exactly bustling cities. In fact, Dull is literally made up of a single street and has a population of no more than 100 people. Boring, on the other hand, is a megacity by comparison, though its population is less than 8,000 residents. Well, Jaguar has paired the towns together in what it calls the "Pair for the Ages." So why exactly did Jaguar pick these map dots? Because where else would the Jaguar F-Type stand out so well?

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2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition

2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition

Special edition F-Type will only be available for one model year

Despite some initial skepticism surrounding the car when it first burst into the scene back in back in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type has flipped the script on those narratives by making a compelling case as one of the most enjoyable sports cars on the market. That’s a testament to Jaguar, who saw the potential for the car and worked tirelessly to make it happen. Fast forward to today and the F-Type is still going strong with close to 15,000 units sold since it first entered the market. And so, as the F-Type prepares to enter the new year, Jaguar is throwing a handful of updates its way to go with the debut of the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition, a special edition variant that will only be available for 2018 F-Type models.

The F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition comes with special indicators that should let customers know that they’re buying a variant of the sports car that’s going to be sold for only a short period of time. It’s hardly a surprise that Jaguar is making this move, in large part because it already has a number of F-Type variants on the market today. Instead of adding another one into the mix, it’s packaging it as a special edition that not only carries unique cosmetic features, but it also has a specific output that no other F-Type variant has. Judging by the name it’s been given, we can all venture a guess how much power this version of the F-Type is going to have.

It’s unclear though if Jaguar plans to sell the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition in all the markets where you can find F-Type models, although it did say that the model will be sold “worldwide, but for one model year only.” Expect more details to arrive regarding the availability of the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition in specific markets, but at least for Jaguar’s home market of the U.K., the special edition F-Type is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 at a starting price of £70,115, or around $85,360 based on current exchange rates.

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2018 Jaguar F-Type Update Adds Cool Go-Pro App and More Powerful V-6

Gets new exterior features too, but nothing major

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So what changes you may ask? Well, go get a magnifying glass because there isn’t much new to talk about in terms of styling. Look close enough and you’ll notice full LED headlamps, revised bumpers front and rear, and slightly altered grilles for all models in the lineup. For instance, the R-Dynamic model, which replaces both the base and the S variants gain gloss black bezels. Around back, the LED rear lights clusters have been subtly updated. Needless to say, Jaguar didn’t meddle too much with the design, which is actually a good thing if you ask me.

Inside, the British sports car received new lightweight seats with sculpted surfaces and frames made of magnesium alloy for weight savings of more than 17 pounds. The new design also allows the seatback to move rearwards by up to 50 mm (two inches) more than before, which provides a lower seating position and increased legroom. The new seats come in two flavors. The Sport versions is offered with the R-Dynamic line, while the Performance variants, which has more detailing and more pronounced bolstering, comes with the R and SVR models.

Other cabin highlights include a Satin Chrome finish for the engine start button and gearshift paddles, Noble Chrome for the door switch packs and air vent bezels. Also, in order to further differentiate the models in the range, Jaguar added Delta aluminum and Linear Vee aluminum in the R-Dynamic and R models, respectively, with a carbon-fiber option available across the lineup. Another noteworthy addition is ReRun, an app created with GoPro. The new features combines GoPro footage with speed, steering, and throttle information. It’s very similar to GM’s Performance Data Record and will come in handy at the race track.

Under the hood, things are pretty much the same, but there’s a new, limited-edition model called the F-Type 400 Sport. Sporting a name seemingly borrowed from Lotus, the 400 Sport uses the same supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 as the base and S models, but massaged to deliver 400 horsepower. That’s 60 horses more than the entry-level car and 20 horsepower more than the F-Type S. This engine can be paired with rear- or all-wheel drive, but it only comes with the eight-speed automatic. It also comes standard with the bigger Super Performance brakes and 20-inch wheels. There are a couple of downsides though. It can only be ordered in white, silver, or black, and it’s only available for the 2018 model year. It’s likely very expensive too, although there’s no specific info on pricing as of January 2017.

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NHTSA Issues Recall Of Jaguar F-Type SVR Because Of A Suspension Bolt

It’s easy to laugh about it now, but the consequences are serious

Recalls happen in the auto industry far more often than most people realize. It could be any number of things affecting any kind of model, but if the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration deems it necessary, these recalls are going to happen time and time again. I say this because Jaguar has announced a recall of its most exotic model, the range-topping variant of the F-Type sports car, the F-Type SVR, over faulty suspension bolts.

Actually, the only defect is a single suspension bolt that connects the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly. The specifics of the defect wasn’t mentioned, only that if the bolt “fails,” the entire rear control arm assembly may separate from the car, resulting in a “loss of control and increased risk of a crash.”

There’s something sneakily hilarious about a recall for the Jaguar F-Type SVR being implemented because of a single suspension bolt, but the ramifications of not heeding the recall are certainly no laughing matter. As such, the recall for the 23 F-Type SVR affected units in the US, built between February 2016 to August 2016 US, should be treated with utmost importance.

The recall is expected to begin on December 19, 2016, although Jaguar will also notify affected owners ahead of schedule. Like always, owners are urged to bring their F-Type SVRs to their local dealerships, where the bolt will be replaced at no cost to the owner.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type S 4.2 By Wheelsandmore

2016 Jaguar F-Type S 4.2 By Wheelsandmore

More power and better handling courtesy of noted German tuner

The Jaguar F-Type has been around since 2013, and in the three years that it’s been in the market, it’s made quite a name for itself as a world-class sports car. It’s got the look, the power, the speed, and the handling of a legitimate performance machine. It is surprising then that as well received as the F-Type is, it hasn’t captured the imagination of aftermarket tuners the way some of its rivals have. The reason for that is unclear, but fortunately, a tuner like Wheelsandmore knows tuning potential when it sees it and that’s exactly what it saw in the F-Type S.

We already know what the German tuner is capable of doing. It’s been featured in these pages a handful of times and its tuning programs are as good as anything the industry has to offer. It’s no surprise then that this kit follows along those lines. There’s a menu of upgrades to choose from here, none more important than the engine program that adds a good amount of extra power to the total tune of 420 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The tuning kit also has features some prominent modifications on the Jag’s wheels and suspensions, two sections in any care that Wheelsandmore completely specializes in.

The whole program isn’t meant to turn the F-Type S over its head. But for what it’s worth, it’s effective in enhancing certain qualities about the Jag sports car that are already considered top-class by the industry. More power? Check. Better handling? Check that one too. At the end of the day, that’s really what a car like the F-Type S really needs.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type S 4.2 by Wheelsandmore

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The Jaguar F-Type SVR's Sun Visors Are Laughable

The Jaguar F-Type SVR’s Sun Visors Are Laughable

Better bring your polarized sunglasses!

There’s plenty to love about the Jaguar F-Type SVR. From its 575-horsepower supercharged V-8 and fantastic handling to its leather-lined cabin and intricate detailing. But there’s one aspect the F-Type seems inadequate in: its laughably small sun visors.

The little sun blockers measure about three to four inches in height when “deployed,” only shading your eyes if the sun is in a narrow section of the sky. What’s worse, the visors don’t rotate to block sun at the side windows. This leaves the driver with either burning retinas or fending for himself with a pair of sunglasses.

For those consumed with vanity, the visors’ mirrors are even more laughable. Their surface area is probably no bigger than a business card. There’s also no light that comes on, forcing you to use the reading light located above the rearview mirror.

This isn’t just some oversight by Jaguar’s interior engineers, however. The visors’ shape is dictated by the roofline and the narrow opening of the windshield. See, Jaguar uses the same visors in the F-Type coupe as it does the convertible. With the drop-top down, it’s clear to see why the visors aren’t larger. They’d stick out past the windshield hoop.

Perhaps Jag should use different visors for the coupe. Perhaps it’s just a small, nit-picky inconvenience that’s not even worth worrying about. After all, the visors hardly spoiled by week’s time in the F-Type SVR. Be sure to read my full review on the car here.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR – Driven

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR – Driven

The meanest kitty in Jaguar’s litter

Since its introduction for the 2013 model year, the F-Type has been praised for its sultry looks, high-end cockpit, and pair of potent engines. The F-Type, especially the F-Type R, still remains one of Britain’s best two-seat sports cars, but Jaguar felt it time to up the ante. The mad scientists inside Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations department were let loose to develop the F-Type Project 7 – a car which was as much a design concept as a test bed for high-performance parts. Now SVO brings several of the Project 7’s advancements to the 2017 F-Type’s SVR package.

Lighter wheels, optional carbon ceramic brakes, improved aerodynamics, sharpened handling via improved suspension components, more horsepower and torque, and a true, dual-pipe exhaust system constructed from titanium all make the list. The result is a 575-horsepower F-Type with a quickened 0-to-60 mph time, better limit handling on the track, and a top speed that hits the magic 200 digit.

Make no mistake – the F-Type SVR is every inch a supercar. Jaguar’s SVO team pushed it over the edge, making it the fastest production Jaguar ever while giving it a renewed list of competitors like the Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Carrera S, and even the McLaren 570S.

Speaking of mistakes, Jaguar threw me the keys to the 2017 F-Type SVR for a week. It wasn’t a mistake on Jag’s part, but on mine for accepting them. Now, sadly, I’m jaded, deaf, and searching for a Kidney buyer willing to pay $150,000. Oh, and I probably have a noise complaint from the HOA in my mailbox.

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Jaguar F-Type by B&B Automobiltechnik

German tuner presents plenty of tuning options for Jag’s resident performance ride

The Jaguar F-Type has been called many things, and as the ultimate sports car in the Jaguar family, it bears a lot of responsibility to make a good impression on the auto industry. To Jag’s credit, it prepared the F-Type to do just that and a lot of people have taken notice. That includes the tuning world, as is the case with German tuner B&B Automobiltechnik, which has a new tuning program for the F-Type. This kit is as extensive as they come as it offers plenty of engine upgrade packages for three different variants of the F-Type. The range-topper of the lot, the F-Type SVR, headlines the list with a package that brings an output of 645 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

In addition, B&B is also offering engine upgrade packages for the F-Type V8 S and the F-Type R with each program designed to net more power and performance out of the Jag sports car. Chassis and suspension modifications are also being offered, as is a new set of 21-inch wheels. All of these upgrades meet a certain standard that we’ve come to know from B&B Automobiltechnik.

Owners of the F-Type should take note of what B&B Automobiltechnik is offering for the Jaguar F-Type. As the face of the British automaker’s performance lineup, the F-Type and all of its variants have to live up to the expectations that have been set for it. These upgrades from B&B help Jag meet those expectations.

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Jaguar Kicks Off Wimbledon Campaign With Commercial Starring Andy Murray: Video

Jaguar Kicks Off Wimbledon Campaign With Commercial Starring Andy Murray: Video

The 2013 champion was joined by the Jaguar XE, F-Type SVR, and Formula E race car.

As the official car provider of the Championships, otherwise known to everybody as Wimbledon, Jaguar is making its presence felt ahead of this year’s tournament with the launch of the #FeelWimbledon campaign. To give the campaign a public face, the British automaker has even enlisted the services of 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to serve as brand ambassador for the tournament, which kicks off on June 27, 2016.

Speaking of Murray, Jaguar has also created a promotional video featuring the tennis player and a number of Jag models, specifically the XE, F-Type SVR, and the company’s new Formula E race car. The premise of the ad is pretty straight-forward. One at a time, the three Jaguars take to the line with a target placed at the rear section of the cars. Once the Jaguar speeds up, Murray is tasked to hit a serve into the target. Standard tennis scoring applies so, if he misses, Jaguar gets the score and if he connects, he gets the score. One at a time, the XE and F-Type SVR take in their runs before the Formula E race car comes into the picture. What follows is a pretty funny exchange between Murray and the driver, who is probably one of the last people you’d expect to see behind the wheel of a race car, let alone Jag’s new Formula E contender.

In addition to the Murray ad, Jaguar’s #FeelWimbledon campaign will also touch down in various locations around the country, specifically the Goodwood Festival of Speed where extensive promotional activities are being planned to raise awareness for the campaign. The British automaker also hired a coupe of digital specialist companies - Mindshare and Hammerhead - to create a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Center Court from the perspective of the number one British player in the world.

All of these marketing endeavors are tied into the five-year partnership Jaguar signed with the All-England Club in 2015.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type

2017 Jaguar F-Type

Introduced in 2013 as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type, the F-Type marked the beginning of Jaguar’s much anticipated revamp as a brand.Offered in both coupe and convertible guises, with up to 550 horsepower, the F-Type received rave reviews and quickly established itself as one of the most appealing sports cars on the market. For 2017, the F-Type is set to receive an equipment update for the U.S. market in the form of a more affordable entry-level model. The update is available for both the coupe and convertible versions.

The good news is that while the base models will be cheaper, owners won’t have to give up amenities, as both variants carry over their 2016 standard features, while also receiving a few extras. Jaguar will also throw in the EliteCare ownership package.

The 2017 F-Type will arrive in U.S. showrooms in late spring 2016. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at Jaguar’s most exciting modern-day sports car.

Updated 06/10/2016: Jaguar announced full pricing details for the 2017 F-Type lineup. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2018 Jaguar F-Type

2018 Jaguar F-Type

A mid-cycle refresh for the modern E-Type

Jag’s sleek and sporty two-door F-Type has been around since 2013, first as a roadster, then later as a coupe. Both body styles have offered a slew of performance levels, from the 340-horsepower base model, to the fire-breathing 575-horsepower SVR range topper. But now it’s time for a refresh, and as such, the Brits are prepping the new F-Type for a reveal sometime in 2017 (current speculation points to the Geneva Motor Show). Our spy photographers managed to snag the updated model carving up the Nurburgring, and at first blush, it looks to get the usual nip-and-tuck treatment for exterior styling. Details on the interior and drivetrain are a little more vague, but rumor has it there’s gonna be new infotainment gear and more efficient engines. Most (if not all) of these changes should apply equally to both the coupe and convertible.

In the three years it’s has been on the market, the F-Type has expanded its appeal by adding the option for a manual transmission, AWD, and more power. However, this is the first time Jag has messed with the original formula, which begs the question – will it be better or worse than before?

Update 5/13/2016: Just two days after the facelifted F-Type was spotted on its first test session, we’ve caught another F-Type putting in work. This time, however, it looks like a more toned down version that would compete against models like the Porsche 718 Cayman. Check out the Exterior and Drivetrain sections below for more details.

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Jaguar Pondering New Project 7 Sports Car

Jaguar Pondering New Project 7 Sports Car

More extreme F-Type likely underway

Launched in 2013, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division made its debut with the F-Type Project 7 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Essentially a beefed-up F-Type with a special body and revised aerodynamics, the Project 7 was a huge success, with all 250 units selling out in no time despite the $165,000 sticker. Two years have passed since the limited-edition F-Type made its debut and Jaguar is already pondering a successor to the Project 7.

According to Auto Express, Jaguar bosses are already thinking about a new model that would take the whole concept "a step further" by making it "more of an individual car than an F-Type." Design director Ian Callum declined to elaborate on what that would mean, but it seems that the F-Type will again be used as a base for the next Project 7. Our best guess is that Jaguar will make it lighter and more powerful (although not by much) and experiment with a more radical design.

On the other hand, the new car might not arrive sooner than 2016. “The business case is hugely difficult,” said Callum. “What can you charge for it? What do you charge for a Jaguar? How far can it go? With a supercar like the C-X75, you could probably go to £1 million, but with a limited number of, say, 200 cars. And even that, as a business case, was pushing it. So if you’re going to get into the realms of something that’s a modified F-Type, it’s very difficult.”

Needless to say, the previous Project 7 is tough to beat. The D-Type-inspired roadster was 176 pounds lighter than the F-Type V8 S at 3,571 pounds and had a stunning power-to-weight ratio thanks to its 567-horsepower and 502-pound-feet supercharged engine. The suspension system gained several motorsport-bred components that made the Project 7 act like a full-fledged race car on the track. Jaguar will need to take it up a notch to come up with a better car using the same platform.

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Michelle Rodriguez Goes Fast and Furious With The F-Type SVR: Video

Michelle Rodriguez Goes Fast and Furious With The F-Type SVR: Video

F&F star breaks 200 mph on the fastest production Jag ever

Professional race car drivers routinely go in excess of 200 mph. It’s part of their job, as they say. But, for ordinary folks like you and me, 200 mph is no small feat. That’s even true for some of Hollywood’s most daring celebrities, a group that most people say Michelle Rodriguez is a part of. The Fast & Furious star definitely knows her away around cars, but even with her kind of experience around fast cars, driving at 200 mph has yet to be checked off of her bucket list.

To her good fortune, she got the chance to do just that after getting invited by Jaguar to drive the F-Type SVR, the fastest series production vehicle the British automaker has ever built, up to its absolute limit. Rodriguez jumped at the chance to give it a go, which led her to Highway 318 in Nevada, home to the world renowned Silver State Classic Challenge road race. There, the 37-year old actress was given just one edict: try to get the F-Type SVR to hit its top speed of 200 mph. Pretty easy, right?

As “easy” as it sounds, there’s still an element of risk attached to the attempt, hence Jaguar’s disclaimer that the stunt was “supervised by a professional driver on closed roads”. In the end, none of it mattered to Rodriguez, who not only achieved her goal of going 200 mph - the fastest she’s ever driven a car - but more importantly, she actually hit 201 mph in the F-Type SVR, which is faster than Jaguar’s published top speed for the sports car! If that doesn’t scream incredible to you, I don’t know what will.

I guess Jaguar has to set the record straight now. The F-Type SVR can go up to as high as 201 mph. Michelle Rodriguez, of all people, proved that.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe

The quickest and most powerful F-Type in existence

Ever since Jaguar Land Rover established the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, there have been rumors of a full lineup of performance vehicles ranging from sports cars to SUVs. Naturally, the Jaguar F-Type was expected to get the most attention, especially since SVO already created the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7. Spy shots from 2014 suggested an SVR-badged model is also underway, in both coupe and convertible body styles.

While the drop-top has been spotted stretching its legs on public roads more than once in 2014, the coupe didn’t come out to play until 2015, when our tenacious paparazzi caught it in action somewhere in Europe. Now, Jaguar confirmed that the F-Type SVR is set to make its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and released the official photos and technical details, putting an end to more than a year of intense speculation about the range-topping F-Type model.

Find out what this hardcore F-Type is all about in the review below and stay tuned for live photos from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks.

Updated 03/04/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Click the "Pictures" tab to check them out!

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR

The speed kitty goes topless

Back in late 2014, we heard a rumor Jaguar was busy creating a new range-topping F-Type. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before spy shots of the beefed-up two-door surfaced online. Motoring Australia then reported an Aussie dealership had assembled a list of customers eager to grab the faster cat as soon as it was launched. More spy shots followed, this time from a test session at the Nurburgring. Then came a leaked brochure filled with specs, and now, the new F-Type is finally confirmed, bringing less weight, more power, and improved aero, plus a topless body style to boot. Say hello to the F-Type SVR Roadster.

If you were unaware, the SVR stands for SVO/R. The “R” is pretty self-explanatory within the context of sports-car nomenclature, but I’ll explain SVO for the uninitiated. It’s an acronym that stands for Special Vehicle Operations, the team of hired-gun engineers responsible for making Jaguar Land Rover vehicles especially fast. You may remember SVO as the party responsible for creating the truly outrageous Range Rover Sport SVR.

So then, what happens when SVO applies its high-performance know-how to a sports car? Four words – fastest production Jag ever. Extra atmosphere optional.

Updated 02/17/2016: Jag finally gave us the official details on the F-Type SVR a few weeks in advance of its debut in Geneva. Pricing starts at $128,800 for the roadster.

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Motor Trend Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S And The Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: Video

Motor Trend Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S And The Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: Video

Two of today’s best sports cars face off in the latest episode of MT’s Head 2 Head series

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S and the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R are two of the most talked-about sports cars today. Not only do they look drop-dead gorgeous, but they also come with heavy-hitting engines. The F-Type may have the advantage in power - 550 horsepower to 462 horsepower - but the AMG GT S’s combination of unmatched handling and state-of-the-art tech has made it the quintessential sports car for the discerning enthusiast. Either way, both cars are great choices, making it more difficult to pick which of the two is the better sports car.

To help answer that conundrum, Motor Trend lined up the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R in its latest episode of Head 2 Head. MT Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman took up the task of giving a rundown of the two cars, including some new features for the new 2016 models. Here’s a little spoiler of sorts: the biggest addition in the F-Type Coupe R is so important it turned the entire script on the car’s driving experience. But, was it enough to convince Lieberman that the Jag is a better overall sports car than the Mercedes-AMG?

As usual, I’m not going to reveal the synopsis of the episode because it’s better if you hear the verdict from the horse’s mouth itself. Ok, just one more teeny-tiny spoiler. Lieberman did have his choice, but it was so close that he had to enlist the help of race car driver and Head 2 Head staple Randy Pobst to perform practical exams, including hot laps, on both the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R at Willow Springs.

Check out the video to see which of the sports cars ended up getting the stamp of approval.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type Convertible – Driven

2016 Jaguar F-Type Convertible – Driven

Rowing you own makes the Jag a different cat

The Jaguar F-Type Convertible has been around since 2013. In the last three years, minimal changes have kept things fresh, but none more so than the introduction of a manual transmission. Sadly, it can only be mated with the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, but the six-speed gearbox provides that long-sought-after control theF-Type has lacked. The ZF eight-speed automatic is a fantastic gearbox, but it’s still doesn’t scratch that itch for three pedals and short-throw shifter.

With the manual transmission F-Type now on the market, I wanted some seat time to see how it stacked up with the two F-Type R Coupe examples I’ve previously sampled. It might be an apples and oranges comparison – especially since this Firesand Orange convertible is different in many ways from the Coupes – but a comparison can be made regardless.

Let’s dive in and take a look at the 2016 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible with its row-it-yourself transmission.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition

2016 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition

Unveiled in 2012 as a convertible and in 2013 as a coupe, the Jaguar F-Type gained global recognition as a great contemporary British design and as the company’s most exciting product in decades. Marketed as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type (even though it actually replaced the larger XK in the lineup), the F-Type has quickly developed into a sports car with a cult following. As a result, Jaguar updated the two-door for nearly each model year, adding not only AWD and a manual transmission, but several special-edition models as well. With the 2016 calendar year having just begun, the F-Type received yet another individual package, this time around called the British Design Edition.

Based on the F-Type S, the special-edition sports car is available in both coupe and convertible guises. Power comes exclusively from the supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6, which means there’s no 5.0-liter V-8 option for those in need of more oomph, but the package comes with plenty of updates inside and out, many of which are unique to this model. The British Design Edition also marks the introduction of a new color for the F-Type, Ultra Blue, which will eventually become available for the standard version as well.

More good news comes from the fact that the British Design Edition will cross the pond to North America. That’s a bit surprising as most of Jaguar’s special-edition models are sold only in the United Kingdom. Keep reading to find out what makes it special.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD - Driven

2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD - Driven

Introduced in 2013 as a convertible, the Jaguar F-Type quickly made a name for itself and began overturning long-formed impressions about the brand. The coupe came along the following year and solidified to the world that Jaguar wasn’t playing around. Jaguar was ready to kick butt and take names. It’s good to be bad.

At least that was the catchy slogan the company ran with until the PC police decided Jaguar was promoting villainy, or something like that.

Oh but how spot-on Jaguar’s advertisements were. The F-Type, especially when fitted with the supercharged V-8, is maniacal to its core. Like a super villain in his secret lair whose split personality can switch from docile to ferocious in the blink of an eye, the F-Type can move between a comfortable GT cruiser to all-out supercar with one toggle of its Dynamic Mode switch.

Now three years in, the F-Type has undergone some changes – four major ones, to be exact. The car now offers a manual transmission with the V-6, the supercharged V-8 is available in the convertible, the 495-horse version of the V-8 is no more, and every F-Type R comes with AWD. Yes, that means every V-8 F-Type is now makes 550 horsepower.

That also means the entire F-Type lineup is more concise. There is the F-Type, the F-Type S, and the F-Type R. Each can be had in either coupe or convertible form. My recent tester came as the F-Type R Coupe, meaning AWD is the major addition and difference from the 2015 F-Type I previously tested. That, and the optional carbon-ceramic brakes, of course. Yum.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7

2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The Jaguar F-Type was launched for the 2013 model as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type. Bolted onto a shortened XK platform, the F-Type was initially introduced as a soft-top convertible. The Coupe version arrived a year later and went on sale for the 2014 model year. Both versions are powered by supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines with outputs ranging from 335 horsepower to 542 ponies. As we approach the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we’ve learned that Jaguar will actually produce the F-Type Project 7 that it rolled out as a concept in 2013.

Shortly after releasing the F-Type Roadster, Jaguar created the Project 7 design study. The concept car paid tribute to Ecurie Ecosse racing team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race twice with the Jaguar D-Type in the 1950s. The concept featured a D-Type-style rollover hoop behind the driver’s seat, as well as the race car’s white-striped livery. It showcased its astonishing looks at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed before going into history as one of the sexiest concept cars of the 21st century.

Coming into 2014, Jaguar commissioned its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the concept car into a production vehicle. Thus the F-Type Project 7 ditches its auto show queen status and goes to wander the streets and tracks in all of its Le Mans-inspired glory.

Updated 09/25/2015: During the 2015 Monterey Car Week, Jay Leno took the F-Type Project 7 out for a spin. Check out the new video to see what he thinks about the car.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR Testing On The Nurburgring: Video

2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR Testing On The Nurburgring: Video

Watch out 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, there’s a Jaguar coming. There have been numerous reports of a high-powered Jaguar F-Type being developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, and that car was recently captured by spy photographers while testing at the Nürburgring. Designed to be the range-topping performance model of the F-Type lineup, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR looks like it is going to be a serious track car, judging from this spy video.

Not much is known for certain about F-Type SVR, but it’s obvious that Jaguar is doing its best to put this car on the same stage as some of the top sports cars out there. Aside from the agile handling displayed in this video, the Jaguar F-Type SVR is rumored to have in excess of 600 horsepower coming from its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. The extra power is sure obvious from the tailpipes as this car sounds even more menacing than today’s 2015 Jaguar F-Type R. The big question remains whether the SVR will feature a rear-drive layout or will offer all-wheel drive. Seeing as how the F-Type R is rear-drive only, that could very well be the case with the SVR model, but it would be awesome if Jag decided to go head-to-head with the GT-R NISMO with 600+ horses being fed to all four wheels.

To go along with the added power, the F-Type SVR is getting a few styling changes, including the new front fascia, quad exhaust outlets and the big rear spoiler. All of these upgrades have been exposed in previous spy shots, which also revealed that the SVR will most likely offer both coupe and convertible body styles.

JRL’s SVO team first came to light with the introduction of the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR, but the group will also be responsible for building the limited-production 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 as well as the continuation 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

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EVO Drives The Jaguar Project 7: Video

EVO Drives The Jaguar Project 7: Video

Jethro Bovington of EVO Magazine recently got some seat time in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 to provide a few initial driving impressions on Jaguar’s limited-production sports car speedster (only 250 will be built) for this new video. His impressions? Without giving away too much, we can tell you it’s the fastest F-Type yet, and it’s happy to leave smoking Continental tire residue all over the tarmac.

The Project 7 was originally introduced as a concept in 2013 and now, as a production car, is one of the first models tweaked by Jaguar’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations division. The name symbolizes Jaguar’s seven Le Mans victories between 1951 and 1990, and its livery pays homage to the Ecurie Ecosse D-Types that won at Le Mans in 1956 and 1957.

But despite all the throwback Easter eggs, the Project 7 is firmly grounded in the now. Its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 puts down 567 horsepower — 25 horsepower more than the F-Type R — and 502 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. At 3,495 pounds, it’s also 176 pounds lighter than the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R. It all translates to a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. New front suspension knuckles optimize camber and stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars provide a more track-biased setup. It also gets carbon-ceramic brakes at all four corners.

Aside from the lack of roof and driver-side aero element running along the rear deck (another D-Type Easter egg) the Project 7 also gets a body kit with much larger air intakes on the front fascia. Look for this same kit on future SVO F-Types.

Click through for a more detailed rundown from Jethro.

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The Upcoming Jaguar F-Type SVR Could Be AWD

The Upcoming Jaguar F-Type SVR Could Be AWD

The fact that Jaguar is already working on a hardcore, SVR-badged version of the F-Type is no longer a secret, but the details surrounding this beefed-up two-seater are still scant. As the Brits continue to test F-Types equipped with revised bumpers, pop-up spoilers, and big ceramic brake discs in Europe, the folks over at Car Magazine report that the SVR will feature an all-wheel-drive system as standard.

Although the British outlet doesn’t quote a source for its report, it does claim that Jaguar wants to position the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR against the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and argues that "...the blown, all-wheel drive 911 outsells the rear-drive GT3 by at least four to one." Also, because it doesn’t have a motorsport program, Jaguar reportedly has no reason to sell its most powerful sports car with a rear-wheel-drive layout.

Moreover, a 600-horspeower F-Type would be better of with an AWD system to keep the extra power and torque in check.

Car also suggests that the F-Type SVR will sport several aero features seen on the limited-edition 2015 Jaguar Project 7, including a carbon-fiber rear diffuser. Larger intakes for the front bumper are also on the table to help feed more air to the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 powerplant.

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Jaguar Bloodhound Parachute Test: Video

Jaguar Bloodhound Parachute Test: Video

Jaguar is lending technical and vehicular support in an upcoming attempt to break the standing land speed record. Part of that support includes testing critical systems, such as the parachute, as seen in the above-featured video.

Making the actual record-setting run will be the rocket- and jet-powered 2014 Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC), which is currently under development by an English team that aims to smash the standing record of 763.035 mph with a target velocity of at least 1,000 mph.

The Bloodhound SSC reportedly produces 135,000 thp (thrust horsepower) thanks to a Rolls-Royce Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan and Nammo HTP hybrid rocket. It also has a V-8 from Jaguar Land Rover. Properly motivated, the car should be able to cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

To slow it down, the Bloodhound SSC uses multiple braking systems, including air brakes that create additional drag and disc brakes that are employed when the car reaches a relatively glacial 200 mph. It also has two backup parachutes.

Obviously, it’s best to make sure these things actually work before traveling at speeds over the four-digit mark, so Jaguar offered up a specially prepped F-Type R Coupe for test duties. As such, the Jag was extensively modified, by replacing the rear window and adding structural supports to attach parachute canisters directly to the chassis. A cockpit-mounted switch was used to fire the parachute at 180 mph, unleashing an instant drag force equivalent to one metric ton.

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Jaguar Will Support Land Speed Record Attempt With F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV

Jaguar Will Support Land Speed Record Attempt With F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV

Jaguar is gearing up to unveil a specially outfitted F-Type R AWD designed to support the supersonic Bloodhound SSC jet and rocket car in its attempt to break the standing world land speed record. 

The high-powered coupe comes fresh from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations tuning division sporting a unique blue-and-orange livery in line with the Bloodhound SSC colors. It’ll join a fleet of support cars as a first-on-the-scene rapid response vehicle, while the high-powered V-8 under its hood will be used to power the hydraulic system and oxidizer pump on the Bloodhound.

The F-Type R AWD first saw support duty back in November of last year, when it was equipped with radio equipment and driven with great haste towards an approaching jet flying at 500 knots just 20 feet above the ground. With a combined closing speed of 700 mph, the fly-by was performed as a comms check to make sure the ground crew would be able to communicate with the Bloodhound’s pilot during the record-breaking attempt.

The F-Type R AWD RRV will be unveiled at this year’s MotoFest in Coventry, England, where it will lap the Coventry ring road on Saturday, May 30th, and Sunday, May 31st. Jag will also bring along a slew of heritage vehicles to the event, including a 1956 D-type Long Nose, 1966 XJ13, 1974 Group 44 E-type, 1976 Broadspeed XJ12 Coupe, 1938 SS 100, and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR Should Deliver More Than 600 HP

Jaguar F-Type SVR Should Deliver More Than 600 HP

With its 550 horsepower supercharged V-8, the Jaguar F-Type R is a tightly wound ball of kinetic energy. This small, sharply styled coupe does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. Anyone calling it underpowered has probably been hit in the head with a drywall hammer, but with a reported power figure north of 600 horsepower, the forthcoming F-Type SVR should be even more insane. For reference, the Jaguar XJ220 supercar from 1992 made do with a paltry 540 horsepower.

The news comes courtesy of our friends at Motor Trend, who aren’t mentioning any names but suggest the news comes from an anonymous source within Jaguar. Though it’s significant, the bump in power isn’t all that surprising. Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8 has proven to be a workhorse of an engine, and with a bit more boost from the supercharger and some software reconfiguration, it shouldn’t have any problems putting down over 600 horsepower reliably.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar F-Type SVR.

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Watch The Stig Driving A Jaguar F-Type R: Video

Watch The Stig Driving A Jaguar F-Type R: Video

Before the whole “Clarkson-Gate” debacle swooped in to destroy Top Gear as we know it, the walking traction management system known as the Stig was handed the keys to a very orange Jag and told to go around the test track. The result was a time of 1:21.6, putting the F-Type R ahead of the Audi R8 V10 running in the damp, but behind the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. With a perspective mostly centered inside the cabin, this video is a showcase of what skilled driving looks like. The braking is absurdly deep, the apexes are exact, the throttle application is linear and precise, and every correction is just a small twitch in the steering wheel.

As you might expect, when this video was posted over the weekend, people weren’t talking about the lap, or the Stig, or the car – they were talking about Clarkson. Everyone thinks TG is dead, and in protest, many are giving the video a thumbs down and unsubscribing. It’s armchair activism at its finest, and quite frankly, hilarious to see.

But I refuse to jump onto the bandwagon. Instead, I’m gonna focus on the lap, and just how awesome it is to watch. You really get a good feeling for the grip levels at play as the Stig puts the British sports car at the ragged edge of adhesion with each turn, and even though it’s a delicate, deft sort of interplay, it’s also quite brutal, like a swift punch to the mouth…

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - Driven

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - Driven

Jaguar has always epitomized the proper gentleman’s car for me – especially its sports cars. The imagery of an Englishman with his driving cap donned, twisting down some wet country road after tea time flashes through my mind when I consider where a Jaguar should feel most at home. Sadly, Jaguar lost its way for a few years, producing less-than-stellar vehicles with even less-stellar reliability records.

However that tide is certainly turning, thanks to Jaguar’s new parent company Tata Motors. Jaguar, along with is sister company Land Rover, has seen vast improvements. Leading that charge for Jag is this: the F-Type.

Introduced in 2013 as a convertible and 2014 as a coupe, the F-Type has swung perceptions of the brand and enlivened and grown (or should I say replenished) its fan base. Jaguar does make other fantastic cars, but none of them boast the outright appeal and allure as the F-Type.

And within the F-Type category, none appeal more than the 550-horsepower F-Type R. With the keys in hand for a week, I set out to discover exactly what the F-Type – and its revived brand – have to say for themselves.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR Caught Around Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Jaguar F-Type SVR Caught Around Nurburgring: Spy Shots

In its short life, the Jaguar F-Type has proven to be a worthy adversary for the venerable Porsche 911, but so far, Jaguar’s offering has only tangled with the lower levels of the 911 range. That will change, though, when Jaguar Land Rover’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operations gets ahold of the sporty coupe/convertible to create the Jaguar F-Type SVR, which was spotted testing recently at the Nürburgring.

The spy shots show some key changes to the F-Type’s body for improved performance, including a good-sized splitter now positioned below the front fascia, and a massive rear spoiler. Still in the testing phase, expect the face of this SVR to get a lot more aggressive when it is officially debuted, but it doesn’t look like Jaguar is going over the top with its design. In fact, the only other change noticeable on this prototype is different wheels that expose the upsized carbon ceramic brakes.

Along with its aero body package, the Jaguar F-Type SVR should also get a bump in power output. It will use the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 as the current F-Type R, which is currently rated at 550 horsepower. Our source projects power to be somewhere in the 580-600 horsepower range, but with that in mind, Jaguar also has the new limited-production F-Type Project 7 that is rated at 575 horsepower.

As for the name, it has been rumored that Jaguar will replace its “R-S” models with an SVR model from its in-house tuning division.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Convertible

2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Convertible

The Jaguar F-Type is already one of the best-looking, most capable drop-top sportscars around. It’s stupendously fast, especially in V-8 S guise, and the gorgeous shape designed by Ian Callum looks like it was carved from solid granite instead of pounded from aluminum. Now, Jaguar is throwing a raft of new tricks at the F-Type, including a new all-wheel-drive system, manual transmission, and a new F-Type R convertible with the same supercharged, 550-horsepower V-8 from the F-Type R Coupe. In short, Jaguar wants to make the F-Type more usable for more people.

The new AWD system is available as an option on V-6 powered F-Type S Convertible (but not with a manual transmission), and is standard on the F-Type R convertible, which now replaces the V-8 S Convertible in the current lineup.

Yes, the Jaguar F-Type is getting a six-speed manual transmission, but it only works with limited drivetrains. Namely, the V-6-powered rear-wheel-drive variants, but Jaguar deserves a round of applause for its part in helping prevent manual transmission extinction. The company says it added the manual in response to widespread demand, most of which came from the United States.

Along with the addition of a F-Type R Convertible, the new features mean the F-Type’s range more than doubles in size from a mere six to a Porsche 911-rivaling 14 derivatives. Porsche has had incredible success with is vast range of 911s, which currently sits at 20, so Jaguar is almost certainly looking to replicate that success.

Updated 03/23/2015: Jaguar announced prices for the recently launched F-Type AWD Convertible. The model will go on sale in April at a starring price of $87,900.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Coupe

2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Coupe

The Jaguar F-Type was launched in 2012 as a spiritual successor to the E-Type. At first as drop-top only, the F-Type received a coupe version in 2013. The sports car was received with great enthusiasm, often being labeled as a stout competitor for the Porsche 911. Available with a range of supercharged V-6 and V-8 powerplants, the F-Type’s output ranges from 335 to 567 ponies, numbers that speak volumes about Jaguar’s intentions with its stylish sports car. While owning a wild and exciting rear-wheel-drive sports coupe like the new Jaguar F-Type sounds like an absolute blast, there is a large part of the population that likes their sports cars with a little less drift and a lot more traction. Just look to the sales of the Audi R8, Audi TT, and the Porsche Carrera 4 for evidence of that. Jaguar is well aware of the customers it may be losing in the colder regions of the world by only offering a rear-wheel-drive coupe, so it’s now offering an all-wheel-drive versions of the F-Type R and S for the 2016 model year.

Set to make its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19th, the AWD F-Type made its first official appearance in the Hakskeen Pan desert in the Northern cape of South Africa, where Jaguar joined the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record program during its first high-speed testing session. Not because the F-Type is a record-breaker now that is sports all-wheel drive, but because Jaguar is the new main partner of the Bloodhound Project. Still, it’s a good way to showcase a vehicle that’s quicker than its RWD counterpart.

Updated 03/23/2015: Jaguar revealed prices for the entire 2016 F-Type lineup, including the recently launched AWD version. The model will arrive in dealerships starting in April at a starting price of $84,800. Continue reading for the full lineup price list.

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Jaguar F-Type R Sets South African Land Speed Record: Video

Jaguar F-Type R Sets South African Land Speed Record: Video

Late last month, a supercharged Jag set the official record for fastest production vehicle in South Africa. An asphalt-blazing top speed of 181.1 mph was achieved in a blast down the runway at Upington Airport, in the Northern Cape, as a gaggle of Jaguar employees looked on. Elevation was 2,759 feet above sea level, which probably didn’t affect the forced-induction V-8 all that much.

“Not only do we say that racing is in our blood – we go out there and prove it,” said Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “Aside from being inspired by our history of racing and land speed records, we also wanted to show off the innovation, performance and safety of our vehicles. A car that’s capable of reaching 300km/h safely is many times safer at legal and safe speeds.”

Now that Jaguar has stepped up to claim the title of quickest in South Africa, I’d love it if other makes got in on the action. A buck eighty is fast, no doubt about it, but certainly not unbeatable. Let’s see that top end, Ferrari,Lamborghini and McLaren!

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Jaguar Plans More Powerful F-Type Versions

Jaguar Plans More Powerful F-Type Versions

We already know the 2016 Jaguar F-Type will get all-wheel drive and a manual transmission option for certain trim levels, but it could get a dose of extra horsepower at the top of the range too. The current F-Type R isn’t exactly lacking in straight-line performance. With a 5.0-liter, 550 horsepower V-8, it’ll do 0 to 60 in four seconds and tops out at 186 mph.

Speaking with our friends at AutoGuide, group sales operations director for Jaguar Land Rover, Andy Goss, says we can expect to see even faster F-Types in the near future. “We’ve taken the F-Type so far but we’ll take it a lot further,” Goss told AutoGuide. “We’ll dial in more performance without a shadow of a doubt.”

Goss envisions the F-Type not as a product, but as a range of products. Just don’t compare it to the Porsche 911, which currently boasts 20 different configurations. Goss continued, “We’re not aping Porsche. We were in this market before they were in this market.”

So, when can we expect to see these faster F-Types, and how much faster will they be? Goss didn’t go into specifics, but mentioned Jaguar Land Rover is planning to reveal 50 new or updated products over the next five years, 12 of which will be introduced this year. It might not be in the cards this year, but a harder, faster F-Type seems likely. I’ll take mine with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, please and thank you.

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Jaguar Will Replace R-S Badge With SVR; Confirms F-Type SVR

Jaguar Will Replace R-S Badge With SVR; Confirms F-Type SVR

In a move that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, Jaguar will soon be replacing its high-performance R-S models with cars wearing the all-new SVR brand, and the first such model we’ll be seeing under this new naming convention is the upcoming 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR.

This was all confirmed by John Edwards, the head of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, who was quoted by Autovisie as saying that the R-S moniker will “disappear” and that the SVR models will be “substantially better” than the R models. In the case of the F-Type, that means that power will exceed the F-Type R’s 550-horsepower output, and while details are still unknown, we can only hope for an output closer to the 600-horsepower mark.

The SVO team will be responsible for developing SVR performance vehicles for both Jaguar and Land Rover, and Edwards promises that these models will be faster than the non-SVR models with specific tuning to both the powertrain and chassis. As an example of this, last year’s introduction of the Range Rover Sport SVR revealed the SUV had been retuned to produce 542 horsepower along with a top speed of 162 miles per hour.

Edwards did not give a time frame for when we could see the next generation of Jaguar performance cars to debut (or even which cars other than the F-Type will get the SVR treatment), but based on how amazing the XKR-S and XFR-S are, we’re sure we won’t have much longer to find out.

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