The Big Cat brings out its special edition claws to celebrate its 70th anniversary

Jaguar is rolling out the special-edition goods with the arrival of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. Based on the coupé and convertible versions of the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic trim, the Chequered Flag Limited Edition is a celebration of the Big Cat’s history and lineage of sports cars that earnestly began with the arrival of the XK 120 back in 1948. In keeping with a number of past Jaguar F-TYPE special editions, the Chequered Flag Limited Edition mostly comes with exclusive cosmetic touches inside and out. It features a black roof, a new set of exclusive wheels, and enough badges to drive home the point that this is an exclusive 380-horsepower kitty that pays homage to its heritage. The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Edition is available in the U.S. market at a starting price of $71,900.

Exterior

  • Three body color choice: Carpathian Gray, Fuji White, Caldera Gray
  • Black roof
  • Exterior Black Design Pack comes standard
  • Exclusive set of 20-inch wheels
  • Lots of badging
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A special edition Jaguar F-TYPE isn’t exactly ground-breaking news. We’ve already seen a handful of them in the past, including some pretty tasty ones like the F-TYPE Project 7 that Jag’s own custom arm, Special Vehicles Operations, cooked up back in 2015. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like SVO had any hand in the development of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition, otherwise, Jaguar would be tooting its horn already. The good news is that the Chequered Flag Limited Edition is interesting enough on its own.

It’s available in coupé and convertible versions of the higher-spec F-Type R-Dynamic trim so it comes with a lot of useful goodies to go along with its exclusive aesthetic touches.

A big part of the F-TYPE Project 7’s exclusivity is the limited number of paint options you can choose from. In total, there are three color options, specifically Carpathian Gray, Fuji White, and the delectable sounding Caldera Red. While I do fancy a simmering red F-TYPE, it’s hard to argue against those who opt for the gray and white versions. Either way, all coupé versions of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag come with a contrasting black roof, giving the coupé a distinctive two-tone color action.

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Part of what makes this Jag special is that optional packages in other versions become standard in this one. The Exterior Black Design Pack, for example, comes standard on the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. The package features gloss black side vents, body-colored side sills, and aero blades, and a gloss black rear valance with a Venturi Blade thrown in for good measure. You don’t need to convince me for me to know that the Exterior Black Design Pack works well in this specific special edition F-TYPE.

At the very least, the package adds another layer of sportiness to a sports car that already looks sporty in a lot of people’s eyes.

Of course, a special edition Jaguar wouldn’t be complete without a brand new set of — exclusive! — wheels. In this case, Jaguar opted for a set of 20-inch wheels adorned, predictably at this point, with black trim. And since I’m on the topic of predictable special edition features, a number of badges are tattooed into the Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Edition. There’s one in the front grille and another one at the back, just below the passenger-side taillamp.

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I suppose Jaguar really wants the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Edition to stand out in a sea of other F-TYPE SEs. Given its identity as a celebration of Jag’s 70th anniversary of rolling out these spicy performance machines, it’s hard not to see it from the company’s perspective. 70 years is a big deal, as it should be.

Interior

  • Ebony Windsor leather
  • Dark Brushed Aluminum center console trim
  • Embroidered logo on the headrests
  • InControl Touch Pro infotainment system comes standard
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Do you know what’s better than admiring a special edition Jaguar from afar? Opening its doors and sitting inside. Do you know what’s better than that? Closing the doors and turning the ignition on. Ok, I’m not going to get too far ahead of myself. First, I want to admire the interior of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition because it is, in a word, a beauty. The Ebony Windsor Leather interior already has my attention. Sure, “Ebony Windsor” leather is just another name for “black,” but still, I like how it drapes over the entire cabin of the F-TYPE, wrapping up all that space in a blanket of soft leather.

The white contrast stitching is a nice touch, too, though if you’re not down with it, you can opt for red contrast stitching or, if you’re feeling extra frisky, go for the cirrus contrast stitching.

I’m not quite sure how the latter translates to the eyes, but let’s go with it.

Fix your gaze to the front of the interior and you’ll notice that the F-TYPE’s traditional Delta aluminum center console trim went out the door, replaced instead by a Dark Brushed Aluminum center console trim finisher. Quite frankly, I’m already a big fan of the standard aluminum trim on the console, but I can’t be mad at Jaguar for feeling the need to make the upgrade, especially since the Dark Brushed Aluminum trim on the center console perfectly complements the aesthetic treatment of the cabin. Speaking of complementary aesthetics, I’d be remiss if I don’t mention the embroidered checkered flags on the headrests and the checkered flag logo on the steering wheel. Oh, and that red leather strip you see in the 12 o’clock position of the steering wheel? That’s a subtle reminder that the car you’re driving is all about its performance chops.

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As far as standard features go, the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition, by virtue of it being based on the F-TYPE R-Dynamic trim, is loaded on that front.

Jag’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system comes standard on the SE F-Type, as does a 10-inch touchscreen, a Meridian sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a suite of connected services, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In case you need a place to charge your gadgets, a power socket and a USB and 12V socket in the center console should all come in handy.

As much as I like the visual treatment of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag’s interior, I do find myself wondering if Jaguar isn’t just confusing us with all the fancy names it uses to describe the materials it puts into its special edition models. Ebony Windsor leather, for example, might as well be black, or, Premium Jet Black, as was the case in the interior of the F-TYPE British Design Edition, an earlier special edition F-TYPE that Jaguar released three years ago. Perhaps time has a way of making us forget past special edition models, but if you think about it, there’s only so much you can do in the F-Type’s interior to make it stand out. At least the F-TYPE British Design Edition came with a carbon fiber center console instead of the Dark Brushed Aluminum trim in this new limited edition model.

If Jaguar really wanted to make it a statement, it probably should’ve looped in SVO in the development of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. Maybe we could’ve seen something along the lines of lightweight, race-style bucket seats finished in a quilted-diamond pattern with white stitching and carbon fiber veneer inserts, similar to what SVO did with the Project 7.

Drivetrain

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder with 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque
  • 5.4-second 0-to-60-mph / 155-mph top speed (2.0)
  • 4.9-second 0-to-60-mph / 171-mph top speed (3.0)
  • Standard eight-speed automatic transmission on both versions
The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition isn’t just available in coupe and convertible forms. Jaguar is also offering two engine options, giving us a chance to choose which powertrain suits our respective flights of fancy.

If you’re fine with the “cheaper” version of the special edition F-TYPE, you’ll need to make do with Jaguar’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 296 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The powertrain works in concert with an eight-speed transmission, which, in turn, sends all that power to the two rear wheels, enabling the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition to sprint from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Suppose 296 horsepower isn’t enough to tickle your funny bones, you can opt for the higher-spec F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. There’s an extra cost attached to it, but if you can stomach the lighter wallet, you’ll be treated to an F-TYPE that’s powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine that produces a stout 380 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 339 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission also comes standard, though, in this setup, all that power goes to all four wheels.

Naturally, more power means a faster time. The V-6 F-TYPE is more than happy to acquiesce.

A sprint from 0 to 60 mph only takes 4.9 seconds — that’s 0.5 seconds quicker than the four-cylinder F-TYPE — and it can hit a top speed of 171 mph, 16 mph higher than its lower-spec sibling.

Whichever engine you choose, it’s hard to think that you’re not going to have fun with either of those two engines. It’s just a matter of how much fun you want to have.

Jaguar F-Type Specifications

Engine Supercharged V6 Supercharged V6 Supercharged V8
Compression ratio 10.5:1 10.5:1 9.5:1
Driveline Rear-Wheel Drive
Manual: Rear-Wheel Drive
Rear-Wheel Drive
Manual: Rear-Wheel Drive
AWD: All-Wheel Drive
AWD
Transmission Auto: Eight-speed ‘QuickShift’
Manual: 6-speed ZF
Auto: Eight-speed ‘QuickShift’
Manual: 6-speed ZF
Eight-speed ‘QuickShift’
Power 340 HP @ 6,500 RPM 380 HP @ 6,500 RPM 550 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 332 LB-FT @ 3,500 - 5,000 RPM 339 @ 3,500 - 5,000 RPM 502 @ 3,500 RPM
0-60 mph Auto: 5.1 sec
Manual: 5.5 sec
Auto: 4.8 sec
Manual: 5.3 sec
AWD: 4.9 sec
3.9 sec
Top speed - electronically limited 161 mph 171 mph 186 mph

Prices

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Well, it’s come to that point, hasn’t it? As important as the exclusive aesthetics and the engine options are, we’ve now come to the most important question about the Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition.

How much is it?

The good news is that the lower-spec version of the special edition Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag is close in price to the base F-TYPE. The bad news, at least for some of you, is that it still starts at $71,900 for the coupé version and $74,300 for the convertible version. If you want the higher-spec version of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag, you’re going to have to shell out a few stacks to buy one. The coupé version, for instance, starts at $94,500, while the convertible version will set you back at least $96,900. In fact, the 3.0 F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition is the most expensive version of the sports car outside of the much more powerful F-TYPE R and the even more powerful range-topping F-TYPE SVR.

Consider this: if you’re going to spend $94,500 for the coupé version of the F-TYPE Chequered Flag, you only need $7,000 to buy the 550-horsepower F-TYPE R. An interesting proposition, wouldn’t you say?

Trim Engine Driveline Coupe Convertible
F-TYPE P300 - 2.0L T/C I4; 296HP RWD $61,600 $64,700
F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition P300 - 2.0L T/C I4; 296HP RWD $71,900 $74,300
F-TYPE P340 - 3.0L S/C V6; 340HP RWD $71,100 $74,200
F-TYPE R-Dynamic P380 - 3.0L S/C V6; 380HP RWD $84,300 $87,400
F-TYPE R-Dynamic P380 - 3.0L S/C V6; 380HP AWD $87,300 $90,400
F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition P380 - 3.0L S/C V6; 380HP AWD $94,500 $96,900
F-TYPE R R - 5.0L S/C V8; 550HP AWD $101,800 $104,900
F-TYPE SVR SVR - 5.0L S/C V8; 575HP AWD $123,600 $126,700

Final thoughts

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The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition is the kind of sports car you’d want to show off to everyone. It has a unique story behind it, and it’s developed by one of the finest performance car builders in the market today. In a lot of ways, it’s what a prototype special edition should be. But it has a few issues, not the least of which is the price Jaguar is asking for one. Are you prepared to spend more than $70,000 on a special edition Jaguar F-TYPE that, if you think about it, isn’t really dripping in special edition details? If you’re not going to spend that much money on one, what more on the version that’s going to set you back almost $100,000. It’s hard to stomach spending that much money when you can spend it on other sports cars that offer better performance. I like the Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition. I do. But I don’t like it enough to justify spending that much money on it.

  • Leave it
    • EXPENSIVE
    • It’s not going to overwhelm you
    • You can spend that money elsewhere

Further Reading

2017 Jaguar F-Type High Resolution Exterior
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Read up more about the 2018 Jaguar F-Type

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR.

Today, Jaguar has announced the addition of a new Checkered Flag Limited Edition model to the 2020 F-TYPE model line-up. This limited edition model celebrates the brand’s rich sports car heritage dating back to the reveal of the XK 120 in 1948.

Based on the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupe and Convertible, and available with a powerful four- or six-cylinder engine, the Checkered Flag LE features a range of subtle visual enhancements to the exterior and to the driver-focused “1+1” cabin.

Highlights include a Black Contrast roof on the Coupe and a luxurious Windsor Leather interior featuring Performance seats with embossed headrests, a Dark Brushed Aluminum center console trim finisher and – in recognition of the Jaguar brand’s motorsport successes – a steering wheel with a discrete Checkered Flag logo and red leather band to mark the 12 o’clock position.

“Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama – every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-TYPE,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “In creating the Checkered Flag Limited Edition we’ve focused on details which enhance the presence of the F-TYPE and promise of performance – and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast, Jaguar sports cars.”

The exquisite, perfectly-proportioned exterior of the F-TYPE is enhanced by the Exterior Black Design Pack, equipped as standard on the Checkered Flag Limited Edition, which benefits from extended side sills to subtly increase visual width and give the car an even greater presence and poise. The 20-inch Gloss Black wheels are exclusive to the Checkered Flag Limited Edition model and complement the red finish of the brake calipers. The model’s superbly-crafted Ebony Windsor Leather interior is offered with contrast stitching in a choice of Red or Cirrus. The slimline Performance seats, with optional heated and cooling functionality, feature headrests embossed with Checkered Flag branding.

In place of the Delta aluminum center console trim, typically equipped on F-TYPE R-Dynamic models, the Checkered Flag Limited Edition features a Dark Brushed Aluminum finisher. The texture and finish of this material perfectly complements the Ebony Windsor Leather.

The standard Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system2 features Meridian® audio, a suite of connected services and, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™3 as standard to make it easier than ever to access tailored smartphone apps using the 10-inch touchscreen4.

Power comes from the 296HP 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine or the 380HP 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine. Both offer an outstanding balance of responsiveness and power – and a visceral soundtrack which reflects the truly driver-focused character of the Jaguar F-TYPE – and are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions.

2020MY F-TYPE CORE LINE-UP

Since its launch in 2012, the Jaguar F-TYPE has established itself as a key competitor in the sport car segment, winning more than 170 global awards. For the 2020 model year, the core F-TYPE model line-up receives a number of updates including simplification of the model range and the introduction of the Checkered Flag Limited Edition model. Two all new exterior paint colors are now on offer – Eiger Grey and Portofino Blue, and the standard equipment list is enhanced by the standardization of popular features such as Smartphone Pack (which contains Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™) and Front Parking Aid5.

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