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Published on January 12th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair

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Jaguar F-Type Gets Special Edition In Its Final Model Year

The Jaguar F-Type is being discontinued on the 75th anniversary of the first Jaguar sports car.

Jaguar may not be the oldest British automotive marque in existence, but it certainly has cultivated an air of luxury and performance in the time that it has been around. 75 years ago, the company launched its first sports car, the Jaguar XK120. It was the fastest production car at launch with a 3.4-litre straight six petrol engine with double overhead cams and 160hp on tap… all the way in 1948, mind you! Today, the Jaguar F-Type stands as the lone sports car descendant in the age of the electric vehicle and SUV. Unfortunately, the F-Type’s time is at an end and this will be its final production year. It’s possible that Jaguar’s last sports car will roll off the production line on the 75th anniversary of its first. This is because the company has committed to become an all-electric vehicle manufacturer from 2025 onwards.

To commemorate the end of an era, the Jaguar F-Type is being given a special ’75 Edition’ in both coupé and convertible form. It will be available on the P450 AWD (F-TYPE 75) and P575 AWD (F-TYPE R 75) models with their 5.0L supercharged V8 engines. There’s also a P450 RWD, but it does not get all the performance enhancements listed below.

The 75 edition models will feature the following:

  • F-Type silhouette badges
    • on front fenders
    • on tread plates
    • on the Engine Spin centre console finisher
  • Interior Black Pack
  • Lightweight slimline seats in Performance design
  • Windsor leather upholstery
  • Monogram stitch patttern
  • Extended Leather Upgrade
  • Jaguar Leaper or R motif on headrests
  • Ebony Suedecloth headliner
  • Gloss black five-spoke or gloss black diamond-turned 10-spoke 20″ wheels
    • Optional forged wheels with wider tyres for R75
  • R branding etched on exhausts

Performance enhancements include:

  • Rear knuckles made of light, stiff aluminium die castings
  • larger wheel bearings
  • revised upper ball joints with increased camber and toe stiffness
  • Rear electronic active differential
  • Intelligent Driveline Dynamics technology (torque on-demand all-wheel drive)
  • Adaptive Dynamics with Configurable Dynamics

The 2.0L turbocharged model with the Ingenium engine will also continue to be offered as the Jaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic but without a 75 Edition.

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Here’s the press release with more.

PRESS RELEASE

The Jaguar F-TYPE is the definitive sports car from a rich bloodline spanning 75 years and including some of the most iconic models ever built. In Coupé or Convertible form, F-TYPE offers a perfect balance of visceral performance and driver reward with a muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by luxurious materials, exacting craftsmanship and exquisite details.

This marks the final model year of F-TYPE and celebrates 75 years of the Jaguar sports car with a 75 Edition offered on the P450 AWD and P575 AWD derivatives. The line-up continues to feature an all-V8 powertrain, and these models are a fitting celebration of internal combustion engine performance before Jaguar becomes a pure electric modern luxury brand from 2025. The exceptional performance of the F-TYPE is supported with special 75 Edition content and further standardization of high-demand features at 24MY.

The 24MY will continue to offer a RWD derivative, now featuring R-Dynamic design elements. These are distinguished by unique interior and exterior design elements, carefully curated specifications, and – of course – the supercharged 5.0-litre Jaguar V8 engine synonymous with F-TYPE. The car looks more purposeful and assertive than ever too, with 20-inch wheels standard on all models, and discreet detail changes such as the wheel centres and grille badge changing from red to black, and the R and R-Dynamic badge accent colours now black and grey instead of red and green.

Design

The Jaguar F-TYPE looks as dramatic as ever and is the definitive Jaguar sports car in a rich bloodline going back 75 years. The powerful proportions of the front-engine two-seater – with its body structure sculpted from light, stiff aluminium – are instantly recognizable, and the focused and assertive presence references the flowing forms from Jaguar’s rich sports car heritage, which began with the XK120 – launched in 1948 as the world’s fastest production car.

Super-slim LED headlights with ‘Calligraphy’ J signature daytime running lights and sweeping direction indicators accentuate the car’s visual width and hint at its performance potential. They blend perfectly into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the clamshell hood, which sweeps elegantly back, inspired by iconic models such as the C-type and D-type.

Unique to the F-TYPE 75 and F-TYPE R 75 are discreet badges on the front fenders which depict the unmistakable silhouette of the F-TYPE. The interior also features 75 badging.

As part of the curated, simplified customer offer, every F-TYPE in the range is offered with a model-specific 20-inch wheel as standard, with the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 distinguished by their gloss black, five-spoke- and gloss black diamond-turned 10-spoke designs respectively.

The rear haunches enhance the inherently dramatic, purposeful form and sweep downwards to the slender rear LED lights with ‘Chicane’ signature of the F-TYPE. Quad, outboard exhausts – featuring subtle etched R branding on R 75 models – emerge from the rear diffuser, clearly signalling the performance intent of the F-TYPE.

The driver-focused interior is a pure expression of the car’s elegance and performance of the F-TYPE. Combining Jaguar craftsmanship, exquisite, details and rich materials and finishes deliver a heightened sense of luxury and sportiness.

The ‘1+1’ cockpit features a 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display1 ., offering a choice of display themes – as befits a true sports car, the default mode is characterised by the large central rev-counter.

This feature and the gearshift light subtly convey the character and performance potential of the F-TYPE, digitally enhancing the mechanical theatre of the pulsing red ‘heartbeat’ of the start button and the deployable centre air vents.

The F-TYPE 75 and R 75 models are distinguished by the unique silhouette motif on the Engine Spin centre console finisher and stainless-steel tread plates, while the Interior Black Pack is another subtle enhancement.

Lightweight slimline seats – in Sport or Performance designs, with the latter standard on the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 – combine an ergonomically-optimised form with outstanding comfort, further enhanced by heating and cooling options. Rich materials such as Windsor leather – standard on the special editions – add a further touch of luxury, complemented by details such as the crafted monogram stitch pattern – repeated in the door trim, with the Extended Leather Upgrade option – and Jaguar Leaper or R motifs in the headrests. An Ebony Suedecloth headliner – also standard on the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 – further enriches the interior.

Ride and Handling

F-TYPE continues to set the benchmark for truly involving, engaging, driver-focused sports cars. Double wishbone front- and rear suspension, meticulously tuned electric powerassisted steering (EPAS) and Torque Vectoring by Braking1 deliver outstanding agility and a truly connected feel. These attributes are fundamental to the car’s immediate and intuitive responses to every driver input.

The chassis of the F-TYPE 75 and R 75 is further enhanced by rear knuckles made from light, stiff aluminium die castings, which, together with larger wheel bearings deliver absolute precision control of the tire contact patch, translating to even more connected steering feel. For the R 75, this key attribute is optimised still further thanks to revised upper ball joints which significantly increase camber and toe stiffness. Both models also feature a rear electronic active differential (EAD) to optimise traction.

The torque on-demand all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics1 technology – available on the F-TYPE 75** and standard on the R 75 – further enhances traction and dynamics – on various surfaces and in just about any weather – while maintaining the characteristic rear-wheel drive feel and handling balance of the F-TYPE.

All V8 models are equipped with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics1 . Using electronically controlled, continuously variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimizes both low speed comfort and high-speed control, while Configurable Dynamics enables the driver to tailor the settings for suspension stiffness, steering weight, throttle response and gearshifts.

Every F-TYPE in the range is equipped with distinctive 20-inch wheels. All offer a choice of one standard and three optional designs, including forged wheels for the R 75. As befits its position as the performance flagship of the F-TYPE range, the R 75 features wider, specially-developed Pirelli P Zero tires – 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 front and rear respectively – to provide exceptional levels of grip.

Powertrain

The powerful, responsive 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engines of the F-TYPE are paired with an eight-speed Quickshift transmission with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. The engines are made at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, UK.

The 450PS, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable, useable and rewarding performance – maximum torque of 580Nm is generated from 2,500rpm. This engine is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive**. Both feature an electronic active rear differential to optimize traction, and both enable 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds2 and a maximum speed of 177mph.

For truly exceptional performance on various surfaces and in just about any weather there is the F-TYPE R 75. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 575PS and a remarkable 700Nm of torque: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds2 , while maximum speed is an electronically limited 186mph .

Each engine is matched to a switchable active exhaust system as standard. The distinctive crackle and pop on the overrun synonymous with F-TYPE, remains, with sounds meticulously tuned to suit the distinctive character of each model. Highly efficient, close-coupled particulate filters** help to minimize emissions.

Customers also benefit from the Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined start-up sound: electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load, releasing the signature roar which has always been fundamental to the F-TYPE driving experience. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.

The first customer deliveries begin Spring 2023 – the year which marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars – and a pivotal moment in the brand’s history as it proudly moves towards an all-electric future from 2025.

The 2024 Model Year Jaguar F-TYPE range is made at the Castle Bromwich plant in the UK and derivatives for North America include the following with prices starting at $77,900:

  • F-TYPE R-Dynamic:      450PS V8; rear-wheel drive
  • F-TYPE 75:                    450PS V8; all-wheel drive**
  • F-TYPE R 75:                575PS V8; all-wheel drive

The F-TYPE’s V8 engines are made at Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, UK.

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