Jaguar has added a second V8 supercharged engine option to its F-TYPE sports car range in South Africa. The new P450-badged model will be available in a choice of Coupé and Convertible body styles.
The new 331kW supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable and rewarding performance – its maximum torque of 580Nm being generated from just 2,500rpm. It’s offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive.
Both powertrains feature an electronic active rear differential to optimise traction, and both enable 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds and maximum speeds of 285km/h. All F-TYPEs feature eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the gearshift paddles.
A special P450 R-Dynamic Black model, which will be available from launch, further heightens the purity and presence that set Jaguar's definitive sports car apart. Developed from the 331kW V8 R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible, these exclusive additions to the line-up offer an enhanced specification and an even more luxurious, crafted interior.
F-TYPE’s sculpted form is accentuated by the Black Pack and 20-inch, five split-spoke wheels with gloss black finish. Known as ‘Style 5039’, these wheels are not available on any other model in the range. Complementing these perfectly is the choice of three metallic paints: Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Firenze Red.
The driver-focused ‘1+1’ cabin surrounds the occupants with rich, luxurious materials. Slimline Performance Seats feature 12-way adjustment and are trimmed in Windsor leather with a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching or – for a more sporting theme – Mars with Flame Red stitch. Details such as the beautifully crafted monogram stitch pattern, repeated in the door trim, are among the subtle refinements which make F-TYPE feel special.
The same monogram design is used to emboss the suedecloth wrap for the 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display, while other refinements include satin-finish aluminium gearshift paddles, an Ebony suedecloth headliner and illuminated treadplates featuring the Jaguar script.
For truly exceptional performance in all weathers and on any kind of road there is also the F-TYPE R P575. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 423kW and 700Nm: the benchmark sprint to 100km/h takes just 3.7 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 300km/h.
The F-TYPE R and P450 models are equipped as standard with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics. Using electronically-controlled, continuously-variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimises 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.
Customers who choose either of the V8 F-TYPEs benefit from the Quiet Start function: the electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.
The 2022 Model Year F-TYPE range is planned for launch in South Africa in the second half of this year and consists of:
F-TYPE R-Dynamic P450 Coupé and Convertible:
• 331kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD
F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black P450 Coupé and Convertible:
• 331kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; AWD
F-TYPE R P575 Coupé and Convertible:
• 423kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD