By Stewart Smith on 2017-01-10 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Jaguar F-Type goes
high tech for 2017
JAGUAR'S F-Type sports car, launched in 2012, has firmly established itself as the best-selling sports car in its class in its home market and around the world is desired by enthusiastic drivers.
Now it is being taken to a new level with exterior and interior design upgrades and high-tech infotainment kit including an onboard camera GoPro system, and the latest versions go on sale in the next few months.
The new F-Type range offers even more driver-focused technology and a broader model range than ever, comprising 22 derivatives from the purist appeal of the rear-wheel drive, 340bhp F-Type to the 200mph, all-wheel drive F-Type SVR - Jaguar's all-weather supercar.
Changes for latest model include a new front end look which becomes clearer and more powerful, with LED headlights adding a technological edge. Inside, lightweight slimline seats deliver more style, more room and weigh 8kg less than before.
There's also a selection of new interior finishes and materials to choose from plus all models now feature a satin chrome finish on the engine-start button and gearshift paddles.
To mark the introduction of the new F-Type range Jaguar has developed an exclusive 400 Sport launch edition. It is being offered worldwide but for one model year only, and the 400 Sport features an uprated version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with maximum power increased from 380bhp to 400bhp.
The extra power is complemented by an uprated chassis comprising super performance braking system featuring 380mm front and 376mm rear discs and black callipers with 400 SportT logo, 20-inch wheels and the configurable dynamics system which allows drivers to select individual settings for the throttle, transmission, steering and dampers.
Drivers will be able to choose between rear and all-wheel drive models to suit their preferred driving style, and all versions have an eight-speed Quickshift transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential.
Additional 400 Sport branding is applied to the flat-bottomed steering wheel, black brushed aluminium centre console finisher and the sill tread plates. Anodised aluminium gearshift paddles are another highlight of the cockpit.
The latest F-Types come with a state-of-the-art Touch Pro connectivity and navigation system for the first time, bringing high levels of in-car technology, from navigation that can tell your friends when you'll arrive to a Spotify app that can recommend playlists and a new ReRun app developed in collaboration with action camera specialists GoPro.
The ReRun app can record images of the car in action and overlay them with onboard data including speed and g-force readouts for instant viewing.
Commenting on the latest F-Type, Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, said: "Great sports car design is about proportion and purity. The most challenging element of the process for designers is to focus on and maintain an exciting silhouette that promises performance.
"For the 2018 model year F-TYPE, we looked at how we could fine-tune key details to deliver even more clarity of purpose in the overall design - for the driver, the passenger and onlookers."
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