Putting the Cat to Sleep: Jag Cancels F-Type
The slinky Jaguar F-Type, a car that looks even better in person than it does in photos – at least to these jaundiced eyes – will have just one more trip around the sun. The company announced today that to celebrate the F-Type’s final model year 75 years of Jaguar sports cars, they’ll be making a limited run of ‘F-Type 75’ special editions – available in both regular and R flavors.
The line-up continues to feature an all-V8 powertrain, offered in P450 AWD and P575 AWD variants. You can guess the horsepower amounts from their trim names, yeah? Or at least as measured in metric ponies which are within a shout of the mechanical horsepower figures generally quoted in North American literature. The 2024 model year will continue to offer an RWD derivative in P450 guise, a model now featuring R-Dynamic design elements in a presumed attempt to clean out the parts bin before production halts later this year.
Future Barrett-Jackson bidders take note: the ‘75’ special editions will be appended with the usual frippery, including special badges and a trim-specific set of gloss black wheels. Standard and R variants of the 75 will have their own wheel design, suggesting JLR is comfortable splashing out a bit of extra cash on this final hurrah. Quad outboard exhausts finish off the rump whilst a smattering of special badges will also appear inside the car.
Speaking of, Jag chooses to describe the cabin as a “1+1 cockpit”, an odd label bringing to mind side-by-side off-road vehicles and the like – which this thing definitely isn’t, of course. What’s next? “Side-by-self”? Whatever nomenclature Jag marketers choose to drag into the company’s next chapter, it can’t be any more convoluted than that.
In case your attention has been elsewhere, Jaguar has designs on becoming an all-electric brand looking forwards beyond 2025. With that plan in place, the V8-powered F-Type makes for a dandy send-off to Jag’s days as purveyors of internal combustion. Confirming this, Matthew Beaven, JLR Chief Designer for Exteriors, spoke of the F-Type’s styling to celebrate their racing and sporty lineage “before Jaguar becomes an all-electric brand from 2025."
Until then, we will enjoy the supercharged 5.0L V8 in these F-Types, amplified by an active exhaust system that permits the sort of crackle-pop-burble which annoys yer irritating neighbors and entertains the cool ones. The 2024 Jag F-Type will be assembled at the company’s Castle Bromwich plant in the UK and first customer deliveries are expected to being Spring this year.
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