Just one year left for the F-Type – it's signing off with a V8-powered flourish
By Matt Bird / Tuesday, 11 October 2022 / Loading comments
Next year will mark the Jaguar F-Type’s 10th anniversary. We can all recall the excitement, right? The return of the Jaguar sports car in those heady days of 2013, the endless Porsche comparisons, the passenger rides that stoked further excitement but revealed very little… and a car that, by and large, nailed its brief. You’re unlikely to feel sad behind the wheel of an F-Type, put it that way. But all good things must come to an end, and the 2024 model year (on sale now) will be the last one for F-Types. The Jaguar electric revolution is coming, don’t forget. Handily, 2023 marks 75 years of the XK120, the very first Jaguar sports car, so there’s this run-out model to celebrate both milestones – the Jaguar F-Type 75.
Only available with the 5.0 V8 (the 2.0 would hardly seem right) in either 450hp or 575hp R format, the F-Type 75s are marked out with a range of cosmetic tweaks. Outside, that means stuff like unique 20-inch black alloy wheels, new badges and the option of Giola Green paint, while inside the 75 gets performance seats as standard as well as ‘the unique silhouette motif on the Engine Spin centre console finisher and stainless-steel tread plates’. There’s also Windsor leather and an Ebony Suedecloth headliner for the interior – no, this is not a comprehensive overhaul by any means. Because at this stage, it wasn’t going to be. And if ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it – the F-Type still looks fantastic in high-spec costume.
Underneath, the 75s are the P450 and P575 F-Types that were introduced with the most recent 2020 updates, the former offered with rear- or all-wheel drive and the latter AWD only. That means 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds for both 450hp derivatives (with a top speed of 177mph) or 3.5 seconds and 186mph for the flagship R 75. The most significant chassis change is a wider Pirelli P Zero, now 265/35/ZR20 and 305/30/ZR20 for both models. Buyers opting for the R 75 can opt for forged wheels and ceramic brakes if desired.
At the other end of the range, the 2.0-litre, 300hp will continue until the end as well, albeit without the ‘75’ add-ons. Both cabrio and coupe remain available, only with rear-wheel drive exclusively, meaning 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and 155mph. Jaguar spotters will be able to identify an MY24 car of any stripe thanks to wheel centres and grille badges that are now black (instead of red), plus the colour for the R and R-Dynamic badge accents – what was red and green and now black and grey. This seems a bit of a shame, because everything on every car is monotone now, but there we are.
The 2024 F-Type range is a simpler one to understand than some previous efforts, with just one spec available: either R-Dynamic for the four-cylinder model, or 75 for the V8s. Prices kick off at £62,235 for the 2.0 R-Dynamic Coupe (£67,825 for the equivalent Convertible), with the 450hp costing from £78,330 for the rear-wheel drive coupe. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to £83,290, with the pair of 450hp convertibles costing £83,920 or £88,880. For the 575hp R 75, prices begin at £102,870, or £108,065 for the drop-top. And you already know where to look if that’s too much for a V8 F-Type fix.
The 2024 model year F-Types are on sale now, with first deliveries due early next year. Then, not long after, Castle Bromwich won’t be making V8s for F-Types anymore, and that’ll be sad. An all-electric Jaguar sports car is widely assumed to be in the works for several years down the line, but there will be nothing to succeed the combustion-powered F-Types immediately. We suggest you get them while you still can.
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