Even with the Jaguar F-Type already recognized as the most performance-focused, and dynamically capable Jaguar, it continues to evolve inside and out thanks to a plethora of new technologies. For 2018, buyers should expect a state-of-the-art infotainment system, a fresh exterior and interior look, and an app capable of combining vehicle data with GoPro video termed “ReRun” with the sole purpose of enhancing the overall driving experience.
Since its launch five years ago today, the F-Type all-aluminum 2-seater vehicle has established itself firmly as the go-to car in the segment thanks to about 160 awards and counting to its name. Since its inception, the F-Type has without any doubt managed to monopolize the sports car segment thanks to its intricate combination of outstanding dynamics, stunning performance, and seductive design. These feature combinations and the steady evolution have made the F-Type bring the much-needed value to its growing list of buyers.
Than ever before, the new 2018 Jaguar F-Type is available in even more trim configurations ranging from the base F-Type to Jaguar’s all-weather supercar – AWD F-Type SVR. Its latest infotainment system has been spruced up and now features the Touch Pro infotainment system that according to Jaguar, offers intelligent navigation functions, intuitive tablet style operation, and super-fast responses. Navigation systems foresaid include online services such as real-time traffic, Share ETA, and up-to-the-minute weather reports.
Working in collaboration with the GoPro, the ReRun app is set to be able to record your driving experiences and share them. Again, ReRun – a world first, combines driver’s GoPro recordings with performance data that include g force, braking force, gear selection, throttle position, and speed. These recordings can later be downloaded and shared on social media.
It’s a no-brainer fact that the 2018 Jaguar F-Type is worthy of praise in almost every aspect. This notwithstanding, the segment still offers other capable alternatives that deserve respect in certain areas. The Porsche 911 happens to be one of the F-Type rivals. Similar to the Jag, the Porsche 911 comes with a long winding list of models that range from rear-wheel drive hardtops to all-wheel drive convertibles. At the bottom of the heap is the 370 hp producing Porsche 911 Carrera, and at the top of the food chain is the beastly 540-horsepower producing Porsche 911 Turbo. The 911, apart from just the impressive power, has lots of things going for it. However, the price tag is a serious one.
Second in line is the Porsche 718 Cayman. The Cayman is a serious competitor for the F-Type thanks to the major updates it adorned during the 2017 year model revamp. Performance wise, the Cayman comes standard with a 300-horsepower producing 2.0L engine that should be able to compete on the same scales as the entry-level F-Type. Pricing for the Cayman stands at $53,900. Finally, buyers can also check out the Chevrolet Corvette.
Exterior & Interior Designs For The 2018 Jaguar F-Type
Upfront, the new model’s look is now clearer and more powerful. It now looks more robust and provides a clear model distinction. As expected, the grille and graphic designs remain unaltered from the previous versions. Inside, more style, greater comfort, and more room is delivered by the lightweight slim-line seats. The vehicle gets a more exotic feel thanks to the harmonious selection of new interior materials and finishes. The front end form has been able to push for a stronger, purer statement and at the same time able to offer a distinct differentiation from the rest of the models.
In overall, the addition of the seam-line seats and the LED headlights have contributed to the car’s aesthetics and driving dynamics. Unlike its predecessors, the new model now comes with more robust, powerful single apertures that replace the double shark grille.
Just like any F-Type model before it, the new Jaguar F-Type 2018 interior continues to express Jaguar’s original sportiness and elegance. Much effort by Jaguar’s designers was concentrated on a handful of key elements that have consequently made the vehicle achieve a sense of balance between performance and luxury, and a greater sense of harmony in the finishes.
One of the stand-out features is arguably the addition of new lightweight slimline seats that integrate outstanding comfort with an ergonomically-optimized form. Additionally, the sculpted surfaces and seat’s flowing contours contribute to its interior’s heightened sense of poise and anticipation.
Performance Specs & Output – 2018 Jaguar F-Type
Sitting pretty beneath the beautiful nose is a modestly updated engine. Performance updates over its predecessor include a better fuel mileage, a quicker 0-60 mph run, and modest improvements to output. Besides these, the new model remains unchanged over the previous iteration. Presently, Jaguar offers two engines available in a couple of tunes.
The two engines are the supercharged 3.0L V6 and the supercharged 5.0L V8. Reports streaming in on our news desk however allege that Jaguar is planning to replace the V6 with a 2.0L four-banger. For the time being however, buyers should just be sure of getting the already confirmed 340-horsepower cranking V6 engine.
0-60 mph run takes 5.0 seconds for the base model, and 3.5 seconds for the F-Type SVR.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Jaguar F-Type base coupe price starts at 61,400 and steadily peaks at $128,800 for the F-Type SVR. As pertains its release date, the new model should be expected in dealerships later this year although Jag is yet to offer a specific timeframe.
As we can see, the new 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a sports car that buyers can depend on for everyday refinement and usability, precise agile handling, and effortless performance. Both coupe and convertible body styles are available and, according to Jaguar, they continue to bring the latest in a distinguished bloodline – each has its own character, unrivaled driver-focused experience, astounding handling, and exhilarating performance.
As good as the 2018 Jaguar F-Type appears to be, the sports car market still offers a couple of alternatives. Buyers can also opt for either the Porsche Cayman or the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
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