• 331kW supercharged V8 with rear- or all-wheel drive setup joins the F-Type line-up in South Africa.
• The new P450-badged model will be available in a choice of either Coupé or Convertible body styles.
• F-Type R with 423kW and a top speed of 300km/h remains the performance flagship of the F-Type sports car range.
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The Jaguar F-Type's engine line-up has been expanded with a second V8 supercharged engine. Come the second half of 2021, this engine will make its way to South Africa and power the new P450-badged Coupé and Convertible body styles.
Jaguar says that the new 331kW supercharged V8 has been developed to offer "exploitable and rewarding performance", offering a maximum torque of 580Nm from just 2500rpm. The P450 engine will be 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 will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds and maximum speeds of 285km/h. All F-Type models feature an eight-speed Quickshift transmission with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the gearshift paddles.
The Dynamic Black
A special P450 R-Dynamic Black model, which will be available from launch, further heightens the F-Type's purity and presence. 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.
The automaker says that the 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.
For ferocious performance, Jaguar will continue to offer the F-Type R P575. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 423kW and 700Nm, with the benchmark sprint to 100km/h taking just 3.7 seconds, while maximum speed is electronically limited to 300km/h.
Customers who choose either of the V8 F-Types benefits 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 overridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.