• Jaguar's latest F-Type range was recently launched locally.
• The 2021 model year derivative benefits from changes to the interior and exterior.
• The range-topping R Coupe model is powered by the carmaker's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine.
It's hard to believe the Jaguar F-Type has been around for seven years. But up until a few weeks ago, I had never driven a V8-powered F-Type.
That was all about to change when the refreshed F-Type in flagship form was delivered to the Wheels24 test garage. It's worth mentioning that Jag still has another ace up its sleeve in the form of the SVR model, that will sit above the R.
Nevertheless, with over 400kW and a top speed of 300km/h the R had put its paws firmly on the table. But let's first see what toys the latest British muscle car possesses.
What does this model have?
For the flagship R model, the F-Type benefits from Pixel LED headlights, 12-way memory electric seats, Ebony Windsor leather, up sized 20-inch alloys and an R body kit.
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The styling of a car might be subjective but very few people would not be impressed by the latest model. It's at the front where most of the exterior changes were made with a wider, flatter grille and newly-shaped LED headlights. The rear, well that didn't need to be tweaked did it, it's still absolutely stunning with four chrome tailpipes punctuating the lower rear area.
What is it powered by?
The range-topping R P575 uses a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with 423kW and 700Nm. Zero to 100km/h is dispatched in 3.7 seconds with a top speed quoted at 300km/h.
More importantly, what's it like to drive?
When describing the driving experience in the F-Type R all that comes to mind is the noise of its snarling V8. It's a cacophony of noise that begins with the supercharger's whine and then punctuated by the deep roar of the V8. It's arguably one of the best sounding cars on sale.
If the arresting looks don't catch people's attention then the sound will. To be frank, I don't know how it's legal.
The braaaaap that's emitted every time the throttle is mashed is intoxicating and had me grinning from ear to ear. Each time in the driver's seat felt like an occasion. On the overrun it releases a flurry of crackles and bangs that made me fall in love with it even more.
The steering wheel is thin like a marathon runner's waist and is the instrument via tangible feedback from the electronic power steering system can be detected. Yes, parts of it feel overly assisted but for the majority of the time it even feels good to steer around town.
But it's when you really push the car through some twisty bits that I was thankful for the angry kitty with four-paw power. It sticks to asphalt with confidence and coupled with the swiftness of the gearbox in manual mode, makes for an involving experience.
The power from the V8 dominates the experience like Donald Trump in a presidential debate, except this time you don't want it to stop.
The F-Type R is like an underworld boss. It simply doesn't care about authority or maintaining law and order. It bosses into the market in updated form with arresting good looks, and a V8 supercharged engine that feels like it should thrust a drag car down a strip instead of being allowed on public roads.
R P575 AWD - R2 421 000