Jaguar Still Makes Sports Cars
(All images: Jaguar Land Rover)
There’s something to be said for Jaguar, as it has revealed a redesigned F-TYPE to the world, a 2021 model. Let’s face it: when the planet is becoming increasingly overrun with SUVs (and yes, Jag has its own, the I-PACE and the E-PACE models), it is nice to see another two-seat sports car with serious styling.
According to Adam Hatton, Exterior Design Director for Jaguar, “F-TYPE has always had great proportions and stance, and our latest design is all about enhancing those key Jaguar values. Our aim was to make the car more contemporary, more purposeful, and even more dramatic.”
One thing that they’ve also done to make it more contemporary is to offer a four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged unit that produces 296 hp. While there are no fuel economy numbers at hand, one can only imagine that the four is more fuel efficient than the other engines on offer, a supercharged V6 that produces 380 hp and a 575-hp V8.
On the interior of the F-TYPE there’s what can be considered de rigueur for a proper British sports car, including materials like “Windsor Leather, Suedecloth and Noble Chrome.” Another thing that’s available is something that perhaps is meant to channel David Bowie: “Mars with Flame Red stitch.”
But as this is a 2021 model there is also more than a bit of tech (yes, the vehicle supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), including a 12.3-inch reconfigurable HD TFT instrument cluster.
That cluster provides three different themes, including a full map (so one need not look to the right to the 10-inch touchscreen that features the Touch Pro infotainment system).
What is interesting is the default mode for that display: a large, centrally positioned tachometer.
This is, after all, a sports car and all of the powertrains are mated to an eight-speed “Quickshift” transmission that provides the option of manual shifts either through the gear selector or wheel-mounted paddles.
Just look at the F-TYPE driving photos and ask yourself whether you’d rather be in that sports car or an SUV on that road. Seriously.
Nowadays in the U.S. market, vehicle manufacturers pretty much are all committed to producing crossover utility vehicles rather than their predecessor type, the sport utility vehicle.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.