Up­dated F-Type and Che­quered Flag edi­tion rolled out in SA

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING - Val van der Walt

Jaguar SA has fol­lowed up on the lo­cal launch of the XE 300 Sport by not only re­veal­ing the face-lifted F-Type, but also a lim­ited edi­tion model known as the Che­quered Flag edi­tion.

With re­cent ru­mours hav­ing claimed that the next F-Type could swap the still mainly Ford-based en­gines for power units sup­plied by BMW, the In­dian owned Bri­tish au­tomaker has ap­plied mostly un­der­body changes to the F-Type, in the form of re-tuned dampers for R mod­els and a new rear up­per ball joint and con­trol arm for the SVR.

The only other ad­di­tion is the fit­ment of a re­verse cam­era across the en­tire model range.

Ar­riv­ing in April with pric­ing still to be an­nounced, the lim­ited run Che­quered Flag is said to cel­e­brate 70 years of Jaguar sports cars, with an ex­ten­sive as­sort­ment of be­spoke ex­te­rior and in­te­rior touches.

Us­ing the Coupe and Cabri­o­let ver­sions of the R-Dy­namic model equipped with ei­ther the 221kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-c

harged In­ge­nium en­gine or the 3.0-litre su­per-charged V6 in 250kW/450Nm and 280kW/460Nm forms, the Che­quered Flag’s aes­thetic ad­di­tions in­clude 20-inch gloss black al­loy wheels with a di­a­mond turned fin­ish, red brake calipers, a Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions (SVO) Black De­sign Pack with wider door sills and a con­trast­ing black roof re­served for fixed-head mod­els only.

In­side, all mod­els come with the oth­er­wise op­tional premium Merid­ian sound sys­tem and 10-inch Touch Pro in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, with unique touches be­ing a dark brushed alu­minium trimmed cen­tre con­sole, Ebony Wind­sor leather with red or cir­rus con­trast­ing stitch­ing and so-called slim­line per­for­mance seats with Che­quered Flag em­bossed head­rests and op­tional cool­ing/heat­ing func­tions.

As with the stan­dard F-Type, the men­tioned power out­puts for the Che­quered Flag is routed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box, al­though the 280kW V6 does have the op­tion of all-wheel drive.

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