Jaguar cel­e­brates mile­stone

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Jaguar has launched the F-type Che­quered Flag Lim­ited Edi­tion to cel­e­brate 70 years of the brand’s sportscars, avail­able with ei­ther a tur­bocharged four or su­per­charged six-cylin­der engine in ei­ther coupe or con­vert­ible body styles priced from $139,650 be­fore on-roads.

In fixed-roof, rear-drive form, pro­ceed­ings kick off with the 221kw/400nm four-pot ver­sion, fol­lowed by a 250kw/450nm and 280kw/460nm force-fed V6 for $158,050 and $180,450 re­spec­tively.

The lat­ter engine tune can also be had with all-wheel drive that ups pric­ing to $196,250, while drop-top ver­sions of each add a $17,200 pre­mium.

All Che­quered Flag Lim­ited Edi­tion grades are paired with an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and al­though per­for­mance fig­ures for the new vari­ants are yet to be re­vealed, the driv­e­line can ac­cel­er­ate the F-type from zero to 100kmh as quickly as 4.9 sec­onds.

Tak­ing the F-type R-dy­namic grade as its base, the Che­quered Flag Lim­ited Edi­tion adds Wind­sor leather in­te­rior, dark brushed alu­minium cen­tre con­sole and be­spoke steer­ing wheel with a red 12 o’clock marker, as well as a black con­trast­ing roof for coupe ver­sions.

From the out­side, the Che­quered Flag Lim­ited Edi­tion sports the op­tional Ex­te­rior Black De­sign Pack that adds ex­tended side sills, 20-inch gloss-black wheels and red brake cal­lipers.

Car­ry­over equip­ment in­cludes 10-speaker sound sys­tem, elec­tronic seat ad­just­ment, au­to­matic head­lights, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and sports ex­haust, as well as a 10-inch touch­screen dis­play in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tur­ing Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto.

In ad­di­tion to the Che­quered Flag Lim­ited Edi­tion, a model year up­date for all F-types will also add re­tuned dampers and re­vised sus­pen­sion for in­creased com­fort at low speeds, as well as a re­vers­ing cam­era and front park­ing sen­sors as stan­dard.

Jaguar de­sign di­rec­tor Ian Cal­lum – who over­saw the styling of the F-type – said the sportscar em­bod­ied the British brand’s de­sign ethos.

“Per­fect pro­por­tions, de­sign pu­rity and vis­ual drama – ev­ery Jaguar must ex­press these qual­i­ties, and none more so than the F-type,” he said.

“In cre­at­ing the Che­quered Flag we’ve fo­cused on de­tails that en­hance F-type’s pres­ence and prom­ise of per­for­mance – and in do­ing so, made a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion of 70 years of beau­ti­ful, fast, Jaguar sportscars.”

Year to date, Jaguar has sold only 72 ex­am­ples of its F-type, a 28.7 per­cent drop over the same nine-month pe­riod in 2017.

The F-type trails the over $80,000 sportscar seg­ment lead­ers in­clud­ing the Mer­cedes-benz C-class coupe and con­vert­ible, 1328, BMW 4 Se­ries coupe and con­vert­ible, 557, and Audi A5, 475, but leads the likes of the In­finiti Q60, 65, and Lexus LC, 69.

SPE­CIAL EDI­TION: 70 years of sportscars leads Jaguar to launch F-type Che­quered Flag Lim­ited Edi­tion.

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