2021 Jaguar F-Type revealed with smoother shape, new V8 option

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2021 Jaguar F-Type

Improved tech on the inside includes a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system supporting over-the-air updates.

The 2021 Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible arrive bringing a fresh look for the brand's sporty model, but there's more than just a prettier face. Jag also uses this update as an opportunity to install a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and introduce a new V8 engine tune.

There's no problem seeing the changes from the outside. The designers sculpt a new, low-slung nose and reorient the headlights so that they now stretch horizontally across the front. The bonnet also has subtle styling changes to match the more curvaceous appearance from this refresh.

The revisions at the rear are far less noticeable. The taillights now have a more angular shape. The lower bumper and diffuser continue to vary depending on the powertrain choice.

Stepping inside reveals more of the big updates. The 2021 F-Type follows the current trend of adopting a digital instrument cluster to replace the traditional analogue gauges. The infotainment system gains standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the tech is now capable of over-the-air software updates.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.0-litre supercharged V6 carry over for the 2021 model, but the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has some tweaks. The 567-bhp and 516-lb-ft version from the range-topping SVR is now available on the F-Type R trim. It gets the model to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and to an electrically limited top speed of 186 mph. The model also gains a revised suspension with adaptive dampers, updated springs, tweaked anti-roll bars, and stiffer components for the rear knuckles and ball joints.

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For Europe, there's a new tune of the V8 making 444 bhp and 428 pound-feet of torque. It's available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. This mill gets the Jag to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Both V8 engine options get a Quiet Start function that keeps the active exhaust valves closed for a more subdued sound until the driver really gets on the throttle.

The 2021 F-Type Coupe is available for order no in the UK and starts at £54,060, versus £52,310 for the existing one.