Even those who aren’t too familiar with Jaguar cars will readily admit that the company knows how to make a gorgeous car. Those of us lucky enough to have been behind the wheel of a Jaguar F-TYPE know that the beauty isn’t just skin deep. Sure, its looks rival classics like the Jaguar XKSS and Jaguar XKE (AKA the Jaguar E-TYPE). What’s more important is that its drive is just as thrilling. A mildly refreshed version, the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE, will be available soon to the drivers served by Jaguar Peabody. Here’s what’s on tap.
The biggest change for the coming model year is a 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport that’s slated to be built for one year only. As you might’ve guessed, it’s powered by a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine that puts out 400 horsepower. Transmission options are limited — there’s only an eight-speed automatic available — but you’ll be able to choose between standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The 20-inch wheels feature Super Performance brakes, and there’s also a Configurable Dynamics system. The color palette is likewise limited (to silver, black, or white), though there’s trim-specific yellow badging for variety’s sake.
Other changes are minor by comparison. Two models (the base and F-TYPE S trims) have been sidelined, replaced by a Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic model. The six-speed automatic transmission pairs nicely with either of two V6 engines (340 or 380 horsepower respectively). In common with the 400 Sport trim, you also have a choice of AWD or rear-wheel drive.
The styling gets a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it refresh with some mild style updates. There are new LED headlights, and a new infotainment system called Jaguar Touch Pro. Slimline seats make an appearance, making the car both lighter and a bit more comfortable. Another treat: the GoPro ReRun app, which combines that company’s signature camera with throttle, steering, speed and other data to the footage captured while you’re on the move.
Find out more about the 2017 Jaguar lineup by visiting your Peabody Jaguar dealership. Jaguar Peabody is located at 247 Newubury St. in Peabody, MA.