The 2021 Jaguar F-Type gets a full redesign. In classic Jaguar fashion, that redesign is really about the design – as the brand’s top sports car, the F-Type has to look the part. It does so with its new hood, enlarged grille, and slim headlights.
A few of the nuts and bolts are different, too. Most of them come on the racy F-Type R, which gains 25 horsepower and a new suspension over last year’s model. All trims get a new 12.3-inch driver display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and over-the-air updates.
Choosing Your Jaguar F-Type
The F-Type comes in four trims: F-Type, First Edition, R-Dynamic, and R. Starting prices range from $62,625 including destination for the base F-Type to $104,225 for the R.
All four trims are available as a convertible that costs between $2,300 and $3,100 more than the coupe, depending on the trim.
The F-Type comes with three engines: the base and First Edition trims sharing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the R-Dynamic gets a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, and the R features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8.
The lesser two engine are unchanged, while the Type R’s supercharged V8 gets even more power. Last year’s six-speed manual transmission is gone, leaving only an eight-speed automatic.
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder
|3.0L Supercharged V6
|5.0L Supercharged V8
With several configurations dropped for 2021, only the base engine comes with rear-wheel drive. Both supercharged engines come with all-wheel drive, bringing extra power to counteract more than 400 pounds of added weight.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The F-Type seats only two, although it does so in relative comfort. It’s not a people hauler, but the cockpit isn’t cramped.
Cargo capacity is respectable for a two-seater at 14.4 cubic feet, in the coupe, that is. The convertible’s roof cuts the figure to just 7.3 cubic feet.
Every Jaguar comes with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and a driver condition monitor. That’s fairly good for a dedicated sports car.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available for $500 on every trim.
The new 12.3-inch instrument cluster comes in all F-Type trims. It's accompanied by a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and comes with navigation baked in. Satellite radio, HD radio, and one USB port are also standard.
The base F-Type still gets all of the model’s looks, including 18-inch rims and angular LED headlights. On the inside, seats are power-adjustable and upholstered in leather. The steering column is power-adjustable as well, and luxury musts like automatic climate control come standard.
Dual-zone automatic climate control comes bundled with a heated steering wheel and a heated windshield in the Climate Pack ($1,125). Notable standalone options include a panoramic roof ($1,175), keyless entry ($460), and a powered tailgate ($410). A switchable active sport exhaust is standard with the other trims, but it’s available here for $225.
Batman fans will want the Black Exterior Pack, which blacks out the exterior trim for $1,100. It’s not that much more expensive than the rest of the spectrum — white and red paint come standard, but any other color starts at $710.
Somewhat unusually for a mid-cycle refresh, Jaguar is offering a First Edition trim for the 2021 F-Type. It’s something like a cross between the base and R-Dynamic models – the powertrain of the base, but the trim of the R-Dynamic.
This means that the active sport exhaust comes standard, as do premium LED headlights. The First Edition also gets exclusive Windsor leather seats, 20-inch rims, and a healthy dose of aluminum interior trim.
Color options are limited to your choice of black, white, or gray. To compensate, Jaguar offers an interior trim in bright red leather.
The R-Dynamic declares its performance intentions with an aggressive body kit, and follows up by piping the noise of its V6 through the sport exhaust system. An adaptive suspension joins a limited-slip rear differential to handle the engine’s 380 hp, which is enough to send the car from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.
Most of the price premium goes toward performance – the R-Dynamic shares its premium headlights and aluminum interior trim with the First Edition.
As the king of the F-Type lineup, the R turns performance up to 11. The new 575-hp engine shortens the 0-60 mph sprint to 3.5 seconds, joined by a configurable suspension and an active differential.
The exterior gets flush door handles, red brake calipers, and heated power-folding mirrors. Keyless entry, Windsor leather upholstery, ambient lighting, and a host of Type R badges come standard.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type doesn’t start cheap, especially compared to faster rivals. But Jaguar design is about feeling special, and the F-Type does – especially with the soundtrack of the supercharged V6 or V8 engine.