Throughout its life, which began in 2014 as a roadster-only model with two engine options, the Jaguar F-Type has seen loads of updates and tweaks, including a coupe model, more engine options, and even all-wheel drive. But it’s getting long in the tooth as we enter the 2019 model year, and a report from Autocar features some claims about Jaguar’s plans when the new-generation 2021 Jaguar F-Type debuts.
Reports show the 2021 Jaguar F-Type will be a dramatic step away from the current model. Not only will it reportedly look different, but it will also go on a big-time aluminum diet to help save precious performance-killing pounds. We don’t expect an F-Type sedan, of course, but a far more modern look is a possibility.
Under its hood is where things get a little wild. First, are the reports the 2021 F-Type could become the first Jag since the 1990s to boast a BMW-sourced V8 engine. If this proves true, reports claim the engine will be the latest 4.4-liter twin-turbo Bimmer V8 that could produce 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Autocar points toward falling V8 sales as the reason for BMW and Jaguar playing nice.
But the craziest powertrain report is the claim the F-Type will forgo the V8 and become an electric-only sports car. While traditionalists may gasp at the thought of this, those who follow Jaguar know there have been plenty of reports claiming the brand has plans to move to an all-electric lineup at some point. Plus, putting the batteries low in the F-Type’s body will lower its center of gravity and improve handling, and the switch to aluminum could offset the weight gain from the batteries.
For those worried about performance, Jaguar has blown the lid off that with the I-Pace. This full-electric crossover uses dual motors to inject 394 hp and 512 lb-ft. That power launches this 4,794-pound crossover to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. What’s more, its 90-kilowatt-hour battery keeps it on the road for up to 234 miles between charges. Not only will these numbers all improve in the F-Type, but there are still a few more years to push battery power density and electric motor output to new heights.
There are no safety ratings on the current Jaguar F-Type, but it boasts high-tech safety features like available forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and standard lane-keep assist, so we expect this and more in the next-generation F-Type.