Meet the new 2017 Jaguar F-type, scrubbed and spruced up with a delicately updated wardrobe, new LED lights and lightweight seats, plus a new selfie video mode for those who like to film themselves having fun.
It’s all part of what Jaguar calls the 2018 model year roadster and coupe, freshly unveiled to coincide with the Detroit motor show, despite JLR having no presence in Motown. Sneaky!
Believe it or not, it’s been four years since Jag launched its Boxster-baiting sports car, so the design team has been busy massaging the 2017 Jaguar F-type’s couture to keep it fresh.
Not that there’s much to improve on the slinkiest of Jaguars. Little has changed and the most visible telltale is the full LED headlamps, minutely tweaked rear light graphic and remoulded front bumpers.
Inside you’ll spot the vastly improved Touch Pro infotainment system, which replaces the hideously outdated old sat-nav touchscreen with a faster-acting, cleaner-designed interface and 10GB media storage. Three cheers all round.
Those 2017 Jaguar F-type new slimline front seats save 8kg from the kerbweight, thanks to a magnesium alloy frame; usefully, they also allow 50mm more rear adjustment to help accommodate taller drivers.
In a selfie-obsessed world, it was only a matter of time before car makers cashed in. Working with mobile video specialists GoPro, Jaguar has launched the ReRun app which lets users record up to 10 minutes of footage onboard, overlaid with real-time performance data.
Perfect for capturing hot laps at a track day, a run down your favourite road or – more sinisterly – maybe a road rage attack unfolding before your eyes.
The app overlays road speed, throttle position, gear selected, brake force and g-force; naturally, social media sharing functionality is baked in, for maximum bragging rights.
It’s a shame the third-party camera has to be bolted on to the bonnet, however; this is not an integrated system like on the new Citroen C3.
You won’t have to wait long for the facelifted F-type to arrive in UK dealerships; sales kick off in the first quarter of 2017, priced from £51,450 for a 335bhp manual RWD model.
Apeing Porsche, Jag has focused on stretching the F-type range into all kinds of niches – to broaden its appeal. There are now 22 different F-type derivatives in hard-top coupe and convertible roadster forms, stretching all the way up to the £110,000 SVR model with a fulsome 567bhp.
One new addition is the 400 Sport launch edition, to be sold for one year only. It gets 20 horsepower more, with a 400ps (call it a round imperial 395bhp) version of the supercharged 3.0 V6, 20in alloys and uprated chassis to justify the flashy badge.