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Jaguar’s updated two-seater will start at $61,745 for the coupe and $64,845 for the convertible, an increase of $850 over the new-for-2018 . Renamed P300, the entry-level F-type comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine good for 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, exclusively with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The three supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 models whittle down to two— was only for 2018—with either 340 horses and 332 lb-ft in the P340 or 380 ponies and 339 lb-ft in the P380, which was formerly called the S. Both V-6 models can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive ($69,845 to start for the P340 coupe and $83,045 for the P380 R-Dynamic coupe; convertibles add $3000). All-wheel drive is limited to the automatic P380 and costs another $3000 (an automatic P340 costs $1300 extra).
While brake-based torque vectoring is now standard on all F-type models, the P380 R-Dynamic adds a limited-slip rear differential, adaptive dampers, 20-inch wheels (up from the standard 18s and optional 19s), and the (in our opinion) 100 percent required option that is the driver-switchable active exhaust. This system used to be standard on S and all manual trims but now is a $225 stand-alone option. Don’t drive an F-type without one.
with its 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, is the priciest upgrade. It costs $101,745 to start, and it can only be had with all-wheel drive and the automatic transmission. The 575-hp SVR brings a titanium exhaust, extra carbon fiber, and enough mods to safely reach 200 mph, and it starts at $123,745. Convertibles on both V-8 trims add $3100.
added LED headlights, automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, a backup camera, and the upgraded InControl Touch Pro infotainment system as standard. Therefore, not much changes for 2019. Eighteen exterior colors join a new SVO Premium Palette, which means it’s no longer possible to order a bright orange F-type without dropping at least $4900. Matte finishes are now available in those 18 shades for $8500. Yet another 20-inch wheel design is available as part of a carbon-ceramic brake package, which costs up to a hefty $14,740 extra, depending on model.
Two no-cost options are our personal favorites: a rear badge delete (removing everything except the Jaguar logo and leaper) and a spoiler delete on SVR models. But removing the fixed articulating wing on the SVR brings severe consequences to the owner’s ego, like a speed limiter set to the R’s 186-mph top speed. Inside, the F-type sports a new 10-inch touchscreen that spans two inches more than before, thanks to the removal of the physical shortcut buttons on the left and right sides. A frameless rearview mirror and new bezel trim for the side air vents round out the changes.
The 2019 F-type should reach dealer lots in May, looking as splendid as ever.