Despite numerous design awards, many critics have panned Jaguar for abandoning its Britishness, but the company is hoping to turn their thinking around with the introduction of a British Design Edition, exclusively for the F-TYPE coupe and convertible.
The cars will be available in one of four exterior colours (Caldera Red, Glacier White and Ultra Blue to the theme of the Union Jack, as well as Ultimate Black), with the expected array of unique logos, badges and branding (on the grille, rear deck, head rests, carpets, dash plaques and door sills). The interior is Jet Black leather with contrast stitching in Red, Ivory or Blue. Satin carbon fibre trim on the centre console replaces the standard F-TYPE’s aluminum piece.
The Limited Edition is crafted from the F-TYPE S Coupe and Convertible, with power provided by a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-litre V6 using an 8-speed automatic transmission to send power to the rear or all four wheels, plus the addition of 20-inch Cyclone wheels done up in a unique Satin Grey finish, sporting 255/35R20 tires up front and 295/30R20 in the rear.
Braking is entrusted to Jaguar’s Super Performance Braking Kit that’s standard t the F-TYPE R. Among its features are 380 mm rotors up front and 376 mm in the rear, and twin piston callipers (up front; single piston in the rear) finished in red.
“The F-TYPE is a sports car that excites the senses, with a visual drama that is both individual and very British,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design. “Creating the British Design Edition gave us the opportunity to subtly enhance the way the F-TYPE looks - inside and out.”
Ambience is provided by a 12-speaker 770-watt Meridian surround sound system controlled via an 8-inch control screen in the centre of the instrument panel. The infotainment system features Jaguar’s InControl Remote and Protect, which can interact with the Apple Watch to allow control over door locks, ignition, heating and ventilation, finding the car via GPS, and even checking how much fuel is left in the tank.
Only 300 models will be produced for North America, available in Spring 2016 at a price of $92,105, and none of them are available in Canada.