Last rumble before EV era? Jaguar to offer more accessible V8-powered F-Type in SA
PRETORIA - Jaguar is set to go all-electric by 2025, which means that the rumble of its supercharged 5-litre V8 motor will soon be a thing of the past.
For now though, you can still buy a Jaguar with eight cylinders and in fact this engine is set to become even more accessible in the second half of 2021 when Jaguar launches the new F-Type P450 and R-Dynamic Black P450 models locally.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but you can expect it to slot between the V6-powered P380 model (listed at R1 589 104) and the P575 F-Type R flagship that currently retails for R2 543 612.
In output terms it also forms a bridge between these two models, with a 331kW, 580Nm version of JLR’s 5-litre supercharged V8. For the record, the P380 V6 produces 280kW and 460Nm, while the F-Type R is good for 423kW and 700Nm.
According to Jaguar, the P450 will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, making it 0.8 seconds slower than the R, while the top speed is listed at 285km/h.
Interestingly, customers will get to choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, and in both cases the motor is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Buyers can also opt for an ‘R Dynamic Black’ special edition model, which sports exclusive 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels. Inside the model features Slimline Performance Seats upholstered in Windsor leather, with a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching or Mars with Flame Red stitch.
The new P450-badged models will be available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles. Watch this space for more information closer to launch.