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2017 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition announced for Australia

A new special edition Jaguar F-Type has been announced for Australia, called the British Design Edition. It brings a collection of otherwise optional features into one package.

2017 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition

The special edition is based on the S Coupe and S Convertible with the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine. It produces 280kW of power and 460Nm of torque, sending grunt through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto, with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in as little as 4.9 seconds.

For the exterior there’s the Sport Design pack with British Design Edition badges, a set of 20-inch Cyclone alloy wheels in Satin Grey, and red brake calipers. The wheels are wrapped in 255/35 front and 295/30 rear tyres.

Inside, the “one-plus-one” cabin features carbon fibre trimmings with Jet leather in various colours, 14-way power adjustable sports seats with British Design Edition logos, and an InControl touch-screen interface with a 380-Watt Meridian sound system with 10 speakers. A 12-speaker, 770-Watt unit is optional.

Jaguar says that thanks to some repackaging of the cargo area all 2017 model year convertibles come with an additional 8 litres of space over the outgoing model. Even still, this is up from only 196 litres.

The British Design special is being offered in four colours – Caldera Red, Glacier White, Ultra Blue, and Ultimate Black – inspired by the Union Jack. Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, said,

“The F-TYPE is a sports car that excites the senses, with a visual drama that is both individual and very British. Creating the British Design Edition gave us the opportunity to subtly enhance the way the F-TYPE looks – inside and out.”

Australian market entry will take place during the second quarter of this year, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2017 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition Coupe V6 280kW RWD manual – $166,650​
2017 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition Coupe V6 280kW RWD auto – $174,900
2017 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition Coupe V6 280kW AWD auto – $187,560
2017 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition Convertible V6 280kW RWD auto – $192,680

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.