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MY2018 Jaguar F-TYPE announced, 400 SPORT V6 added

Jaguar has released an update for its sexy F-TYPE sports car, expanding the lineup to give customers more choice, also announcing a world-first collaboration with U.S. company GoPro.

All up, Jaguar now offers 28 derivatives for the MY2018 F-TYPE range, with both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants across five different engine options, with the introduction of a new R-Dynamic model and launch-only 400 SPORT edition.

The arrival of the F-TYPE update marks a world-first collaboration between the British manufacturer and GoPro, which has culminated in the development of the ‘ReRun’ app. ReRun uses real-time video footage combined with vehicle telemetry, and offers drivers the ability to share their footage on social media.

More significantly, the special 400 SPORT launch edition of the F-TYPE is sure to be popular, which will be on sale for one year from launch. The 400 SPORT is powered by a tweaked version of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 unit, which produces 294kW. Power tweaks are accompanied by a revised chassis, performance braking system and 20-inch dark satin alloys.

As for the R-Dynamic model, which can be specified with either a 250kW or 280kW tune of the same supercharged V6, it comes with 19- or 20-inch wheels, with a black gloss finish for the front splitter, air vents on the bonnet, side sills and rear diffuser.

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, said: “Great sports car design is about proportion and purity. The most challenging element of the process for designers is to focus on and maintain an exciting silhouette that promises performance.”

“For the 2018 model year F-TYPE, we looked at how we could fine-tune key details to deliver even more clarity of purpose in the overall design – for the driver, the passenger and onlookers.”

Inside, Jaguar says every F-TYPE comes packaged with the Touch Pro infotainment system, which mimics the operation of a tablet and offers a sophisticated array of navigation and entertainment applications. Also included is an updated suite of driver assistance systems, including semi-autonomous parking capabilities and ultrasonic parking sensors.

The new F-TYPE will be available here in Australia in the second quarter of this year, with pricing and specifications to be confirmed closer to the release date. The F-TYPE range reads as follows:

F-TYPE Coupe and Convertible:
-250kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift RWD/ manual RWD
-280kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD, manual RWD

F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupe and Convertible:
-250kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift RWD/ manual RWD
-280kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD, manual RWD

F-TYPE 400 SPORT Coupe and Convertible:
-294kW 3.0-litre V6; Quickshift RWD/ AWD

F-TYPE R Coupe and Convertible:
-404kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD

F-TYPE SVR Coupe and Convertible:
-423kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.