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Jaguar F-TYPE: A Global Success Story

Summary The F-TYPE SVR is the latest version of Jaguar’s halo sports car, which has been instrumental in the brand’s revival.

When Jaguar unveiled the stunning C-X16 Concept in 2011, it confirmed a future of dramatic and innovative sports cars.

Jaguar C-X16 Concept Car Reveal Highlights

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Jaguar launched its first two-seater sports car for 50 years. The successor to the E-Type gained critical acclaim, winning the World Car Design of the Year Award. Its inherent desirability is proven by the fact that 75% of F-TYPE Convertible customers are new to the Jaguar brand. Just a year later the stunning Coupé arrived, headlined by the performance-focused 550PS F-TYPE R model, which could accelerate to 60mph from a standstill in just 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 186mph. The introduction of Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes and Torque Vectoring by Braking technology further enhanced the F-TYPE’s impressive driving dynamics.

Project 7

In 2014 Jaguar broadened the F-TYPE’s unique appeal with a hand-built limited edition. Faster and more driver-focused, the F-TYPE Project 7 went from a concept sketched on a piece of paper to production car in just a few months. Restricted to 250 units worldwide and developed by Special Vehicle Operations, the Project 7 paid homage to Jaguar’s seven victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, with a distinctive roadster body that captured the legendary looks and extraordinary profile of one of Jaguar’s most successful racing cars: the iconic Jaguar D-Type. Powered by a 575PS V8 engine, the two-door, rear-wheel-drive convertible delivered a truly engaging driver experience.

Project 7
Project 7
Jaguar F-TYPE All Wheel Drive
Jaguar F-TYPE All Wheel Drive
The Range Expands

For 2016 the F-TYPE range expanded from six to 14 derivatives. All-Wheel Drive and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics were introduced, resulting in a car that offered blistering performance in all conditions. To meet the demands of those drivers who wanted to change gears manually, Jaguar engineered a six-speed manual gearbox, heightening the connection between car and driver.  In addition, the 550PS F-TYPE R Convertible was introduced, replacing the 495PS Convertible. The British Design Edition further enhanced the car’s design appeal.

Extraordinary Success

F-TYPE sales have grown year-on-year since its launch. Between 2013 and 2015 the number of F-TYPEs sold in Canada and the USA more than doubled – outselling both the Porsche Boxster and Cayman in the USA. A 69% increase has ensured that the F-TYPE is the best-selling sportscar in its core segment in the UK, while in Germany the F-TYPE outsold both the Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8. The most impressive upsurge was seen in China, where sales have swelled by a massive 173%. Finally, the F-TYPE has also won more than 150 global awards to date and it also boasts the youngest average customer age in the Jaguar range.

Jaguar F-TYPE
Jaguar F-TYPE
Jaguar F-TYPE SVR Badge
Jaguar F-TYPE SVR Badge
F-TYPE SVR

The first Jaguar ever to carry the SVR badge, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is a 200mph, all-weather supercar. Developed by Special Vehicle Operations, it is lighter, quicker, faster, louder and more powerful than the AWD F-TYPE R, while remaining tractable and usable day-to-day. By exploiting the lightweight aluminium sports car’s full potential, SVO has created Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful series production car ever. Raising the output of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 to 575PS and with 700Nm of torque it enables the F-TYPE SVR to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 200mph for the Coupé and 195mph for the Convertible.

Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe - Dynamics