JAGUAR has “enhanced” its award-winning F-Type sportscar with an exclusive
British Design Edition that celebrates the two-seater's award-winning styling
and English heritage, priced from $166,650 before on-road costs.
Based on the mid-range F-Type V6 S, the four British Design Edition versions
will go on sale in the second quarter of 2016 and share the same supercharged
280kW engine of the standard range, combined with a choice of rear- or
four-wheel drive, manual or automatic transmission, and in a Coupe or
Convertible body style.
The most affordable version kicks off with the manual rear-drive Coupe and,
like all British Design Edition vehicles, adds to the recipe with extra
equipment, exclusive interior and exterior embellishments and the top-quality
Its extra equipment adds $15,270 to the cost of its regular F-Type equivalent,
while stepping up to the eight-speed Quickshift automatic version costs
$174,900 – $18,520 more than the standard version.
The same customisation options boost the price of the AWD automatic Coupe by
$15,480 to $187,560, while the only convertible to receive the British Design
modifications costs $17,600 more than the unfettled rear-drive drop-top with
automatic transmission at $192,680.
On the outside, the special edition cars can be identified by unique 20-inch
Cyclone wheels in Satin Dark Grey, which house red Super Performance Braking
callipers – or coloured black as an option.
Front callipers are twin piston at the front end, grabbing 380mm discs, while
single piston callipers deal with the 376mm rear rotors.
A Sport Design pack is optional on more orthodox F-Types but is included as
standard on the special edition and brings a gloss black front splitter, body
coloured side sill extensions and rear vents – a fixed rear spoiler is also
available for the Coupe.
Four colours are available for the British Design Edition including Caldera
Red, Glacier White, Ultimate Black, while Ultra Blue is new to the F-Type
range. British Design Edition badging completes the exterior look.
On the inside, special edition cars get Jet black leather upholstery with a
choice of contrasting stitching in Red, Ivory or Remis Blue, and complementary
Where aluminium adorns the centre console of F-Types as standard, carbon-fibre
replaces the metal finishes in British Design Edition cars with a satin finish
to match the Jet leather seat texture.
Comfort features are capped off by an enhancement of the InControl Touch
information and entertainment system, which is upgraded to the top of the line
Meridian sound system with 770 Watts of power and 12 speakers.
Finally, Jaguar has addressed one of the convertible's most common criticisms
and has found another eight litres of boot space by “repacking key components
at the rear of the vehicle”, with all 2017 F-Type rag-tops getting the extra
The F-Type's designer and Jaguar director of design Ian Callum described the
special version as an enhancement of the traditional British sportscar recipe.
“The F-Type is a sports car that excites the senses, with a visual drama that
is both individual and very British,” he said. “Creating the British Design
Edition gave us the opportunity to subtly enhance the way the F-Type looks –
inside and out.”
Performance for the special V6 S variants is unchanged when compared with the
donor versions. Acceleration to 100km/h from standstill takes 4.9 seconds for
the auto or 5.5 when fitted with the ZF six-speed manual gearbox.
Top speed is 275km/h for all versions and fuel consumption is rated at 8.6
litres per 100km or 9.8L/100km in the case of the automatic.
The rest of the F-Type range offers a broader choice of performance options
starting with the 250kW V6 coupe with rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox for
$119,080, rising through the 280kW versions to the supercharged V8, which tops
out with the AWD Convertible R for $269,980.
2016 Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition