2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition Bows
Offering an early look at upgrades coming to America, the 2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition has been revealed in Europe. In addition to the modest but effective restyling for all 2018 F-Types, the 400 Sport Launch Edition – which will only be available for one year -- boasts a number of tech enhancements and interior revisions that also should make it into U.S-spec cars. Rounding out the list of what’s to come is Jag’s new ReRun app. Co-developed with GoPro, it allows F-Type owners to create high-quality in-car video and overlay it with performance data which can be transferred to and viewed on a smartphone.
The most obvious changes to the 2018 F-Type are found up front where revamps to the intakes, fascias and grille inserts help differentiate various models in the lineup. The F-Type will now offer full LED headlamps, as well. Inside, the cabins have new chrome and aluminum trim bits along with slimline seats that are nearly 18 pounds lighter than the current units thanks to new magnesium frames. Available in Sport or Performance trim, they provide almost two inches greater rearward travel and can be had with full heating/ventilation. The 2018 F-Type also will offer Jag’s super-fast Touch Pro infotainment system across the lineup.
Powering the new F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition is a specially tuned version of the 380-horsepower/3.0-liter supercharged V6 used in the S variant tweaked to make 400 horses. Available in Coupe and Convertible with rear or AWD, the car also boasts an upgraded chassis that adds a beefier brake system and the driver-selectable Configurable Dynamics setup. Whether finished in Indus Silver, Santorini Black or Yulong White metallic paint, the 400 Sport Launch Edition will come with Dark Satin Grey 20-inch alloy wheels and a selection of bespoke badges, inside and out. Jaguar also is expanding the basic F-Type, F-Type R and F-Type SVR lineup with a new F-Type R-Dynamic model that offers its own cosmetic touches as well as the choice of 340 or 380 horsepower engines.
Finally, the 2018 Jaguar F-Type will expand its existing suite of driver-assist features with a semi-automated park assist function that can steer the car in and out of parallel parking spots while the driver handles the throttle and brakes. Although Jaguar confirmed that we will quite likely see all of the aforementioned upgrades as well as the 400 Sport Launch Edition in showrooms here, we’ll have to wait until March to find out more about specific packaging and pricing details.
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