This is it. The end of an era. Seventy-five years of petrol-powered sports car manufacturing drawing to a close. Production of the F-Type will end in 2023, as Jaguar says goodbye to petrol-engined sports cars, ahead of a push towards an all-electric line-up.
The move signals the end of a lineage stretching back to the XK120 of 1948. To mark the occasion, Jaguar has announced the launch of the F-Type 75 and F-Type R 75 special editions. These cars are distinguished by unique interior and exterior design upgrades, along with a choice of two supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engines, producing 444bhp in the F-Type 75 and 567bhp in the F-Type R 75.
A four-cylinder F-Type will remain on sale, but if you’re marking the end of petrol-powered sports cars, you really ought to choose the V8.
Highlights of the 75 makeover include discreet badges, Windsor leather upholstery and the availability of a unique Giola Green metallic paint option. The 20-inch wheels are gloss black – five-spoke on the F-Type 75 and diamond-turned 10-spoke on the F-Type R 75.
The chassis is enhanced by rear knuckles made from light, stiff aluminium die castings and larger wheel bearings. Meanwhile, the R 75 benefits from revised upper ball joints to increase camber and toe stiffness. A carbon ceramic brake package with yellow callipers is available as an option on the R 75.
In its most potent form, the F-Type R 75 will hit 60mph in just 3.5 seconds, before reaching a maximum speed limited to 186mph.
The final model year cars are available to order now, with customer deliveries expected to begin in January 2023. In convertible form, the F-Type R 75 costs £108,065, with the coupé variant priced at £102,870. Other anniversary variants are more affordable, but you’ll save the most money by choosing the four-cylinder F-Type, which costs £62,235 as a coupé.
When Jaguar axes the F-Type in 2023, it will signal the end of a lineage stretching back to the XK120 of 1948. Since then, Jaguar has built some of the world’s most iconic cars, including the C-Type, D-Type, XKSS and E-Type, but it remains to be seen what will happen in the new all-electric era.
Hopes of an electric F-Type came to nothing, so we just have to hope that there’s room in Jaguar’s future for a new sports car.