Jaguar's freshened 2021 F-Type is described as athletic, lean and elegant. It is equipped with an active sports exhaust system consisting of large, complex mufflers that provide two escape routes for exhaust gases. In sports mode, the system helps create more throttle noise. The F-Type is available as a coupe or convertible. The exterior and interior have been revamped, and the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine generates 575 hp. We've rounded up highlights of reviews from automotive journalists.
"We drove the revised F-type in Portugal, where the roads were great but the weather wasn't. The route from Porto to Lisbon presented nary a patch of dry pavement and more than a few incautious sheep wandering out of the fog. So, we can't really say how Jag's revisions affect the handling when you're pushing hard.
"We can say, however, that the V-8's retuned exhaust is much more aurally subdued. On overrun, the outgoing V-8 cars always sounded like someone tossed a string of firecrackers into a drainage culvert — fun till the cops show up. There's still a snarl when you back off the throttle, but you no longer expect the exhaust to leave a trail of lightly smoldering shrubs in your wake. There's even a Quiet Start mode, so you can turn on the car without becoming the 575-hp rooster of your neighborhood. Dig deep enough into the throttle, though, and the pipes will open up regardless of the mode."
Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver
"The previous F-Type's fascia was a little more wide-eyed and happy; this new version is a lot more brooding. Most obviously, the outdated headlights were shown the door and are now replaced with slimmer, sassier, and more modern LED pixel units with the signature daytime running lamps. They're now standard across the entire model range.
"Smack in the middle is a new black mesh grille, while the vehicle also has a resculpted front bumper. The clamshell bonnet has been redesigned with more flowing surfaces, along with a pair of repositioned and enlarged air vents to offer better cooling and aero efficiency. The previous F-Type had a playful face, but the new model is all grown up and buttoned-down.
"Out in the back, there are slimmer taillights though the F-Type keeps the familiar chicane light strip from the outgoing model. Overall, it's a clean update, and though the changes may be relatively minor the improvement is more than the sum of those parts."
Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear
"Standard kit for the R includes adaptive damping, 20-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P-Zeros (265/35ZR20 front, 305/30ZR20 rear), electronic limited-slip rear differential, and reprogrammed DSC (dynamic stability control). This keeps things in control, yet driving the R on these damp roads in Portugal requires attention and respect. It's a very fast GT that, like all the V8-powered F-Types before, possesses a slightly unhinged side to its personality that makes this car so enticing. Part muscle car, part sophisticate, this Brit beauty is all bewitching."
Peter Bleakney, AutoTrader.ca
"The F-Type R pulls away from a stop in a hurry, Jag estimates that it can hit 60 mph in just over 3.5 seconds. Thanks to wider tires in the front and rear by 10 millimeters — 265s in front and 305s at the back — the F-Type R feels more sure-footed than it ever has, although soggy roads kept me from pushing hard in the corners.
"An electronic limited-slip differential at the rear promises to carve even tighter lines for the bold and brave — and I am neither in the wet.
"Jag says it revised the camber stiffness and adaptive dampers to be more responsive in the F-Type, and made the lower control arms in the front and rear double wishbones out of lighter-weight aluminum for better control. The V-8 still feels like a lumbering mass up front, but it turns in relatively sharply even with 440 pounds of added weight compared to the turbo-4."
Aaron Cole, Motor Authority
"Inside the cabin, drivers can't miss the new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. This screen is standard and offers a choice of three display themes, including a full map. The model features Jaguar's latest infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as over-the-air software update capability. Slimline seats come in two versions: Sport or Performance. First Edition models, available for the first model year, boast 12-way Windsor leather seats, special badging, Suedecloth accents, and other premium features."
Kelly Lin, Motor Trend