A true modern-day flag-bearer for the pinnacle of British engineering and design excellence, the luscious lines and seductive purr of the Jaguar F-Type was the toast of the motoring world on its global release back in 2013. In the words of its architect Ian Callum, a man who’s keen eye for style and beauty on four wheel seemingly knows no bounds, the F-Type is a sports car that truly excites the senses.
Whisper it, but the F-Type really is a potential future icon of British automotive design, capable of forging itself a lasting legacy in a similar vein to how its predecessors the E-Type and the Mark 3 are venerated today. Now, the best of British circa 2013 just got better with the release of the Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition, a car that overtly and proudly doffs its cap in the direction of this Sceptred Isle.
Based on the S Coupé and Convertible, the new special edition F-Type is kitted out with a range of assorted goodies inside and out to give it its own, positively British flavour. Fish and chips may not be on the menu but the new Jag’s exclusive palette of exterior colours, dubbed Caldera Red, Glacier White and Ultra Blue, takes inspiration directly from the Union Jack itself.
The theme continues subtly throughout the car, down to the smallest detail. For example,in place of the red and green of the radiator-mounted S roundel, the F-Type British Design Edition features Union Jack detailing in subtle monochrome.
Although power from Jaguar’s supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol remains pegged at 375bhp, the Sport Design Pack, previously an optional extra aboard the S Coupé and Convertible, is standard issue equipment on the F-Type BDE and includes such aerodynamic and visual enhancements as a gloss black front splitter, body-coloured side sill extensions and a fixed rear spoiler for the Coupé. Topping off the exterior additions is a set of 20-inch Cyclone wheels complete with Jag’s top-of-the-range Super Performance brakes.
Inside the F-Type’s ‘one-plus-one’ cockpit, the aluminium trim of the S variants is out as the British Design Edition adopts a moodier carbon fibre décor. Meanwhile, standard BDE tech specification embraces an upgraded audio system compared to that ofthe F-TYPE S with a 380W array of 10 Meridian speakers belting out the tunes. What’s more, Jag’s InControl Touch infotainment system can now be operated remotely from an Apple Watch, great news if gadgets are your thing.
Priced from £75,225 for Coupé version, and £80,390 for Convertible, the F-Type British Design Edition is up for grabs now, with deliveries beginning in Spring 2016.