We were already well aware that the F-Type will be offered with three grades of performance: base F-Type with 340-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, F-Type S with 380-hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, and the V8 S with 495-hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. All powerplants are mated to an eight-speed transmission, while the lightweight aluminum chassis helps make the F-Type one of Jaguar’s most formidable offerings yet.
According to the British automaker, the F-Type essentially picks up where the XKR-S leaves off. Compared to the XK, the driver sits 20 mm lower, helping drop the center of gravity. The F-Type also has 10 percent more torsional rigidity than the XKR-S, and lateral stiffness has been enhanced by up to 30 percent over the standard XK models.
As for the suspension, Jaguar has outfitted the F-Type with all-aluminum double wishbone throughout, and the steering rack is boasted as the quickest ever seen on a Jaguar. Brake rotors measure in at almost 15 inches on the larger side (380 mm) and the vehicle will sport 20-inch wheels from the factory.
Helping to get all the power to the ground in the base F-Type is a mechanical limited slip differential, while the V8 gets an active electronic differential. Different drive modes gives control to the driver, which include ‘Normal’ and ‘Dynamic’. In Dynamic mode, the F-Type gets better throttle response, increased steering weighting, improved gear shifts, and allows for more slip before traction control kicks in. The suspension is further enhanced thanks to adaptive dampers while in Dynamic mode.
[Source: Autocar UK]