Jaguar may have skipped the Detroit auto show, but it's still making a big reveal this week. The 2018 Jaguar F-Type receives a host of updates, including cosmetic changes, new engines, and GoPro integration.
The F-Type R-Dynamic is added to the range for 2018. It features the same supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine found in base and S models, still producing either 335 or 375 hp. Both offer a manual transmission option, and the more powerful version can be had with all-wheel drive. R-Dynamic models, available in coupe or convertible form, get special gloss black treatment for the front bumper bezels, front splitter, hood vents, side sills, and rear diffuser.
Another new model is the F-Type 400 Sport, although this one is just available for one model year only. Slotting below the F-Type R and SVR, the new coupe and convertible models deliver 394 hp from their supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine and offer rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The 400 Sport boasts an upgraded chassis with a performance braking system and Configurable Dynamics. Look for plenty of special badging on the exterior and interior, as well as yellow contrast stitching throughout the cabin.
On other models in the range, updates to the exterior may be a little harder to notice. But look closely and you'll see new full-LED headlights and new side vents. Inside, the F-Type receives lighter, slimline seats that have more supportive back rest bolsters and can slide back 50mm more than before for increased legroom. The seats come in Sport and Performance versions, and a Siena Tan leather color scheme is newly available.
Those who want to record their driving performance on the track are in luck thanks to the F-Type's new GoPro integration technology. By using a GoPro camera and the ReRun app, drivers can sync up their video from the track with key performance data including speed, throttle position, gear selection, braking force, and g force. The video can then be downloaded on a smartphone and shared on social media.
All new F-Types come with Jaguar's new Touch Pro infotainment system, which uses an 8-inch touchscreen with pinch and pan capability for maps. The system also includes the Share ETA feature, which lets users send their current location and estimated time of arrival to select contacts via email or text.
The 2018 F-Type goes on sale globally during the first quarter of 2017.