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New Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport heads raft of revisions to British sports car

The Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, a special-edition model that will remain on sale for just one year, has been launched as part of a raft of revisions to the British sports car. First launched in 2012, the whole F-Type range has been updated for 2017 with new derivatives introduced to the range, mildly overhauled exterior looks and new technology.

One of the key developments is the F-Type 400 Sport launch edition is powered by a 395bhp version of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine and a chassis that’s been uprated by the addition of the Super Performance braking system (which features 380mm front and 376mm rear discs and black calipers with 400 Sport logo) and a Configurable Dynamics system which allows drivers to select individual settings for the throttle, transmission, steering and dampers. The F-Type 400 Sport rides on 20in alloys.

It features ‘400 Sport’ badges on the front splitter and rear of the car, as well as the centre console, steering wheel, tread plates and embroidered headrests. The F-Type 400 Sport will go on sale worldwide for one model year and is available as either a coupé or convertible and in either rear or all-wheel drive. The price starts at £70,115 on the road.

Another new addition to the range is an R-Dynamic 340 derivative which produces 335bhp from the 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. Priced from £55,150, the R-Dynamic 340 is available as either an eight-speed automatic or manual connected to rear-wheel-drive only.

It sits above the standard F-Type in the model range and is distinguished by its 19in alloy wheel designs and by the gloss black accents on the front bumper aperture bezels, front splitter, bonnet vents, side sills and rear diffuser.

New Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport

New Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport

FRONT-END STYLING TWEAKS

Some blink-and-you’ll-miss-them styling changes to the F-Type’s front bumper have been made to provide greater differentiation across the derivatives in the range. In place of the double apertures at each front corner, there is now a single aperture with a lozenge mesh design. Different versions get subtly different designs.

For example, the F-Type V8 R boasts larger, wider apertures with a horizontal blade running through them. The increase in size is to maximise airflow and enhance aerodynamic efficiency to account for the higher performance.

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