Jaguar is injecting its F-Type with a bit more excitement, at least when it comes to appearance. The automaker announced a new Checkered Flag Limited Edition model today, which adds some spice to both coupe and convertible models. The package is designed to celebrate Jaguar’s sports car heritage, starting with the XK 120 in 1948.
The exterior changes begin with a contrasting black roof for coupe models. Similarly, the otherwise-optional Exterior Black Design Pack is included as standard kit for the Checkered Flag Limited Edition, which adds extended side sills to the exterior. The special model rides on exclusive 20-inch wheels that are, predictably, also adorned with black trim.
Inside, the Checkered Flag Limited Edition gets a Windsor Leather interior that includes brushed aluminum trim on the center console and headrests embossed with checkered flags. Contract stitching for the ebony seats is available in either red or cirrus. And as a constant reminder for drivers that this isn’t a typical F-Type, there’s a subtle checkered flag logo on the steering wheel and a red leather strip to mark the wheel’s straight-up position. Because, you know, race car.
Gallery: 2020 Jaguar F-Type Checkered Flag Limited Edition
The rest of the car is standard F-Type, though the Checkered Flag model is based on the higher-spec F-Type R-Dynamic variant. It’s available with either the rear-wheel-drive turbocharged four-pot making 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) or the supercharged V6 belting out 380 hp (283 kW) to all four wheels. The eight-speed gearbox remains the only shifting option.
“Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama – every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-Type,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design. “In creating the Checkered Flag Limited Edition we’ve focused on details which enhance the presence of the F-Type and promise of performance – and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast, Jaguar sports cars.”
Jaguar doesn’t say how many Checkered Flag Limited Edition models it will build, but pricing in the U.S. starts at $71,900.
NEW CHECKERED FLAG LIMITED EDITION MODEL JOINS 2020 JAGUAR F-TYPE LINE-UP
– Jaguar F-TYPE Checkered Flag Limited Edition Coupe and Convertible models revealed
– Features include ‘Checkered Flag’ badging, and unique branding on the headrests, treadplates and dark brushed aluminum center console finisher
– Windsor Leather interior with embossed Performance Seats, Ebony Suedecloth headlining and ‘Checkered Flag’ branded steering wheel with red top center marker
– Available in Caldera Red, Fuji White or Carpathian Grey matched with Black Contrast Roof and 20-inch wheels in Gloss Black finish
– Powered by the 296HP turbocharged four-cylinder (RWD) or 380HP supercharged V6 (AWD) engines exclusively with eight-speed Quickshift transmissions
– 2020 model year F-TYPE priced from $61,6001; new Checkered Flag Limited Edition model starting at $71,9001
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – January 30, 2019 – Today, Jaguar has announced the addition of a new Checkered Flag Limited Edition model to the 2020 F-TYPE model line-up. This limited edition model celebrates the brand’s rich sports car heritage dating back to the reveal of the XK 120 in 1948.
Based on the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupe and Convertible, and available with a powerful four- or six-cylinder engine, the Checkered Flag LE features a range of subtle visual enhancements to the exterior and to the driver-focused “1+1” cabin.
Highlights include a Black Contrast roof on the Coupe and a luxurious Windsor Leather interior featuring Performance seats with embossed headrests, a Dark Brushed Aluminum center console trim finisher and – in recognition of the Jaguar brand’s motorsport successes – a steering wheel with a discrete Checkered Flag logo and red leather band to mark the 12 o’clock position.
“Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama – every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-TYPE,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. “In creating the Checkered Flag Limited Edition we’ve focused on details which enhance the presence of the F-TYPE and promise of performance – and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast, Jaguar sports cars.”
The exquisite, perfectly-proportioned exterior of the F-TYPE is enhanced by the Exterior Black Design Pack, equipped as standard on the Checkered Flag Limited Edition, which benefits from extended side sills to subtly increase visual width and give the car an even greater presence and poise. The 20-inch Gloss Black wheels are exclusive to the Checkered Flag Limited Edition model and complement the red finish of the brake calipers. The model’s superbly-crafted Ebony Windsor Leather interior is offered with contrast stitching in a choice of Red or Cirrus. The slimline Performance seats, with optional heated and cooling functionality, feature headrests embossed with Checkered Flag branding.
In place of the Delta aluminum center console trim, typically equipped on F-TYPE R-Dynamic models, the Checkered Flag Limited Edition features a Dark Brushed Aluminum finisher. The texture and finish of this material perfectly complements the Ebony Windsor Leather.
The standard Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system2 features Meridian® audio, a suite of connected services and, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™3 as standard to make it easier than ever to access tailored smartphone apps using the 10-inch touchscreen4.
Power comes from the 296HP 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine or the 380HP 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine. Both offer an outstanding balance of responsiveness and power – and a visceral soundtrack which reflects the truly driver-focused character of the Jaguar F-TYPE – and are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions.