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Jaguar lunges ahead with 2018 F-Type line-up

Jaguar recently debuted its expanded F-Type lineup for 2018 at the New York International Auto Show. The 24 variants — including an all-new turbocharged, 4-cylinder entry version and an exclusive 400 Sport special edition — are intended to appeal to an even broader range of buyers. In addition to the new models, changes to the series include enhanced tech features and a revamped front end with full-LED headlights.

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To establish a clearer visual distinction between all of the F-Types out there, Jaguar designers created four model-specific front bumpers and air intakes. The latter contain larger openings than the previous double "shark gill" ones and feature a lozenge mesh design.

For buyers in search of the best performance, the new 400 Sport special edition, R-Dynamic trim level, and supercharged V-8 SVR are top-of-the-line selections. The 430kW F-Type SVR has a zero to 100km/h time of a mere 3.5 seconds, while cars with the supercharged, 285kW R-Dynamic trim level can hit 100km/h in just over 5 seconds.

And the 400 Sport — exclusively available for the 2018 model year only — can reach the same speed in less than 5 seconds. Distinguishing itself from the rest of the pack, the 400 Sport also features yellow and satin-grey badging on the rear and front splitter, along with plenty of badging on inside surfaces.

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With the interior, one accented by chrome and aluminium trim, the F-Type shaves more than 7.7 kilograms with lightweight slimline seats that come in Sport and Performance options.

As far as further upgrades, Jaguar's tablet-like InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is now standard and includes functional fare like real-time traffic and weather reports as well as handy features like Fuel Finder, which allows the driver to enter a destination and then reports on whether there is enough fuel in the tank to get there. The F-Type also offers a suite of driver assistance elements, like an emergency braking system and a semi-automated park-assist function.

For true driving enthusiasts, the F-Type now comes with a ReRun app developed in conjunction with GoPro that combines real-time driving video with key performance data, such as speed, gear selection, and g-force. Highlights can be downloaded to a smartphone and shared via social media.

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Another app developed exclusively for Jaguar's InControl Touch Pro system is a unique version of Spotify that recognises users' listening habits and preferences, then creates a "Just for You" playlist full of recommended songs that can be enjoyed through the vehicle's Meridian sound system.

Jaguar's 2018 F-Type line is slated to go on sale later this year. (jaguar.com.au)

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