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Facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-Type Revealed in London

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The Jaguar F-Type has been in production in 2013. Since then, the car has remained unchanged, but as this year comes to an end, its manufacturer finally decides to introduce its facelifted version.

The F-Type saw a 10.3 percent drop to 2,434 units sold based on a year-on-year sales comparison. The decline was attributed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to weak business and consumer confidence as well as economic uncertainty. The shifting preference of buyers in favor of hybrid and electric cars were to blame too. The introduction of the facelifted F-Type is expected to boost the sales of Jaguar as the car gets a revitalized look and more powertrain options.

Exterior

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Outside, the changes appear to be subtle. Jaguar enhanced the face of the F-Type with its lower nose and updated headlamps. The hood was resculpted too, so it now has smoother lines and contours. There are minor upgrades in the styling of the taillights, tailpipes and the diffuser of the auto as well, depending on its trim.

Interior

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The interior tries to keep up with the changing times by ditching the analog controls in favor of a digital instrument cluster. Then it adopts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smoother smartphone integration.

Engine

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Underneath its hood, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engines of the current F-Type have been carried over in the 2021 models. On the other hand, the 5.0-liter supercharged power unit that used to be in the F-Type SVR is now available for the F-Type R trim.

The range-topping trim of the F-Type produces 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. All that power is distributed via Jag’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission to an all-wheel-drive system. The configuration takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds while its top speed can go up to 300 km/h.

The performance of the F-Type is complemented by its new adaptive dampers, springs, ball joints, rear knuckle, and anti-roll bars.

New to the range is a V8 in a different state of tune giving off 444 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. It is offered in either a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive setup. This entry-level V8 is capable of pushing the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. For now, the trim that carries this is only sold in Europe.

Jaguar has set the pricing of 2021 F-Type starting at £54,060 in the UK (approximately $71,000 in the US).

Feast Your Eyes on the New Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

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Early this year, we have been graced with the unveiling of the concept and production versions of the new Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. Before the year ends, we will see the prototype of the limited edition series supercar again at the 2019 Nismo festival, and its customer model will be finally showcased at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March next year.

The GT-R50 uses the latest Nissan GT-R Nismo platform, and it will only be limited to 50 samples. Its maker said that there are “significant number of deposits already taken” from customers who want to get their hands on the supercar. Although the automaker didn’t release the official figures yet, they said that there are only a few reservations left for the product.

Orders for the GT-R50 will arrive between late 2020 or the end of 2021, depending on the location of the buyers. The rare car starts at €990,000, excluding taxes and other fees. That’s a hefty $1.12 million on the US market, which can already buy you around five GT-R Nismo units. Of course, the price can still bubble depending on the optional add-ons that the customer will put in the auto.

The GT-R50 is equipped with extensive exterior and interior modifications that include a new hood, head and tail lights, air intakes, front spoiler, side apron, special paint options, mirror caps, bespoke wheels, and retractable rear wing, among others. The customizations available for the car basically depends on the budget and preferences of the buyer.

The most mind-blowing feature of the GT-R50 comes under its hood in the form of a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine. The power unit offers 710 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. All that power is distributed via a six-speed automatic transmission system. These are complemented by upgraded differentials, driveshafts, suspension with Bilstein adjustable damping system and Brembo brakes.

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