The deep-chested purr of the engine, the cackling exhaust, sexy through-lines, and that shiver up your spine when you touch shoe to pedal – you are undoubtedly sitting in a Jaguar F-TYPE. However, something is a bit different, a little more exclusive, shall we say?
Jaguar introduces the 2017 F-TYPE British Design Edition. With the very same instinct, gravitas, and vigor as the F-TYPE S, this new Anglophone F-TYPE provides the tasteful driving enthusiast with some exclusive features and options. Features, which really drive home the already satisfying sex appeal factor of its far more common predecessor.
The British Design Edition F-TYPE hearkens back to the empire upon which the sun never set – entering with 3 color options pulled from the Union Jack flag. Drivers can choose from Glacier White, Caldera Red, and for the first time ever on an F-TYPE, Ultra Blue. There is also a 4th option – Ultimate Black – for those who prefer a more villain-esque look. British Design Edition badges, influenced by the Union Jack, anoint the front and rear – replacing the standard red and green “S” emblems. The ‘Design Package’ previously available on the F-TYPE (rear lower valence, gloss-black front splitter, and body coloured side-sill extensions) comes standard on this special edition model.
On the inside, a black leather interior is adorned with Ivory, Red, or Reims Blue contrast stitching. Special branding is apparent in the center console, carbon fiber trim, stainless steel sill plates, and signed headrests that nicely tuck-in the exclusivity of the British Design Edition.
This special edition 2017 F-TYPE rests atop cool and calculated 20 inch Cyclone wheels in satin dark grey finish, set in 255/35 R-20 and 295/30 R-20 rubber in the front and the rear. Unique British Design Edition caps will also be an option to further outfit the rarity appeal of this F-TYPE.
The F-TYPE S‘s 380 horsepower supercharged V6 engine and 8 speed automatic transmission are in the 2017 British Design Edition, with both rear and all-wheel drive options available. The Super Performance Braking System comes standard in both rear-wheel and all-wheel models. This addition of the bigger steel rotors (15 inches in front, 14.8 inches in rear) pressed by twin piston sliding calipers in the back, is a smashing new feature.
The special edition jag retains its aural opulence with 12 speaker, 770-watt Meridian sound system; and an 8 inch capacitive touchscreen navigation and infotainment system commands the tunes and facilitates Jaguar’s InControl Smartphone app.
Suffice it to say, the 2017 F-TYPE British Design Edition is as exclusive as it is stunning. The invigorating special edition goes on sale this spring of 2016 and will be limited to a minute 300 units in the United States.
With the announcement of the 2017 F-TYPE British Design Edition, Jaguar seemingly intends to say “Britannia rules the roads”.
So the question stands, ruler or ruled – what do you drive?
Prices begin at a jolly-good $93,095.