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New Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag special edition revealed

The new Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag celebrates the British brand's 70th anniversary of building sports cars

Jaguar has revealed the F-Type Chequered Flag: a special edition version of its two-seat coupe and convertible. 

Released to mark the 70th anniversary of the British brand building sports cars, the Chequered Flag models are furnished with a series of cosmetic updates to separate them from the rest of the F-Type family.

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There’s three exterior colours to choose from: Caldera Red, Fuji White and Carpathian Grey, while the coupe also features a contrasting black roof. The Chequered Flag rides on a set of black, 20-inch, diamond-turned alloy wheels which are unique to this special edition model, and which house a set of red brake calipers. The changes are rounded off with a more aggressive set of SVO-spec extended side sills.

Inside, the seats are trimmed in Windsor leather, and feature contrasting stitching in a choice of red or grey. The headlining is finished in black suede, and a red 12 o’clock marker is added to the steering wheel. The centre console gets dark aluminium trim, while special Chequered Flag motifs feature on the tread plates and are embossed into the headrests.

The Chequered Flag comes with a choice of three engines: the 296bhp four cylinder turbo kicks things off, while the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 is available in 335bhp and 375bhp forms. The latter is available in both rear- and all-wheel drive layouts, while the rest are rear-driven only. All are matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Prices start from £62,335 for the four-cylinder Chequered Flag, climbing to £82,935 for the AWD Convertible. 

Beyond the new special edition, the latest F-Type model year introduces a couple of improvements elsewhere in the range. The latest Touch Pro infotainment system now includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its 10-inch touchscreen, which now features a rear parking camera and front parking assist as standard. 

At the top end of the F-Type range, the R Coupe and Convertible’s damper rates have been slackened by as much as 24 per cent to improve low speed ride comfort. It also gains the SVR’s rear upper ball joint which, according to Jaguar, makes the suspension more capable and robust.

The revised F-Type range starts at £51,925, while the F-Type SVR Convertible costs £118,885.

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