2021 Jaguar F Type P450. The car that doesn’t play downsizing games!
This 5.0 litre V8 Jaguar F type P450 lives in the world of small engines and everything electric. But just how good is it?
Ask any manufacturer today what their plan is for the next 10 years and they will tell you that V8s will be substituted by 2 litre power units (think Mercedes C-class C63) and that the future is fully electric. It is the game that everyone likes to play these days but luckily our near future is not as grim as it may seem thanks to Jaguar. Don’t get me wrong, I see the perks of fully electric cars but since it is what the future brings anyway, why not enjoy the ICE to the max while it lasts…
Having these thoughts in mind, I decided to take out the new 2021 Jaguar F Type P450 for a spin and see whether it serves as a perfect farewell to the dying breed that is the petrol engines.
F Type P450 and the drive
Yes, Jaguar decided not to play the downsizing game just yet and gift us a little bit of supercharged V8 fun. The engine in question delivers 444bhp and the sound that undoubtedly deserves a place in the museum, to remind future generations of what they will never experience. Think rumble, think whine, think lean power delivery that is straightforward and always rewarding. Nevertheless, don’t take this F Type for a track day superstar, because it just isn’t.
Jaguar F Type P450
Unlike the Aston Martin Vantage V8, that perhaps shares some parts of F Type’s ideology, this British offspring is more of a gentleman’s machine. It is a great cruiser that will take you and two mid-size luggage cases across the best sceneries that, for example, a French riviera can offer, but it won’t make you feel as if you are Lewis Hamilton, going full send at Spa’s Eau Rouge in a V10 F1 car. Jaguar has made the F Type P450 compliant, soothing to drive and quick. Yes, it is quick and its 444bhp is just enough to carry its 2,000kg of weight around.
Speaking of weight, you do indeed feel it, when crushing through the Swiss mountain roads. This is what it felt to me, given that I am used to my McLaren 600LT that feels featherweight under any circumstances, but with F Type, the weight comes as standard. There is nothing wrong with it though and don’t take my words too literally. It is a cruiser at the end of the day that is not trying to be a racer. And still, it delivers quite a performance and I believe that its 444bhp and 580Nm of torque supplied by the 5.0 litre engine, is just perfect for this F Type. All of this makes for the couple to be speedy enough when you need it and comfortable enough when you just want to be in peace. However, if you change your mind, you can always turn it into a little beast that sends you from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds, accompanied by a sound that is akin to the most beautiful engine music your ears will ever be blessed with. It is engine ASMR at its finest!
F Type P450 interior and design
There isn’t that much to say here since the interior design has not changed much. The multimedia system is now up to date to the Jaguar’s latest, but as always, it is nowhere near the snappiness that your average smartphone can provide. Yes, it is indeed the norm for every manufacturer out there but no one ever said that you can’t be better, right? This calls back to the long and winded process of manufacturing, contracting and everything else that is related to having to run a huge company, so let’s just move on this time. Nevertheless, I must admit that it is better than it ever used to be on the Jags.
Jaguar F Type V8
Otherwise, the interior is exemplary and if not slightly cramped, functions as a very nice place to be in. The 2021 F Type p450 exterior on the other hand, is the part that has undergone most of the changes in the process of the recent facelift. Backlights are new, sort of, and the front is what as it seems, all the funds were spent on. Our crew had split opinion on whether it is a better-looking option this time, but then again, a candy tastes different to all, so I’ll let you decide and comment below on what you feel regarding this intricate subject.
F Type in 2021 and final thoughts
This is a car that wants you to go fast and it is a car that is not for everyone. Some say that it is the cheapest way of getting into the 5.0 litre V8 world and I tend to agree. Still, this Jaguar F Type is a machine that attracts people who want nothing else in this world but a Jaguar F Type. I see this car being bought by someone who is an established individual with good taste in design and engines. A petrolhead, in other words, who knows his cars and accepts the F Type with all its pros and cons. There aren’t that many negatives with the P450, but many positives. Most come into play when you turn on the engine, open the valves and floor this soon to be ‘time capsule’ towards the horizon. It is the horizon that belongs to you, not to the future of car manufacturing and hence, let’s enjoy it while it lasts!
F Type P450
2021 Jaguar F Type Specs
Engine: 5.0-litre supercharged V8
Power/torque: 444bhp and 580Nm
Transmission: 8-speed auto
0-60mph: 4.6 seconds
Top speed: 177mph (285km/h)