The 2021 Jaguar F-Type R convertible is the result of rich traditions combined with modern technology and styling. This sleek, powerful luxury sport car is a head turning calling card for Jaguar’s new head of design Julian Thomson. Thompson was appointed Design Director for Jaguar in 2019, with responsibility for establishing the future strategic design direction for the brand and the design of all future models. Thompson leads a world-class team of designers, modelers and engineers at Jaguar’s new design studio in Gaydon, England.
The new F-Type R convertible screams sexy sports car. The updated front-end stays true to Jaguar’s aggressively elegant reputation. Hood and fender vents seamlessly integrate the smooth lines that tie together the entire design from front to back. The redesigned taillights are neatly squared-off adding a very distinct look and feel for anyone trying to keep pace with this luxury sports car. Quad exhaust tips and a very unique R signature badging do a great job of completing the F-Type R convertible package. Jaguar offers 36 exterior colors and a complement of wheels ranging from 18-inch to 20-inch variations.
Power to the pavement
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type R convertible is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the pavement through an updated eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels along with various handling upgrades give the R an excitingly smooth driving experience. How about 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. The switchable active exhaust note was also refined but hit the gas and hold on tight as this seemingly domesticated house cat turns into a lion.
Handling all this horsepower and torque has a lot to do with an extensive revision to the 2021 F-Type R convertible’s suspension. Jaguar engineers updated anti-roll bars, new springs, and retuned dampers that are intended to make the handling sharper while also improving comfort.
An increase in power for the 2021 F-Type R convertible did not affect official EPA estimates. This serious power plant gets an estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city, 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 miles per gallon combined. A full 18.5-gallon gas tank will reasonably provide you with an average of about 330 plus miles of city and highway driving.
The cabin provides an adequate amount of luxurious space for passenger and driver. There is good head and legroom all surrounding by exquisite Jaguar styling and state-of-the-art fit and finish. The standard 12-way power adjustable seats are very comfortable and supportive especially when navigating sharp corners.
The new Touch Pro infotainment system in the R convertible is a marked improvement and features a 10-inch touchscreen display that is hooked up to a 10-speaker Meridian sound system. All the usual amenities are present including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and USB input.
Jaguar provides new owners of the 2021 F-Type R convertible, a comprehensive five-year/60,000-mile warranty and complimentary scheduled maintenance is also included for the same period.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type R convertible is a must drive for anyone looking for a fun, classy convertible that looks as good as it performs. Starting price for the F-Type R convertible is $105,900 and can quickly climb to around $145,000.
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