Everybody is having birthdays this year, and for Jaguar it’s a pretty big one. It’s been 70 years since they released its XK120 sports car, which shocked the world with a top speed of – you guessed it – 120 miles per hour, the fastest car in the world at that time.

Now to commemorate that awesome vehicle is a special edition model of the F-Type with some exclusive but subtle touches.

Jaguar calls the special edition the “Chequered Flag,” built on the Coupe and Convertible versions of the F-Type R-Dynamic. Chequered Flag badging is present on the head rest, the centre console and the tread plates.

You also get cool red seat belts and a red line on the Windsor Leather steering wheel which marks the top-center—helpful for when you’re hanging the tail out. Ahem—like a gentleman, of course.

Jaguar says the cabin has been optimized for more of a “1+1” interior layout, which adds a focus on the driver with performance seats. Lastly, there’s a black-contrast roof.

The Chequered Flag comes exclusively with either a four- or six-cylinder engine. The Ingenium-platform four-cylinder makes 295 horsepower from 2.0 litres, while the V6 can be had in 340- and 380-horsepower supercharged spec. All are hooked up to an eight-speed Quickshift automatic, but the supercharged version has the ability to use Jaguar’s all-wheel-drive system.

Twenty-inch wheels finished in Diamond Turned black are exclusive to the Chequered Flag; available colours are Caldera Red, Fuji White, or Carpathian Grey. The dampers have also been tuned to be more refined and improve ride comfort at low speed, taking cues from the F-Type SVR and reducing damping by 24 per cent. The F-Type R has also received the upper rear ball joint from the SVR, which will make it more robust.

As for tech, the F-Type will now for the first time support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; rear camera and front park aid are now standard for all F-Types.

“Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama—every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-Type,” said Jaguar design head Ian Callum. “In creating the Chequered Flag we’ve focused on details which enhance F-Type’s presence and promise of performance—and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast Jaguar sports cars.”

Pricing and availability have not been announced.

Source: Driving

October 29, 2018