In Canada, both the 400 and R-Dynamic editions can be had in both rear- or all-wheel drive in both coupe and convertible configurations.

Toronto, ON – The dynamically-sculpted Jaguar F-Type doesn't need much change in order to garner attention on an auto show floor. Its angles, curves, and alluring backside attract numerous guests without the need to fire up those special exhaust notes.

And that's exactly what Jaguar executives were hoping for when they brought the mildly refreshed 2018 version of the F-Type to the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto for its North American premiere.

The word "premiere" captures plenty of attention, but the regular automotive consumer would be hard pressed to find much change from the F-Type's previous iteration, outside of repositioning its LED headlights, a darker tone to its taillights, and updated front bumper and side vents. And that's because the real talk isn't about its aesthetics, but the addition of two new trim levels – the R-Dynamic and 400 Sport launch edition – for a total of five.

2018 Jaguar F-Type - Toronto unveil
2018 Jaguar F-Type - Toronto unveil

The R Dynamic version gains cosmetic touches that include gloss black-painted hood vents, front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser, and 19-inch wheels. However, under the hood is the same engine and power distribution as the previous year – a 340 horsepower base and a mid-tier 380 hp. It's a different story for the latter 400 Sport, and as logic dictates that 400 number equates to its new peak horsepower that's derived from its supercharged, 3.0-litre V6 engine. According to Jaguar, the 400 Sport can go on a 0-100 kilometre per hour sprint in under five seconds.

In Canada, both options can be had in both rear- or all-wheel drive in both coupe and convertible configurations. The R Dynamic has a choice of a standard six-speed manual or an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission, while the 400 Sport only comes in automatic.

Most of the excitement at the unveiling was naturally centred towards the exclusive 400 Sport that was seen strutting its stuff on unique dark grey 20-inch heels that were accompanied by 15-inch brakes, as well as black calipers with 400 Sport badging. Its exclusivity is real, as the sports-infused model will only be available for the 2018 model year with only three exterior colour choices: silver, black, or white.

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On the inside, the flat-bottom steering wheel sets the tone, while its striking black brushed aluminum trim with that same yellow contrast stitching adds a sporty flair to its thin, performance-formed seats. Another key new feature is a new standard eight-inch Touch Pro infotainment unit found throughout the latest Jaguar Land Rover models. With this new system, consumers can customize their home screen, use pinch and zoom functions similar to an iPhone, and enjoy 4G LTE connectivity. On top of all that, the unit possesses a data system called ReRun that combines GoPro footage with driving statistics such as speed, throttle position, and g-forces to help you preserve memories and assist in monitoring your driving and racing action that can easily be downloaded to your phone.

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is expected to come to dealerships in the spring with a starting price of $77,000.

Photos: David Miller / Motor1 Canada


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