2023 F-Type special will be final Jaguar V8 sports car

The Jaguar F-Type sports car is close to the end of its life, but it's not going to fade quietly into the night.

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Jaguar is going all-electric, but it’s not letting the current crop of V8 dinosaurs fade quietly into the night.

Already we’ve seen a XJR-9 Silk Cut-inspired F-Pace SUV with a snarling supercharged V8, now the brand’s global head of product has told Autocar there’s something special coming to the F-Type.

“Next year we will celebrate 75 years of Jaguar sports cars by doing something special with the F-Type,” Nick Collins, Jaguar Land Rover vehicles boss, told Autocar.

“It will be our last-ever V8 sports car. Maybe it will be like the old Defender and have a bumper year.”

We already know the F-Type is entering the twilight of its life, due to a plan to make Jaguar electric-only by 2025. The sports car was revealed in convertible form during 2013, followed by the coupe in 2014.

It was facelifted in 2019, and isn’t scheduled for any more major updates before retirement. That mimics the broader Jaguar range, which will reportedly carry on largely unchanged until 2025.

By 2025, many models in Jaguar’s existing range will be some of the oldest available in their segment. The F-Type hit production in 2013, the XE and XF debuted in 2015, followed by the F-Pace in 2016, E-Pace in 2017, and I-Pace in 2018.

Most of those cars have been treated to major updates throughout their life, with versions of the Pivi infotainment system debuted in the Land Rover Defender, new styling, and refreshed engine offerings.

At launch Jaguar offered V6 and V8 engines in the F-Type, before adding a four-cylinder later in its life. The four- and six-cylinder options are no longer available locally, and the Big Cat is powered only by a choice of two supercharged V8 engines.

MORE: Everything Jaguar F-Type

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Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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