10 years as an icon, and a rich 75 year history of sports cars means Jaguar had to create something special to mark both occasions. It needed to combine effortless elegance with brutal power. Enter the 2024 F-TYPE R 75.
A last hurrah for petrol powered sports cars as the brand prepares to become an EV only company in the coming years, the R 75 honours a legacy that began in 2013, and remains as strong as ever in its current face-lifted form.
Sharp lines mixed with sweeping curves give the F-TYPE R 75 extensive road presence. It’s a car that had all sorts of people doing whatever they could to get a glimpse as we wafted on by. The interior is executed just as well.
Every touch point is appointed with high quality materials and well finished, ensuring whether you’re holding the leather wheel, actuating the 8-speed gearbox via the shift paddles, or simply dialling in your desired level of seat ventilation, each drive feels special.
Jaguar have liberally applied as many R and 75 logos inside and out as possible to ensure that everyone knows this is the special one. Visibility is quite good, despite its sheer size, with assistance from blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and a reversing camera.
The trio provide reassurance that you know exactly where the F-TYPE is and what is around you, at all times. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, but not wireless. With the USB port clumsily located in the centre armrest, it’s a less than elegant solution.
Using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto does mean you get the best out of the infotainment system though, as the native user interface is quite slow and clunky. The 10-speaker Meridian sound system does an adequate job at normal levels.
It struggles to produce auditory excellence once the volume gets turned up, but thankfully there’s a 5.0-litre noise machine up front that renders the sound system all but redundant. All you need to do to bring it to life is push the start button.
That fires the supercharged V8 engine to life, and while it’s quieter than previous iterations, the 2024 model boasts an exhaust note that never fails to bring a smile to your face. Full throttle upshifts are akin to a crack of thunder, and are truly addictive.
Equally intoxicating is how the Jaguar deploys its 423kW of power and 700Nm of torque. Thanks to all-wheel drive, every last skerrick of power is utilised to sling shot you down the road at an almighty rate.
The 0-100km/h sprint is covered off in just 3.7 seconds and the pace does not fall away there. Thankfully the brakes are up to task to bring you back to acceptable speeds, or you might find yourself sans licence.
The F-TYPE R 75 is not just about straight-line performance though. It well and truly wears its Grand Tourer title with pride. The pair of Ebony Windsor leather performance seats wrap you up in comfort (it’s a two-seater).
Thanks to the optional climate package included in this particular spec, they keep you nice and cool, with three-stage ventilation. The seating position makes spending hours behind the wheel a joy.
The only downsides we found were the fact the pedal box seems oddly cramped, and the 310-litres of boot space feels inadequate. When out on coarser road surfaces there is quite a lot of road noise that makes its way into the cabin too.
Jaguar claims fuel economy of 10.3-litres/100km. While we don’t imagine prospective buyers will worry about it, we found that if you drive with a light right foot, you can achieve figures in the single digits – which is quite impressive in our opinion.
If you drive as Jaguar intend, you can expect to drink through the 70-litre fuel tank at an eye watering rate. Tipping the scales at just over 1,800kg, you’d be forgiven for thinking the big coupe would struggle when pushed, but it shows great agility in the twisties.
The suspension does a fantastic job of ironing out all bar the harshest of imperfections and maintains a sporty yet comfort-orientated demeanour whether you are in Dynamic, Normal or Rain/Snow mode.
Our test vehicle was draped in Carpathian Grey, but if that’s not for you, there’s Fuji White, Firenze Red, Santorini Black, British Racing Green, Eiger Grey, Portofino Blue or Giola Green. There’s also an extensive options list, many of which were on this car.
Among them were the climate pack, extended leather upgrade, 12-way heated and cooled seats and privacy glass. Tick them all and you’ve spent around $6,500 over the standard price. A blind spot assist pack, panoramic roof and 20-inch Satin Grey alloys were included.
The latter three were no cost options, and should you deem the standard brakes subpar, you can opt for $21,000 worth of carbon ceramic brakes. A 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and 5-years roadside assist are included.
The F-TYPE is a much loved sports car and perhaps, this is its most important iteration ever. It marks Jaguar’s last petrol entry for the iconic moniker and is worthy of a proper hats off to the folks in Birmingham.
They’ve made sure we get to experience a fire breathing, thunder cracking, brute-de-force one last time. This is a car that will live in our memories for years to come. If you want one, you’ll need to part with $290,000 plus on-roads.
Sure to be a future classic, you can spec your own on the Jaguar Australia website, or chat to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was supplied by Jaguar Land Rover Australia for review purposes.