Jaguar F-type ‘Chequered Flag’ celebrates 70 years since the XK120

Published: 29 October 2018

► Around £10k more than the standard F-type
► Celebrates 70 years since the XK120
► 2.0-litre 4-cylinder or 3.0-litre V6

Jaguar is celebrating 70 years since the XK120 with a special-edition version of the F-type. Called the Chequered Flag, the new model is technically identical to the R-Dynamic trim convertible and coupe underneath – but wears a number of visual enhancements to set it apart from the rest.

Jaguar says the coupe features a black contrast roof, while both iterations of the car feature the Exterior Black Design pack. That basically means extended side sills which should give the car a stronger stance, and it’s been paired with 20-inch gloss-black wheels with a Chequered Flag-exclusive Diamond Turned finish.

‘In creating the Chequered Flag we’ve focused on details which enhance F-Type’s presence and promise of performance,’ said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design. ‘In doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast, Jaguar sports cars.’

Inside you’ll find a windsor-spec leather interior, performance seats, brushed aluminum trim and a steering wheel with a chequered flag logo and 12 o'clock marker in red leather. And don’t worry, Jaguar points out that the chequered flag logo is very discrete – which is a relief.

The Chequered Flag is powered by either the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine or 3.0-litre V6, and both use the 8-speed Quickshift transmission. If you want one, Jaguar says it’ll cost you £62,335, around £10k more than an entry-level F-type.

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Everything else about the F-type

While the F-type might features class-leading design on the outside, Jaguar's flagship performance car has been a little behind the competition in tech terms. And the F-type’s new refresh intends to combat that fact.

With that in mind, the new F-type now comes with JLR’s 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment screen as standard – and the new 2020 model comes with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto if you’ve got a compatible smartphone. 

Aside from the in-car tech additions, Jaguar is also giving  F-type customers several more paint options, and sophisticated torque vectoring across the range.

The new cars will start at £50,810 for the entry level F-type, and sky-rocket to £118,235 for the open-topped version of the full-fat SVR.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast