In a poignant tribute to a bygone era, Jaguar has unveiled the F-Type ZP Edition, an exclusive limited-edition sports car that signals the end of an era for internal combustion engine (ICE) powered sports cars. This announcement marks a significant milestone in Jaguar’s history, as the iconic British marque gears up to transition into an all-electric car brand by 2025 as part of its Reimagine Strategy.
Jaguar’s flagship sports car, the F-Type, has been captivating enthusiasts since its debut in 2013. Now, as the company steers towards an electric future, the F-Type ZP Edition serves as the last hurrah for ICE-powered Jaguar sports cars. Limited to just 150 units, this special edition model pays homage to the legendary XK120, Jaguar’s first sports car after World War II, which set numerous speed records in its time.
The F-Type ZP Edition stands out with its unique features, carefully crafted by Jaguar’s SV Bespoke Group. The car boasts distinctive body colours in Oulton Blue Gloss and Crystal Grey Gloss, setting the stage for a truly exceptional driving experience. The exterior’s elegance is further accentuated by gloss black accents, including brake callipers and ‘F-Type ZP Edition’ branding on the fenders. The 20-inch forged alloys in Gloss Black Diamond finish add a touch of sophistication.
Inside, the F-Type ZP Edition offers a dual-tone interior treatment, a first for the F-Type series. Buyers can choose between red and black or blue and black shades, enhancing the car’s luxurious appeal. The cabin features horizontal seat fluting and a special ‘One of 150’ SV Bespoke commissioning plaque, highlighting the exclusivity of this limited edition model.
Underneath the F-Type ZP Edition’s long bonnet lies a formidable 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine, delivering an impressive 423kW of power and 700Nm of torque. This powerhouse propels the sports car from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and enables it to reach a top speed of 300km/h. The engine, similar to the one in the F-Type R P575 variant, is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system, ensuring a thrilling and responsive driving experience.
“The F-Type has captivated sports car drivers for more than a decade, just as the E-Type did five decades before it. The ZP Edition is the ultimate celebration of that lineage, joining an illustrious roster of heritage-inspired collector’s editions including the 2015 Project 7 and 2020 Heritage 60 Edition,” said Rawdon Glover, Managing Director at Jaguar.
This limited-edition model marks the end of an era, as Jaguar takes a significant step towards the electric future. The distinctive roar of the V8 engine, a sound that has become synonymous with Jaguar’s sports cars, will echo in the memories of enthusiasts, serving as a testament to the brand’s legacy in the world of high-performance automobiles.
For South African enthusiasts, the F-Type ZP Edition will be available in the coupe body style, adding an extra layer of exclusivity to this collector’s item. With only a handful making their way to South African shores, lucky buyers will not only own a piece of automotive history but also a symbol of Jaguar’s dedication to performance and innovation.
In bidding farewell to its ICE-powered sports cars, Jaguar leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered fondly by car enthusiasts around the world. The F-Type ZP Edition stands as a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence, both in terms of design and performance, making it a fitting finale to a chapter in Jaguar’s storied history. As the automotive world evolves, the F-Type ZP Edition remains a beacon of Jaguar’s legacy, ensuring that the spirit of high-performance driving lives on, even in the electric age.