In 1954, Jaguar Cars Ltd took their maiden victory with the Jaguar D-type racer at the Reims circuit in North-Eastern France, at the 12 Heures internationales de Reims (12 Hours of Reims). This victory essentially kickstarted a plethora of wins and championship winning credentials for the official Jaguar team, although a privateer team won the year before with the C-type Jaguar.
To celebrate this win, Jaguar are doing a short production run (just 150 cars) of a special edition of the F-TYPE sports coupé – the Jaguar F-TYPE Reims Edition.
“With the F-TYPE Reims Edition we’re able to take the most advanced sports car we’ve ever produced, imbue it with a little bit of Jaguar racing heritage and deliver our customers even more value and exclusivity. For just 150 UK customers, and in the enormously important year for Jaguar’s sports car history, the F-TYPE is more enticing than ever.”
Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD
The Reims Difference
The most notable difference over the standard F-TYPE is the stunning French Racing Blue paintwork, but there’s also a full panoramic glass roof, 20-inch alloy wheels, and the exterior ‘Black Pack’ which replaces the side vents, badges, and grille surround for a gloss black version.
On the inside, a Reims Edition buyer will also get gloss black trim, heated seats, heated steering wheel and a heated screen, along with Ebony upholstery. These extras represent quite a saving over a standard specced F-TYPE.
And it isn’t just all show – the Reims Edition F-TYPE is available in two versions, the P300, and P450.
The P300 hass a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which produces a not insignificant 296 horsepower, with 400Nm of torque. This gives the P300 a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds, and a top speed of 155mph, but if you want to pack a punch, then the P450 is the choice for you.
It uses the legendary 5.0 litre V8 engine to produce a 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds, a top speed of 177mph, and that’s all down to the 444 horsepower and the earth moving 580Nm of torque (that’s nearly 430 ft/lb in old money).
Quite remarkable when you think that the original D-type Jag was winning endurance races with just 250 horsepower.
Limited Edition Jaguars
The Reims Edition F-TYPE isn’t the first limited edition to be produced – there was an XE Reims Edition back in 2019, using similar French Racing Blue paintwork, and there’s currently a limited run of special F-TYPEs being produced to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legend that was the E-type: F-TYPE Heritage 60 Edition. If you haven’t seen one yet, you really should.
If you’re interested in owning a strictly limited edition Jaguar, then make haste – the special editions usually sell out pretty fast. Contact one of our friendly professionals to see whether you’re still in time!