A test mule for the 2017 Jaguar F-Type R Convertible has been spotted running with new bumpers and updated headlights.
The bumper ditches the current car’s vertical intakes and replaces them with more rounded openings, reminiscent of the ones featured on the F-Type Project 7 but with horizontal slats through their upper halves.
The car’s headlights also swap L-shaped daytime running lights for what look to be double layered ones. These have previously been seen on test mules for the forthcoming four-cylinder F-Type.
Today’s F-Type R Convertible mule, which was photographed on a road near JLR’s Coventry headquarters, appears to have no other major aesthetic tweaks, and a quick check on the DVLA website confirms it’s also running a familiar supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
This backs up claims from sources that the 2017 car will only be lightly updated.
The biggest change will likely be the fitment of Jaguar’s latest infotainment system.
The optional InControl Touch Pro was first introduced in the F-Pace and features improved smartphone integration thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The F-Pace’s system has a quad-core processor, 60GB of solid-state storage and a 10.2in touchscreen and it works through a fast-transmitting ethernet network.
If our sources are right and the 2017 F-Type inherits InControl Touch Pro, it would give Jaguar’s sports car a real boost in digital capability. It’s not cheap, however – in the F-Pace it’s a £1710 option.
Like the Coupé, pricing for the drop-top F-Type R isn’t expected to change much from the current model, which costs from £92,310. Again like the current car, it’ll be available in rear or four-wheel-drive form.
No date of arrival has been announced, but sometime early next year seems likely.