A relatively tall front end, large grille opening flanked by air intake scoops, and upswept headlamps underlined with LEDs give the nose of the F-Type a sharp, aggressive look--and a bit of Maserati or Corvette flavor as well. A clamshell hood gives a nod to the past while also boosting crash safety.
A continuous line traces from the nose of the car along the front fender and door, trailing off as it arcs into the rear fender, where a new, overlapping line takes up and runs over the wheel to the tail. On the doors, there are no handles to mar the F-Type's flow; instead they pop out of the doors at an angle with a push of the key fob (or a finger).
Inside, the F-Type's style is more focused and, as Ian Callum calls it, mechanical, than the XK's. Not wanting to put on a tacky homage to the past, there is no wood in the interior trim--just as in the E-Type, though it did get a wood-rimmed wheel.
A large, central LCD screen displays most of the information, backed up with an informative screen between the analog gauges in the instrument panel. Three multi-purpose knobs below the screen handle climate control and seat heating. Descending alongside the screen and center stack controls is an extra passenger grab handle--a plain cue to the F-Type's sporting nature.
Other subtle cues also mark out the differences in the driver's space: slightly different trim around the instrument panel, orange-accented start/shift/and sport mode switchgear on some models; and an optional flat-bottom steering wheel.
A wide range of design packages is available, with colored stitching, seats, and more.