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Jaguar's F-Type sports car is now way more affordable

The British automaker slashed the cost of its entry-level coupe by $3,600, without sacrificing anything that makes the car great.

Despite the mysterious-looking photo, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type features no aesthetic changes over the previous model year.

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Jaguar has been cutting prices recently. In September, the automaker reduced the price of its mid-size XF sedan by more than $5,000, in an attempt to woo additional buyers. Now, the brand is turning its attention to the F-Type coupe and convertible, and while the cost of entry is much lower, what you get in return is still more than ample.

The starting price for a 2017 F-Type is now $61,400 for a coupe and $65,400 for a convertible. Not including the $995 destination charge, that's a savings of $3,600 for the coupe and $2,700 for the drop-top. Not a bad deal, that.

Despite price cuts usually coming from reduced standard equipment, it still arrives pretty well loaded. Base models offer a 340-horsepower, supercharged six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission (an automatic is available, but you'll have to pay a bit more). Coupes get a fixed metal roof in lieu of panoramic glass. Both variants receive new, partially-electric, six-way adjustable seats, too.

Entry-level models still receive a wide variety of standard options similar to other F-Types, as well. Moving to the cheaper cars still nets you navigation, leather sport seats, a 770-watt Meridian sound system and Jaguar's InControl Apps smartphone connectivity suite.

Jaguar also added new standard features for the entire F-Type lineup for the 2017 model year. New to the mix is valet mode, which will prevent horsepower-hungry miscreants from joyriding to their hearts' content, as well as solar-attenuating windshield glass, which cuts down on the harshness of direct sunlight.

Every F-Type will also receive Jaguar's new EliteCare warranty, which covers all scheduled maintenance for a period of five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. The 2017 Jaguar F-Type will be available in the US this coming spring.