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The standard features of the Jaguar F-TYPE Base include 3.0L V-6 340hp intercooled supercharger engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extension, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.
Starting at: $65,400
|Base||$65,400||340-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||16 / 24|
|Base||$66,700||340-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||20 / 28|
|Premium||$69,900||340-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||16 / 24|
|Premium||$71,200||340-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||20 / 28|
|S||$82,200||380-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||15 / 24|
|S||$83,700||380-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||19 / 27|
|S||$89,700||380-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||18 / 26|
|S British Design Edition||$95,200||380-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||19 / 27|
|S British Design Edition||$101,200||380-hp 3.0L 6-cyl||8-spd auto||18 / 26|
|R||$108,250||550-hp 5.0L 8-cyl||8-spd auto||15 / 23|
|SVR||$128,800||575-hp 5.0L 8-cyl||8-spd auto||No Data|
The Jaguar F-Type delivers performance that rivals the best. The aluminum chassis is about balance as well as lightness.
The base F-Type is quick and nimble, but yaw-happy, and lacking the precision of a Porsche Boxster or Cayman. The ride is stiff but not jarring. The coupe, being more rigid than the convertible, handles better. But it’s the adaptive dampers in other models that brings out the sports car in this Jaguar.
We like the F-Type all-wheel drive for its practicality, though there isn’t a strong sense of all-wheel drive when driving it. The V8 doesn’t handle as light and direct as the V6, but almost.
The F-Type R almost matches the precision of the Boxster and Cayman, in spite of the Jaguar’s greater mass. The F-Type feels at home on the track. It’s more entertaining to drive than anything in its class, except the Porsche 718 Cayman S and Corvette Z06.
The nose of the F-Type is sleek and tall, with a big grille that isn’t an oval and LED accents that sharpen the look from front. Hints of Maserati and Corvette might be seen in the styling, a notion we suspect Jaguar would call rubbish. The lines along the side flow beautifully, with inset door handles to keep things flat and smooth. The roofline of the coupe is streamlined. The best view is from the rear, with powerful haunches and rounded taillamps that suggest history.
The F-Type cockpit is intense, with deeply set gauges, elevated mechanical bits, and a grab handle for the passenger. It’s snug but comfortable, and focused on leather, non-traditional in that there isn’t one splinter of wood. It might feel focused on functional, if it weren’t for the wide screen providing infotainment, and big rotary climate knobs, not to mention the start button and paddle controls in orange like a ship’s emergency raft. Options for trim include red leather and carbon on the dash.
The seats get firmer and more bolstered, as the horsepower in the models rises. The trunk stays the same tiny size, although no smaller than any two-seat sports car. The power convertible top folds so that a tonneau cover isn’t necessary, at speeds up to 30 mph.
The cabin is quiet inside, until you hammer the throttle and either the coarse V6 or throaty V8 do their thing.
The Jaguar F-Type is among the best sports cars in the world. F-Type models cleanly cover the stretch from daily-driver V6 style to staggering challenging V8 power. Best 8-speed automatic in the game. All engines supercharged!
Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports by The Car Connection.
Jaguar F-Type comes standard with leather, power seats, infotainment, 770-watt audio. Coupes come standard with a panoramic sunroof. The F-Type S model has an active exhaust system and driving modes.
The F-type offers safety technology including blind-spot monitors, rearview camera, and adaptive cruise control. The F-Type hasn’t been crash tested.