The Jaguar F-Type delivers in several areas, whether you’re looking for stunning acceleration, luxury-car comforts or a high-end convertible that simply looks good and makes yThe Jaguar F-Type delivers in several areas, whether you’re looking for stunning acceleration, luxury-car comforts or a high-end convertible that simply looks good and makes you feel special.
The F-Type is faster and thandles with more vigor than any of its ancestors, but like the E-Type, this latest Jaguar is all about the emotional side of driving. The F-Type is for those who crave performance, yet the car is elegantly civilized when driven conservatively. Put the pedal to the metal and the rush of acceleration is accompanied by the glorious exhaust note that only a car-type can appreciate.
Considering its price, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type is in the same league as convertibles like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, this Jaguar can challenge the likes of the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. The F-Type might not match the Porsche in every test, but it’s equally thrilling to drive, downright gorgeous, a bit less expensive than a comparable 911.
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is an aluminum-intensive, two-seat, front-engine sports car that is offered in either coupe or convertible body styles. A base supercharged V6 produces 340 horsepower, while the S model increases output to 380 hp. For 2016, the 495-hp V8 S Convertible has been dropped in favor of a new R Convertible that gets the same 550-hp V8 as the R Coupe.
All-wheel drive replaces rear-wheel drive in V8 models and is optional on V6 S variants. A manual gearbox is now available for RWD V6 models only. As before, all V8 F-Types get an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual control via the console shifter or steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
A power takeoff protrudes near the rear of the car’s eight-speed automatic to drive a shaft that routes power to the front wheels. A revised oil pan and redesigned transmission tunnel make space for the front differential and axles.
A new hood, exclusive to AWD models has revised vent locations and a raised center section to retain the same crush space to the engine as rear-drive variants.
The all-wheel-drive system can deliver up to 50 percent of the torque to the front wheels through an electronically controlled clutch pack or decouple the prop shaft completely to drive only the rear wheels in low-load, straight-ahead situations
All 2016 F-types switch from hydraulic power steering to electric power steering and the result is surprisingly good. The steering is precise and sharp on-center, with more than adequate feedback.
The deployable rear spoiler automatically rises at speeds above 60 mph to reduce lift by up to 264 pounds, and then retracts once the speed falls below 40 mph. You can reduce wind noise in the cockpit when the top is down with an easy-to-install wind deflector. It fits neatly in the rollover protection system, or easily removes when not needed.
Configurable Dynamics lets you define which driving parameters are modified when Dynamic Mode is selected. This feature is controlled via the dynamic-i display system, which can display a G-force meter and lap times, plus throttle and brake inputs on the 8 inch touch-screen. Deeply bolstered 14-way sport seats with leather trim and suedecloth center sections provide added grip during cornering maneuvers.
The F-type is not the least bit practical, but great fun to drive. It quickly attracts attention with its distinctive appearance and unique exhaust sound. Base prices for the F-Type start at $65,000. The sticker price on our F-Type S AWD convertible test car was $112,000.