Jaguar has been making sports car even before the company was called Jaguar. Circa 1960, Jaguar launched a vehicle which went and became a design icon, winning several awards for being the world’s most beautiful car, time and again. The design of the Jaguar E-Type is timeless, it looks marvellous even today. Enzo Ferrari had called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever made and we can’t help but agree with him. So it definitely wasn’t easy for Jaguar to design the E-Type’s successor, the F-Type. Launched 39 years after the production of the E-Type stopped, the current F-Type is not Jaguar’s first attempt.
In 1980, Jaguar started work on the F-Type (codenamed XJ41) which was underpinned by the XJ40 sedan. It was expected to go into production in 1986 but several complications (mostly increase in weight and deviation from the original concept) led to the delay. By the time Jaguar was ready to put the F-Type into production, the vehicle had gained 300 kgs in weight and then Ford bought the British company and cancelled the project. However Ian Callum placed this F-Type on an XJS platform and the Aston Martin DB7 was conceived. Later in the year 2000, Jaguar unveiled the F-Type Concept but that too didn’t make it to production. Enough for the history lesson, the 2013 F-Type (X152) is a 2-seater sports car which shows what Jaguar is really capable of, producing an impressive sports car which stays true to the company’s rich history of design and speed, seen in the C, D and E-Type. We went all the way to the country of the bulls to drive this wild cat.
EXTERIORS AND STYLE
Giving life to the C-X16 concept showcased in 2011, the Jaguar F-Type manages to look even better. The bold angular grille with a solid bar garnished with the screaming logo give it a distinct look which continues over the long and muscular hood. Strapped under the hood is a menace creating heart and the signature power bulge running over it is a clear give away. The bi-xenon headlamps with integral ‘J blade’ LED daytime running lights can make you wait at night only to get a glimpse of the light work.
To support air flow and also give it a right direction over the body and into the engine bay, there are grand vertical scoops in front. To reduce resistance and make it more aerodynamic, even the door handles are hidden neatly, they angle out when unlocked. Every sheet of metal is beautifully pressed and cut to perfection to make it look as timeless as possible.
The subtle haunch on the rear wheel which moves upwards and outwards clearly point the rear wheel drive wheels. What makes it look even saucier are the tornado shaped multi spoke alloys paired with chunky 295 / 30 R20 tyres, which are also responsible for translating those mind boggling power and torque numbers into real time performance.
It being a convertible came with a soft top fabric roof made of ultra premium and light material which insulated the cabin completely from ambient noise, once closed. Complimenting the car’s performance, even the roof closes in 12 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 50 km/h, that’s reasonably fast; faster than the one in Ferrari 488 Spider to be precise. Once the cover is off, it takes minimal space and folds neatly behind into a compact stowage, also not to spoil the sharp derrier
The rear arrangement of slender tail lights running all the way from the side and tastefully intruding the central section looks orchestrated. There are not many elements seen here, yet it leaves an amazing impression. And then there are those handsome quad pipes dipped in chrome and placed at an angle from the tarmac, which aren’t anything less than art.
INTERIORS AND SPACE
Part beauty-pageant contestant and part muscle builder, this Jaguar F-type looks the part. The SVR’s provocative exterior is mildly tweaked in the name of performance. The reworked front fascia incorporates larger air intakes along with nostrils in the hood to aid cooling. To keep the car stuck to the ground at Jaguar’s advertised top speed of 195 mph, vents are sculpted into the front fenders to prevent front-axle lift, while an SVR-specific diffuser and a larger wing aid downforce in the rear.
The interior, delightfully appointed in leather with contrast stitching, is visually marvelous. The heated, 14-way adjustable bucket seats with SVR headrest embroidery are bolstered just enough to keep the flab in place but aren’t so aggressive as to induce pain. Polishing off the alluring interior in our test car was a $750 carbon-fiber center console, $450 illuminated doorsills, and $1100 worth of leather for the headliner and visors. The convertible top does a reasonable job of keeping wind noise at bay when raised; by our stopwatch, it needed 12 seconds to lower and 15 seconds to raise. When stowed, the softtop renders the trunk essentially useless, leaving just enough space for a duffel bag. Our example augmented the SVR’s base price of $129,795 with the aforementioned interior dress-up bits and $138 worth of locking lug nuts and a Jaguar license-plate frame; the as-tested sticker rang in at $132,233. That’s certainly not chump change, but the SVR looks and feels every bit of the premium cost.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
The base 2016 Jaguar F-Type is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. A standard six-speed manual transmission or optional eight-speed automatic send power to the rear wheels. Jaguar estimates the base F-Type will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds with the manual and 5.1 seconds with the automatic. For fuel economy, the EPA estimates that the base F-Type will return 22 mpg combined (19 city/28 highway) with the automatic transmission. With the manual, estimates drop to 19 mpg combined (16/24).
The midrange F-Type S uses the same V6 but increases power output to 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. It has the same transmission choices as the base engine, but is offered with all-wheel drive paired only with the automatic. In Edmunds testing, a V6 S coupe with the automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive went from zero to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, while a manual-equipped V6 S coupe made the same run in 5.2 seconds. Both are respectable times but still slower than many rivals. Jaguar estimates that all-wheel drive adds an estimated tenth of a second. The F-Type S with rear-wheel drive and the automatic transmission is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg combined (19/27). These lower by 1 mpg each with the automatic and all-wheel drive. The manual transmission knocks estimated fuel economy down to 18 mpg combined (15/24).
The F-Type R receives a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. You can only have the R with all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic transmission. In Edmunds testing, an R Coupe accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0.3 second quicker than the rear-drive 2015 model. The F-Type R coupe is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg combined (15/23), while the convertible’s city rating is 1 mpg higher.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The inevitable comparison here is against the convertible and it’s a good place to start. The solid roof means there’s more strength in the chassis and the suspension has been lightly modified, too.
The end result is a car that’s more harmonious, better balanced and allows you to use more of its power, more of the time. It’s a bundle of fun to drive, maybe not quite as together as a Porsche 911, but arguably more entertaining – not least because of the epic soundtrack that continually erupts from the exhausts.
With many, many tunes of F-Type to choose from you get a different driving experience depending on your budget. To summarise, there are six different power outputs, two different gearboxes (an eight-speed auto is standard on most, but the V6s can be had with a six-speed manual) and two different transmissions (most are rear-drive, but the higher powered V6s and the V8s can be had with all-wheel drive).
Money no object? Get an AWD V8. The SVR is undoubtedly the maddest, most exciting F of all, but doesn’t justify its cost premium over the starkly similar R. And the R has nice subtle styling, with the SVR’s mad wing removed.
But there isn’t a bad F-Type. The V8s naturally sound the best, the V6s are a mite more precise to drive (they get proper mechanical differentials if you choose one of the more powerful ones) and the four-cylinder, with its 296bhp output, is as approachable and trustworthy as F-Types get. Yes, that means it’s the least boisterous and exciting, but there’s a brilliant novelty to driving a big wide Jag as hard as you can drive this one.
The Jaguar F-Type has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is not unusual for a sports car due to the costs associated with testing.
The F-Type has limited standard safety features; only rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard. Class competitor Porsche 911 comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear park assist. The Chevrolet Corvette also comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features in the F-Type include rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, front park assist, and adaptive front lighting with cornering assist, which angles the front headlights to improve visibility during cornering.
One of the prettiest cars on sale is also one of the most charismatic. Phew. If you love the looks, and you don’t mind the width or lack of rear seats, this would be a brilliant everyday sports car. Especially if you winter-proof it by speccing all-wheel drive.
The F-Type is ageing particularly well, and Jag’s constant additions of tech and engines mean it’s now a car with broader appeal than ever, rivalling everything from a Cayman S to a 911 Turbo, depending on which engine and spec you go for. In each like-for-like comparison the Porsche will be a sharper, more serious driving tool, but on the flipside, the F-Type will always have a better sense of humour than its Stuttgart equivalent.
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