According to Jaguar’s marketing department, the latest F-type is designed to directly compete with the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. The latest 991 Porsche is a phenomenal car with its raucous flat-six and its undeniable handling prowess. The Porsche makes 400hp and 325 ft-lbs of torque which makes it a stout competitor for the newest of Jaguars. Although the F-type shares some characteristics with the famed E-type, modern safety regulations and it’s meaty supercharged V6 have bloated the F-type to greater proportions. Historically, Jaguars are soft riding with polite handling characteristics adorned with a forest’s worth of wood in the interior and miles of high-grade leathers. F-type breaks the mold with its uber-stiff suspension, raspy engine sound, and wood devoid interior. This Jag is the roughest riding I’ve ever been in, and best handling by a long shot. The is no brake dive, nearly no body roll, and barely any squat under hard acceleration. Surprisingly, the steering feel remains artificial with little driver feedback. None-the-less this is by far the stiffest Jaguar on the road today while still maintaining relative comfort and the panache appearance that Jaguar buyers expect.
On the interior, the F-type is nicely equipped with a large touch screen mounted in the center of the dash flanked by a number of buttons that allow the user to modify navigation cues and entertainment programs. The interior’s plastics appear to be good quality and have a very upscale feel to the touch. The seats in the F-type are the same as those that are fitted to the XKR-S and feature hearty bolsters that keep passengers securely planted on their thrones.
The F-type can be had in three engine variations with the standard 3.0 liter supercharged V6, a tuned up version of the same motor (an ECU tune brings the power up from 340hp to 380hp), or the top of the line 495hp, 5.0 liter supercharged V8. This gives the F-type enough ammunition to compete with just about every sports car within the $60,000-$100,000 range. We tested the base model supercharged 3.0 liter V6 that made 340hp which proved to be a very satisfying drive. This base model will likely be sufficient for the majority of F-type buyers as it proved to be quite entertaining even equipped with the automatic transmission that Jaguar has released the F-type in. The exhaust note of the F-type was also an added bonus to the F-types driving experience as it was pleasing to the ear as it popped and cracked through shift points while maintaining a moderate, but not overpowering drone while under steady acceleration. The whine of the supercharger was also a welcome addition to Jaguars latest soundtrack.
Whether this latest F-type is a Porsche Carrera beater remains undefined, but the latest feline from the Jaguar litter is a stout competitor. Here at Driven, we loved the aggressive styling and the slit taillights flanking the rear-end. Also, the exhaust note and supercharger whine was music to our ears, something that came unexpected from the posh Jaguar convertible. This cabriolet was a treat to take for the weekend and really impressed beyond our expectations. Look out for a Carrera/F-type comparison soon to come!
Base Price: F-type, $69,895; F-type S, $81,895; F-type V-8 S, $92,895
Engine: Supercharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 340 or 380 hp, 332 or 339 lb-ft; Supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 5.0-liter V-8, 495 hp, 460 lb-ft
Horsepower (as tested): 340hp
Torque (as tested): 332 ft-lbs
0-60mph: 4.0 – 4.9 seconds
Standing Quarter Mile: 12.2 – 13.2 seconds
Top Speed: 161 – 186 mph
Fuel Economy: 16 – 21 city / 25 – 30 mpg
Credits: Emmett Vick and CarandDriver.com