Jaguar F-Type - A classic, stylish masterpiece
The Jaguar F-Type is the stylish new sports car which pays homage to the traditional, classic Jaguar roots of old when you think back to the legendary E-Type Jag of the 60’s. The F-Type is a car caught in the gap between a sports car and a supercar, with power and performance levels to match any like for like car on the market today.
The Jaguar F-Type is a strict two-seater but has a useful line up of engines and is also available as a convertible, which helps to cover all bases. The soft-top convertible was launched first in 2013 and was closely followed by the coupe version in 2014. In 2017 Jaguar gave the F-Type a subtle update to both its exterior styling and interior technology.
There is now a new revised version of the F-Type for 2020, and again, Jaguar has not gone overboard as to take any of the stunning styling away. They have only tweaked it slightly, and the new refreshed version is now even sexier and jaw-dropping than ever. The engine line-up has also been revised, so there are now only three petrol engines to choose from, but you get a choice of RWD or AWD along with four trim levels. Entry-level trim is the F-Type Coupe, then the F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe, followed by the F-Type First Edition Coupe and finally the range-topping F-Type R Coupe.
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Engines, Power and Performance
There are currently three petrol engines to choose from when selecting your Jaguar F-Type with no diesel, hybrid or all-electric in sight. The entry-level petrol motor is named the P300 and is a 2-litre turbocharged engine which develops 300hp and generous 400Nm of torque. Even with this relatively small engine, the F-Type will hit 0-60mph in just 5.4secs and comfortably climb to a top speed of 155mph.
The mid-range offering is named the P450 and features a supercharged 5-litre V8 engine which generates 450hp and a mighty 580Nm of torque. With this power, the F-Type will race from 0-60mph in a rapid 4.4secs and go on to a top speed of 177mph.
At the top of the engine range, we find the P575 which features the same supercharged 5-litre V8 as the P450, but power has been boosted to a whopping 575hp and a mind-blowing 700Nm of torque. All of this extra power will rocket the F-Type from 0-60mph in a supercar time of 3.5secs and go on to a top speed of 186mph.
There is an advanced super sports version of the F-Type available, called the F-Type SVR, which uses the same 5-litre V8 twin vortex supercharged engine found in the P575. You get added carbon fibre aerodynamic body parts to reduce weight and drag, which in turn help increase the top speed of the Jaguar F-Type to the magical high-speed figure of 200mph.
Each Jaguar F-Type engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth and responsive gear changes. If you fancy taking control, you can change gears using the flappy paddles either side of the steering wheel, and the gear changes are even more responsive when you do so. The P300 is only available with rear-wheel drive (RWD), whilst the P450 is available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The range-topping P575 is confined to an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
Interior Quality and Technology
The Jaguar F-Type has a delightful interior, styled superbly with all driver controls positioned to face the driver and are in easy reach, just what you would expect in a sports car with the power and performance of this majestic beast.
The interior is well built using premium materials, most of which are soft-touch plastics and give the interior that added luxury feel. Jaguar continually updates the technology systems in the F-Type to ensure they maintain competitiveness with their rivals.
Each F-Type comes with the latest Jaguar Touch Pro infotainment system as standard, accessed through a large 10-inch intuitive colour touchscreen similar to those found in the new Jaguar Land Rover models. There are various features included as standard, such as; DAB radio, sat-nav, a rear camera, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The sports seats are soft and comfortable and come with a good range of electronic adjustability, as does the steering column making it easy to find the perfect driving position, as good as you will find in any other sports car on the market today. If you want even more comfort and support from the seats, then opt for the Performance Pack, and you get added quilted leather sports seats.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Jaguar F-Type is not a GT car so is not the most practical of cars on the market. Inside the F-Type, it is surprisingly spacious with plenty of legroom and headroom to fit even the really tall in comfortably. The surprising amount of headroom and legroom comes thanks to low mounted seats which can slide back further than expected.
There are various storage compartments such as a small glovebox, a couple of average-sized door pockets and a small centre console cubby but nothing to be impressed by. The boot is small and only suitable for a couple of overnight bags with a capacity of just 336-litres. The boot is also not the most practical, thanks to a narrow opening which then reveals a wide but shallow compartment.
The F-Type as not been safety tested by the experts at Euro NCAP and it is unlikely to be going forward. The F-Type shares a similar aluminium structure to the impressive XF and XE which both scored a top 5-star rating. All Jaguar F-Types come with a wealth of safety features as standard, such as; Lane Keep Assist, Front and Rear Parking Aid, Traffic Sign Recognition, Dynamic Stability Control and Emergency Brake Assist to list just a few.
The Jaguar F-Type is a stunning car, traditional yet modern a true British icon for years to come. If you want a fun and exhilarating two-seat sports car, you won’t find many better than the F-Type which offer the same all-round levels of performance, technology and comfort.