The F-Type isn’t an out-and-out sports car, instead it trades some agility for long-legged ability – it can soak up miles in a way more-focussed machines cannot. But, taken on a trackday, the Jaguar will quickly feel out its depth.
Like the convertible, there’s a choice of three engines – all supercharged
The most sensible option, if you can call it that, is the 340hp V6, which hits 62mph from a standstill in 5.1 seconds dead – faster than a Honda Civic Type R a car that, trust us, never feels slow. Fuel economy of 37.2mpg isn’t too bad and CO2 emissions sit at 234g/km.
Go for R-Dynamic trim and you get the same engine tuned to 380hp for 0-62mph in 5.1. As with the base car, the smaller engine means it handles better than models from further up the range that are loaded down by a heavy V8 in the nose.
The best model for drivers is the 400 Sport that, you guessed it, has 400hp but also gets dynamic dampers and bigger, more powerful brakes. It cuts the 0-62mph sprint down to 4.8 seconds.
The noises the F-Type makes is enough to make you giggle like a schoolgirl
What the V6 models can’t match is the V8’s firepower. Even the cheaper R model comes with a 550hp V8 that means it can get from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and top out at a speed of 186mph. It also looks more distinctive thanks to its quad exhaust pipes and aggressive aero package.
The full-blown SVR gets from 0-62mph 3.5 seconds and maxes out at ludicrous 200mph. It comes complete with a titanium exhaust that is 16kg lighter than the standard unit, forged alloy wheels save a further 13.8kg, and you can shave another 21kg by choosing the optional ceramic brakes.
Both the R and the SVR get fuel economy of 25mpg and return CO2 emissions of 269g/km.
While the F-Type Convertible driving experience didn’t quite live up to its amazing the looks, the F-Type Coupe is said to be the most-capable Jaguar ever. Its fixed roof has allowed Jaguar to stiffen the suspension considerably, as it no longer has to mask the scuttle and shake caused by the Convertible’s floppy chassis.
Go for a V6 model and you get a better weight distribution than the V8 can offer for more-neutral handling and a car that is easier to drive on the limit. Best of all is the 400 Sport that gets bigger brakes and active dampers as standard. The latter are a particularly useful addition because they not only make the car better to drive in bends but also more comfortable if you want to eat up the miles on the motorway.
V8 R models feel a little more cumbersome in the corners but have more grip thanks to their standard-fit Electronic Active Differential that can send power to whichever wheel has the most adhesion.
If you want to make a real statement of intent – you’ll have to put your money where your mouth is and choose the top-of-the-range SVR model. Along with useful weight saving, it also features a smooth underfloor and a prominent rear wing that cuts lift by 15 percent. Go for the no-cost-option to fit the standard rim and your top speed is ‘limited’ from 200 to a mere 186mph.
All V8s now coming with four-wheel drive that makes them a good deal more manageable in slippery conditions, while only the basic model does without the eight-speed automatic gearbox that is standard on the rest of the range.