Jaguar's thrilling two-seater, the F-Type combines true sports car performance with an exotic body and intriguing interior design. Once you sample its track-worthy moves and sheer presence, the F-Type may seem more expensive than it really is.
2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Overview
What's New for 2016
All-wheel drive and a manual transmission are available on the F-Type for the first time, and an electric power steering system replaces the former hydraulic unit.
Choosing Your Jaguar F-Type
Available as a two-passenger coupe or convertible, the F-Type starts out with a supercharged 3-liter V6 that delivers 340 horsepower to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is now standard, and the carryover eight-speed automatic becomes a $1,300 option. The next step up is a 380-horsepower version of the V6, which can be paired with all-wheel drive on automatic-equipped models. For maximum performance, Jaguar offers a supercharged 5-liter V8 that achieves 550 horsepower. All-wheel drive and the automatic transmission come standard with the V8. So equipped, the F-Type goes from zero to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds.
Plenty of standard features come along for the ride, including a navigation system, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, driver memory, and a 12-speaker Meridian sound system with HD and satellite radio. The sport seats are clad in faux suede mixed with leather, and you can opt for an extended all-leather interior or one finished only in the sueded material. Convertibles carry a power soft top, while coupes get a fixed glass roof panel.
Both the coupe and convertible are available in three trim levels:
The Base and S can get most of R's non-performance upgrades in the Premium + Vision Pak ($3,900), which also adds adaptive headlamps with automatic high beams, front parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection. These features can be added to the R in what's known simply as the Vision Pak for $2,100.
Individual options include a heated windshield and carbon-fiber roof for coupes. The S and R are eligible for carbon-ceramic brakes paired 20-inch forged alloy wheels.
Selecting the convertible body style adds only about $3,000 to each trim level, which we consider a bargain in a car like this. If you're the road-tripping type, we recommend sticking with the base model, as the larger tires on the S and R can make the ride too firm fro the long haul.
2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Review
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is at once vintage and modern. Reimagining the classic shape of the vintage E-Type, the exquisite F-Type coupe and convertible roll onto showroom floors as instant classics.
Pricing and Equipment
From the beautifully sculpted alloy wheels and playful brightly painted brake calipers to the retractable door handles and rear spoiler that hides out of the way when it isn’t needed, the Jaguar F-Type qualifies as driveable art.
It's available in four trim levels as either a two-door coupe or soft-top convertible. Although the trim levels offer various options, the big news is the various supercharged engines and available all-wheel-drive.
- The base F-Type features a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 and a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, with pricing from $65,000 for the coupe and $68,100 for the convertible.
- The F-Type S is even more supercharged, turning up the V6’s output to 380 horsepower. The coupe starts at $77,300 and the convertible retails for $80,400.
- The F-Type S AWD is essentially the F-Type S with added all-wheel drive. Only available with the eight-speed automatic, the S AWD coupe starts at $84,800 and the convertible at $87,900
- Packing a 550-horsepower punch, the top-trim F-Type R AWD combines a supercharged V8 and Jaguar’s “Instinctive All Wheel Drive” to produce a luxury coupe or roadster that offers supercar performance. The F-Type R AWD coupe starts at $103,600, and the convertible at $106,450.
Note: Prices do not include a $995 destination/handling charge.
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today. However, don’t let the Brit's good looks fool you -- Jaguar’s F-Type is a true driver’s car.
- Whether you opt for the base 340-horsepower supercharged 3-liter V6, the 380-horsepower variant found in the S, or the top-trim R’s 550-horsepower supercharged V8 monster, the F-Type offers thrilling performance with few compromises in the areas of luxury or comfort. I have been able to spend time behind the wheel of both the F-Type S convertible and, more recently, the glorious F-Type R Coupe, and I can honestly say that very few cars have hit me with the impact that Jaguar’s high performance sports car delivers.
- The base 3-liter supercharged V6 propels the F-Type from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. That time drops to 5.1 seconds when equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic. Gas mileage is rated at 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.
- The supercharged V6 in the S adds forty more horsepower and sends the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Gas mileage is rated at 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.
- The king of the jungle supercharged V8 hits peak torque at just 3,500 rpm and rockets the F-Type R from 0 to 60 mph in a blink-and-you-missed-it in 3.9 seconds -- some outlets have achieved that speed in as few as 3.5 seconds. The R’s top speed is a ludicrous 189 miles per hour.
I have driven cars that are faster on paper, but full throttle with the Jaguar’s incredibly raucous exhaust and balanced chassis provides a sensation that overwhelms all the senses. It is more than going fast. The Jaguar delivers an experience. All that performance takes a toll at the pump, though, as the F-Type R is rated at 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined.
- Steering is direct and offers excellent feedback to the driver.
- While handling is strong at all the trim levels, the available all-wheel drive system, electronic active differential, and sport suspension with adaptive dynamics take the F-Type to yet another level. You may not be able to defeat the laws of physics altogether, but the roadholding characteristics of the F-Type R allow you to push the envelope.
- Braking is excellent, even in the base trim. My F-Type R included a $12,000 option carbon ceramic matrix braking system, which meant the Jaguar could stop almost as well as she went.
- Although I absolutely love hearing the F-Type purring, some may find its snap-crackle-pop a bit much, especially in the convertible.
- All of the F-Type’s luxury adds up to a hefty curb weight; the Jaguar could arguably stand to lose a few pounds.
The interior is an exercise in performance luxury. Every surface is soft-touch, seats are comfortable and supportive, and the fit and finish are superior.
The dashboard and console integrate computer-based technology and touchscreens, but Jaguar also includes a volume knob for the radio and easy-to-operate switches, buttons and rotary dials.
- Cargo space is limited, especially in the convertible. I found the trunk provided just enough room for my camera bang and bottle or two of water.
- Jaguar's infotainment system is often slow to respond.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The glorious sound.
The cacophony of notes floating from the F-Type R’s exhaust is worthy of a Grammy nomination. Few cars speak to the driver the way that the F-Type does. The initial snarl under acceleration is answered with a series of angry pops and gurgles when the throttle is released. The explosion heard between shifts is enough to make the surliest curmudgeon giggle.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The first time I realized that I would have to give the Jaguar back at the end of the review.
The Bottom Line
Jaguar’s F-Type is an exclusive car for a discerning buyer who values performance and luxury. While not the fastest sports car on the road, especially in the lower trim levels, the F-Type offers an intricate balance of performance, fuel efficiency, luxury, and aesthetics that sets it apart from the crowd.
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