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2018 296HP 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe
most popular
Price:   -  From $59,900
2018 296HP 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $63,000
2018 340HP 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $68,000
2018 340HP 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $71,100
2018 380HP 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $79,900
2018 R-Dynamic 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $81,200
2018 380HP 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $82,900
2018 380HP 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $83,000
2018 R-Dynamic 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $84,300
2018 R-Dynamic 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $85,500
2018 380HP 2dr All-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $86,000
2018 R-Dynamic 2dr All-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $88,600
2018 400 Sport 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $89,500
2018 400 Sport 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $92,500
2018 400 Sport 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $92,600
2018 400 Sport 2dr All-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $95,600
2018 R 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $99,900
2018 R 2dr All-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $103,000
2018 SVR 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $121,900
2018 SVR 2dr All-Wheel Drive Convertible Price:   -  From $125,000

Overview

When it was unleashed in 2014, Jaguar packed the latest in speed, handling and comfort features wrapped it in skintight bodywork that shows a few familiar styling cues, and the F-Type was born. Available in two-seat coupe and soft-top convertible form, the F-Type offers significant poke from three different engines and multiple states of tune, ranging from a newly-introduced 296-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the $60,895 (including a $995 destination charge) base model to a 575-hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V8 on the $122,895 range-topping SVR Coupe (droptop versions are $3,100 more across the board).

What's New for 2018

The 2018 F-Type’s biggest change is happening at the bottom of the range with the addition of the four-cylinder, as a way to lower the entry fee into the slinky F-Type significantly. Jaguar has also added the R-Dynamic appearance package model and a 2018-only model centered around a gap-filling 400-hp version of the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, which the company is calling – surprise, surprise – the 400 Sport Special Edition.

Jaguar F-TYPE

Choosing Your Jaguar F-Type

First things first: all F-Types – save for the range-topping SVR – wear the same basic bodywork, so no matter where you buy into the range you’re guaranteed to have one of the slickest and most sinister-looking sports cars out there. And as they’re comparatively rare, you’re not likely to run into many others the way, say, Porsche 911 drivers often do.

As you’d expect, regardless of which of the model/powertrain combos you choose, Jaguar has included a host of standard safety, luxury and convenience features, including an enhanced driver assistance suite, leather-lined interiors with aluminum or carbon fiber trim, and a rear parking aid and camera system.

Jaguar’s F-Type lineup for 2018 includes five separate trims, including the limited-edition 400 Sport.

Jaguar F-TYPE

Base

Previously, the least expensive F-Type came with a 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6, mated to a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. That car is still available, but with an MSRP of $68,995, including a $995 destination charge. New for 2018 is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that drives the F-Type's price down to $60,895. The V6-powered model comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission – an eight-speed automatic is a $1,300 option – while the turbo four-cylinder is only available in a two-pedal setup.

As Jaguar says, the four offers the same performance but with 16 percent better fuel economy (and potentially better agility) thanks to its lower curb weight, so long as you’re not looking for all-wheel drive – optional on the six, but not available on the four – it’s a no-brainer for entry-level buyers.

Most F-Type buyers, of course, aren’t looking to pinch pennies, which is good as things get expensive in a hurry. Adding the uprated, 380-horsepower V6 to a “base” F-Type hikes the price up to $80,895, but includes the automatic transmission, 19-inch wheels, and larger brakes. A reconfigurable version of the standard Adaptive Dynamics handling system is available, and allows the driver to mix and match settings to suit your tastes, rather than being stuck with the factory defaults. If you like choosing gears yourself as well, you can have a six-speed manual with the 380-hp engine (but not AWD) by stepping up to the R-Dynamic trim level.

Jaguar F-TYPE

R-Dynamic

The Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic is an appearance package for the 380-hp base model that adds satin dark grey and gloss black accents, a switchable version of the active sports exhaust, and a patterned aluminum center console, all for $82,195 with the manual transmission and, $83,495 with the automatic, and $86,495 with the still-optional all-wheel drive.

Jaguar F-TYPE

400 Sport Special Edition

There's been a gulf in F-Type performance since its inception, with a range of 300-odd-hp models contrasting with a few models in the high 400 or 500-hp range. Jaguar is bridging that gulf with the F-Type 400 Sport Special Edition, patterned after the company's six-figure V8-powered stablemate, the F-Type R. As its name suggests, the three-liter six puts out 20 more hp, but more than that, it adds a pile of appearance items to the R-Dynamic trim it's based on, including a Sport Design Package body kit, aluminum gearshift paddles for the automatic (standard from her on), plus an exclusive leather interior with “400 Sport" branding, 400 Sport Performance seats, and yellow contrast stitching. You also get black brake calipers with yellow “400 Sport” script and some fancy yellow “400” badges. But this exclusivity doesn’t come cheap – the rear-drive Coupe is a bracing $90,495, while all-wheel drive adds another $3,000 on top of that.

Jaguar F-TYPE

R

There’s no more messing about with optional underpinnings: the $100,895 F-Type R includes the automatic and all-wheel drive in addition to the 550-hp V8. Like the 400 Sport, there's a performance-focused interior, only with red contrast stitching instead of yellow, and fewer reminders of what kind of car you're in. The R does, however, get a special steering wheel, configurable ambient interior lighting, and a more aggressive body kit with quad-tipped exhausts. On the performance front, an upgraded electronic center differential enhances the torque-vectoring traction and cornering system. You'll also get the configurable dynamics mode as standard.

Jaguar F-TYPE

SVR

The ne plus ultra F-Type, the SVR, is meant for a very specific kind of person that wants the fastest, best-handling, and highest-performance F-Type money can buy. The SVR delivers a whopping 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque out of Jaguar's familiar supercharged, 5.0-liter V8. Adding a little bit of frosting to this already rich confection is the titanium and Inconel exhaust that both sheds weight and adds a sound all its own. The SVR also gets borderline-hostile bodywork hits you in the face with a gaping, angular front cheek openings, side vents, an enlarged rear lower diffuser, and a carbon fiber wing.

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In terms of performance, the 380-hp V6 engine strikes a sweet spot and sounds fantastic doing it. But don't count out the new four-cylinder turbo – it's a hell of a bargain if you're putting an emphasis on agility rather than straight-line speed.

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As timeless as a Van Gogh painting or an Eames sitting chair is the debonair GT car. With an overabundance of presence and horsepower, these chariots of leather and style have whisked their lucky passengers to and fro since the earliest days of the motorcar. This rarefied class of automobile does more than look pretty in a showroom; their aura emanates over the rest of the lineup and can define a brand. For proof, look no further than Jaguar. This is the company whose svelte leaping cat mascot has graced the hoods of cars like the D-Type, E-Type, XJ-S, and XK8 – and nowadays the F-Type. With a full roster of engines and equally alluring coupe and convertible body styles, the 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a modern-day iteration of the automaker's greatest hits without being retro.

Best Value

How do you put a dollar value on experience? After all, that's what a car like this all about – experience. Whether it's cruising with your special someone down the boulevard during sunset or storming up a mountain pass on a solitary morning, the F-Type can deliver emotional driving in spades. If you're looking for experience on a budget, though, you've come to the wrong place – the bargain lot is down the street. But despite the pricey cost of admission, there's still a fair shake to be found if you deftly play the trims and options sheets.

We found our ideal F-Type in the guise of a 340-horsepower, six-cylinder engine, six-speed manual tranmission convertible. While there more potent options out there as well as a loss-leader four-cylinder, the 340-horse V6 nicely bridges the gap between performance and affordability: about $15,000 cheaper than the only-slightly-faster 380-hp V6, and yet only about $8,000 more than the meager four-cylinder, whose character feels out of place in such an emotive car. As for the choice of stick-shift and convertible, well, life's short, so we're going to let the sun shine in while we change gears ourselves. Here's the lowdown on our top-down F-Type:

  • Model: 2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible
  • Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder
  • Output: 340 hp / 332 lb-ft of torque
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 16 City / 24 Hwy
  • Options: Climate Package 1 ($1,380 dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, heated seats, heated windshield), Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert ($460)
  • Base Price: $72,095 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $73,935

Performance

Backing up the supermodel looks of the F-Type is performance hardware that runs the gamut from a 300-hp four-cylinder to a honking V8 with 575 angry ponies chomping at the bit. Regardless of cylinder count, the F-Type delivers a driving experience that's as visceral and engaging as a round of bullfighting.

Acting as price-leader is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's packing 296 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. This is the first time that Jaguar has built a sports car with less than six cylinders, so, naturally, we harbored a bit of trepidation concerning this bite-sized powerplant. Luckily, our concerns were mostly unwarranted. Of particular note was the impressive amount of torque, which helped push the F-Type to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds – a figure comparable to the base 340-hp V6 that had heretofore been the entry-level source of motivation. Credit for this gusto can also be attributable to the featherweight nature of the four-pot. It measures in at 115 pounds lighter than the six-cylinder variant, and, as anyone who has shed some pounds will attest, this kind of weight loss isn't insignificant. All told, a four-cylinder F-Type gives up surprisingly little to its extra-cylinder brethren.

The supercharged V6 is available in three levels of performance, ranging from 340 to 400 hp. The V6 is the only way to get a genuine six-speed manual; all other engines are solely offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 340- and 380-hp versions of the blown V6 have been around since the F-Type first hit the scene, so we're familiar with their overall excellence. The 400-hp 400 Sport model, though, is a new, one-year-only special that wrings out another 20 horses. With just the almost-negligible power increase and little else to differentiate it, the here-and-gone 400 Sport should make for an interesting Barrett-Jackson featured listing 30 years from now.

The V8 cars enter 2018 just as raw and untamed as they were before. The 575-hp SVR in particular is a punishing, best-for-the-track kind of car, and is the only F-Type that should be avoided if you're trying to daily-drive one of these pretty kitties. Otherwise, your back will be thrown out in a week thanks to that stiff and unforgiving suspension. Luckily, all other F-Types ride and handle superbly, striking a nice balance between sports-car and boulevardier.

Style

The F-Type's performance stats – and everything else in the world – become nothing but mumbo-jumbo as you soak what's one of the prettiest new cars on the road at any price point. There's just no getting by it, this car oozes beauty from every minuscule body gap. It sits long and low, looking as taut as a limbered gymnast in full-stretch mode. The rear hatch slopes back with casual parabolic grace. The rear fenders hint at the muscle underneath; the front fenders and wheel wells sit far enough ahead of the cabin to recall the gloriously-proportioned Jaguar coupes of yore. And somehow, the F-Type avoids being retro. At most, it dances around vague similarities that could (or could not) be inspired by it's famous ancestors.

The interior is intimate enough that you almost expect a candlelight dinner – if there were any room for the dinner or the candles. Plain and simple, the F-Type is an unabashed two-seater; stuff in two fellows of larger girth and even the term two-seater becomes a stretch. Luggage room is equally tight: 13 cubic feet in the coupe, and just 7.3 in the convertible, a figure that's less than the diminutive Mazda Miata. Luckily, the interior is well-equipped and built with quality materials, and a recent overhaul of the touchscreen interface makes any infotainment interactions significantly less aggravating than prior years.

The Best and Worst Things

Those looks, that sound, the value.

That four-cylinder, that (lack of) space, that (useless) trunk.

Right For? Wrong For?

Someone who wants a highbrow sports car that can turn heads and turn corners with equal abandon will find the F-Type an enticing choice.

For those trying to use the F-Type for weekend getaways, either pack light or buy something else. When space is at more of a premium than a Miata, long-distance, multi-day trips become dicey propositions at best. Cars like the similar Porsche 718 do a much better job with space utilization.

The Bottom Line

A good sports car is like a fine wine – it only gets better as time goes by. It's why the old E-Types have skyrocketed in value since the last one rolled off the line, and it's why the 2018 Jaguar F-Type is sure to one day be the subject of wistful "they don't make 'em like this anymore" lamentations. In classic Jaguar fashion, the F-Type is powerful, gorgeous, and at home anywhere there's refined taste and discerning expectations. Whether it's coupe or convertible, the F-Type is a GT car of the finest order, and is a worthy torch-bearer of Jaguar's two-door heritage.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 296 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd QuickShift w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 296 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Aluminum
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
176.5 "
Exterior Width
75.7 "
Exterior Height
51.6 "
Front Headroom
36.8 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
42.8 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,360 Lbs.
Wheel Base
103 "
Turning Radius
17.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Painted W/carbon Fibre Inserts Forged Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored With Black Insert / Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Power / Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
2
Seat Trim
Suedecloth Simulated Suede/leather / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 Meridian / 12 Meridian
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure / Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Condition Monitor Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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