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.
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.
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.