The Car Connection Jaguar F-Type Overview
The Jaguar F-Type is a two-seater coupe or convertible that recaptures British luxury brand's iconic heritage in a new body.
The F-Type arrived for the 2014 model year as the replacement for the XK coupe and convertible. It shares some of that car's aluminum construction techniques as well.
With the F-Type, Jaguar has a coupe or convertible that can compete against luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SLC Class, Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. In top specs, the F-Type is rivals for the Chevy Corvette, Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT—even some supercars.
In 2021, Jaguar updated the F-Type's looks and slimmed down its lineup to automatic-only coupes and convertibles with 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder power.
MORE: Read our 2021 Jaguar F-Type full review
The new Jaguar F-Type
The F-Type ushered in new design themes for Jaguar. It sports a high front end—in part to handle European crash regulations—and LED front lighting, with some strong influences of Maseratis and Corvettes of the past. The taillights are also LED units, and Jaguar says they're the thinnest shapes that could be manufactured. The cockpit has an asymmetric, driver-oriented theme, with the passenger fenced in by a large center-tunnel grab handle—a strong visual cue to the F-Type's dynamic intentions. There's a big LCD screen for infotainment and settings, while a set of rotary knobs controls some secondary functions. Not everything's been steered off into touchscreen interfaces, thankfully.
The Jaguar F-Type was offered with three engines at launch. Two were supercharged V-6s, both 3.0-liter units, one with 340 horsepower and the other with 380 hp. In its slowest form, the F-Type accelerated to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. But with the top-level supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 with 495 hp, it's capable of 4.2-second 0-60 mph times and a top speed of 186 mph. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 was added in 2018.
At launch, the F-Type was offered with rear-wheel drive only, and all models featured an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission was available for a short stretch, although it was shelved for 2021.
A bit larger than the intended competition of Boxster and the Z4, the Jaguar F-Type is about 176 inches long, riding on a wheelbase of 103.2 inches. Curb weight of about 3,500 pounds is kept low with aluminum construction down to the suspension level—it's all independent, and steering is electric. There's also an available adaptive suspension that allows the F-Type's responses to be switched from a comfort mode to a sport mode.
Luxury features haven't been left off the menu just to save a few ounces—not if the well-heeled buyer wants them. Power sport seats have manual fore/aft adjustments to save weight, but upgraded "Performance" seats are an option, as is full power adjustment. Audio systems come from Meridian, with either 10 or 12 speakers, and either 380 or 770 watts of power. The convertible top is power-operated, and it's lined to reduce noise and heat transfer, folding in such a way that no tonneau cover is needed. It also lowers or rises into place in 12 seconds, at speeds of up to 30 mph. A wide range of personalization options are also available.
A coupe version of the F-Type was launched in 2014. It was also the only body style offered in the new V-8 R trim, and made 550 hp with 4.0-second 0-60 mph times, as well as a 186-mph top speed.
For 2016, all-wheel drive became available on the V-6 S and standard on the V-8-powered R. Rear-drive V-6 and V-6 S models were available with a 6-speed manual transmission. The convertible gained an R model, while the former V-8 S convertible model was discontinued.
For 2017, the F-Type's trunk was reconfigured for slightly more storage space. The headline for the new model year, though, undoubtedly was the addition of the most powerful F-Type yet, the SVR. With 575 horsepower and a top speed of more than 200 mph, the F-Type SVR offered standard all-wheel drive and a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.5 seconds.
The 2018 model year brought a new base engine: a 2.0-liter turbo-4 paired to an 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Jaguar pared the manual transmission from the lineup in 2020, leaving a 296-hp turbo-4, 340- and 380-hp V-6s, and 550- and 575-hp V-8s coupled to the automatic only.
For 2021, the 296-hp turbo-4, 380-hp supercharged V-6, and 575-hp supercharged V-8 were the only engine options. All mate to an 8-speed automatic transmission and only the turbo-4 was available with rear-wheel drive.