Jaguar Sports Car
Overview: Introduced in 2013 as a 2014 model, the F-type is arguably Jaguar’s first real sports car—as distinct from a grand tourer—since the E-type seduced attendees at the Geneva motor show in 1961. Offered in hatchback coupe and convertible editions, the F-type boasts exceptional rigidity with an aluminum-intensive chassis, an accomplishment by the engineering and development team that necessitates little compensatory bracing for the open-top version. The designers created a head-turning exterior that makes the F-type a contender for best-looking ride in a class populated with several beauty queens. Propulsion comes from one of two supercharged engines, a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. Both the six and the eight are offered in two states of tune, with outputs ranging from 340 to 575 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available with the V-6, and a rapid-shifting eight-speed automatic is optional with the V-6, standard with the V-8. All-wheel drive is available on higher V-6 trim levels and standard with the V-8. The combination of high chassis rigidity, firm suspension tuning, and exemplary powertrains position this hottest of Jaguars on a par with the best in a distinguished class. Add competitive pricing, and the Jaguar F-type makes a compelling case as a world-class sports car with a British accent.
Jaguar Sports Car
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Jaguar Sports Car
The pulse-quickening F-TYPE coupe model is a pure Jaguar sports car. It combines effortless, exhilarating performance, quick response and precise, agile handling with everyday refinement and usability. The Jaguar supercharged 3.0 liter V6 340 hp engine delivers powerful and efficient performance.
Jaguar Sports Car
What We Don’t Like: The price for flat cornering attitudes and eager transient response is a stiff ride with head toss on lumpy pavement. The coupe’s backlight looks vast outside, but the driver’s rear view in reality seems like a narrow slot that shrinks by about 50 percent when the rear spoiler deploys to show the driver the classic Jaguar leaper backward and upside down. Curb weights tend toward pudgy for an aluminum-intensive car. Also, Jaguar seems to have gotten carried away with exterior identification. There are 10 badges and logos stuck on the outer regions—one on each wheel center, one on each front fender, one on each door handle, one on the rear deck, and one mid-grille.
Jaguar Sports Car
Experience the latest in a distinguished bloodline. The F‑TYPE range offers sports cars that only Jaguar could create – effortless performance and precise agile handling, with everyday refinement and usability. The range now features a 221kW 4-cylinder 2.0 litre Turbocharged Ingenium Petrol engine, the most advanced and efficient engine ever found in an F‑TYPE. While new driver assistance features are available to keep you even safer on every drive. Inside, a refreshed interior features new slimline seats offering greater comfort and style. At the heart of the cabin, our next generation Touch Pro infotainment system provides connectivity and entertainment like never before.
Experience the latest in a distinguished bloodline. The F‑TYPE range offers sports cars that only Jaguar could create – effortless performance and precise agile handling, with everyday refinement and usability. The range now features a 300PS 4-cylinder 2.0 litre Turbocharged Ingenium Petrol engine, the most advanced and efficient engine ever found in an F‑TYPE. While new driver assistance features are available to keep you even safer on every drive. Inside, a refreshed interior features new slimline seats offering greater comfort and style. At the heart of the cabin, our next generation Touch Pro infotainment system provides connectivity and entertainment like never before.
For the SVR edition, Jag’s Skunk Works pumped up the F-Type’s monster 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with an extra 25 horsepower to push its rating to 575 horsepower. The SVR also gets enlarged air intakes, revised charge air coolers, and an Inconel titanium exhaust system that reduces back pressure and cuts 35 pounds from the car. Further, Jaguar optimized the SVR’s aerodynamics with a redesigned front bumper, splitter, new under-body, rear venturi tunnels, and an active carbon-fiber rear spoiler. With the use of carbon body panels and the carbon ceramic matrix brakes, the SVR can be as much as 11o pounds lighter than the regular F-Type.
From its seductively long hood to its steeply raked windshield and wide rear haunches, the F-type is a stunner. Offered as both a coupe and a convertible, it gets a snarling 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 pumping out 340 hp to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Racier S models get a boost to 380 hp and offer all-wheel drive with the automatic. Suspension tuning is firm, and the F-type is always eager to play, but the cost is an often harsh ride over bumpy roads. Jump to Quick-Take Review – 2017 Jaguar F-type
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For the driving enthusiast, the F-TYPE, Premium and S models offer a manual gearbox. This close ratio 6-speed lightweight unit is specifically designed for the performance requirements of sports car driving. The “QuickShift” automatic transmission is both fast and smooth. The gearbox’s control system is intelligent and adaptive. Available on every F-TYPE, eight closely spaced gear ratios keeping the engine in its most effective operating range.
But the adjustment that made the most significant difference in the way the SVR drives is the reengineered Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) software that controls the all-wheel-drive system. In previous iterations of AWD F-Types, the IDD dominated the driving experience — giving it an artificial feel that’s akin to that of a video game. While capable of delivering incredible speed and performance, the system removed all the subtlety that made the car fun.
At New York’s Monticello Motor Club, the SVR took to the racetrack like a fish to water. In twisty sections, the Jag’s active aerodynamics and adjustable suspension kept the car stable. When pushed hard in corner, you can feel the rear end push out only to be brought back into line by the all-wheel-drive system. Exiting the bend, the SVR’s 575 ponies come to life as the quick-shifting 8-speed automatic makes its way trough the gears. Speed happens with great immediacy along with a Grammy-worth soundtrack of pops and burbles that emanate from its quad exhausts.