When an automobile manufacturer comes out with its first new type of model in 40 years, it’s a big deal. And that’s exactly what the Jaguar F-TYPE accomplishes, following in the footsteps of the brand’s iconic E-TYPE. Designer extraordinaire Ian Callum and his team have pulled a real trick with this sleek soft-top convertible.
Don’t expect any technological advancement, but rest assured that the Jaguar F-TYPE packs in all of today’s top technologies to offer a glamorous and sporty ride. To truly enjoy its performance in a daily driving setting, one would have to break every rule in the vehicle code book. Rather, set aside a couple of track days and give your race-inspired feline a real workout. It is said that chairman emeritus Ratan Tata, who bought the ailing brand from Ford, was directly involved in its development.
The Jaguar F-TYPE is not a difficult car to operate and therefore can be enjoyed in most driving scenarios. Of course, you’ll have to deal with limited interior and cargo space. It only takes twelve seconds to drop the top and you can do it at a speed of up to 30 mph. You get two modes, normal and dynamic, along with an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission and efficient brakes. The car is very stiff due to its lightweight monocoque body construction. Get in the fighter-jet-inspired cockpit by pulling on the pop-out door handles, push the start button, engage the dynamic mode and play with the paddle shifters — all three covered in a special orange coating that says these buttons mean business — and off you fly. In our indigo blue tester with leather interior, we achieved 18 mpg on ascending mountain roads near Washington’s Mt. Rainier. The Jaguar F-TYPE S, with its supercharged V6 engine, was as able on these country roads as it was on the fun track at The Ridge Motorsports Park due in part to its 50/50 weight distribution. We’d expect similar performance on LA’s Sunset Boulevard, SF’s Lombard Street or NY’s Montauk Highway, where most of these two-seater sports cars are expected to be sold.
Here are a few details we liked: the active exhaust system, a 380-watt Meridian sound system, an adaptive and intelligent front lighting system, blind spot monitors and the 20-inch blade-forged wheels with carbon fiber trim.
Visit the photo blog of the Jaguar F-Type S in action.
It’s weird to say that a $100,000 car is a good value, but all things considered, the Jaguar F-TYPE as a package is a very good value. Life has sped up greatly over the last few decades so it’s hard to imagine that the F-TYPE will become a classic like the E-TYPE did. But as the proud owner of this modern car of the moment, you’ll be sure to turn heads and stimulate curiosity.
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