Probably one of the best looking open tops on the market today, the Jaguar F-Type features stunning looks with sharp handling, a beautiful cabin and one of the best exhaust soundtracks you ever likely to experience. (Also available as a coupe)
Being the spiritual successor to one of the most iconic sports cars in the world, the E-Type, the F-Type had major shoes to fill in every department and it has come through with flying colours. Whether you opt for the open top or coupe model, you have a choice of two glorious supercharged petrol engines. These are the 3.0 V6 with 340 or 380 bhp or the monstrous 5.0 V8 with 550bhp. All models come with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddles or you can opt for a 6-speed manual on the V6 or V6 S models.
With Jaguars massive sporting heritage comes a certain expectation from their sports cars and the F-Type does not disappoint. Available in all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive only in ‘S’ or ‘R’ guise, the F-Type cabrio and coupe get adaptive dampers that provide precise handling. Combine this with its spectacular engine note and you will never want to stop driving. The handling of both the coupe and cabrio are surprisingly similar with the cabrio providing a rigid feel with virtually no body roll in the corners. It has 50:50 weight distribution, quick precise steering and incredible agility, particularly in Dynamic mode, which sharpens the throttle, shifts gears quicker and increases the steering weight.
The Jaguar F-Type gets an interior to match its sunning exterior. The cabin oozes class and sophistication with a seamless blend of leather, aluminium and the latest technology throughout the cabin. The dashboard is 100% driver focused instantly making you feel engaged before you even turn the key. For ultimate refinement like heated seats or a wind deflector for the cabrio, you will have to look toward the options list so the price can start creeping up if you like your toys and creature comforts.
The F-Type is a luxury item and its price tag reflects that. The build quality is second to none with no expense spared with plethora expensive materials throughout the cabin. From the door cards, to the seats and centre console, the cabin is awash with a luxurious finish. There are simple, but special touches like the pop-out door handles and the centrally mounted air vents that rise gracefully from the top of the centre console as you turn the key. The key features like the start button and wheel mounted gear paddles are all finished in contrast colour bronze aluminium which add a the sense of occasion with the F-Type.
Claimed to be the most rigid open top car that Jaguar has ever made, the F-Type cabriolet features just two seats with space for two safety roll-over hoops beyond the drive and passenger. There are varying levels of traction available depending on what model you opt for with the AWD models providing the ultimate safety in this department with two stage stability control available across the range as standard. There is of course more advanced safety kit available on the options list including blind spot monitoring and a reversing camera.
If you are purchasing an F-Type coupe or cabrio, then space or practicality is not high on your agenda. Pitting itself against rivals like the Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage and Bentley Continental GT, it’s not big on space. The cabin does feel roomy but there is barely any space for storage in there at all. The boot is just 196 litres as the spare wheel takes up pretty much all of the room. The F-Type coupe does provide a little more room but not much. If you are buying this car or a Porsche however, you are not looking for space.