Nov 04, 2013
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $87,095: 3.0-liter, 380-hp supercharged V6, 8-speed QuickShift automatic transmission, Climate Pack, Premium Pack S
Likes

There is quite a bit to like — make that love — about this new model from Jaguar. Beautiful exterior styling (although the rear looks a bit stubby from a side profile), awesome growl from the supercharged, 380-hp V6 with Active Sport Exhaust, wonderfully fluid shifts from the 8-speed QuickShift automatic, excellent ergonomics of the 1+1 interior layout, great instrumentation layout, superb feedback and stopping power from the large 15-inch front/12.8-inch rear disc brakes, nicely engineered and fast-folding soft top and taut Adaptive Dynamics Sport Suspension that provides excellent feel to the road.

Dislikes

With only seven cubic feet of trunk space, there’s not a lot of room to bring anything more than a skinny suitcase or a couple of thinly stuffed backpacks on jaunts. But then again, this vehicle is along the lines of a sporting roadster, so who cares? Have your stuff shipped to your destination. Another dislike is the nearly full-rev blip on startup. I’m not sure if there is a way to deactivate that feature, but I can see neighbors who aren’t “car people” unappreciative of an early morning or late night firing up of the engine. But my wife smiled each time we started it, so neighbors be damned.

Verdict

I would have jumped at the chance for any track time with this F-type. I thoroughly enjoyed the nature of this refined beast, even though it’s only a V6. I’d be curious to see how the V8 is wedged into the same space that the V6 occupied, since it looked pretty tight itself. I wasn’t sure how I’d like the 1+1 interior arrangement but grew to like the focus being all driver-oriented. I thought this fit the bill of a true sporting convertible with its sure-footedness, perfect-for-street-use drivetrain, wonderful brakes, and looks that turned a lot of heads. Although I haven’t driven an E-type, I think the E-type spirit lives in the new F-type.

Fun to Drive
4.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 380 @ 6,500
Torque 339 @ 3,500-5,000
Top Speed 171 mph
EPA Mileage 19 city/27 hwy

For more about this car, please visit the manufacturer's website.