If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s not only fast but also stylish the F-type by Jaguar should be on the top of your list. Yes, it’s been around for a while now. Introduced as a convertible back in 2013 and as a coupe in 2014, it has aged. But like fine wine, the F-type has been aged gracefully. Looking at the car now it’ll be hard to pinpoint just how old the car is, and that’s perfect. Ian Callum, the designer of the F-type and other lovely products like the Aston Martin Vanquish and the gorgeous DB9, did some fantastic work on this and it truly shows.
One thing that some may notice is subtle headlight upgrade and wheels, but overall it looks very similar to the earlier years.
Moving to the inside is where the age lets it down just a bit. The cluster is the same old cluster while competitors are going full digital, Jaguar has chosen to stick with dual analog dials. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it just looks a bit dated. Luckily they did upgrade the infotainment system. It now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it works well. With fewer menus and functions than other Jags, the system is quite snappy and works well. Same with the client control, turning on the fan induces the vents to rise from the top of the dash. A very unique experience.
Speaking of the dash, the entire interior is soft and plush wrapped in leather and suede. The headliner is soft and plush, which I’m sure aids with the dampening of the interior noise. Seats are plenty comfortable, with large bolsters to hold you into position. While they are kinda racy with large bolsters, they still feature heating and ventilation with the aid of a small fan.
Behind the seats, you won’t find too much as it is a 2-seater, but the trunk is rather large. With a press of a button, the electric trunk opens to reveal 408L of space. Large enough for a set of golf clubs which I’m sure is a useful unit of measurement for Jag owners.
But let’s get to the best part. The heart under the hood. While this isn’t the SVR with the supercharged V8, this supercharged V6 still holds its own. It’s a great middle-ground for the Jag and delivers all the right noises. With 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, it’s more than enough to propel the Jag from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
As always, power is nothing without control. For this checkered flag edition, it feeds all that power to all four wheels. There’s no need to worry when it comes to traction or stability concerns. The suspension is nice and tight as you would expect from a sports car. In the corners, the Jag handles as well as its rivals. But notably, the f-type isn’t as raw or sharp as the Cayman. But since we don’t live our lives at the track, there are a few items to consider when picking the perfect sports car.
Overall the f-type is the perfect balance between art and performance. It’s simply stunning good looks will make your neighbors jealous when they’re looking at you pull out of the garage. And if they aren’t looking, depress the exhaust button and give the V6 a rev and I’m sure they’ll be able to hear.