- Strong performance from several petrol engines
- Ranging from 300hp four-cylinder to 575hp V8
- Eight-speed auto on all, manual option on V6 models
If you want a Jaguar that’s very much the modern sports car, you may want to look elsewhere. While the F-Type looks fantastically dramatic and modern, it’s all burly petrol power for the best part of the range. If you do want something more modern, the I-Pace electric SUV may be worth a look instead.
All-petrol line-up in the F-Type
The entry point to F-Type ownership is via a 300hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. While it doesn’t quite have the soundtrack of the V6 and V8 models, it still delivers strong performance with a 5.4-second 0-60mph time, and a top speed of 155mph.
Next up is the rear-wheel drive 3.0-litre V6 with 340hp and a manual gearbox. This version will get from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, while the same engine equipped with an automatic transmission will do it in 5.1 seconds. Both of these will hit 161mph top speed. This is a very satisfying model to drive thanks to strong pulling power (450Nm of torque) and an engine willing to rev.
Moving up again there’s a 380hp of the same V6 engine, getting from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds with a manual gearbox, and 4.8 seconds with the automatic. This version is also available with all-wheel drive, taking 4.9 seconds to complete the sprint. These will all do 171mph at top speed.
Responses in both versions of the V6 are quick, with a lovely, smooth feel to the engine that makes it great for long distance driving thanks to strong torque. It’s an added bonus that they sound great as well.
Then there’s the F-Type R, powered by a 550hp 5.0-litre V8 with a staggering 650Nm of torque. This automatic and all-wheel drive only, with a 3.9-second 0-60mph time and top speed of 186mph. On the road this version feels far quicker than even those figures would suggest, flinging itself at the horizon as soon as you depress the throttle. It builds power from very low down and speed increases rapidly as the revs rise.
Finally, above this sits the F-Type SVR, a 575hp version of the 5.0-litre V8, taking just 3.5 seconds to complete the benchmark sprint, and capable of going on to reach a 195mph top speed.
F-Type automatic gearbox
The automatic F-Types are fitted with an eight-speed transmission with quick shifts. Three modes - automatic, sport and manual - are available and even in the former the gearbox responds really quickly.
In Sport mode the shifts are quicker, while manual mode allows you to use the lever or steering-wheel mounted paddles to control the ratios.
Switching to Sport by moving the lever over and engaging dynamic mode will see the box hold on to the gears for longer before shifting up, and throttle response is sharpened even further.
There is also a Dynamic Control switch mounted on the central console by the gear lever, enabling the driver to select how quickly they want the steering, gear changes and throttle to respond to their inputs. The option for drivers to configure bespoke settings is present too.
- Sharp handling on all F-Type models
- Balanced ride makes it easy to drive quickly
- Impressive on all, more so on AWD cars
One of the outstanding points about the car is the Jaguar F-Type’s handling. No matter what the road surface or how twisty the route, this is one car that relishes being thrown through a set of bends.
The steering wheel is quick to respond to any changes in direction and feels very precise when plotting a line through a corner. Even if you get it wrong and need to tighten that line, the adjustment is only a millimetre flick of the wrist away.
The only negative mark is down to feedback through the wheel. It's just not as sharp as say a Porsche Boxster for example. There's plenty of grip, but it's hard to feel exactly what the front tyres are gripping - though the feedback through the rest of the chassis is spot-on.
The V8 S version requires a little more planning with corners, its extra weight meaning it's not quite as agile as the lighter V6 version - but it makes up for this with sheer grunt.
On all F-Types the ride is extremely compliant and the car maintains its composure no matter the road surface. All of which allows the driver to focus on zipping from one corner to the next without worry, a wide grin stretching accross their face. It's a real stand out point about the F-Type.