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Meet the F-Type: Jaguar’s first sports car in 50 years

Meet the F-Type: Jaguar’s first sports car in 50 years

Jun 27, 2013


Jaguar, known all over the world as one of the automotive industry’s leader in luxury sedans and coupes, has not made a sports car in the last five decades. Until now. Ladies and gentlemen, we give to you, the all new Jaguar F-Type.

Starting with a base SRP of $69,000 and runs well up to $92,000 depending on the engine variant, the F-Type is probably unlike any other classic Jaguar you might’ve seen before. Powerful, agile, commanding, the F-Type truly is a Jaguar sports car, one engineered for high performance and responsive handling. Coming from a storied lineage of classic vehicles, the F-Type packs a supercharged engine, lightweight but sleek aluminum body, and advanced driving technology to deliver a driving experience that is intuitive, instinctive and exhilarating.

Three trim levels are available for the F-Type, with each offering a distinct driving experience while at the same time providing enough horsepower to power you through the fast lane. The base model F-Type is designed to deliver pure driving bliss, the midrange F-Type S adds more power and driving technologies to the base model while the top-of-the-line F-Type V8 S, well, just simply blows your mind with the best performance and control of all F-Type variants.

Under the Hood

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At the heart of the three trim levels of the F-Type are different supercharged engines. Under the hood, powering the base model is a 3.0 V6 340bhp engine, with the midrange one having the same V6 but with 20bhp more. For the F-Type V8 S, it obviously gets a 5.0 V8 engine rated at 495bhp. Each F-Type engine features a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger, providing linear delivery of performance and high levels of torque at all engine speeds, minimizing the gap between the driver’s demand for power and the engine’s response.

A patented 8-speed QuickShift automatic transmission comes standard to the F-Type. It is fast and smooth with the gear ratios kept closely spaced to better keep the engine within its most effective range. An intelligent and adaptive gearbox control system is also employed on the F-Type to monitor driving conditions and responds accordingly to provide an overall dynamic driving experience.

Exterior

The F-Type, being the latest in Jaguar’s iconic bloodline of high performance vehicles, boasts a balanced but powerful shape with amazingly beautiful proportions. I mean, just look at it. It just seems sculpted by the wind itself.

As such, aerodynamics is seamlessly and quietly integrated to the F-Type, with the front splitter managing airflow along the vehicle’s underside and a deployable rear spoiler rising to reduce lift by up to 120kgs when driving over 60mph. More so, for those wanting more growl while driving their vehicle, the F-Type (at least the mid and top-of-the-line models) comes with a built-in Active Sports Exhaust and Switchable Active Exhaust, which allows you full manual control of how you want your car to sound like.

Headlights of the F-Type are also noteworthy, with its sweptback design invoking feline intensity. Bi-function HID Xenon headlamps provide intense white light for night-time driving while the LED running lights further creates a distinctive signature for the car. The convertible roof of the F-Type is also fast, raising and lowering in merely 12seconds. Composite materials were used in building the roof, thus helping reduce wind and road noise.

For more aggressiveness and styling, Jaguar also offers Black or Carbon Fiber Design Packs from dealerships worldwide.

Interior

The interior design of the F-Type enables the driver to be at one with the car, the wheel and the road. It utilizes a start button ignition to bring the mean machine to life. Cabin architecture provides optimum visibility with instrumentations simple, clear and easy to read. The steering wheel boasts of a three-spoke design that incorporates key functions for ease of use. Paddle shifters come standard, with Jaguar’s SportShift Selector offering full Auto, Sports and Manual transmission modes.

As with all other Jaguar cars, the F-Type starts out with its stock British character, with complete personalization and customization all up to you. Five different seat options are available, with different textures and color combinations all available.

Wrap Up

Overall, the Jaguar F-Type seems like a very capable and enjoyable sports car, which says a lot about the company’s first foray into the sports car scene in nearly five decades. With three trim options to choose from, all coming with three equally fun and able engine configurations, and virtually unlimited customizations possible, the F-Type surely is one competitive sports car that all car enthusiasts will surely love.