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Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review

The Jaguar F-Type is the most important car the British brand has built for nearly 50 years. It’s the car that will define Jaguar in the years to come and either prove the brand’s ability to attract a new, younger audience, or forever cement its fate as the conservative choice of a passing generation.

The Jaguar F-Type is simply stunning, no matter what angle or colour. It has already won awards for its looks and the man behind it all, Ian Callum, is a superstar as far as car designers go.

Where the Germans have led for decades on technology and efficiency, the British have conveyed their automotive soul through design. Folks like Ian Callum and Marek Reichman (from Aston Martin) have arguably kept the British in the automotive game through design alone.

Thankfully though, the Jaguar F-Type has a lot more to offer than just good looks. It’s the first two-seater sports car Jaguar has built since the iconic E-Type and while many brands have failed to reinvent an icon, the F-Type is almost everything we’d hoped it would be.

With Jaguar having unveiled the car in Europe last year, the wait and build up for its Australian arrival has been huge. The F-Type’s biggest market is North America, where 48 percent of the volume is expected to go, the UK takes 23 percent, Germany 12 percent and Australia fits into the “rest of the world” category at 17 percent. This is the main reason the roadster has taken so long to get here.

Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review

Alas, it’s here now and we found ourselves in the heart of Sydney to begin our Jaguar F-Type review. Jaguar Australia is bringing three variants of the F-Type to local showrooms. These include a base model V6, which is eloquently referred to as the ‘foundation’ model, a more powerful V6S and the almighty V8S – all coupled to ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission.

Before we get into the actual review, it’s important to understand how the range sits in terms of pricing and equipment level.

For $138,645 you’ll get a beautiful two-seater open-top Jaguar with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 that delivers 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque, which will see you hit 100km/h from a standstill in 5.3 seconds. Without any options you’ll get sports suspension, exhaust, open differential, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats with leather and suede cover and a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with plastic paddle shifters.

Then comes the options list, which is rather exhaustive at more than 30 items, some of which you’d expect as standard from a luxury brand such as Jaguar. Heated seats? $1100. Dual-zone climate control? $980. Rain sensing wipers? $510. Stainless steel pedals? $590. Front parking sensors? $1,200. The list goes on.

By the time you tick a few of the options, you may start to think that it might actually make sense to add another $32,400 to the price tag and go for the Jaguar F-Type V6S. This variant uses the same engine but with an extra 30kW of power (280kW) and 10Nm of torque, consequently cutting 0.4 seconds from the 0-100km/h acceleration time.

Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review

The benefits of the S are not just a performance bump, but also a proper limited slip differential, active sports exhaust, bigger brakes with red callipers and 19-inch wheels. Though, surprisingly, all the options listed above still apply to the S.

The active sports exhaust is a must (can be optioned on the base model for $5,200) as it opens up the baffles and brings a symphony-orchestra of sound to the F-Type. It’s primarily designed to make the whole driving experience provoke a theatre-like emotion, with crackles on up and down shifts and an exhaust sound that is supercar-like at worst.

In a true German-like notion, Jaguar has decided to charge an additional $260 to have the button to operate the active sports exhaust. So while you may get the active sports exhaust as standard, the button to manually control it is an option!

The range topping Jaguar F-Type V8S is priced from $201,945. That gets you a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with 364kW of power and 625Nm of torque. All of which leads to a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds. Additional equipment includes bigger brakes still, 20-inch wheels, an electronic differential, sports seats, quad exhaust pipes and a few other exterior and interior updates.

We started our drive in the base model F-Type V6 heading out of Sydney CBD towards Kulnura, making sure we go through as many tunnels as possible, just for the aural pleasure. The two-seater roadster takes 12 seconds to deploy its roof and can do so at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review

With the roof down and the weather perfect, we set out to escape Sydney traffic for our drive towards the central coast of NSW. The standard V6 is by all means quick enough for everything you’re ever likely to do. It’s well coupled to the eight-speed ZF gearbox and accelerates with ease.

The steering, which is a hydraulic system unlike that of the electric systems found in modern Porsches, is highly-sensitive at speed but tends to relax as you slow down. It’s dead-accurate but lacks that sense of man-and-machine communication you get from the Germans.

Ride quality over Sydney’s major roads is superb. The F-Type absorbs bumps without any hassle. In some ways, when driven in inner-city, it’s actually more comfortable than some family cars. Yet, as we drove out to the coast, the road quality deteriorated and the ride quality went with it.

Over poorly surfaced roads the F-Type’s suspension doesn’t handle the corners well, skipping and bouncing over sections of bitumen. A stark contrast to the Porsche Cayman/Boxster, which seem almost at home on any road.

Next in line was the Jaguar F-Type V8S, which with a few options ticked can easily start to approach the quarter of a million dollar mark. This puts in competition with the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Aston Martin Vantage – a truly superb trio that are difficult to fault.

Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review

Behind the wheel the V8S is sensational at nearly any speed. With the active sports exhaust on, the sound is almost Ferrari-like (though not as high-pitched) with crackles and fireworks a standard process.

Acceleration in the V8 is brutal, instant and seamlessly never ending. The additional weight over the front-end is felt through the corners but the enormous grip on offer tends to lessen any problems. With traction control half-off, the rear end will easily come unstuck if need-be, but one should only dare such a feat on a racetrack or private road, with smooth surfaces, as the V8S will bite.

Jaguar kept its best till last, the F-Type V6S is the perfect compromise between power and weight for the F-Type. Around a 5km winding private road we tried to push the V6S to its limit but found own our first, such is the grip and drivability of the beast.

Although it’s not as meaty as the V8, the exhaust note is still very much a proper sports car. In reality the 0.6 seconds difference in the 0-100km/h time is unnoticeable between the V8S and V6S and for everyday driving, the mid-spec V6 is the best of both worlds.

Engines aside, all three variants suffer from the same issue, the automatic transmission. Although it has eight forward ratios, which are very well tuned to their respective engine requirements, it’s not a sports car transmission in the modern sense. While the Porsche Cayman/Boxster/911 use a dual-clutch transmission that instantly changes gears in either direction, the F-Type struggles on the way down.

Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review

One would expect a bliss rev-matched downshift on approach to a corner, instead the F-Type presents a slow and cumbersome change process. But it’s not just the down shifts that are affected, in numerous occasions the gearbox refused to allow an upshift at redline in our V8S test car, choosing to remain in the lower gear and bouncing of the limiter instead.

One would do well to simply leave it in “S” mode and let the transmission do its own thing, but nonetheless, it’s certainly a weak spot for the F-Type.

Moving inside, the interior is a work of art. The high quality materials and overall feel of the cabin is first class. The base model seats can be a tad more supportive but the high end seats are far better. There’s a shortage of cabin space for simple things like phones, wallets and jackets, but it’s a worthwhile compromise for having a sporty and eloquent roadster. The infotainment system with sat-nav is painfully slow, as with all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

Overall the Jaguar F-Type is the sort of car you’d buy just on its looks alone, and you should. It’s likely to the turn heads wherever it goes, which in itself is a differentiating factor to its German rivals. The package is a brilliant blend of style and sophistication with a high quality interior and modern engines to boot. It’s brought down by its exhaustive options list, cumbersome transmission and ride quality over poorly surfaced roads.

Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
Jaguar F-Type Review
  1. Jaguar F-Type V6 – $138,645
  2. Jaguar F-Type V6S – $171,045
  3. Jaguar F-Type V8S – $201,945

Options:

  • Switchable Active Sports Exhaust – $5,200 (on V6)
  • Jaguar Super Performance Braking System with red callipers – $2,560 (on V6 and V6S)
  • Configurable dynamics system with Dynamic-i display – $3,860
  • Front parking aid – $1,200
  • Reverse park camera – $830
  • Blind Spot Monitoring – $1,500
  • Reverse Traffic Detection with BSM – $2,200
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system – $750
  • Premium exterior colours – $2,810
  • Race/Special exterior colours – $5,620
  • Power folding exterior mirrors – $590
  • Auto dimming and power folding exterior mirrors – $1,370
  • Heated windscreen with timer – $1,120
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers – $510
  • Adaptive front lighting with cornering lamps – $1500
  • Headlamps with intelligence high beam – $865
  • Sports seats with leather facings – $2,730
  • Performance seats with premium leather seat facings – $3,770
  • Premium interior – $3,970
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel – $1,140
  • 3-spoke suedecloth steering wheel – $1,710
  • Heated steering wheel – $550
  • Premium carpet mats – $390
  • Dual zone climate control with air filtration – $980
  • Air quality sensor – $100
  • Valet mode – $330
  • Wind deflector – $550
  • Bright stainless steel pedals – $590
  • Heated seats – $1,110
  • Illuminated tread plates – $500
  • Dual-configurable ambient interior lighting with mixing palette – $520
  • Lockable interior stowage with cover – $590
  • Meridian surround sound system – 770W 12 speakers – $6,900
  • Digital radio receiver – $600


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Jaguar F-Type Specs

V6 : : 3.0L SUPERCHARGED MPFI - 8 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D ROADSTER
Car Details
Make
JAGUAR
Model
F-TYPE
Variant
V6
Year
2013
Body Type
2D ROADSTER
Seats
2
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$96,580 - $109,750
Dealer Retail
$93,330 - $110,990
Dealer Trade
$74,200 - $87,800
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
SUPERCHARGED MPFI
Engine Size
3.0L
Cylinders
SUPERCHARGED V6
Max. Torque
450Nm @  3500rpm
Max. Power
250kW @  6500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
156.5W/kg
Bore & Stroke
84.5x89mm
Compression Ratio
10.5
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.15
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
70Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1597
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1308mm
Length
4470mm
Width
1923mm
Ground Clearance
116mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.7
Front Rim Size
8.5x18
Rear Rim Size
9.5x18
Front Tyres
245/45 R18
Rear Tyres
275/40 R18
Wheel Base
2622
Front Track
1597
Rear Track
1649
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Front Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Power front seats, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Sports Suspension, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Satellite Navigation, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio Compact Disc Player, Sound System with 10 Speakers
Exterior
Electric Top, Power Mirrors, Rear Spoiler, Xenon Headlights
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Heated Front Seats, Power front seats with memory, Racing Sports Seats
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, 20 Inch Alloy Wheels, Performance Brake Package
Driver
Reversing Camera
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Body Kit, Metallic Paint, Metallic Paint Special, Two-tone Paint
Package
Convenience Pack
Other
Service Interval
24 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Inner Guard
Country of Origin
United Kingdom