Jaguar made its mark in building iconic sports cars that takes quality, speed and style to a whole new level. Sticking true to their heritage, Jaguar adds a 2-seat sports car to its line with the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible.
NEW FOR 2014 F-TYPE
Everything is new for the 2014 Jaguar F-Type. The gorgeous convertible is somewhat referential to the legendary E-Type which first rolled out in 1961 and ended production in 1974.
UNDER THE HOOD
Whether you are in for fast, faster or fastest, Jaguar’s F-type gives you the power to satiate your need for speed.
The base F-type model is run by a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine rated at 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft torque and is expected to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a matter of 5.1 seconds. Move up to the F-type S and the V6 engine’s output cranks out 380 horsepower and 339 lb-ft torque, running to a full 60 mph in just 4.8 second. Meanwhile, the F-type V8 S is equipped with a 5.0 liter supercharged V8, whose power output stands at 495 horsepower and 460 lb-ft tourque, with an impressive 60 mph reach in a matter of 4.2 second and a heart-stopping top speed of 186 mph.
All three models have an eight-speed automatic control with manual shift. To give drivers better control on the aforesaid beastly speeds, the F-type is integrated with quick stirring, huge breaks and controlled suspension.
ON THE ROAD
Given its powerful engines, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type runs like a pro on all fronts, including in areas of acceleration and responsive handling. All models perform
well on the road, with sharp reflexes and high balance and grip, though the V6 models are better when it comes to responsive handling compared to the V8 S level.
Of course, if you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, you will find the S models a perfect fit for your needs. Both can rev up from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, while still being able to contain the speed. Steering is a good setup, allowing for a more rewarding smooth input, though Jaguar still lags in this department compared to the Porsche 911, which is considered as its toughest competitor.
The sound can be a bit disappointing, however. With the active exhaust standard to the S models, the sound produced is not properly muted.
INSIDE THE 2014 F-TYPE
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type’s is accommodating with fairly spacious seats, though a little added legroom will make it a more comfortable drive for taller drivers and passengers. Setting aside this noticeable shortfall, the interior is comfortable with plenty of headroom and the well-bolstered seats hold both driver and passengers well in place. With the top up, expect a quiet and calm interior. When lowered, minimal intrusion is felt unless you hike the speed to three digits.
The instrument panel is well organized with big items handled pretty well. The tachometer and speedometer dials flank an info screen, while a large TFT touch screen just above the center console provides a place for different functions including navigation and toggles for heating and conditioning.
Trunk size is a bit limited at 6.9 cubic feet. The oddly shaped space can also make it a bit complicated when it comes to loading.
Given that this is a product of Jaguar, there is no doubt that the materials are high quality. Leather is beautifully stitched and controls are durable.
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type comes with standard features like 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic bi-xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, rear spoiler and heated side mirrors. Features like full power accessories, auto climate control, cruise control, six-way adjustable seats, interior ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, 8-inch touchscreen display, Blueetooth, fully functional navigation system, powerful audio system, auxiliary audio jack and iPod integration also come standard for the vehicle.
A step up to the F-Type S trim and you get 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension system, power-folding mirrors, better-performing brakes, mechanical limited-slip differentials, active sport exhaust, driving modes, keyless entry and configurable ambient lighting.
As for the F-Type V8 S, the wheels are at 20-inches. It also has rear parking sensors, larger performance breaks, electronic active differential, 12-way adjustable power seats, dual automatic climate control and driver-seat memory functions.
Jaguar provides additional premium packages for its F-Type S and V8 S models, which include auto-dimming mirrors, 12-way power seats, dual climate control, heated seats and steering wheel and wind reflector. A Vision package is also available for V8 S, which adds features like adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, automatic high beams, monitor for blind spot and detector for rear-cross traffic.
There are also performance packages for the S models that include, sport steering wheel, customized dynamic models, powerful brakes and unique additions to the interior.
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