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2017 Jaguar F-Type Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Jaguar F-Type was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 9.0

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type has impressive power, even in its base engine. Upgrade to the V8, and you'll experience an even more thrilling ride. The F-Type has good cornering ability with nimble handling, but is rough over imperfect pavement.

  • "Normal driving situations made the F-Type S Coupe the perfect car for everything from a milk run to a high-speed chase (in following with Jaguar's 'Villains' marketing scheme). But as we saw at Willow, the track is really where the big 5.0-liter cat shines." -- Left Lane News
  • "Our ride was the F-Type R Coupe. You'd be hard-pressed to find a faster, better-looking or more comfortable beast in which to fly." -- Autoweek (2015)
  • "Driving this car briskly is intoxicating, yet even in the slow sections the F-Type managed to be fun." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Acceleration and Power

If you love the growl of a sports car (who doesn't?), then get ready for a treat with the Jaguar F-Type. Both engines hit the right notes as you rev the engine and hit the gas. The two engines available are the standard supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and the optional supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. The V6 engine comes paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is available. The V8 is paired to the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The base F-Type and Premium models come with the V6 engine and manual transmission. An automatic transmission is available. This V6 makes 340 horsepower.

The F-Type S also comes with the V6 engine and manual transmission. The automatic transmission is available. The V6 in this model is tuned to make 380 horsepower. The British Design Edition also comes with the 380-horsepower V6 engine and automatic transmission.

The F-Type R comes with the 550-horsepower V8 engine and automatic transmission. The top-of-the-line SVR also comes with the V8 and automatic transmission, but the V8 is tuned to make 575 horsepower.

The standard V6 engine is powerful and has strong acceleration, and the available V8 ups the ante and makes for an exhilarating ride. The manual transmission shifts fine, but the eight-speed automatic really impresses with its seamless shifting.

You'll get better fuel economy with the automatic transmission. The base F-Type with the V6 engine gets 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. This is below-average for the class. The base F-Type with the V6 and automatic transmission gets the best fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The F-Type R model with the V8 gets the worst fuel economy of 15/23 mpg city/highway.

  • "There are two main traits that draw people into the Jaguar F-Type: style and performance. The V8-powered models deliver both. Acceleration is breathtaking, accompanied by an epic roar from the engine and exhaust. In Dynamic mode, the sound is even more fierce, with smile-inducing crackles when lifting off the gas pedal. The V6-powered F-Types are much more sedate, but not what anyone would consider slow or underpowered. Engine response is still praiseworthy but much of the V8's raucous theatrics are gone. For less performance-oriented drivers, that's a good thing. We do caution shoppers to avoid the manual transmission in favor of the automatic, though. The manual's clutch suffers from an awkward engagement point and occasionally slips under hard acceleration, emitting an acrid burning smell. The automatic further earns its mettle with quicker acceleration and better fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "Stand on the gas, though, and the car's personality changes as if you'd stung it with a whip. Suddenly it's alive, angry, the V-6 screaming with an electrifying yowl, gearshifts snapping off right now, the acceleration blurring the passing scenery as it fills the cockpit with wind and speed. This is why you buy the Jaguar F-Type S Convertible: not to putter around the country club, but to have your senses torched by a thrill ride that dazzles the eyes and stirs the soul with DNA drawn straight from the illustrious E-Type. You can literally feel where the bias of Jaguar's engineers lies." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The base 340-horsepower V6 is pretty quick, and even better now that it comes with a 6-speed manual, but it's the supercharged V6 in the S that really makes the F-Type a joy to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available in the F-Type. The Jaguar is agile, and its steering is responsive. It corners with confidence, but it can be stiff at times, and you’ll really feel bumps when you drive over road imperfections. However, it sails along smoothly on the highway.

  • "If you're looking for a luxury touring machine, the F-Type S probably isn't your bag. My initial reaction as I began prowling the streets of LA: 'Man, this thing is stiff.' Even in standard mode, the chassis beats over road imperfections and really pounds over bigger gouges in the asphalt. There's good news: thanks to the rigid, aluminum-intensive structure, the Jag itself doesn't shudder over such rough stuff (indeed, the F-Type is so inflexible out of the box, almost no additional bracing was needed for the topless version). But there's a downside: it's the two passengers who get their heads tossed over bumps. Buyers in search of cushy motoring should look elsewhere." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Handling with any of the F-Types is commendable. The immediacy of the steering response, coupled with confidence-inspiring levels of grip make it one of the most entertaining cars you'll ever drive. All-wheel drive adds even more cornering ability, though we do miss the tail-happy antics of the rear-drive F-Type R that was discontinued a few years ago." -- Edmunds
  • " … the car handles exceptionally well and truly succeeds at looking the part. The amazing thing is that the chassis manages to convey a proper sports-car personality, but it's far from buzzy and tiring. There's still plenty of comfort to enjoy." -- Autotrader (2016)

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