2018 Jaguar F-Type

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2018 Jaguar F-Type Performance Review

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Performance: 8.9

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type has a new base engine, so you can now get this car with a four-cylinder, V6, or V8 engine. All engines are powerful, but the range-topping V8s take power and acceleration to the extreme. The F-Type isn’t just a straight-line speed demon, however; it also handles adeptly and delivers a generally comfortable ride.

  • "Sixty mph happens in just 3.5 seconds, but you won't be counting because a devilish laugh will be bellowing from your chest out of the sheer force thrust upon you, playing another part in the raucous symphony that sounds – I assume – like when a star dies somewhere far off in the galaxy. Of course, Jaguar's SVO engineers didn't squeeze out 200 mph from an engine with some race fuel and wishful thinking. From the ground up, the F-Type SVR is the most race-capable Jaguar the company has made to date and everything on or in it has a distinct purpose." -- New York Daily News
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

The F-Type has a new base engine for the 2018 model year: a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 296 horsepower. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is the weakest engine in the lineup, but it still delivers plenty of power for most driving situations, and it has enough juice to make driving the F-Type fun.

A supercharged V6 (formerly the base engine) that puts out 340 horsepower is available. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission; an eight-speed automatic is available. The F-Type R-Dynamic and F-Type 400 Sport trims feature the same size supercharged V6, but in these trims, it puts out 380 and 400 horsepower, respectively. These V6s feel much stronger than the base engine, but the manual transmission’s gear ratios make it more awkward to use than the automatic.

The F-Type R and F-Type SVR both feature a supercharged, 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 550 (R trim) or 575 horsepower (SVR trim). Like the base engine, these bad boys are paired with an eight-speed automatic. These high-performance trims are right at home on the track. According to Jaguar, the SVR will go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of 195 mph.

As you might expect, the new engine is also the least thirsty. It gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With the V6, the F-Type gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are middle-of-the-pack ratings for a luxury sports car. With the V8, fuel economy drops to 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

  • "… the four-cylinder really does provide enough power. Had I never driven a V6 or V8 F-Type, I might have been perfectly happy with this car's output. Of course, I have driven a number of V6 and V8 F-Types so I know that those are much more powerful and downright thrilling. But still, this one weighs a lot less than the larger-displacement models, so the power-to-weight ratio -- 11.3 pounds per horsepower -- while not supercar territory is quick enough. That 5.4-second 0-60 feels strong, at least." -- Autoweek
  • "… Jaguar claims the new 4-cylinder gets the F-Type to 60 mph in about 5.4 seconds, quick by any standard. However, if your need for speed isn't sated by that, there's the supercharged SVR at the other end of the spectrum, with its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 getting the coupe to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The 380-hp V6 has plenty of power for most drivers, but the six-speed manual's clumsy clutch and tall gear ratios make it less responsive than the automatic. In the R Coupe, all-wheel drive makes for a less frenetic (but no less potent) distribution of the V8's 550 hp." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The F-Type has sharp steering and stays planted around turns, making it extremely agile. The suspension is firm, but the F-Type rides smoothly and absorbs road imperfections with little trouble. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

  • "… when you're not in Dynamic mode and just cruising around in the F-Type, it's downright civilized. The steering and suspension that are so precise on the track or mountain roads are equally good at absorbing lousy pavement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The steering input is heavy and precise, just the way I like it, and though you definitely feel the F-Type's relative weight in the corners, it's all entirely more composed than in other models. Heck, even the suspension is less back-breaking than in the F-Type R. All around, job well done." -- New York Daily News
  • "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 (2017)
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