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2020 Jaguar F-Type Performance Review

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Performance: 9.0

With its exceptional driving dynamics, the 2020 Jaguar F-Type practically begs for curvy roads. Road grip is excellent, the steering is precise, and the suspension is composed. The base model isn't the most powerful luxury sports car around, but an appealing selection of throaty, supercharged engines are available.

  • "The F-Type range spans from a 296-horsepower fun ride to a phenomenal 575-horsepower autobahn blaster. And in each variant, the handling talent is on a par with the best the class has to offer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "It must exhibit the supple comfort of a Jaguar while also being poised and precise. Job done. The acceleration should be wild, the exhausts should trumpet. But there must also be an element of civilization. Target achieved. This kind of car is a 'heart' purchase, yet it needs to appeal to the 'head' as well. There should be some visceral old-school thrills, but also some fresh technology -- especially in the safety department. Missions accomplished." -- Autotrader (2017)

Acceleration and Power

There are five engine choices for the 2020 F-Type. For the most part, each engine is mated to a different trim level, and the excitement increases along with the price tag. Most driving enthusiasts will prefer one of the uplevel V6 or V8 engines, in part for the boost from the supercharger and in part for the way the switchable exhaust system can elicit a meaty growl.

The base F-Type comes standard with a 296-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Like all other engines in this lineup, it's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar retired the F-Type's manual transmission option for 2020. Fuel economy is good for a luxury sports car, getting an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

For around $10,000, you can upgrade the base F-Type with a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. It shaves three tenths of a second off the car's zero-to-60 time, crossing the line in 5.1 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The F-Type R-Dynamic has the same size engine, though its supercharged V6 is tuned to deliver 380 horsepower. This V6 launches rear-wheel-drive F-Types to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and gets 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

The F-Type R is the first of two editions to sport a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Its 550-horsepower V8 has a 3.9-second zero-to-60 sprint time. The F-Type SVR reigns supreme with its 575-horsepower V8. Not only does it trim this Jaguar's zero-to-60 time to 3.5 seconds, but it's also the fastest F-Type, with a top speed of 200 mph. The EPA estimates gas mileage to be 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for both V8 engines.

  • "The F-Type's aural dimension, meanwhile, grows in awesomeness from the nice-enough 4-cylinder engine to the mischievous supercharged V6 to the wild supercharged V8. … Standstill-to-60-mph acceleration times run from a respectable 5.4 seconds to a 'next stop, the moon' 3.5 seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's plenty of passing power in the four-cylinder F-Type and it doesn't feel taxed running up grades either. The 0-60 mph sprint takes 5.5 seconds, which is still pretty quick, but slower than similarly priced rivals such as the Porsche Cayman S. Straight-line speed is not this Jag's best asset." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2018)

Handling and Braking

The F-Type earns heavy praise for its responsive steering, balanced suspension system, and excellent grip that makes for stable cornering. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a torque vectoring system that adjusts wheel speed to augment grip and stability. All-wheel drive is optional in models outfitted with the 380-horsepower V6 engine and standard in all V8-powered models. An active Adaptive Dynamics suspension system, performance brakes, and a configurable Dynamic drive mode are optional.

  • "Electric steering. Stay with us. Many other companies haven't quite grasped how to make this system provide the kind of feel and heft that enthusiasts prefer. Jaguar has. And since the F-Type is the company's most driver-centric model, it's appropriate to have steering that's more informative than, say, a luxury sedan. Jaguar has also pulled off the neat trick of tuning a suspension for poise and precision, yet can still absorb the lumps and bumps of roads less maintained. We've driven the F-Type on roads and on tracks, and the handling really is world-class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This F-Type tackles corners with aggressive precision. Weight balance is excellent, and the car feels eager to move and change direction, especially with the four-cylinder up front. The summer tires add confidence, allowing you to toss this car into corners and rail through them with glee." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "On winding roads, the F-TYPE is less involving than Porsche's best (but Porsche's best is the absolute best). It is, however, unquestionably a world-class sports machine with stunning ability, and high-speed stability is superb. In normal circumstances, the all-wheel-drive system favors the rear wheels to preserve a sporty feel. On a twisting road, slippery surfaces or a race track, the system can send 50 percent of torque to the front wheels for optimum grip and traction. Jaguar says torque vectoring results in the perfect line when entering a corner and all-wheel drive provides the perfect line when accelerating out." -- Autotrader (2017)
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