The 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S is not the most practical sports car, nor the quickest through corners. However, it provides smiles and thrills in equal supply with huge power, flamboyant exhaust, sexy styling and gobs of character. This is what a weekend car is all about. An instant classic.
PerformanceWith little rear grip and 495-horsepower, the Jaguar F-Type isn't the quickest car on a mountain road or race circuit. However, that's not really this car's point. It's intended for those who want an overpowered, rear-drive car that's just a little nutty. They won't be disappointed.
Wild and effortless thrust from the 495-horsepower supercharged V8 yields a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. Easy to launch for a rear-drive car. Few cars sound this glorious.
Pedal action is intuitive with medium-firm effort, and the Jag stopped from 60 in 105 feet on the track. Exactly what you'd expect from a car like this with fat summer tires.
Lacks the tactile feedback and sharp turn-in response of other sports cars like the Porsche 911, but is more engaging than the more leisurely, grand-touring feel of other Jaguars. Seems appropriate for car's intent.
Was a tail-happy handful in our slalom test with unpredicatable behavior in quick transitions. Feels grippier and more confident in the real world. Other cars are faster through corners; few are as fun.
Easily controllable throttle makes driving nice and fluid around town and in traffic. The 8-speed transmission is smooth and doesn't get confused.
ComfortAs far as high-performance, high-dollar two-seat sports cars go, the Jaguar F-Type falls on the more comfortable side of the spectrum, but the interior and cargo compartments are cramped.
Test car came with 10-way performance seats included in $2,950 Performance Pack V8 S. Supportive and body-hugging with adjustable bolsters and thigh support. Comfortable for hours.
No detectable difference between regular and Dynamic suspension settings in regards to ride or handling. It could be more compliant, but this type of firmness is what you'd expect from a car in this class.
With a screaming exhaust, there is nothing remotely quiet about the V8 S. There is also more wind noise and buffeting than other convertibles like the Porsche 911 and Mercedes SL.
InteriorThis cabin is gorgeous and, with the Extended Leather Pack, is suitably luxurious for its price. Details like the toggle switches, rising airvents and trigger shifter aren't the most ergonomic, but add character.
Jaguar's touchscreen isn't the model of user friendlines, and buries things like the heated seats. Other controls are big, easy to reach and obvious.
For a performance roadster, the F-Type isn't a chore to get into/out of. Not overly low, but still lower than a sedan or non-performance coupe.
Precisely just enough space for a slim 6-foot-3 driver to fit comfortably. Passenger cabin is tight, with precious little room for things like arms. "Cozier" than a 911 or Mercedes-Benz SL.
Good rear visibility for a roadster with the top up and down thanks to low trunk. Forward view towards the left compromised by front roof pillar and rear-view mirror. Rearview camera is optional, rear parking sensors are standard.
Trunk feels smaller than 7-cubic-foot figure would indicate. A rollaboard bag would struggle to fit, a golf bag will not. Duffle bags and groceries only. Cupholders good for a roadster.
Multi-layer top does good job of limiting noise. Raises and lowers in 12 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. Does not infringe upon tiny trunk when lowered. Optional small wind blocker not that effective.
ValueThe $105,000 price may seem shocking at first, but once you take a closer look at the prices of other luxury sports cars that offer equal or lesser performance, the Jag fits right in.
Build Quality (vs. $)
$1,925 Extended Leather Pack increases look and feel greatly. Buttons and switches feel (and look) great and operate fluidly. Total construction very good, but not up to Mercedes or Porsche standards.
Navigation, rear sensors, keyless entry/start, and Bluetooth are standard on $92,000 base V8 S. We had optional rearview camera, blind-spot monitor, wind deflector, heated seats on our $105,620 tester.
$105,620 for a Jaguar roadster? It sounds steep until you consider that cars of similar performance (Porsche 911, Mercedes SL) can cost vastly more.
The EPA rates this car at 18 Combined mpg (16 City/23 Highway). However, good luck topping 15; this car is too much fun to be thrifty. We averaged only 14.1 during our time with the car.
A 4-year/50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranty is average for the segment.
The XF comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile roadside assitance plan.
Fun To DriveThere are few cars that make you smile more than the Jaguar F-Type V8 S. This is a visceral sort of car that tickles all your senses. If you don't like this much personality, try a German car.
What it lacks in cornering precision, it more than makes up for in wild power and a playful tail-out nature that's easy to control. Hooks you from the minute you start it up.
Gets admiring looks everywhere it goes. The interior is filled with unique details that make you smile (even if some are ergonomically questionable). And then there's that sound, oh goodness, that glorious sound.