What Is It?
2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type gets several upgrades this year, including the addition of all-wheel drive as standard equipment on R models. It's also optional on S models. F-Type AWD models also get a new hood design and bodywork.
Also new is an optional six-speed manual transmission. It's available on rear-wheel-drive V6 models. The F-Type also becomes the first Jaguar sports car to use electric power-assisted steering.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Jaguar says the new 2016 F-Type range will arrive at dealerships starting in spring 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing will be announced later. The base 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe starts at $65,925, including a $925 destination charge; the Jaguar F-Type convertible starts at $69,925, including shipping.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- Supercharged 3.0-liter V6 — 340 horsepower, 332 pound-feet of torque
- Supercharged 3.0-liter V6 — 380 hp, 339 lb-ft of torque
- Supercharged 5.0-liter V8 — 550 hp, 502 lb-ft of torque
- V6 models with rear-wheel drive can be equipped with either the eight-speed QuickShift automatic transmission or the manual six-speed ZF transmission. The V8 models are equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
EPA estimates are not available.
What Unique Feature Does It Offer?
The new Jaguar InControl system includes smartphone apps, emergency services and remote engine start capability. Buyers should note that remote engine start is not available on manual-transmission cars. The InControl Remote app lets the driver see how much fuel is in the tank, if the windows are closed or if the alarm has gone off.
All models get an 8-inch touchscreen with a new user interface. For the 2016 model year, the Meridian 660-watt surround-sound audio system is standard on all F-Types.
What Are the New Standard Features?
F-Type buyers will get more for their money. New standard equipment includes Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and HD Radio, Jaguar Smart Key keyless entry and 14-way power-adjustable seats. Coupe models get the panoramic glass roof as standard. R Coupe models receive a power tailgate as standard. S models feature a standard flat-bottomed steering wheel and driver-selectable Switchable Active Exhaust.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Corvette: Considered by many to be America's true sports car, the new Corvette has been a winner since its momentous launch in 2014. The 2015 Corvette is a rear-wheel-drive car; all-wheel drive is not available.
Porsche 911: Like the 2016 F-Type, the 2015 Porsche 911 can be ordered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It's also available as a coupe or a convertible in a variety of trim levels.
Porsche Boxster: Even though the Boxster is a little brother to the 911, it has become a legend in its own right. When it debuted for the 1997 model year, the Porsche Boxster ushered in an era of the more affordable high-end sports car, not to mention the more affordable Porsche.
Should You Wait for It?
If you live in the Snowbelt but still want to drive a sports car, the Jaguar F-Type is an option worth waiting for. If all-weather capability isn't high on your list, but you like to shift yourself, the new six-speed manual in the V6 F-Type makes it worth the wait as well. If neither of those elements matters to you, the current cars are every bit as impressive.