Cars like the 2018 Jaguar F-Type remind us that automobiles aren't simply modes of transport. They remind us that cars can be impractical, irresponsible, even frivolous. Yet with the right road, a powerful and responsive sports car can be downright transcendent. And that's what you get when you buy an F-Type: a two-seat sports car experience, available with or without a roof, that taps directly into the enjoyment of motoring.
Unlike its German or Japanese rivals, which place a premium on buttoned-down refinement, the F-Type is as much a piece of brash theater as it is an exhilarating ride. And well it should be, as an F-Type with even a handful of options can near the same six-figure price point as its competitors. The good news is that you don't need to reach for that kind of rarefied air to enjoy an F-Type. A base model F-Type starts at a price comparable to a nice luxury family sedan, and for many buyers that will be enough. With a 296-horsepower four-cylinder or a supercharged V6, and a choice of coupe or convertible, even a base F-Type is still a joy.
We imagine most buyers will be tempted by offerings further up the F-Type ladder. You can get a little more power with the 340HP, 380HP or R-Dynamic trim levels, or significantly more power if you opt up to the special-edition 400 Sport (400 hp), which is available only for 2018. More discriminating performance enthusiasts might only be satisfied by the kind of power wrought from the 550-hp and 575-hp V8 engines of the R and SVR trims, but that kind of commitment is certainly not a prerequisite for enjoying the F-Type's charms.
Power isn't all you get when moving up to the upper trim levels. The R trim, for example, introduces standard all-wheel drive, a higher grade of leather upholstery, keyless entry and ambient cabin lighting. And the all-in, top-trim SVR model lays on luxury appointments such as quilted leather seats, a heated steering wheel and a suedecloth headliner.
Whichever trim level you buy, the F-Type can't fail to elicit a thrill every time you sit behind the wheel and hear it fire to life through a sparkling exhaust crackle. While its competitors are good, far better than the F-Type in some areas, none packs the same kind of visceral thrill, even at a glance from a distance. When you're ready to treat yourself to some of that thrill, let Edmunds guide you on your buying journey.
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What options are available on the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE?
Available Jaguar F-TYPE 2018 Submodel Types: Convertible, Coupe, R, SVR
Available Trims: Base, S, R, R-Dynamic, 400 Sport, Premium, SVR, S British Design Edition, V8 S
Exterior Colors: Ultimate Black Metallic, Santorini Black Metallic, Fuji White, Glacier White Metallic, Caldera Red, Ebony Black, Polaris White, British Racing Green Metallic, Storm Grey Metallic, Italian Racing Red Metallic, Lunar Grey Metallic, Salsa Red, Ultra Blue Metallic, Carpathian Grey Metallic, Corris Grey Metallic, Rhodium Silver Metallic, Black Amethyst Metallic, Black Berry Metallic, Dark Sapphire Metallic, Indigo Blue Metallic, Indus Silver Metallic, Yulong White Metallic