2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Overview
- Brand new model for 2014
- Only sold as a roadster (convertible)
- Our pick for best looking car of the year, absolutely stunning in person
- Choice of supercharged V-6 or supercharged V-8 power
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and it’s been around four decades since Jaguar last produced a true, dedicated sports car. Well they are finally back with a new example and our hearts… they have grown fonder. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type marks Jaguar’s return to sporting intent and what a re-introduction it is.
The F-Type is a direct shot across the bow of Porsche and its mid-engine combo (Boxster and Cayman). While it remains to be seen if the F-Type has the handling prowess of those two, it gets one thing right: it gets our pick for the best looking car of 2014 hands down. The 2014 F-Type is sleek, looks great in profile with the top up or down, and also offers a sharp pair of LED daytime running lights which are a prerequisite these days in luxury cars. From the front, a dramatically sloped front hood dives into a large front grille/air intake which is flanked by aggressive split air inlets on either side. The rear is highlighted by a pair of thin taillights over a dual exhaust (quad exhaust on the V8 S) and subtle arches over each fender. The power soft type raises or lowers in 12 seconds and at speeds of up to 30 mph. We’d suggest driving with it lowered as much as possible to hear the F-Type's exhaust note which is astoundingly good.
There are three varieties of F-Type available, separated and named by what comes under the hood. Starting things off is the base trim, which features a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 332 pounds-feet of torque. Next is the F-Type S, which gets a version of the same engine that has been tuned to produce 380-hp and 339 pounds-feet of torque. At the mountaintop is the F-Type V-8 S, which jets from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and has a 495-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 which makes 460 pounds-feet or torque under the bonnet. An eight-speed “quick shift” automatic is the only transmission option and all three varieties are rear-wheel drive.
Inside, Jaguar says the F-Type has seating for “1+1” which is just a really fancy of saying two, but they want to highlight the driver centric nature of the cockpit. The center console is canted towards the driver and a high center storage area/armrest divides the two seats rather markedly. Instead of opting for tech heavy touch controls on the dash, Jaguar has kept the physical controls and added digital displays inside of them which really gives the F-Type the best of both worlds: advanced technology with old-school practicality. It’s an approach we’d like to see emulated elsewhere. Sport seats in suede/leather, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, navigation system, and powered seats.
In case it hasn’t come across yet, let us be perfectly clear: the 2014 Jaguar F-Type is just about the best sports car we have seen and a worthy challenger to Porsche in every way. If you’re ready to turn heads and please ear drums wherever you drive, the F-Type is ready and happy to oblige.