What the F-Type?

When Jaguar announced their concept in 2000, it was a big relief. Finally, a successor to the famous E-Type, spiritual or actual, has been conceived and it’ll be out soon, won’t it? Apparently not, because it took another 13 years of development for it to be officially launched to the public.

Photo credit to: https://www.jaguar.co.uk
Photo credit to: https://www.jaguar.co.uk

Actually, the jungle cat was working on one since 1986 but by virtue of political jawboning, it wasn’t to be. In 2000, they finally revived the concept but was cancelled then revived again. It’s almost as if they didn’t want a successor.

Then in 2011, we saw a concept which looks like the final product so why they didn’t sell the car there and then is beyond me. Finally, the car was launched after all and it has helped Jaguar keep it’s head above the waterline.

With a choice of 7 engines, one with a turbocharger and the other two with superchargers, you could go mad choosing one and the sales person would try selling you their madness. “Does his majesty want a turbocharged, 300 horsepower four-cylinder engine or 567 horsepower nuclear bomb?”

Thankfully, we only have one gearbox to help us choose between lunacy, terminally unhinged or just plain mentally unstable.

Don’t buy the four-cylinder motor as a Toyota Camry could out accelerate you from the standing start to 0-60 mph. Your best bet is to go for the entry-level 335 horsepower 3.0L supercharged V-6 as it allows you at least 175 mph top speed and a 4.8 second 0-60 time.

Or you could go all out and buy the most ferocious model Jaguar offers, the SVR, which is armed with a 5.0L supercharged V-8 that produces a biblical 567 horsepower with 516 lbs-ft of torque. It’ll propel you from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 mph. That’s faster than a Ferrari F430, mind you.

Of course, as always with cars, the bigger the engine and higher the top speed, the higher the price tags. Prices range from $60,000 to $130,000 so you better start going mad.

Reference: Jaguar F-Type coupe