Ride & Drive: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Convertible
QUESTION I’M MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED: If you could own any car that you have driven, which one would you pick?
ANSWER: The Jaguar F-Type Convertible.
I had a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce earlier this week. When I walked into the meeting room, a lady walked up to me and asked, “Neal, did I see you drive up in a Maserati convertible?”
I smiled and shook my head.
“No. I’m driving the new Jaguar F-Type Convertible. It’s way better than a Maserati,” I answered.
“I love that car,” a man sitting across the table added in.
“Me, too!” I said. “To answer the question everyone of you have asked me for years, of all the vehicles I’ve driven, this is my top pick.”
Available in coupe or convertible body styles, the Jaguar F-Type is a remarkable vehicle.
Visually, it looks stunning.
It’s extremely agile and incredibly fast. Yet on the highway, it is smooth as silk and very well mannered.
And while designed for performance, there is no doubt this is a true luxury vehicle that caters to the driver’s every need.
With a base price starting at $65,000, the two-seat, rear-wheel drive F-Type is available in six distinct trim levels — three coupe and three convertible models. Base and S trim levels are powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 engine delivering 340 horsepower to the base model, 380 horsepower to the S trim level.
The F-Type R Coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine delivering 550 horsepower while the convertible version receives 495 horsepower.
All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift.
If you truly want to experience what the F-Type is capable of, you will need access to a track or a closed course.
With an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds for the F-Type R, Jaguar has also ensured its paws stay firmly planted on the pavement.
Equipped with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system that actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. The system is designed to continuously monitor driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, adjusting damper rates up to 500 times a second to optimize stability. It also features a hidden spoiler which rises at speeds above 70 mph, reducing lift by up to 264 pounds. It automatically lowers when the speed drops below 50 mph.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a luxury vehicle. The power convertible top raises and lowers in a few seconds with a push of a single button.
The Meridian Audio system is amazing. I highly recommend the upgrade to the 12-speaker, 770-watt system.
Whether in the market for a two-seat, rear-wheel drive performance luxury vehicle or not, I cannot stress strongly enough everyone should take a test drive in the F-Type.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.
The Nuts and Bolts
2015 Jaguar F-Type
2-seat performance/luxury coupe or convertible
F-Type Coupe, F-Type S Coupe, F-Type R Coupe, F-Type Convertible, F-Type S Convertible, F-Type V8 S Convertible
3.0L supercharged V6
5.0L supercharged V8
EPA: 20/19 mpg city, 28/23 mpg highway (F-Type, F-Type R)
FUEL: Premium unleaded
Dynamic Stability Control
LENGTH: 176 inches
WHEELBASE: 103.2 in.
WIDTH: 75.7 inches
HEIGHT: 51-52 inches
WEIGHT: 3477-3671 lbs.
FUEL TANK: 19 gallons
TIRES: 18-, 19-, or 20-in.
CARGO: 11/7 cubic feet (coupe/convertible).