The cat is back: 2014 Jaguar F-Type
Forget your old impressions of Jaguar: overpriced, fancy cars owned by people who don’t know what tuning’s about. Plus low resale value. The F-type will turn that thinking on its head.
Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company Tata Motors acquired the high class British Jaguar in 2008 from Ford Motor Co., but the world’s been waiting for a better Jaguar for almost 40 years. The new F-Type makes Jaguar sexy again.
The successor to the E-Type, the car Enzo Ferrari described as the “most beautiful ever made,” has a wild streak. It’’s powerful, dynamic, muscular and modern.
It’s Jag’s first sports car in decades though it boasts four seats, rear-wheel-drive, a soft-top and no manual transmission.
It’s chunkier, too, with a wide-mouthed grilled and thin rear lights. Inside it’s roomy and posh with a bit more than you might expect from a luxury car such as copper accents rather than chrome and air vents that pop up when turned on. Push the key fob to unlock, and the door handle slides open to invite you inside.
And, then there’s the sound. The F-Type roars to life like an American muscle car yet handles like a panther.
Three supercharged engines are available, a pair of 3-litre V6s with 340 or 380bhp and a 5-liter V8 with 495bhp. The V6 hits zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds. Long live the F-Type!