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Jaguar F-Type Performance

Auto writers report that the 2015 Jaguar F-Type has outstanding handling and corners with little body lean and good grip. They think the supercharged V6 engine is powerful, and that the F-Type’s optional engines provide even better acceleration, especially the supercharged V8 in the R coupe. The 2015 F-Type has excellent brakes, according to reviewers.

  • "The 2015 Jaguar F-Type delivers the goods, whether you're looking for stunning acceleration or entertaining handling." -- Edmunds
  • "Our ride was the F-Type R Coupe. You'd be hard-pressed to find a faster, better-looking or more comfortable beast in which to fly." -- AutoWeek
  • "Driving this car briskly is intoxicating, yet even in the slow sections the F-Type managed to be fun. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Normal driving situations made the F-Type S Coupe the perfect car for everything from a milk run to a high-speed chase (in following with Jaguar's ‘Villains’ marketing scheme). But as we saw at Willow, the track is really where the big 5.0-liter cat shines." -- Left Lane News

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 F-Type coupe and convertible come standard with a supercharged 340-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine, while a supercharged 380-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine is available in F-Type S models. The F-Type V8 S convertible comes with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, while the F-Type R coupe has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that makes 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all models. A stop-start system, which turns the engine off temporarily when the car is stopped to save fuel, is also standard. According to Jaguar, the base F-Type accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 161 mph. The F-Type V8 S convertible accelerates to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and the V8 R coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 4 seconds. They both have top speeds of 186 mph. The base 2015 F-Type earns 20/28 mpg city/highway according to the EPA, with is pretty good for a luxury sports car.

Critics think the base F-Type has more than enough power for most drivers, and write that S models provide an extra boost of power for enthusiasts. Meanwhile, they think the V8 models have racecar-like acceleration that pushes you back into your seat when moving from a stop. They report the eight-speed automatic shifts effectively, and that the shift paddles provide extra driving enjoyment, but can be tedious to click through when needing to shift through eight gears quickly.

  • "60 miles per hour arrives in a manufacturer-estimated 4.8 seconds, although it feels quicker than that - 4.5 to 4.6 seconds seems a bit more reasonable. The top speed, meanwhile, is 171 mph. Despite this quickness, the F-Type is very much in the Goldilocks zone when it comes to speed - it's never so fast as to scare its driver, yet it can and will set your heart aflutter on every outing." -- Autoblog
  • "If you're looking for a stylish sports car, and you don't want to take out a second mortgage to get one, the affordable base F-Type and its 340-hp V6 provides entirely respectable performance. At the other end of the range, the V8 S roadster and the R coupe provide warp-speed acceleration and a tuned exhaust note that you'll swear came straight from NASCAR." -- Edmunds
  • "The convertible already offers fast, faster, or fastest versions, with supercharged engines ranging from a 340-horsepower or 380-horsepower V6 to a 495-horsepower V8. The coupe offers the same two V6 engines, but the V8 R is reserved for the most power hungry. With a full 550-horsepower on tap, Jaguar says it rockets to 60 mph in four seconds flat, with a top speed of 186 mph." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Power was impressive in the S we drove but downright neck-snapping in the R (which launched from a stop as if it were fired out of a cannon), and in both cases, it flowed in a smooth, linear rush. Particularly noteworthy is that the automatic transmission downshifts with lightning speed, even under part throttle. Steering-wheel shift paddles lend a sporting touch and were a boon in the tight twisties of our drive route, but with eight gears to go through, downshifting from ‘cruising’ eighth to corner-carving second requires flipping the lever six times. And keeping count." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

According to the automotive press, the Jaguar F-Type has agile handling, with excellent control and barely any body lean when cornering. They say it does especially well when turning at speed on uneven pavement, remaining planted and in control. A few reviewers think the F-Type also has precise steering, although some find that in Dynamic mode, the electric-assist steering is too heavily weighted. Test drivers agree the F-Type’s brakes have excellent stopping power, especially the optional carbon-ceramic brakes.

  • "Handling and steering feel are of a high order, the former being aided by an available automatically adjustable suspension that provides flat cornering with a reasonably comfortable ride. Most notable from a handling standpoint was that the F-Type remained unusually composed in bumpy corners, with little of the sideways hop that afflicts most cars in that circumstance - something that added much-appreciated reassurance during our quick drive on curvy mountain roads ...with very steep drop-offs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 3,514-pound F-Type is a great dancer, with hardly any body roll, squat or dive. You can pitch it hard into corners and it will respond well, digging in and getting around. It feels flat, planted and mostly neutral, although it's very easy to get this car to misbehave by steering with the throttle, should the mood strike." -- Autoblog
  • "The car rocks from side to side on its suspension as the adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars snub down body roll, and while the ride is compliant, actual suspension travel feels limited. The fast-ratio, electric-assist steering feels awfully aggressive at times; we use the F-Type coupe's driver-adjustable chassis tuning to dial out the heavy steering effort when the rest of the car is in Dynamic mode." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Considering the tremendous velocities the F-Type is capable of, the optional carbon-ceramic matrix brakes are a godsend, delivering sure, strong stops from high speeds, time after time, without even a hint of fade." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 3/9/15

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