Road Test

Road Test: 2014 Jaguar F-Type S

July 29, 2013

Jaguar F-Type S_02If you think that the new Jaguar F-Type roadster is great, you would be wrong, because this car is awesome. It looks gorgeous, drives beautifully, sounds fantastic and has the performance to match its sporty appearance.

Jaguar F-Type is basically a traditional roadster with a powerful engine, two seats and a soft top. On the other hand, it is full of modern technology like aluminum body structure, xenon headlights, LED running lights and eight-speed automatic transmission. The lightweight soft top can be raised or lowered in just 12 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. When lowered, the soft top serves as its own tonneau cover. A great feature are also the door handles. They remain flush with the door panel until activated by either unlocking the car with the key fob or touching a touch-sensitive area of the handle. Once the car is moving, the handles retract to leave an uninterrupted aerodynamic surface.

There are three versions to choose from. The F-Type and the F-Type S feature a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 delivering 340 hp and 380 hp. The F-Type V8 S is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 with 495 hp. The 340 hp version of the supercharged V6 is also available in the XJ and XF models, but this more powerful version is exclusive to the new F-Type S. In addition to the 380 horsepower, it delivers 460 Nm (339 ft-lb) of torque.

All engine variants are paired with an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission. The automatic doesn’t provide just quick shifts, it is pretty clever too. During a downshift, the transmission instructs the engine management system to automatically blip the throttle to match engine revs. This function allows the transmission to perform multiple downshifts during hard braking. The transmission also recognizes when the driver is overtaking and holds a lower gear to remain ready for quick acceleration. Although the automatic mode works great, driver can also change gears in manual mode using either the gear selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The 380 horsepower delivered by the F-Type S might not sound very impressive, but the car’s performance is. Even the V6 with 340 hp can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5,3 seconds. This F-Type S can make the same sprint in 4,9 seconds. Car’s top speed is 275 km/h (171 mph), if anyone wants to try that kind of speed in a car with soft top. The F-Type S comes as standard with a mechanical limited-slip differential, while the V8 S model is fitted with an active electronic controlled differential.

Perhaps even more enjoyable than the performance, are the noises that this machine creates. With an Active Exhaust system even the V6 sounds marvelous. The Active Exhaust system features an electronically controlled bypass valves in the rear section of the exhaust which open under hard acceleration letting out raw sounds. At steady driving speeds, the valves are closed keeping the exhaust sounds on a more comfortable level. The Active Exhaust system is standard in the F-Type S and F-Type V8 S models and optional for the Type.

The V6 and V8 models can be distinguished by their different tailpipe designs. The V6 models feature twin center outlets while the V8 has twin outlets on each side. Further detail differentiation between the three variants can be found in the exterior trim. The S models have gloss-black trim elements in the grilles, vents, front splitter and rear valance, while the V6 features a satin black trim. The V6 is fitted with 18-inch, the V6 S with 19-inch and the V8 S with 20-inch wheels.



  • Petrol
  • 6-cylinder
  • 2995cc
  • Supercharged


  • 280 kW (380 hp) / 6500rpm


  • 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) / 3500-5000rpm


  • 8-speed automatic
  • RWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 4.9 seconds

Top speed

  • 275 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 9.1 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 213 g/km

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