It’s said to be the E-Type’s spiritual successor, but in reality, the F-Type is much more than that. With a wide variety of engines, a potent chassis underneath, and style unmatched by rivals, it is a substantial model line in itself — and not just a successor to what’s once called the most beautiful car there is, by Enzo Ferrari.
One look at the F-Type and you’re bound to fall in love with how the design has an equal amount of aggression and panache at the same time. The minimal visual upgrades the recent facelift got has made it look even sleeker than before. The door handles sit flush in the door, and the beautifully sculpted bodywork never looks displeasing — from any angle. The convertible takes the looks a notch upwards. And if you choose the SVR, it complements the increased power under the bonnet with a body kit that furthers the aggression in the F-Type’s styling. But without disturbing the sanctity of the design.
The F-Type’s cabin elevates the feeling of being in a Jaguar sports car. Be it the mix of analogue and digital or through the choice of materials, the interior makes you coming back for more. The touchscreen infotainment system sits flush in the centre console and doesn’t look out of place — even one bit. Since there are only two seats, you would need to be a bit limited in choosing friends, but the seats hug you tight, and the view from the driver’s seat will ensure you don’t miss your other buddies. The perfectly round steering wheel is a clear indication that the F-Type is made by people who know that there may be some sideways action in the car’s life. And a flat-bottomed steering wheel might look cool but is ridiculous when it comes to balancing the car on the fine limit.
There are three engines available on the F-Type in India. All these come with the automatic gearbox, and while the platform is RWD, the 5-litre-V8-engined models get AWD standard. The basic engine is a 2-litre four-cylinder supercharged unit that makes 296 bhp and 400 Nm. It takes a company-claimed 5.7 seconds in the 0-100 kmph sprint. Up next is the 3-litre V6, which can be had in two states of tune: a 335 bhp/450 Nm which does 0-100 kmph in 5.3 seconds, or 375 bhp/460 Nm which helps the F-Type do 0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds. The range-topping 5-litre V8 is also available in two states of tune. In the F-Type R Coupe, it makes 543 bhp and 680 Nm, allowing a 0-100 kmph time of 4.1 seconds. In the SVR Coupe, the figures are bumped up to 567 bhp, 700 Nm, and a 0-100 kmph time of just 3.7 seconds. The same engine line-up is also available in the convertible, too.
The F-Type Coupe and Convertible are available in three models: Coupe/Convertible, R-Dynamic, R Coupe/Convertible, and SVR. The company doesn’t list the V6 models in the price list, so the prices are limited to the 2-litre and 5-litre models. Prices start at Rs 90.93 lakh for the 2-litre coupe and go all the way up to Rs 2.65 crore for the SVR. The least expensive Convertible is available for Rs 1.01 crore, while the SVR Convertible is priced at Rs 2.8 crore.
The F-Type’s competition varies from the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman and goes all the way up to the modern everyday supercars like the Porsche 911, Audi R8, etc.
Lots of character Great to drive A future classic
The price difference between the 2-litre model and the V8 is huge Only available as a two-seat car