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Jaguar F-type: Buying guide and review (2013-present)

Jaguar F-type: Buying guide and review (2013-present) Classic and Performance Car
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It has taken Jaguar a mere 52 years to release a suitable replacement for the sublime Series 1 E-type. One can almost forgive Jaguar for their recalcitrance because as far as second albums go, it doesn’t get much tougher than this. 
 
The F-type’s predecessor launched in 1961 became a worldwide sensation, with unparalleled looks, serious performance and a price tag undercutting all of its rivals, the E-type stole the show and threatened to never give it back. The ensuing years have only added to the legend with rose tinted memories conveniently glossing over any shortcomings, these gorgeous cars still turn heads as they burble by. 
 
So to the F-type then, the modern world of sports cars is a lot more crowded and competitive than it was in the ‘60s, so while the new Jag has stunning looks and tyre shredding performance it isn’t head and shoulders above the opposition like its predecessor was. 
 
Pricing, too is a fair bit more aggressive so it has to rely on another unique selling point to stand out. And what the F-Type has in spades is real character, a vocal exhaust note and playful chassis make it stand out in a sea of technically brilliant but somewhat clinical competitors. 
 
As a nearly new buy, it can offer real value and old school thrills. Read on to see whether an F-type is what’s missing from your life.
 

Which Jaguar F-type to buy?

 
There have been a number of different variants introduced since the 2014 launch, however to begin with first F-Types were released in drop top form only with two supercharged V6s as either a standard 335bhp or 375bhp ‘S’ and a supercharged V8 S with 488bhp. All were initially fitted with the very accomplished ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, with power went driving the rear wheels. While both V6 S and V8 models come standard with an LSD the one on the smaller engined model is a mechanical unit while the V8 uses an electronic version.
 
The coupe made its appearance in 2014 and was offered with the same drivetrain options as its convertible stable mates, and with its more rigid structure is the better choice for Nurburgring fans. Due to customer demand, a manual gearbox became available in 2015 for V6 customers and four wheel drive versions of the V6 S and V8 were introduced. The V8 models received a power hike from 488bhp to 545bhp in 2014 providing a 0.3 reduction in 0-60 times. 
 
For the power crazed, the F-Type SVR released in 2016 features a number of performance related updates and a 567bhp version of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8, giving it a 200mph top speed and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. 250 of the very expensive limited edition Project 7 versions were built in 2015, it was the first vehicle out of Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operation division and featured a number of unique components. Carbon ceramic brakes, uprated suspension, a massive rear wing and unique body shell are some of the more notable changes.
 
With so many variants there is an F-Type to suit most tastes, however as a second hand buy a convertible V6 S is a lot of car for the money. Thanks to some exhaust and induction trickery it sounds the part too and offers more performance than one could reasonably need, the auto box suits the nature of the convertible too.
 

Performance and specs

 
Jaguar F-type V6 Convertible
Engine 2995cc 24valve DOHC V6 
Power 335bhp @ 6500 rpm 
Torque 332lb ft @ 3500-5500rpm
Top speed 161mph 
0-60mph 5.1 seconds 
Fuel consumption 28.8 mpg 
Gearbox Eight-speed auto
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2622mm
Length 4470mm
Width 1923mm
Height 1308mm
Weight 1725kg
 

Common problems

 
• With even the first cars being just three years old, there has not been a lot of accumulated data on potential problem areas. A few niggles have been mentioned by current owners and their nature shows just how demanding Jaguar owners can be as well as how right Jaguar has got the F-Type first time around.

• Servicing plans are available when buying new and come in either £995 three-year or £1495 five-year flavours. Everything except wear and tear items are covered and buying upfront can save you about 20% overall. Check if your car has this if buying used.

• Most owners recommend the electric seats with memory function as a worthwhile extra.

• The satnav system has come in for some criticism by owners for being a bit clunky and being difficult to use in direct sunlight.
Boot space is very limited on the convertible and cars specified with spare wheels really do have very little space left for luggage.

• Some cars have had aftermarket remaps, while power gains can be worthwhile be aware that the factory warranty will be rendered void.
 

Model history

 
2013: F-Type launched in V6, V6 S and V8 S options, with convertible body style and eight-speed auto on all models
2014: Coupe body style introduced with same engine and trim options as convertible 488bhp V8 S replaced by 545bhp V8 R
2015: Six-speed manual gearbox becomes standard on rear wheel drive V6 and V6 S models, and AWD drivetrain option becomes available on V6 S and V8 models. Limited edition Project 7 edition with uprated 567bhp V8 launched – 250 units built. British Design edition becomes option on V6 models with unique trim options
2016: F-Type SVR with 575bhp V8 launched in both Coupe and Convertible
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

www.jaguar.co.uk Jaguar UK 
www.ftypeownersclub.co.uk F-Type owners club
www.f-typeec.co.ukF-Type enthusiast site
www.jaguarownersclub.comJaguar owners club
 

Summary and prices

 
The earliest 2013 and 2014 V6 convertibles range from between £37,000 and £43,000. As price differences are marginal, the extra 40bhp and additional standard equipment of the ‘S’ versions over the standard car make them the preferred choice. 
 
Manuals are extremely rare and most with this option are V6 S Coupes, they generally command a premium of around £5000 over the automatic cars. The V8s start at £48,000 and for this you get a low mileage 2013 convertible, which is an awful lot of car for the money. V8 Coupe models became available in 2014 and begin at £60,000. AWD drivetrains on the V6 S and V8 add some security in wet conditions, and get the V8 models to 60mph a few tenths sooner too. Project 7 cars are already commanding a massive premium over their new price, and if you can find one are around £180,000.
 
After three years in production, it seems as if the F-Type has managed to pull off the near impossible task of becoming a viable modern replacement for the venerable E-type. Right from the entry-level V6 up to the fire breathing SVR, there isn’t a bad choice in the range. It may not be streets ahead of its competitors in any one field, but it has real character, and as a package that covers all the bases the F-Type is hard to fault.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 24th Aug 2016
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £40,000 £40,000

    Variant name:F-type Coupe ,Variant: 3.0 Supercharged V6 2dr Auto Jaguar F-Type 3.0 Supercharged V6 2dr Auto

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 25210 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £54,989 £54,989

    Panoramic Glass Roof, Switchable Sports Exhaust, Sat Nav, Rear View Camera, Bluetooth, InControl Apps, Push Button Start, Climate Control, Cruise Control, DAB Radio, Heated Sports Seats, Meridian Sound, Xenon Headlamps, Park Distance Control, Ambient Lighting, Black Pack, Power Boot, Electric Steering Column, Heated Multi Function Steering Wheel inc Bronze Gear Shift Paddles, Folding Mirrors, High Performance Brakes with Red Calipers and 20" Tornado Alloys. Balance of Manufacturers Warranty. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Jim 07811 208138 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 9000 mi
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  • 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 Supercharged V6 S Coupe, 20 Cyclone Alloys, Panoramic Roof, Sports Exhaust, Satellite, Performance Seats, Cruise Control 1 Owner Full Service History Stunning Example

    £47,950 £47,950

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented 1 owner from new low mileage Jaguar F-Type 3.0 Supercharged V6 S. Finished in Rhodium Silver with Gloss Black Side Vents, Grill Surrounds and Bonnet Louvres and Full Black Leather Upholstery. This stunning example comes with a fantastic specification to include all the must have optional extras, Panoramic Glass Roof, Active Switchable Sports Exhaust, Performance Wing Back Premium Sports Seats, 20" Gloss Black Cyclone Alloy Wheels with Red Calipers, Touch Screen Satellite Navigation , Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Control, DAB Radio with ipod Connection, Keyless Start, Electric Seats, Electric Steering Colum, Configurable Ambient Lighting, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Stainless Steel Entry Guards and much more. Also benefiting from a full Service History completed on the 16/10/15 at 1680 miles at Stratstone Jaguar 10/1016 at 3246 miles at Lancasters Jaguar, and serviced recently by ourselves on the 12/07/17. Supplied with 2 keys and all its o

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4618 mi
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE R 5.0 V8 Supercharged Quickshift

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    Performance Seats in Jet Black Hide with R Embossed Headrests and Jet Black Twin Stitching Carbon Fibre Centre Console Piano Black Veneers Electric Memory Heated Seats with 6 Way Adjustment Heated Flat Bottom Steering Wheel Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control DAB Radio Meridian Sound Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Fixed Panoramic Roof Active Sports Exhaust Heated Electric Folding Wing Mirrors Bonnet Louvre in Gloss Black Gloss Black Side Power Vents Gloss Black Lower Rear Bumper Gloss Black Side Skirts Gloss Black Grille Jaguar Super Performance Braking System with Red Calipers Adaptive Dynamics Active Differential Intelligent Stop/Start Keyless Entry & Go Power Open/Close Boot Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Reversing Camera Adaptive Xenon Headlights Quad Exhaust Tailpipes 20″ Black Cyclone Alloy Wheels Full Jaguar Service History Balance of Manufacturers Warranty This stunning F type R coupe comes in the most dramatic and complimentary colour combination of Italian Racing Red and Nero hide interior with black piano facia finishes. The car is unmarked inside and out, features perfect 20″ twin spoke alloy wheels, red calipers and carbon fibre body kit. The dark panor

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 22000 mi
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £47,950 £47,950

    Variant name:F-type Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.0 Supercharged V6 S Coupe, 20 Cyclone Alloys, Panoramic Roof, Sports Exhaust, Satellite, Performance Seats, Cruise Control 1 Owner Full Service History Stunning Example Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented 1 owner from new low mileage Jaguar F-Type 3.0 Supercharged V6 S. Finished in Rhodium Silver with Gloss Black Side Vents, Grill Surrounds and Bonnet Louvres and Full Black Leather Upholstery. This stunning example comes with a fantastic specification to include all the must have optional extras, Panoramic Glass Roof, Active Switchable Sports Exhaust, Performance Wing Back Premium Sports Seats, 20" Gloss Black Cyclone Alloy Wheels with Red Calipers, Touch Screen Satellite Navigation , Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Control, DAB Radio with ipod Connection, Keyless Start, Electric Seats, Electric Steering Colum, Configurable Ambient Lighting, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Stainless Steel Entry Guards and much more. Also benefiting from a full Service History completed on the 16/10/15 at 1680 miles at Stratstone Jaguar 10/1016 at 3246 miles at Lancasters Jaguar, and serviced recently by ourselves on the 12/07/17. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4618 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Jaguar F-TYPE

    £48,990 £48,990

    Variant name:Convertible ,Derivative:V8 S ,Variant: 2014 14 Jaguar F-Type S 5.0 V8 Supercharged Auto 495BHP Convertible We have just taken delivery of this brand new model 14 Reg Low Mileage Jaguar F Type S 5.0 V8 Supercharged 2 door convertible which has been fully maintained and cared for to the highest of standards by Jaguar and professionally vinyl wrapped in bright orange with contrasting black leather upholstery which is without doubt the finest colour combination available on the market. Optional extra spec includes race inspired Paint palette , 20" Gloss Black Cyclone alloy wheels, parking pack, Jaguar smart key key-less entry & key-less start which cost an extra £2700. Also includes paddle shift, multi media display screen, reverse camera, DAB Radio, Bluetooth, sports suspension, Bi Xenon lights and much more. Also benefits from the remainder of the extended manufacturers warranty. Viewing is essential on this luxury sports & performance convertible which is without doubt the best looking example available on the market so all now for more information and to avoid disappointment !

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 10866 mi
    • Engine size: 5
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  • Jaguar F-Type

    £189,950 £189,950

    Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Push Button Start, 2 Keys, DAB radio, Day Time Running Lights, 20'' Alloys

    • Mileage: 105 mi
    • Engine size: 5000
    For sale
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