Is it possible for a $200,000 car like the 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport to be good value? Well, actually I think it is.
Sure, this car is out of reach of most of us, but if you’ve got the dollars, or the credit, you’d be mad not to take a close look at Jaguar’s famous sports car.
Available in coupe or convertible, as the images show I had the all-wheel drive coupe for a week and came away feeling like this really is a budget-priced super car.
If you haven’t experienced a super car, I can tell you the big difference between them and regular sports cars is the sheer aggression they display.
They really are snarling beasts with violent acceleration, grumbling exhaust note and in your face gear changes - the Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport has all that.
But in some ways its better than a lot of the more expensive, more hard-edged offerings - simply because it isn’t that difficult to live with.
Sure, getting into it is something that requires some finesse (and flexibility), this is due to the low roof and high/chunky sill panels, and the rear-view mirror seriously blocks forward visibility (as shown below).
But aside from that, well there really isn’t much not to like about this car.
On the Road
Zero to 100km/h is covered in just 5.1 seconds, and while it feels a touch less full-on than the V8-powered R, it still has more than enough grunt for most.
There are different drive modes, and a sports exhaust button too - I must admit that the overwhelming majority of my time in the F-TYPE was in the sportiest of set-ups.
And guess what, fuel economy came in at a brilliant 10.5L/100km, that really is outstanding.
The turning-circle is reasonably large and you need to be careful about scraping the front spoiler on gutters and the like.
Rear visibility is also not the Jaguar F-Type coupe’s strong point (as the photo shows).
One of the highlights of this car is the violence downshifts of the transmission when the car is in the sports set-up and you’re pushing it hard - it is reminiscent of the Lamborghinis that I have driven.
What’s just as brilliant about the Jaguar is that if you’re not in the mood to be sporty, you don’t have to be.
Whack it over into the conservative drive modes and sit back and relax, it would be a great car to cover big k’s in.
The tyres are just 35 series, but ride isn’t too bad. A pat on the back for the Jaguar engineers with the suspension set up - this is a car that you could live with everyday.
The seats, as with the XF I tested last week, are a big highlight (who said you have to be uncomfortable in a sports car?).
The interior lay-out and gauges are really well thought-out and executed and you even have some room in the boot for a couple of overnight bags, and a handy little sub-floor storage area.
Storage in the cabin is only reasonable, while the door pockets are extremely thin and don’t hold much more than a map.
When I first got in the F-TYPE I thought it was odd that there were only air vents on the far right and left of the cabin and none in the centre - then, after changing the settings, I learned about the clever fold up/down air vents on the dash (as the video below shows).
The video also shows the electric flip out door handles - a cool touch…
As already mentioned, this is a great alternative to spending a whole lot more on something that could be a lot harder to live with.
Full marks to Jaguar on what is probably the best-designed and executed vehicle in their range in 2017.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport
- Engine: 3.0 litre supercharged V6 producing 294kW/460Nm
- Transmission: Eight-speed sequential manual (but auto shifts)
- Safety: Not tested
- Warranty: Three years
- Origin: United Kingdom
- Price: coupe/rear-wheel drive from $183,512, coupe/AWD from $199,312