Jaguar’s alphabet seems to have started at ‘C’. They gave us some amazing automobiles with the C-Type, D-Type and E-Type. How does the F-Type hold up to such a strong tradition of intoxicating machinery?
Well, from what I see in this car park, the F-Type holds up pretty well commercially. There are 3 different F-Types all within close proximity to each other, and they stand out a mile from the usual selection of euro-boxes at rest here. The rear lines really draw the eye, with the sweeping rear window sharply ending at the boot lid. The rear exhausts look as though they could double up as flamethrowers, while the rear tyres are so wide they almost meet in the middle of the car.
The two models in the above pic are a P300 and an S – you can see the difference in the rear bumper in case the models are de-badged. The F-Type S, first announced in 2013, has the same engine as the original 3.0 litre supercharged V6 base model but with an uprated power output of 375 bhp instead of 300 bhp. The P300 is the latest incarnation of the F-Type – this particular variant I am looking at is the R-Dynamic trim level – and it has a 2.0 litre inline 4 engine producing 296 bhp. Better for the environment, I guess!
Launched in 2013, the original F-Type had Jaguar’s V6 supercharged 3.0 engine punching out 340bhp. Or you could have the S version, seen here in silver, with 380bhp and reducing the 0-60 sprint from 5.1 to 4.8 seconds. This rear wheel drive coupe had the engine in the front and was available with a tiptronic 8 speed automatic.
2015 introduced a 6 speed self-shifter option on the V6 models, while in 2018 Jaguar produced their first four cylinder sport car with the introduction of the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, seen here in grey. The smaller engined variant is no slouch, with the 0-60 sprint completed in 5.7 seconds and achieving a terminal velocity of 250 km/h.
Jaguar F-Type S (2015) – Vital Statistics
|Power||284 kW (380 bhp) @ 5700rpm|
|Torque||460 Nm (339 lb/ft) @ 2000rpm|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||4.8 seconds|
|Maximum speed||275 km/h (171 mph)|
|Fuel consumption (average)||8.8 l/100km (32 mpg)|
|Fuel type, tank capacity||Petrol, 70 litres|
Dual independent variable camshaft timing
Air to water intercooled
|Cylinders and valves||V6, 24v|
|Transmission||8 speed automatic (ZF 8HP)|
|Drivetrain||Rear wheel drive|
Jaguar F-Type recalls
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain model year 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR vehicles built between February 19, 2016 and August 15, 2016. Due to assembly corrections during manufacturing, the bolts connecting the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly may fail prematurely.
Company Recall code: J076.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain 2017 Jaguar XE vehicles manufactured July 12, 2016, to December 2, 2016, and Jaguar F-Type vehicles manufactured July 14, 2016, to December 16, 2016. The affected vehicles have front seat seatbelt pretensioners that may not function properly in the event of a crash.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LCC (Jaguar) is recalling one 2016 Jaguar F-Type vehicle manufactured February 3, 2015. The affected vehicle has the power steering system still set in the supplier’s factory operating mode. In this condition, in the event of a steering system malfunction, the vehicle can experience additional steering inputs from the electric power steering system.
Company Recall code: J055.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain 2015 F-TYPE vehicles manufactured August 25, 2014, to September 12, 2014, 2015 XF vehicles manufactured September 3, 2014, to September 12, 2014, and 2015 XJ vehicles manufactured August 21, 2014, to September 11, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) belt, Power Assisted Steering (PAS) pump pulley and/or battery positive cable at the alternator may detach.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain 2018 Jaguar XE, XF, E-PACE, F-PACE and F-TYPE vehicles equipped with a 2.0L gasoline engine. The fuel rail end caps may leak, possibly resulting in fuel vapor or liquid fuel leaking into the engine bay.
Company Recall code: H081
Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 F-TYPE vehicles manufactured August 31, 2012, to October 22, 2014. In the affected vehicles the seatbelt harness connector which connects the Seatbelt Tension Sensor (STS) to the Occupant Classification Sensor Control Module (OCSCM) may not have been correctly wired. The OCSCM senses whether there is an occupant in the front passenger seating position, and the STS senses whether tension on the seatbelt indicates a child restraint is being used in the front passenger seating position. Both sensors provide information to the restraint control module (RCM) which informs whether the front passenger airbag should be activated, depending on whether the sensors detect the seat is occupied and/or that it is occupied by an adult passenger.
Company Recall code: J047
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is recalling certain 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE vehicles equipped with Highline headlamps. If a front turn signal indicator stops working, the visual and audible turn signal reminders do not flash or chime faster as required. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.”
Company Recall code: H026