2014 Jaguar F-Type S V-6 Roadster Long-Term Arrival
Much commotion got made about the British movie villain Super Bowl advertisement for which Jaguar paid so dearly. While it is “good to be bad,” as the tagline posits, I think I’m much more excited about my year as an honorary Brit. For as actor Mark Strong says in the ad, “And we all drive Jaguars.” For the next 12 months, so do I, in the form of the Jaguar F-Type S.
The F-Type convertible comes in three flavors: F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type V8 S. In terms of engines, the first two feature a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, while the third sports a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. Both engines are common to several species of Jaguar/Land Rover. In terms of price, the F-Type begins life at $69,895, the F-Type S steps it up to $81,895, and the big daddy V8 S can be had for a cool $92,895. “My” Jag actually stickers for $90,090 because of a few options, chief among them the $2000 Premium Pack S (14-way seats, dual-zone HVAC), $1500 Italian Racing Red Metallic paint, and $1925 Extended Leather Pack.
We coulda almost had the V8 S. But we didn’t want it. Huh? Why would we opt for the mid-grade supercharged V-6 when we could have had the mighty V-8? Great question. Here’s the answer: It’s the only way we could get our hands on the car. Americans, it turns out, just ain’t buying any F-Type except for the most expensive, ultra-quick V8 S. That’s the 488 horsepower brute we blasted to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and ran the quarter mile in 11.6 at our 2014 Car of the Year competition (The F-Type S is no slouch – 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and through the quarter mile in 13 flat – but it’s not supercar-quick). Since compared to, say BMW, Jaguar is a tiny little car company (though growing, up 42 percent from 2012 to 2013) it doesn’t have many press cars.
We’ve been particularly interested in the F-Type S ever since MT testing director Kim Reynolds said the following about it: “This car is the sweet spot of the lineup.” His rationale is that the middle child has 40 more hp than the base car, plus bigger wheels, a limited-slip differential, and larger brakes, whereas the V8 S is 166 pounds heavier on our scales. Sure, the V8 S is faster, Kim argues, but the better-handling F-Type S is the one you want.
Me? I’m not so sure. See, the memory of the V8 S is still fresh in my mind. Forget about the ridiculous straight-line fury (including the part about the speedometer reading 180 mph, officer) -- I can’t get the sound of that British beastie out of my mind. Twist my arm and I’ll admit that there might be better sports cars than the F-Type V8 S, but do any sound better? Don’t think so! Maybe stuff like the Ferrari F12, Porsche GT3 RS, Corvette C6.R, Aston Martin DB9R -- in other words, mostly full-blown race cars and/or those trying to be.
In defense of this here newbie, it’s safe to say that the supercharged 3.0-liter is the greatest-sounding V-6 ever. Feel free to prove me wrong by naming another one (MT tech editor Frank Markus immediately objected, “Ferrari Dino, hello!”). Like the V-8 engine car, my new ride has a little button that activates some sort of bypass in the exhaust, turning a very sharp-sounding car into the Devil’s trombone. It’s an excellent howl. Humorously, though it borders on annoying, the F-Type S’s V-6 gives off a preview of its signature shriek every time you depress the metallic copper starter button. It’s always fun, but sometimes -- at, say, a crowded gas station -- it might not be giving off the right message. But who am I kidding? It’s a shiny red Jaguar convertible. They may as well have called it the Sex-Type. 2014 is really looking up.
|Service life||1 mo/2573 mi|
|Average fuel economy||19.1 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||1.02 lb/mi|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ||19/27/22 mpg|
|Energy consumption||176 kW-hr/100mi|
|2014 Jaguar F-Type S V-6|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$90,090|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible|
|ENGINE||3.0L/375-hp/339-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3802 lb (53/47%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176.0 x 75.7 x 51.0|
|0-60 MPH||4.4 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||13.0 sec @ 108.7 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||108 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.93 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||25.4 sec @ 0.75 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||19/27/22 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY/COMB||177/125/154 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMBINED||0.88 lb/mile|
|TOTAL MILEAGE||2573 mi|
|AVERAGE FUEL ECON||19.1 mpg|