2014 Jaguar F-Type S V-6 Convertible Long-Term Update 3
Does Fashion Come at a Performance Price?
I couldn't stand the look of the base wheels that arrived with our otherwise gorgeous long-term Jaguar F-Type V6 S Roadster. Such a hottie of a car, with such exquisite paint, but those downmarket, afterthought, dullard wheels wouldn't look good on a Mazda6, let alone one of the prettiest cars to see the light of day this decade. So they had to go, and in their place I had some lovely, $2500 black alloys installed. But that's not the real cost.
We retested the V6 S with the new wheels, and, well, the results were interesting. First of all, here's how this here car performed with the basic wheels and 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tires: 0-60 mph happened in 4.4 seconds. The quarter-mile was dispatched in 13 seconds flat at 108.7 mph. Braking from 60 mph happened in 108 feet. Peak lateral grip was 0.93 g, and the base wheels helped hustle the 375-hp convertible around our figure eight in 25.4 seconds.
The new wheels and larger P Zeros? Not so hot on the strip. Zero to 60 mph happened in 4.7 seconds (0.3 second slower) and the quarter mile required an extra 0.2 second at 13.2. The trap speed was lower, too, at 105.7 mph. However, braking performance was better by 5 feet, with a stop from 60 mph happening in 103 feet. Lateral grip improved as well, with peak grip at 0.95 g. The figure-eight time looked to be from a different car entirely at 24.8 seconds. Half a second around our figure eight is indicative of a huge gap, and 0.6 second is the difference between night and day, metaphorically speaking. I should add that in terms of pork, the new wheels only added 7 pounds to the car's heft, from 3802 to 3809 pounds.
The results, then, are a mixed bag. In terms of outright acceleration, the slightly smaller wheels and tires are your friends, despite however awful they look. But when it comes to stopping power and hugging a winding canyon road, the larger wheels and tires are clearly the way to go. It depends on what you value. As for ride quality, I honestly couldn't detect too much of a difference between the base wheels and the larger ones. Like all Jaguars save for the XKRS-GT, the F-Type's ride quality is better than it should be. I see it like this: 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds is still damn good, the car's handling measurably improved, and it looks the absolute business with the big, black wheels. For me, the new rims were an easy choice. One that's now backed up by data.
More on our long-term Jaguar F-Type S V-6 Convertible:
|2014 Jaguar F-Type S V-6 (19-inch wheels)||2014 Jaguar F-Type S V-6 (20-inch wheels)|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$90,090||$92,590|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible||Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible|
|ENGINE||3.0L/375-hp/339-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6||3.0L/375-hp/339-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|TRANSMISSION||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3802 lb (53/47%)||3809 lb (53/47%)|
|WHEELBASE||103.2 in||103.2 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176.0 x 75.7 x 51.0 in||176.0 x 75.7 x 51.0 in|
|0-60 MPH||4.4 sec||4.7 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||13.0 sec @ 108.7 mph||13.2 sec @ 105.7 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||108 ft||103 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.93 g (avg)||0.95 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||25.4 sec @ 0.75 g (avg)||24.8 sec @ 0.81 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||19/27/22 mpg||19/27/22 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY/COMB||177/125/154 kW-hrs/100 miles||177/125/154 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMBINED||0.88 lb/mile||0.88 lb/mile|