It's hard not to love the Jaguar F-Type. The 2021 was at the receiving end of a number of tasteful appearance changes which complements the car's already stunning profile. These changes made the car look more contemporary without detracting from the looks we fell in love with in the first place. For a fast sports coupe, we love how easy it is to drive fast. The 2022 Jaguar F-Type becomes a V8-only affair, however, and a pricing rethink makes it genuinely good value for money. The 2022 Jaguar F-Type builds on what is already a capable platform and goes up against the likes of the Corvette C8 Stingray Coupe and Porsche Cayman.
It's not so much about what's added than what's taken away. For the 2022 model year, the 2.0-liter turbocharged and 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engines are discontinued, leaving the F-Type as an all-V8 lineup. The base car is now the P450 and with a 444-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine - a detuned version of the one in the 575-hp F-Type R - it is now a performance bargain at a starting price of below $70,000. Only two trims remain, both using this engine, and it's the RWD P450 and the AWD P450 R-Dynamic, which adds black exterior trim, AWD, and different wheels. To go with the competitive new price, some features have been removed. For example, less luxurious seats with less electrical adjustment help make the price possible, among other spec deletions.
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The F-Type most certainly has the go to match the show, but power isn't the only deciding factor when it comes to the overall performance offering of this Brit. We have praised previous year models for their well-balanced ride quality and agility. The F-Type is a natural athlete: it is poised and feels tight when slung between corners. Natural grip is plentiful and is especially apparent when pushing through mid-corner. Low-speed comfort is excellent, but driving with more enthusiasm reveals a well-coordinated suspension system that works with the chassis. The brakes are grippy enough to inspire confidence when driving at higher than average speeds.
Cars like the Jaguar F-Type only come along once in a decade or so. Its striking beauty is what catches the attention of most, but it is its beautifully dynamic driving performance that keeps people coming back for more. The 2021 car has been updated in the styling department and looks edgier than before without losing its timeless beauty. Yes, it may have a more contemporary look, but those lines don't lie; it's still a stunning creature to look at. Under the skin, the F-Type gets a retuned suspension setup and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, which further improves the handling and driving capability of this already impressive platform. The engine offering has changed slightly for 2021: the lower output supercharged V6 engine has been dropped from the lineup. Both the base 2.0T and supercharged V6 deliver remarkable performance and won't break the bank at the fuel pumps. The F-Type continues to capture the imagination of young ones, and the hearts of driving enthusiasts across the globe.
The dream of a mid-engine Corvette has come true with the introduction of the C8 Corvette Coupe. This home-made exotic doesn't cost an arm and a leg and goes like a bat out of hell - what's not to like? In standard Stingray form, the C8 packs a 490 horsepower punch from its 6.2-liter V8 engine and will accelerate to sixty in only 2.9 seconds in Z51 guise. We love its exotic looks, affordable price tag, and good levels of standard equipment. What also has us hooked is its comfortable interior, but we wish the exhaust note would be more exotic to match the styling, and it could do with some driver assistance tech. Even the cheaper new V8 F-Type is outclassed in terms of performance, value, and a true supercar feel. Give us the Corvette.
Widely lauded as the best handling mid-level sports car, the Porsche 718 Cayman keeps impressing journalists and ordinary folk time after time. The secret lies in its beautifully balanced chassis and superb suspension setup. Power is provided by either a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, or a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six in the high-performance GTS. The $72,500 Cayman S most closely matches the F-Type with its similar price and identical performance figures. But what we love most about the Cayman is its supreme handling; it might not be the fastest thing on four wheels, but it gets around the corners superbly. Ride quality is also greater, and Porsche allows you to customize the Cayman beyond belief. On the other hand, the interior is starting to show its age, and the base model sounds uninspiring at full tilt. We'd have the Jag purely because it looks so much better.
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