by Michael Butler
It's hard not to love the Jaguar F-Type. The 2021 model has been at the receiving end of a number of tasteful appearance changes which complements the car's already stunning profile. The car now looks more contemporary without detracting from the looks we fell in love with in the first place. The interior and underpinnings also get a refresh. For 2021, Jaguar offers its two-door sports coupe in 2.0T and Supercharged V6 versions, with a V8 also making an appearance in the F-Type R. The 2.0T engine belts out 296 horsepower and the supercharged V6 ups that figure to 375 hp. The zero to sixty sprint time hovers around the five-second mark, and we love how easy it is to drive fast. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type builds on what is already a capable platform and goes up against the likes of the new Corvette C8 Stingray Coupe and Porsche Cayman.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type is at the receiving end of a long list of updates, the most notable being an extensive makeover of the exterior design. The F-Type was already a beautiful car, but the new model with its edgier lines takes things up a notch: a new front grille, swooping hood and signature 'J' blade LED daytime running lights adds a hint of sporting aggression. Other updates to the F-Type include a fully digital gauge cluster and updated 12.3-inch infotainment system with Meridian audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Quickshift transmission has been recalibrated for faster shifts, and the First Edition model has been added, which features styling details such as a black contrast roof and unique 20-inch wheels.
The Jaguar F-Type was designed and built as a tribute to the all-time classic Jaguar E-Type, a car that inspired other manufacturers to build sleeker cars, and allowed average looking guys to mingle with fashion models. The modern F-Type has big shoes to fill, and we think it fills them just fine; it is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today, and the 2021 model reaffirms that statement. Jaguar hasn't reinvented the wheel with the 2021 model but has instead made a few select changes to key points such as the front grille and hood, to sharpen up the looks. Small details such as redesigned J-blade DRLs and fender flares with the trademark leaping cat are all special touches that set the F-Type apart from the competition. The standard coupe runs on a set of 18-inch wheels and gets an active sports exhaust. The First Edition Coupe includes a black contrast roof, grey body kit, and a set of unique 20-inch wheels. The R-Dynamic Coupe sits on a set of six-split-spoke wheels and gets a switchable active sports exhaust system.
This two-door, two-seater sports car is all about keeping the dimensions as tight as possible in order to improve the driving dynamics as well as the smooth looks. The overall length of this leaping cat is 176 inches, and with the mirrors included, it sits 80.4 inches wide (75.7 inches when folded). The total height is 51.6 inches, and the car rolls on a compact 103.2-inch wheelbase. The front track for the four-pot P300 is 62.8 inches, and the rear track is 64.8 inches, while the R-Dynamic measures 62.4 inches in the front, and 64.1 in the rear. Ground clearance is a road-hugging 3.9 inches for the 2.0T. Curb weight comes in at a relatively lightweight 3,351 pounds for the 2.0T car, and increases to 3,640 for the V6 version.
You could paint the 2021 Jaguar F-Type any color under the sun, and we bet it would still look great. The simple fact is that those body lines don't lie; the F-type is a stunning car. Jaguar doesn't make it easy for new owners to settle on a color thanks to a palette consisting of 27 shades overall. These can be split into four categories. The no-cost options are Fuji White and Caldera Red. For $710, you can get your F-Type in a metallic hue. Our favorites include Indus Silver, Firenze Red, and the classic British Racing Green. Premium metallic paint options include Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver for $1,550. SVO Premium colors on offer include Sunset Gold, Desire Deep Red, and Flux Grey, which all go for $4,550. A Satin Matte finish is also available for certain colors and costs a further $2,860. If you're feeling really special, you can coat your F-Type in Icy White, a $9,180 option. The First Edition model is only available in Fuji White, Santorini Black, and Eiger Grey.
The F-Type is, without a doubt, one of the best-looking cars on the road today, but behind all that sleek design language and shiny alloy wheels lies a pure-bred performance car that is built to thrill the senses. Whether you choose the base model or the supercharged V6, the F-Type delivers an exhilarating driving experience that doesn't feel blunted by modern driving assistance tech. The base model offers a strong 296 horsepower from its turbocharged four-cylinder, and the supercharged V6 model gets 375 horses under the sweeping hood. Both versions are a treat to drive around town, with lots of low down torque available for low speed overtaking. Out on the highway, the all-wheel-drive V6 car offers explosive in-gear acceleration, and both vehicles will happily cruise at speeds deemed illegal in most states. The base model will accelerate to sixty in 5.4 seconds and continue to a top speed of 155 mph. The V6 car will make the same sprint in only 4.9 seconds, and barrel on to a top speed of 171 mph.
Excluding the V8 model (we cover it in another review), Jaguar offers its 2021 F-Type with two engine options. The base model of the range is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 296 hp and a meaty 295 lb-ft of torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The thought of mounting a four-pot into a car so beautiful might sound like a travesty, but it works well. There is minimal turbo lag, and all that low down torque is readily available. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a recalibrated eight-speed Quickshift ZF automatic transmission. If you're after more power, Jaguar offers the F-Type with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 375 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. This engine roars like a wildcat and goes like one too. Top-end pulling power is excellent, and the same ZF transmission that does duty in the base model is used here to great effect. Smooth and crisp shifts are the order of the day.
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. The revised suspension builds on an already well-balanced system; low-speed comfort is excellent, but driving with more enthusiasm reveals a well-coordinated system that works with the chassis. The newly available carbon-ceramic brakes will tear your face off with stopping force, but the standard brakes on the base model are grippy enough to inspire confidence when driving at higher than average speeds.
The Jaguar F-Type is in the fortunate position to provide breathtaking performance but not at the cost of fuel consumption. This is mostly thanks to the use of a small capacity turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the base model, but even the more powerful supercharged V6 power car will return respectful figures. The 2021 2.0-liter engine does not have an official EPA figure, but the 2020 car managed 23/30/26 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle. The significantly more powerful supercharged V6 car doesn't stray too far from the path with a figure of 18/26/21 mpg. The 2021 F-Type is fitted with a 16.6-gallon fuel tank in the base model car, or an 18.5 gallon tank in the V6 models, which allows for a maximum range of between 388 and 431 miles.
The interior of the 2021 Jaguar F-Type manages to feel modern while exuding old-world charm all at the same time and even features a fighter-jet styled center console that adds significantly to the overall appeal of this sporty interior. Traditional Jaguar craftsmanship is ever-present, and we appreciate the use of luxurious materials such as Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble
Chrome. Once seated, the cabin doesn't feel tight, but cozy, which adds to the sporty feel of the rest of the car. The Jaguar Leaping Cat motifs on the headrests are a nice touch. Jaguar has updated some important interior features, the most notable being the 12.3-inch digital driver information display. The First Edition model also sports some exciting additions such as Metal treadplates with First Edition branding, aluminum gearshift paddles, and Nubuck-edged carpet mats.
You won't be able to fit more than two adults in the 2021 Jaguar F-Type: this is a strict two-seater sports car. Getting into the cabin can be a chore for taller drivers or those with mobility issues as the ride height is on the lower side. Still, once inside, the F-Type S seats offer body-hugging support that should be comfortable over medium stretches, but long-distance driving isn't exactly its forte. Both the driver and passenger get 12-way power-adjustable seats with memory and are finished off in grained leather with suede cloth facings. Finding a comfortable driving position is easy, and there's enough legroom for taller drivers, but shoulder room is on the tighter side.
The F-Type needs to uphold the upmarket image of the Jaguar brand as a whole, and we're happy to report that it does so with aplomb. The overall feel is one of premium quality and solid artistry. The standard seats are covered with grained leather and suede cloth facings, and can be had in either Ebony or Light Oyster leather, or for an additional $2,000, you can have the base model car in Ebony or Oyster Windsor leather. A set of performance bucket seats are also on offer for $3,635 and can be had in Tan Windsor or even Mars Red Windsor leather. The Tan on Tan interior with performance seats will cost you $5,435. The standard headliner is an Ebony Morizane piece but can be upgraded to Ebony Suedecloth, or even leather. The veneer options include Delta aluminum, Knurled aluminum, and carbon fiber.
It should go without saying that the 2021 Jaguar, a pure-bred sports car, won't carry as much cargo as a sedan or hatchback. If you're looking to carry a mess of groceries or enough baggage for a trip down to grandma's place, then you'd be best off getting a crossover SUV or something similarly detestable. On paper, the Jaguar F-Type's trunk space sounds impressive enough; you get a whole 14.4 cubic feet of space, but in reality, that figure disappoints. The narrow trunk opening limits the size of objects you can squeeze in, and the space is shallow and narrow overall. Inside the cabin, the F-Type doesn't fare much better. There's a set of slim door pockets, a center armrest compartment, and a small glove box.
The updated F-Type borrows the majority of its features from the 2020 car, which isn't to say that this sports car is scantily clad, but when compared to Jaguar's sedan and SUV offerings, the F-Type fails to offer as much. That is understandable when you consider that this car is aimed at driving pleasure and not absolute comfort. Features for 2021 include a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, remote keyless access, 12-way power-adjustable seats with memory, automatic climate control, a leather steering wheel, as well as an interactive driver display. Driver assistance features found across the range include lane keep assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and an Adaptive Speed Limiter, emergency forward braking, emergency brake assist, and driver attention assist. Park assist is a standalone option.
The infotainment system in the 2021 F-Type consists of a 10-inch touchscreen display with integrated navigation and all the tech you'd expect to be standard in any modern car such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Bluetooth streaming and USB connectivity are also standard features. The infotainment system is run by Jaguar's InControl Touch Pro infotainment software, which we find slightly clumsy and unintuitive, but if new owners can get over the slight input lag and mildly confusing menu system, then the rest of the system should be adequate. Sound is channeled through a Meridian sound system, which can be upgraded to an even more powerful Meridian surround sound unit with 12 speakers.
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type has not been recalled by the NHTSA, but the 2020 model year has been subjected to a single recall, which was due to a tire placard label that displayed the incorrect information. Earlier models could suffer from fuel leakage issues on 2.0-liter turbo models, and crankshaft pulley malfunctions on specific V6 and V8 models. Jaguar will cover the 2021 F-Type with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, a six-year corrosion warranty, as well as a five-year/60,000-mile drivetrain and roadside assistance warranty. Impressively, Jaguar also offers five years or 60,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
As a small scale, and relatively specialized sports car, the Jaguar has managed to slip under the radar of the NHTSA and IIHS, but that doesn't mean that you'll be piloting a deathtrap on four wheels, far from it actually. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type comes with an array of modern driver assistance features that should keep both occupants in one piece in the case of a serious accident.
It hasn't been rated by any of the major rating agencies, but the 2021 Jaguar F-Type gets a solid number of safety systems that should prove good enough when tested. Standard safety equipment includes a reverse camera with front and rear parking sensors, six airbags, as well as cruise control with speed limiter. Driver assistance tech includes lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, emergency braking, and emergency brake assist, as well as driver attention assistance.
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 2021 Jaguar F-Type is by no means a cheap car but is competitively priced against both the American and German competition. For 2021 Jaguar has kept its lineup and pricing model relatively simple: you can get your hands on the base model coupe, fitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for $61,600. This price excludes a delivery fee of $1,025. If you feel extra special, why not splash out on the First Edition model, which adds a bunch of shiny bits for an additional $11,500. That's a total asking price of $73,100. If its power you're after, the supercharged V6 model will cost you $81,800. The new Corvette C8 Stingray makes the F-Type look bad: for less than $60k, you get 490 hp and a mid-engine layout.
Excluding the V8 model, the F-Type is available for purchase in three different variants: the base model car, the First Edition model, and the supercharged R-Dynamic Coupe.
The base model car is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and sends its power to the rear via an eight-speed auto transmission. Standard exterior features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, flush exterior door handles, and an active sports exhaust. The interior features an electrically adjustable steering column with memory, single-zone climate control, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, and a 10-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as navigation and satellite radio.
The First Edition F-Type shares its 2.0T engine with the base model but adds metal treadplates with limited edition branding, a limited edition aluminum instrument panel finisher, a leather steering wheel with aluminum spokes, as well as aluminum gearshift paddles.
The supercharged V6 R-Dynamic F-Type is obviously more powerful than the base model. Its force-fed V6 engine develops 375 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. The exterior of the R-Dynamic includes auto-dimming, power fold, heated door mirrors with memory, a switchable active exhaust with twin centrally-mounted exhaust pipes. Dynamically, this car gets adaptive dynamic suspension, and a limited slip differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking.
All models come with front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition as well as emergency forward braking, emergency brake assist, and driver attention assist.
All 2021 F-Type models can be optioned out with a variety of available packages. The base model, for instance, can be had with the $1,125 Climate Pack, which adds a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, and two-zone climate control. For an additional $500, you can also add the Blind Spot Assist Pack, which adds blind-spot assistance and a rear traffic monitor. The exterior of the F-Type can be upgraded with a powered tailgate for $410, or you can get keyless entry for $460. Park assist can be added for $510, and on the inside, new owners can opt for the $255 premium lighting package on the First Edition car.
The Jaguar F-Type is a showpiece to some, a driver's car to others, and both to most, which is why we love it so much. Not only does it look stunning, but it puts its money where its mouth is with excellent driving dynamics. Even in base form with the 2.0T engine at play, the F-Type delivers a remarkable driving experience, and most will be able to throw around this Jag with ease. If we had the money, we wouldn't think twice about getting the supercharged R-Dynamic model. That howling V6 engine is enough to make any man drain his bank account. With 375 hp on offer and a sharp chassis, the R-Dynamic is the perfect balance of go and show.
The dream of a mid-engine Corvette has finally come true with the introduction of the C8 Corvette Coupe. This beautiful beast replaced the C7, which Chevrolet engineers believed was reaching the limits of front-engined capabilities. 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. 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. 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 just fine. 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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