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 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. Jaguar hasn't reinvented the wheel with last year's update 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 P450 coupe runs on a set of five-spoke 20-inch wheels and gets an active sports exhaust. The R-Dynamic Coupe sits on a set of six-split-spoke wheels and gets an R-Dynamic body kit and metal tread plates, as well as auto-dimming and power-folding rear-view mirrors.
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 (74.2 inches when folded). The total height is 51.6 inches, and the car rolls on a compact 103.2-inch wheelbase. The front track is 62.4 inches, and the rear track is 64.1 inches. Curb weight comes in at 3,760 pounds for the P450, and increases to 3,920 for the AWD P450 R-Dynamic.
You could paint the 2022 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 26 shades overall. These can be split into four categories. The no-cost options are Fuji White and Caldera Red. For $750, you can get your F-Type in a metallic hue. Our favorites include Indus Silver, Firenze Red, and the classic British Racing Green. The two Premium metallic paint options are Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver for $1,550. SVO Premium colors on offer include Sunset Gold, Desire Deep Red, and extroverted colors such as Velocity Blue, Atacama Orange, and Sorrento Yellow, which all go for $4,550. If you're feeling really special, you can coat your F-Type in Icy White, a $9,200 option.
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. The F-Type delivers an exhilarating driving experience that doesn't feel blunted by modern driving assistance tech. With the demise of the four- and six-cylinder engines, only a 444-hp V8 is offered that gets the P450 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds with either RWD or AWD, on to a top speed of 177 mph. It's a treat to drive around town, and with maximum torque available low down at 2,500 rpm, there is plenty of punch available for low speed overtaking. Out on the highway, the V8 offers explosive in-gear acceleration, and will happily cruise at speeds deemed illegal in most states.
Jaguar offers its 2022 F-Type with only one engine option. The base model P450 is powered by a detuned version of the F-Type R's 575-hp supercharged V8 engine producing 444 hp and a meaty 428 lb-ft of torque between 2,500 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The supercharger provides instant, lag-free response, and all that low down torque is readily available. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission in the P450 and to all four wheels in the P450 R-Dynamic. If you're after more power, Jaguar offers the F-Type with a hopped-up version of the same V8 engine that produces 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the F-Type R, which we review separately.
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.
The 2022 Jaguar F-Type lineup loses all the low-capacity engines and is left with a supercharged five-liter V8 only. But fuel consumption isn't the most important consideration in a sports car and the good news is that the modestly tuned V8 is not that much worse on the EPA's city/highway/combined cycles than last year's V6, which returned 18/26/21 mpg. By comparison, the P450 V8's figures are 17/24/19 mpg and the AWD R-Dynamic model returns 16/24/18 mpg. That's good for an average range of between 333 and 351 miles on an 18.5-gallon tank.
The interior of the 2022 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 leather and suedecloth - with Windsor Leather optionally available - and real aluminum. Once seated, the cabin feels cozy, which adds to the sporty feel of the rest of the car. Last year, Jaguar updated some important interior features, the most notable being the 12.3-inch digital driver information display.
You won't be able to fit more than two adults in the 2022 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. The driver and passenger lose last year's 12-way power-adjustable seats on the normal RWD P450 in exchange for six-way power adjustment to chase that base price; that 12-way power adjustment now costs $1,000 extra. The 12-way seats remain standard on the AWD P450 R-Dynamic. The seats 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 Ebony or Oyster Windsor leather as part of the Interior Luxury Package. A set of performance bucket seats are also on offer for $5,100 in Ebony suede cloth with Oyster stitching, but only in conjunction with a suede cloth headliner and sunvisors too. The Tan on Tan interior with the performance seats is no longer offered. The standard headliner is an Ebony Morizane piece but can be upgraded to Ebony Suedecloth, or even leather. The veneer options include Delta aluminum and Knurled aluminum, with last year's carbon fiber no longer available.
It should go without saying that the 2022 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 2021 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. And now it has been further decontented for the 2022 model. That is understandable when you consider that this car is aimed at driving pleasure and not absolute comfort. Features for 2022 include a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors, six-way power-adjustable seats with memory (12-way on the R-Dynamic), automatic single-zone 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 2022 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 10-speaker Meridian sound system, which can be upgraded to an even more powerful Meridian surround sound unit with 12 speakers.
Both the 2022 Jaguar F-Type and its 2021 predecessor were recalled by the NHTSA once each year for the same fault - an automatic seat-belt locking retractor that may malfunction. Jaguar will cover the 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Jaguar F-Type is by no means a cheap car but is competitively priced against both the American and German competition. For 2022 Jaguar has pared down its lineup to two trims and kept its pricing model simple. The default model is now the P450 V8 and it starts at $69,900. This price excludes a delivery fee of $1,150. For exactly $10,000 more, the R-Dynamic brings AWD and a slightly higher spec level. Despite now offering a V8 engine for less than $70,000, the Corvette C8 Stingray still makes the F-Type look bad: for just over $62k, you get 490 hp and a mid-engine layout.
The 2022 Jaguar F-Type lineup has been pared down to just two models with one engine: P450 and P450 R-Dynamic. Both share the same 444-hp/428-lb-ft supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, but the R-Dynamic adds different wheels, a slightly higher specification level, and AWD, as opposed to the base P450's RWD. Both reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph.
The P450 has five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, tail lights, and DRLs, a switchable sports exhaust, rain-sensing wipers, and quad exhaust tips. Inside, it gets six-way electrically adjustable sports seats upholstered in suede cloth, an interactive driver display, a leather-trimmed and electrically adjustable steering wheel, single-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The infotainment system's screen measures ten inches and it includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a ten-speaker Meridian audio system. Standard safety features include six airbags, a backup camera, emergency brake assist, cruise control with a speed limiter, automatic emergency braking, a driver-condition monitor, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keep assist, and traffic-sign recognition.
The P450 R-Dynamic gets different six-double-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, metal R-Dynamic tread plates, an R-Dynamic exterior body kit, and auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, and an AWD system. Inside, the seats are upgraded to 12-way electrical adjustment. The rest of its specifications mirror those of the normal P450.
All 2022 F-Type models can be optioned out with various available packages. The base P450 can be had with the R-Dynamic's auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors for an extra $400. Both models can be had with the $1,150 Climate Pack, which adds a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, and two-zone climate control - or the two-zone climate control can be added as a standalone extra for $600. For an additional $550, 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 $450, or you can get keyless entry for $500. Park assist can be added for $550.
This year, with only a single engine option and two trims, there's not much to choose from. The base P450 offers somewhat of a bargain in F-Type terms with its 444-hp V8 engine and decent standard specification for less than $70,000. A Corvette might be far better value, but if you had your heart set on an F-Type, the P450 is just what the doctor ordered. The R-Dynamic waters down the value proposition somewhat and besides the R-Dynamic styling, different wheels, and fancier seats - that we can all live without - the extra $10,000 only really buys you AWD and hardly anything else of note. Your $80,000 is better spent elsewhere. Unless AWD is absolutely necessary where you live, we'd be happy with the P450 base car.
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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