But are they as pretty as the Jag?
The 2021 Jaguar F-Type was just revealed, showing off a new front fascia and rocking a trio of updated engine options. Pricing for the facelifted F-Type starts at $61,600 for the four-cylinder coupe but chances are, you will want either the supercharged V6 or V8 engines. The V6-powered R-Dynamic P380 carries a much heftier price tag of $81,800 while the V8-powered R model will set you back $103,200.
This new F-Type is certainly a pretty car and in certain trim levels better value than the previous model. But if you have less than $60,000 to spend on a sports car and are willing to go for a used alternative, we've come up with seven options that you should consider.
Yes, the facelifted F-Type is a pretty car, but we still aren't sure if we like it more than the original design. Used F-Types are a tremendous bargain and just like the new car, you'll have your pick of four-, six-, and eight-cylinder models. Opting for a used model will also give you greater availability to get rear-wheel-drive (only the four-cylinder 2021 model is RWD) and the option for a manual transmission. Pricing for a used F-Type starts around $25,000 and varies depending on engine, mileage, and condition. A certified pre-owned example starts around $32,000.
The Jaguar F-Type is often compared to the Porsche 911 but even the least expensive Carrera model costs around the same as Jaguar's V8. To afford a 911 for less than a new F-Type, you'll have to go back to the 991.1 generation 911, which isn't exactly a bad place to start. This was the last 911 Carrera model to be naturally aspirated featuring a 3.4-liter flat-six producing 350 horsepower while the Carrera S got a 3.8-liter producing 400 hp. Expect to pay around $55,000 for a CPO example.
There's a reason why the Chevrolet Corvette is often praised as the best bargain in the sports car world. The C7 generation Z06 model is more powerful than any F-Type ever produced courtesy of a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 screaming out 650 hp. What's more, CPO examples can now be found starting for as little as $55,000 or around $45,000 for one that's out of warranty.
We wanted to make sure our list included alternatives for all three F-Type derivates including the turbo-four, V6, and V8. While not a four-cylinder, the Audi TT RS features a unique turbocharged five-cylinder engine that produces 400 hp. This is around 100 hp more than you'll get from the F-Type's four-banger and V6 engines and prices start at around $54,000. The TT RS tends to hold value very well and should have better residual values than the Jag.
Our second alternative from Audi is the RS5. Instead of a five-cylinder, this one packs a 4.2-liter V8 producing 444 hp. Its performance stats may be comparable to the TT RS but the sound of Audi's naturally aspirated V8 is tough to beat. The RS5 also features a more spacious back seat than the TT and prices are much lower, starting at around $25,000.
Much of what we love about the RS5 can also be said of the Lexus RC F. It too is powered by a naturally aspirated V8, producing 467 hp. But instead of AWD like the Audi, the Lexus sends its power to the rear wheels only through an eight-speed automatic. It may not be the best performing car on this list but we expect the RC F to be the most reliable over a long period of time. Prices start around $25,000.
The F-Type is one of the prettiest sports cars of the 21st century but if we could only award the title of the prettiest car to one vehicle, it would probably be the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Since the Vantage is a hand-built exotic, it will easily be the biggest gamble on this list in terms of reliability and maintenance costs. It is also nowhere near the fastest with its 4.7-liter V8 producing 430 hp. But if you want the prettiest car on the list with the most exclusive badge, it's the Aston by a long shot. Expect to pay anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000.