Road Test First Impressions of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type

There is not denying the fact that the 2014 Jaguar F-Type is one very attractive car, roadster, sport coupe, GT cruiser. No matter how we categorize this car the fact remains that outside of the Aston martin brand there isn’t really another car that can compete against it style wise. So why do we bring it up? A very legitimate question indeed and one that can simply be answered by highlighting the fact that every major automobile magazine and web site were green lit this week by Jaguar to publish their findings from the corporate test drive that took place a few weeks back.

2014 Jaguar F-Type - Front 3/4

2014 Jaguar F-Type – Front 3/4

We also would like to provide you with some first driving impressions of the car, however we are burdened with on small little hiccup. Unfortunately we are not yet invited to such driving events ;-(  What we are privy to is a cornucopia of hands on reviews by other journalist of which we have boiled down so that we can present you with a summation of their impressions. None of the below descriptions of the car balance, handling and acceleration punch are ours, but there were someone’s and we have summed them all up to provide you with a cohesive hands on review of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type.

“Jag engineers resisted the move to electrically assisted power steering, instilling the F-type’s fat-rimmed leather-wrapped wheel with a slack-free on-center connection, a useful rise in effort with increasing lock, and a ratio quick enough to deliver agile cornering response. Unfortunately, they neglected to finish the job with feedback.” Car and Driver

2014 Jaguar F-Type - Front 3/4 while driving

2014 Jaguar F-Type – Front 3/4 while driving

“Those twin pipes identify the two V-6-engined cars — the V-8 edition gets pairs set to either side. The “base” F-Type is powered by a 3-liter, 340-hp supercharged and water-intercooled 3-liter V-6. The F Type S is a tweaked version of it with 380 hp, and topping the range is the also supercharged and water-intercooled 5-liter V-8 with 495 hp. All of them communicate their horsepower to their rear wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift” Motor Trend

“Jag says that with two occupants, the car has a 50-50 weight balance (52/48 unloaded), with its all-up weight ranging from 3520 to 3670 pounds. To achieve that balance, both the battery and strangely, the windshield-washer fluid reservoir are located in the trunk which eats up some critical cubics from an already tiny, 7.1-cubic-foot trunk” Motor Trend

2014 Jaguar F-Type - Rear 3/4

2014 Jaguar F-Type – Rear 3/4

“The new Jaguar F-type has been launched, but how does it compare with its biggest rival, the Porsche 911? We got both cars together at the Bedford Aerodrome, along with Tiff Needell, to find out.” Evo magazine

“The supercharged V8 is as irresistible as ever, sounding absolutely fantastic (and a little bit evil) with a soaring engine note and loud cracks on committed upshifts. It’s very fast too, not feeling its full 54bhp deficit compared to the XKR-S.” Evo magazine

“Turn-in is excellent for a front-engined car, and the great chassis balance means you can really push the rear in the dry. But do yourself a favor and leave the ESP on in the wet, particularly in the V8. It’s an animal. Just listen to it! My favorite detail is how the hidden central air vents rise and fall from the dash-top as needed-pointless, but cool(ing) all the same. On the other hand, the lack of a manual-transmission option isn’t. And the ZF eight-speed auto, though talk-show-host-smooth when cruising, isn’t as snappy as a Porsche PDK dual clutch ‘box when you’re on it.” Road and Track

“The only question we have is why it’s so heavy ? Especially given the abundant use of aluminum? Unfortunately, under direct questioning, Jaguar’s engineers weren’t able to give a good reason. But the F-Type is, by sports car standards, heavy. In V6 S form, it weighs 3,558 pounds. That’s more than 300 pounds heavier than the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. And the 911 has 20 more horsepower. And a back seat.” Motor Authority

 

“The star of the range is probably the middle-spec V6 S. Why? Because its steering has more delicacy to it than the meatier, brawnier V8 S. In pure performance terms it’s not that much slower across the ground than the V8, even if it can’t compete with it in a straight line. But the real winner here is the customer, the one lucky enough to be in the market for a £60-80,000 sports car; the sort of person who would previously have headed straight towards the nearest Porsche dealer.” Autocar

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