2017 Jaguar F-Type review:

Beauty and the $12,000 brakes

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Starting at $61,400
  • Engine Supercharged, V6 Cylinder Engine
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • MPG 19 MPG
  • Passenger Capacity 2
  • Body Type Coupes

Roadshow Editors' Rating

8.1 Overall
  • Performance 9
  • Features 7
  • Design 10
  • Media & Connectivity 6
Aug 2016

The Good The 2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe's beautiful exterior design covers a stiff, dedicated sports car with exceptional handling, enhanced by all-wheel-drive. Its supercharged 5-liter V8 engine creates 550 horsepower and makes a ferocious growl.

The Bad The infotainment head unit relies on the driver's phone for connected features and does not support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Manual shifting with the eight-speed automatic transmission shows a little lag.

The Bottom Line With only two seats, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is a dedicated sports car, showing off remarkable exterior design coupled to impressive handling and power.

Few cars make you smile every time you see them. Today's homogenous design makes it difficult to distinguish one car from another in mall parking lots, but the Jaguar F-Type is another story. It captures attention with its graceful, compact design.

Its nose may be shorter than an E-Type's, but it works in proportion to the cab and the aggressive rear fenders. Nose and engine in front and cab at the rear makes for a classic sports car look with historic precedent.

The F-Type's design makes it an exceptional car.

More exceptional are the performance dynamics of the 2017 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe I'm driving. Simply firing up the engine lets it sound off with an exhilarating growl. Set to Dynamic mode, this all-wheel-drive racer gives immediate power on throttle and scrambles through each turn like the big cat on its badge.

2017 Jaguar F-type R Coupe

The Jaguar F-Type shows off exceptional sports car styling with its long nose and aggressive rear fenders.

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Jaguar first launched the F-Type as a convertible in 2013, then followed up with the Coupe version. The sports car showed off a newly unleashed Jaguar design department following the company's acquisition by India's Tata Motors. Its base model comes with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine, but in R trim, its supercharged 5-liter V8 makes 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.

And it is quick: 3.9 seconds to 60 mph quick.

The F-Type R Coupe is also a dedicated sports car, in that you won't find any child-sized rear seats behind the front sport buckets. The rear track is almost 2 inches wider than the front, and an all-wheel-drive system, with a 63-to-37 rear to front torque split, comes standard.

Cruising down city streets, the powerful V8 reacts well to the excessive stops and starts of low-speed traffic, with the eight-speed automatic transmission gearing towards smooth launches and economy. An idle-stop feature even steps in at stop lights to reduce fuel wastage, bringing the engine back online quick enough to avoid annoyance.

The smartly decked-out cabin helps mitigate a ride that, even with the F-Type R Coupe in comfort mode, proves a little too stiff for rough road surfaces. Low-profile tires do nothing to prevent curbing the 20-inch wheels.

Sitting in traffic, I get the occasional thumbs-up from other drivers, which I answer with a sport exhaust-enabled engine roar.

2017 Jaguar F-type R Coupe

The Jaguar F-type's all-wheel-drive system splits torque 63-to-37 rear to front.

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Cruise control doesn't include an adaptive function, so I'm on my own for braking, but a blind spot monitor system is a welcome addition, given the low roof. The dashboard holds an 8-inch touchscreen, not surprisingly standard in the upscale F-Type, but its navigation and entertainment software looks familiar from Jaguars of recent years. That means it's a reasonably useful system, covering the basics, but it lacks a dedicated data connection for online services. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also missing.

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