By Kirk Seaman
This summer, Jaguar will release its first true sports car in almost 50 years, the 2014 F-type—today, Jaguar revealed what it will charge to own a piece of this moment in its automotive history. The F-type will be offered in three different versions: all rear-wheel drive, all supercharged, and all sporting an eight-speed automatic transmission. And all of them share the same mission: to make Jaguar once again a relevant contender in the world of performance sports cars.
Initially, there will be three powertrains for the roadster (a coupe version and a manual transmission will follow soon):
V-6: $69,895; the “entry-level” F-type offers a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Jaguar estimates it will do 0–60 in 5.1 seconds and top out at 161 mph. A sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and a regular rear differential are all standard, as are steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A Meridian 380-watt audio system with 10 speakers is standard as well.
V-6 S: $81,895; the V-6 S bumps the output of the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 to 380 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 is achieved in 4.8 seconds, according to Jaguar, and top speed is limited at 171 mph. The V-6 S adds an active sports exhaust, adaptive sport suspension with 19-inch wheels, launch control, and a limited-slip differential as standard. Remote keyless entry with push-button start and special interior lighting also are standard.
V-8 S: $92,895; the top-level F-type supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 produces 495 horses and 460 lb-ft. This setup is good for 0–60 in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, by Jaguar’s estimates. Bigger brakes behind special 20-inch wheels as well as an electronic active differential and launch control are standard to improve performance. Dual-zone climate control, leather sport seats, and rear-parking sensors round out the standard creature comforts.
As far as pricing goes, the F-type is slotting in at the top of the segment regardless of powertrain. A 2013 BMW Z4 iDrive35i starts at $56,045, while a Mercedes-Benz SLK350 starts at $56,305; the Z4 offers a 300-hp inline six while the SLK offers a 302-hp V-6. The F-type also is more expensive than a Porsche Boxster S, which starts at $63,050 and offers a 315-hp flat-six. Move up the food chain to the 911 Carrera, however, and the F-type starts to look competitive. While the 911 makes 350 horsepower from its flat-six, pricing starts at $85,250, making the F-type look like a bargain.
Regardless, we’re still excited to have this latest addition to the sports-car segment. A replacement from Jaguar for the legendary E-type is long overdue, and we look forward to the opportunity to strap on our testing equipment to see how it stacks up in the real world against the competition.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver