All things come to an end, especially in an industry that transforms fast like the automobile industry. With Jaguar announcing the planned switch to a full-electric fleet, the sports car as we know it is bound for a change. The Jaguar F-type, coming from a major overhaul in a last year, has been renewed once more for the 2022 model. It now only offers a V8 powertrain option, dropping the four-cylinder and V6 options from previous iterations. With so much changed, how does the 2022 Jaguar F-type fare against the competition?
The newest version of the Jaguar F-type drops the standard turbo four-cylinder and V6, leaving only V8 engine options. Even the P450 Coupe, the least powerful of the F-type models, now features a detuned variant of the engine that’s mounted onto the high-performance R variants. The P450 also comes with rear-wheel drive, large rear brakes, 20-inch wheels, and a new active exhaust system. All-wheel drive is only available on the R-Dynamic models, along with a black color scheme on the exterior and a unique set of wheels.
There are 6 available models for buyers to choose from when it comes to the 2022 Jaguar F-type. The P450 Coupe comes in at $69,900*, being the base model of the F-type. The P450 Convertible comes next at $73,000*. The F-type R-Dynamic models are available in both coupe and convertible styles, with prices of $79,900* and $83,000* each. Lastly, the R Series is the top-of-the-line models of the Jaguar F-type. They come in at $103,200* for the coupe and $105,900* for the convertible.
With the future being all-electric for Jaguar, the gasoline engine is coming up to its final curtain call. Keeping that in mind, fans of the original gasoline Jaguar F-types might want to get in on this before it all goes electric. The Jaguar F-type’s performance is still punchy with its V8 engine, with it being more powerful than some of its counterparts. The base P450 is already capable of 444 horsepower and 428 pounds-feet of torque with its 5.0-liter engine, capable of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The acceleration of the P450 lets it go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speeds for this model come up to 177 mph.
The R Series models are even beefier, equipped with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces an astounding 575 horsepower and an acceleration speed of 0 to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Its top speed comes in at 186 mph. The drive experience of the Jaguar F-Type is a mix of both refinement and raw performance. The agile handling of the F-type is put to good use when tackling tight curves and corners. The roar of the V8 engine is one of the best sounding ones in the class, but it also has a way to make sure the neighborhood isn’t woken up whenever you start the car. The Active Exhaust system makes it so that on startup, it automatically goes into quiet mode and the quad outlets hum in a softer tune. This feature can be disabled via button on the dashboard or by choosing the Dynamic drive mode.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
There’s no news yet on the fuel ratings of the P450 models, especially since the detuned V8 leads to a wide difference between it and the R Series. However, we can expect the F-type R models to be at least 16 MPG/City and 24 MPG/Highway if spec’d out for all-wheel drive.
We will update you soon on further developments when the EPA rates the P450 models.
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
The Jaguar F-type still retains the driver-focused elements it’s known for, adorned with materials that feel both stylish and rich. Stitching on surfaces, Performance seats for the riders, and various customization options give buyers a lot of bang for their buck. Ventilation and cooling are available on the performance seats, as well as configurable lighting.
The higher-tier models include certain additional stylings such as aluminum furnishings, embossing, and additional faux-suede covers on the various surfaces of the car. The driver will also have a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for use. The space on the F-type is surprising for a sports car, with the two-seater Jaguar sporting about 42.8-inches of legroom for passengers. Some people might find the cabin a bit tight however. For cargo capacity, the F-type coupe has 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space available and 7.3 cubic feet of space in the rear trunk.
All models of the F-type come with a multitude of technologies, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers and even a configurable adaptive suspension. The Active Exhaust system is also available for drivers who want their Jaguar to growl as soft or as loud as they want. For its infotainment system, it comes with a 10.0-inch touchscreen equipped with Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment suite. This comes bundled with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, along with wi-fi hotspot capabilities and wireless charging options. The sound system is a Meridian audio system that gives off a rich sound experience.
The Jaguar F-type comes with a whole assortment of driver-assistance technologies, both as standard and optional packages. Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking systems come standard, as well as lane-departure warnings and lane-keeping assistance. Traffic sign recognition is also available. Optional safety features include blind-spot monitoring systems and a rear cross-traffic alert.
Jaguar offers quite the competitive limited and powertrain warranty plan, similar to those offered by its competitors in the market. However, they do offer an amazing complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage which dwarfs the ones offered by other brands in the sports car category. The Limited warranty plan covers for 5 years or the first 60,000 miles driven, whichever comes first. The Powertrain warranty spans for the same time as well, 5 years or 60,000 miles driven. Complimentary maintenance services also last for the same 5 years or 60,000 miles driven, which puts it at a better position than those of its competitors.