Given that the 2016 Jaguar F-type convertible sports all the qualities of a car a superstar should have, do these also qualify the car to be a supercar?
Though F-type delivers great performance as expected from a Brit car, it pales comparably to the German second-place Mercedes AMG GT/ GTS in the different categories catering to performance. Other than that, the price indicated on its tag can put a silent smirk to the overly posh crowd who thinks that supercar should always start with a hundred and thirty thousand bucks.
While others vie for losing weight through their engineering and design, Jaguar opted to endow ‘fats’ to their F-type R, making it a chubby-licious piece of machinery classily surfing on the roads. Yes, the Jaguar can be pictured lazily relaxing under the heat instead of doing its natural hunting routine. Seriously, the carmaker should consider a special ‘diet’ for their upcoming F-types in the future. Nevertheless, one can’t ignore the fascination, excitement and adventure a dropdown Jaguar can give.
It may fell short in being a supercar but running together with the likes of the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Mercedes AMG GT/ GTS gives Jaguar F-type R to be a ‘Superstar’ among great cars.
- Healthy grip
- Steering akin to a racecar’s
- Strong exhaust note
- Solid momentum
- Noisy interior during open top
- Obese cub weight
- Engine : supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, front placement
- Transmission : 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : AWD
- Power : 550hp
- Torque : 502 lb.-ft.
- 0-60 mph : 3.4 seconds
- Top Speed : 186 mph (governor limited)
- Mileage : (city) 15 MPG; (highway) 23 MPG
- Price : starting at $107,445 to $113,545 (as tested)