2021 Jaguar F-Type: 6 Things We Like and 4 Things We Don’t

2021 Jaguar F Type R

Sleek, suave and sporty: The Jaguar F-Type coupe upgrades both its looks and its performance abilities for 2021. It’s safe to say the F-Type isn’t the sports car — the Porsche 911 has long claimed that title — but there’s nothing wrong with something a little different. This Jag certainly proves that point, with unique, sexy styling and a powerful engine. Available in both coupe and convertible configurations, the latest F-Type offers a rewarding driving experience and a chance to stand out among the rest.

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Dying to get a hold of this new Jag? Our Aaron Bragman spills the details in his full review; just click the related link above. If you’re in a hurry, however, here below is what we love (and a few quirks we don’t) about the 2021 Jaguar F-Type coupe:

Pros

1. Good Looks

The feline theme really comes across in the F-Type’s exterior styling. The silhouette is long and low, but the curvaceous fenders look like a cat’s muscular rear haunches. Out front, cat-eye headlights complete the look.

2021 Jaguar F Type R

2. A Joyful Drive 

In the normal driving mode, you get a relaxed, grand touring sort of ride. But R mode gives you what you came for: explosive acceleration, firm-but-not-too-firm ride quality and precise control. The adjustable exhaust roars just like you’d expect a big cat to, and the supercharger provides a tuneful whine. Altogether, it’s a joyful, sporty driving experience.

3. “R” Is for Ridiculous Power

The 296-horsepower four-cylinder in the base F-Type pales in comparison to what the R trim has under its hood: a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 575 hp. Mated to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission and with standard all-wheel drive, Jaguar says this engine will go 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

2021 Jaguar F Type R

4. Intelligent Technology

The F-Type gets Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, which weaves together several features — like dynamic stability control software, continuously variable electronic dampers and revised electronic steering, among others — to adjust the characteristics of the drive.

5. A Lot for the Price

The base four-cylinder model of the F-Type starts at $62,750 (all prices include destination). The more powerful F-Type R starts at $104,350, and as you add options, you can easily go north of $130,000. That’s … expensive. But when you consider the cheapest Porsche 911 only starts at $100,550, it feels like you get some bang for your buck with the F-Type.

2021 Jaguar F Type R

6. Interior Finishes

The style continues on the inside, where every surface feels carefully and artfully designed. The top R trim gets quilted Windsor leather on comfortable performance seats and real metal trim. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster comes standard and is configurable to your liking, with an option to make it a full navigation map.

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Cons

1. Wandering Steering

In its normal driving mode, the steering feels loose and requires almost constant correcting to stay in your lane. In the F-Type R, you can fix this by switching into R mode, which tightens up steering control (just remember to switch every time you start up).

2021 Jaguar F Type R

2. Multimedia System Is Almost There

The 10-inch multimedia touchscreen is easy to read and reach, and its interface works much faster than before. But it still doesn’t have an option to “beep” when you touch the screen, which would aid usability. 

3. Low on Trunk Space

You shouldn’t ask for family-car levels of cargo space from a sports car, but you might struggle to store the few things you do need in the F-Type’s small trunk. A carry-on suitcase will fit, but an average-size golf bag will be a squeeze.

4. Gimmicky Extras

When you unlock the car, the exterior door handles pop out, and when you turn on the dash vents, the central climate control vents do the same. These features seem unnecessary and feel like the sort of thing that will wear out quickly.

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