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Cars of the Year 2014
  • February 24, 2014 : 14:02
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JAGUAR F-TYPE

The first all-new Jaguar sports car in more than 50 years, this is the direct descendant of the C-, D- and E-Types, icons of the golden age of motoring both on the racetrack and in the driveways of the world’s most glamorous people. Yes, the new F-Type has a lot to live up to. From the moment we got behind the wheel and felt the engine’s throb as it crackled like an F1 car rolling onto a Grand Prix circuit, we were sold. It’s the Jaguar we’ve waited decades to drive. You have a choice of engine packages: a 340-horsepower supercharged V6 ($65K for the coupe, $69K for the roadster), a 380-horsepower supercharged V6 ($77K coupe, $81K roadster) or a five-liter V8 that gives this monster muscle-car power with sports-car handling ($99K coupe, $92K roadster). As a daily drive, the car is elegant and refined, its interior impeccable and distinctly British. But throw this Jag into track mode and it’s a different cat. We let it loose on racetracks outside Chicago and Seattle, and the superb hydraulic steering was knife sharp and perfect to the touch. As we snap-shifted the eight-speed transmission, the car danced through corners, its stiff chassis slaloming smoothly through abrupt directional changes. It achieves what all of today’s high-end sports cars try to, in spades: It’s a wonderful everyday drive and a thriller when you want to put your foot down. After all these years, Jaguar is still the real deal. Welcome back, mate: You’re our choice for Playboy’s 2014 Car of the Year.

 

F-TYPE R (above)
ENGINE: 5-LITER SUPERCHARGED V8
HORSEPOWER: 550
0-60: 4.0 SECONDS
MPG: 16 CITY, 23 HIGHWAY

F-TYPE V8 S (below)
ENGINE: 5-LITER SUPERCHARGED V8
HORSEPOWER: 495
0-60: 4.2 SECONDS
MPG: 16 CITY, 23 HIGHWAY

 

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