The 2023 F-type offers everything you’d expect from a Jaguar sports car: a beautiful design, a sonorous engine, and plenty of driving character. While it was previously available with a turbo-four or a supercharged V-6, it now comes only with a supercharged V-8 producing either 444 or 575 horsepower. The front-engine F-type competes with mid-engine sports cars such as the Chevy Corvette and Porsche 718, but the heavy Jag can’t quite match those models’ nimble feel. It’s also starting to look dated inside and doesn’t offer much space for either occupants or small items. But whether you choose the coupe or the convertible, you’ll be happy to be seen in this gorgeous piece of automotive sculpture.
What’s New for 2023?
After Jaguar dropped the four- and six-cylinder engine options from the lineup in 2022, the V-8–only F-type continues unchanged into 2023.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Although the F-type R’s 575-horsepower V-8 engine is tempting, the P450’s V-8 sounds about as good and still offers plenty of grunt. We also prefer the F-type in its standard rear-wheel-drive configuration; all-wheel drive is optional on the P450 and standard on the R. The stylish coupe is our pick of the lineup, but the convertible offers that quintessential wind-in-your-hair experience if that’s more your vibe. A wide range of colors and interior trims are available, but make ours British Racing Green with tan leather.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
While many sports cars have transitioned to downsized turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, Jaguar has taken the opposite approach and now offers the F-type only with an old-school supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. It makes 444 horsepower in P450 form and 575 horsepower in the high-performance R configuration. Both versions offer an exceptional auditory experience with plenty of snaps, crackles, and pops coming from the exhaust. In our testing, the F-type R got to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s quick, but not as quick as a comparable Corvette or Porsche 718. The F-type’s driving experience is engaging, with good steering and a relatively comfortable ride, but its responses are not as sharp as more hard-core sports cars rivals if you intend to take it to the racetrack or on spirited backroad romps.
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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA has not yet released official figures for the 2023 F-type, but we don’t expect it to change from the 2022 model’s ratings. That means that rear-wheel-drive P450 models will continue to offer 19 mpg combined, with all-wheel-drive P450 and R configurations rated at 18 mpg combined. In our real-world 75-mph highway fuel-economy test of a 2021 R coupe, the F-type exceeded its EPA rating, achieving a 27-mpg result that beat its highway estimate by 3 mpg. For more information about the F-type’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 2023 F-type’s cockpit has a driver-centric design and features an interesting mix of materials including stitching, faux-suede accents, and chrome trim. There are also different options for nicer headliners, center-console trims, and various gloss-black pieces. The standard six-way power sport seats can be upgraded to 12-way power performance seats with various leather or suede upholstery combinations. Neither the coupe nor the convertible offer much space inside for driver and passenger, and the convertible’s trunk is laughably small.
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Infotainment and Connectivity
Every F-type features a 10.0-inch touchscreen that runs the company’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment software. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as standard. A premium surround-sound audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging are all optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The F-type comes standard with many driver-assistance technologies, but blind-spot monitoring is a standalone option that we’d recommend. For more information about the F-type’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Jaguar provides competitive limited and powertrain warranties that align with luxury alternatives from Audi and BMW. However, the British automaker one-ups both rivals with its industry-leading complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for five years or 60,000 miles
2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED
$115,110 (base price: $104,225)
supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
305 in3, 5000 cm3
575 hp @ 6500 rpm
516 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multilink/control arms
Brakes (F/R): 15.0-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, F: 265/35R-20 (99Y) J R: 305/30R-20 (93Y) J
Wheelbase: 103.2 in
Length: 176.0 in
Width: 75.7 in
Height: 51.5 in
Passenger volume: 51 ft3
Cargo volume: 14 ft3
Curb weight: 4105 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 sec
100 mph: 8.2 sec
130 mph: 13.9 sec
150 mph: 19.6 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.9 sec
1/4 mile: 11.7 sec @ 121 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 186 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 155 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 307 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.00 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 27 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/16/24 mpg
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