2016 jaguar f-type Model Overview
New For 2016
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is now available with all-wheel drive, which is standard on the R model and optional on the S variant. A six-speed manual transmission is optional on the base and S models, while a new electric assisted power steering system has been added to the entire F-Type range. The F-Type V8 S convertible has been discontinued and replaced by the F-Type R convertible.
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is a two seat sports car available as a coupe or convertible and in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
A supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 340 hp and 332 hp is standard while a more powerful version of the same engine is equipped on the F-Type S producing 380 hp and 339 lb-ft. Those looking for the most performance should consider the F-Type R and its 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8. Fuel economy is impressive for a high-performance sports car, with automatic-equipped base-model F-Type achieving 19/28 mpg city/highway. S models achieve 19/27 mpg while the range-topping F-Type R is rated at 15/23 mpg. Opting for all-wheel drive in the F-Type S drops fuel economy down to 18/26 mpg. Those who plan to take their F-Types out on road trips should consider the coupe and its 11-cubic-foot hatch because the convertible’s soft top sacrifices cargo space, which is cut down to 7 cubic feet.
Standard safety equipment includes dual front and front-side airbags. Additional safety and driver assistance features such as blind sport warning, and rear traffic detection are optional and come as part of the Premium + Vision pack in the base and S trim, which contains other convenience features such as heated seats and steering wheel, valet mode, and intelligent high beams. In the range-topping F-Type R, these additional safety features are available as part of the Vision pack.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment on the base 2015 include a panoramic glass roof, 18-inch alloy wheels, 14-way power sport seats, LED taillights, a 770W Meridian audio system, HID headlights, navigation, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, keyless entry and start, and a sports suspension. Stepping up to the mid-level F-Type S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dynamic suspension and limited slip differential. The range-topping F-Type R builds on the S trim and comes with leather-upholstered performance seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, a flat-bottom steering wheel, all-wheel drive, an electronic active differential, and an active sports exhaust.
Optional extras include the Carbon Fiber pack, which adds carbon fiber door mirrors, hood louvers, and side vents. The Premium + Vision pack for the base and S trim adds dual-zone climate control, an air quality sensor, valet mode, a power tailgate, heated seats and steering wheel, adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. For the F-Type R, the Vision pack adds adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and closing vehicle sensing.
Additional performance options include carbon ceramic brakes and 20-inch forged wheels, which are bundled together as a single package and available exclusively on the F-Type R and F-Type S. In the mid-level F-Type S, buyers can also opt for the Super Performance Braking pack, which adds more powerful brakes and a limited slip differential, instead of the carbon ceramic units and the 20-inch forged wheels.
What We Think
Offering an impeccable balance of driving dynamics, power, style, and fuel economy, the 2016 Jaguar F-Type is an excellent choice among luxury sports cars. In a First Drive, we noted that the addition of all-wheel drive makes the F-Type even more confidence inspiring while the new electric power assisted steering possesses is impressive, providing excellent levels of feel when driving without transmitting the roughness of less than perfect road surfaces. Additionally, the all-wheel-drive-equipped F-Type R is now a better car than before thanks to its improved road holding capability.
The 2016 F-Type’s exterior is another strong point because it gives it another way to distinguish itself in addition to its excellent performance and handling. In a 2015 First Drive, we said that the F-Type Coupe is a stunner and “arguably the best Ian Callum Jaguar yet,” thanks to its sexy sheetmetal. However, the car’s on board multimedia interface is slow to respond to inputs. In a 2014 First Test, we noted that the F-Type’s electronic safety systems are buggy, as evident in the blind spot warning system crashing during highway driving.
- Seductively sexy exterior design
- Impeccable performance and handling
- Surprisingly good fuel economy estimates
You Won’t Like:
- Tiny trunk in the convertible
- Tech features are behind the competition
- Safety aids are buggy