The Jaguar F-Type has been a stunning, sexy sports car even though it feels like ages ago when the F-Type convertible debuted back in 2012. Jaguar followed up the F-Type convertible with the gorgeous coupe a year later. Since then the F-Type has proven that Jaguar can still build a great sports car that still turns heads years later. It’s also a great rival to the Chevy Corvette and Porsche 911.
The 2021 F-Type has received a throughout redesign, but if you want one now, the 2020 Jaguar F-Type is still a strong option in the sports car segment with its sculpted exterior and its range of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines. There’s only one thing that’s gone for 2020 that we already miss – the manual transmission.
The base F-Type P300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 296 horsepower, which gives it a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. If you want more power, you’ll want to start with the P340 and P380 models, which are powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with either 340 or 380 horsepower. The 340-hp F-Type reaches 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, while the 380-hp version does it in 4.8 seconds with rear-wheel drive and 4.9 seconds with all-wheel drive. The P300 and P340 models send the power to the rear wheels, while the P380 is available with all-wheel drive.
If that’s still not enough, the F-Type R and SVR models are powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with either 550 or 570 horsepower and come standard with all-wheel drive. The F-Type R reaches 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. The top dog F-Type SVR only needs 3.5 seconds to reach 60 mph and a has a top speed of 200 mph.
Depending on which engine option you choose, the 2020 F-Type has driving experience that’s likely to suit nearly every sports car buyer. Starting at the bottom of the lineup, the four-cylinder makes the F-Type a light and fun sports car, while the supercharged V8 is a different animal entirely. If waking up the neighbors with the sound of a throaty V8 is on your wish list – go with the supercharged V8. You won’t be disappointed. The two V6 options are the best of both worlds, but that crackling exhaust from the V8 is all smiles.
No matter which engine you choose, the F-Type’s handling is excellent as it hugs the road with good steering feedback and strong brakes. We do miss the manual transmission, but the standard eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters does a good job of making sure you’re in the right gear and down shifts in a blip when you want it to.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The 340-hp 3.0-liter V6 is rated at 19/27 mpg, or 18/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. The F-Type R and SVR models with the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 are rated at 16/24 mpg.
With its long, sleek hood, wide body and perfectly sculpted body, the F-Type is the definition of iconic sports car design. Even if the F-Type has only received minimal styling updates since its debut, the design has aged well – far better than some of its rivals.
Inside the F-Type is showing its age a bit more, but it does offer the latest tech features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are accessed via a 10-inch infotainment system. You’ll notice that the F-Type’s gauge cluster does look a bit dated, especially since digital cockpits have now become the norm. On the safety front, the F-Type comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and a Driver Condition Monitor.
There’s ample room for two, but don’t expect a lot of room for much else. Unlike the 911, there isn’t a back seat and the convertible only has 7.3 cubic inches of cargo space, but luckily the coupe has enough room for a weekend getaway with its 14.4 cubic feet.
The pricing for the 2020 F-Type starts at $61,600 for the F-Type coupe and $64,700 for the F-Type convertible. While the starting price for the 2020 F-Type is pretty reasonable, it quickly gets pricey as you move up the range with the F-Type R starting at $101,800 and the F-Type SVR with its $123,600 price tag.