From 1961 to 1975, Jaguar produced a legendary series of British sports cars, known simply as the E-Type, that served as the high-water mark for performance and sophistication for many drivers. When production of the E-Type came to an end in the mid-70s, a lot of people expected to see a follow-up from Jaguar, but they were left to wallow in disappointment for many years. Decades passed with a few teases from Jaguar in the form of various concept cars and prototypes, but nothing went into production to live up to the E-Type’s standard. That is, until the reveal and release of the Jaguar F-Type in 2013.
First introduced as a convertible, and eventually followed up with a coupe release as well, the Jaguar F-Type is the modern expression of that legendary blend of beauty, power, and luxury. The F-Type is generally considered one of the finest sports cars on the road today and provides not only an incredible driving experience but also a remarkably comfortable ride that is absolutely drenched with luxury features. It may have taken Jaguar nearly 40 years to release a follow-up to the E-Type, but once it happened they proved it was worth the wait.
There has only been a single generation of the Jaguar F-Type released so far, but within that generation, there have been significant upgrades and changes in various mechanical systems. Even from one year to the next, there can be important things to keep in mind and look for when considering a used Jaguar F-Type for sale, so understanding what has been offered each year is vital. A used Jaguar F-Type is a great investment, and it is worth taking a little extra time to do the research and make sure you get exactly what you want.
First revealed and released in 2013, the model year 2014 was the inaugural year for the Jaguar F-Type and for that reason they can be somewhat difficult to come by. The first year of release saw only convertible models of the F-Type, so if you want a coupe then you will need to look at a later model year for one. The initial release had three different models available with different engines and levels of power offered by them.
The base model featured a 3.0L Supercharged V6 that offered up to 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed of about 161 mph. Then there was the V6 S model, which has the same engine as the base 2014 Jaguar F-Type, but it is tuned for improved performance and offers up to 375 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, offering a top speed of 171 mph. Finally, there was a V8 model available with an impressive 5.0L Supercharged V8 engine that can provide up to 495 hp and up to 460 lb-ft of torque for truly impressive performance, offering a top speed of up to 186 mph.
This first year of release featured an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive exclusively. Reviews of 2014 Jaguar F-Types were universally positive in terms of the driving experience and overall design. If you are interest in a coupe or all-wheel drive, however, then you will need to choose a later model year.
The model year 2015 Jaguar F-Type introduced the first coupe models, so if you do not want a convertible, then this is the place to start. Convertibles are still available in every year but so are coupes from 2015 and on, which make this a good choice of model year if you are looking for a lot of different options. Perhaps just as importantly, 2015 also introduced the impressive high-performance R trim level that featured an even more powerful engine.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R was released with a 5.0L Supercharged V8 engine that can provide up to 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, with a top speed of up to 186 mph but a faster 0-60 time. 2015 also introduced an optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix braking system to help make the vehicle even safer, especially when going at high speeds on a track.
One thing worth noting about the 2015 models, however, is that the following year featured a new transmission system. 2015 Jaguar F-Type coupes and convertibles still have the 8-speed automatic transmission found in the 2014 models and rear-wheel drive. If you want to find a model with all-wheel drive, then you need to look at 2016 or later model years.
The big news with 2016 Jaguar F-Type models is that they featured the introduction of new options for transmission and the powertrain. First and foremost, in 2016 Jaguar introduced all-wheel drive for the F-Type, which was made standard on R models and was an available option on S models. While a lot of people like rear-wheel drive for a sports car, it is hard to argue with the performance and handling of 2016 and later Jaguar F-Types that feature all-wheel drive.
Also introduced in 2016 was an option for a 6-speed manual transmission! It’s no secret that a lot of sports car lovers prefer manual over automatic to really feel complete control over their vehicle and mastery of the road. Anyone interested in a manual transmission on a Jaguar F-Type should start with 2016 or later models since 2014s and 2015s only had automatic transmissions available.
2016 also marked a good year for additional features and options in the Jaguar F-Type. Safety features like blind spot warning and rear traffic detection were optional on all models and included at certain trim levels. The high-performance R trim levels also had options for 20-inch forged wheels, more powerful brakes, and a limited slip differential – so keep that in mind as you look at different models.
Many of the changes in 2017 were not as dramatic as they were in previous years, but there were still some things to keep in mind and look for. Of particular note are two different trim levels that really helped define 2017 Jaguar F-Types for a lot of buyers at the time. Those were the newly introduced base model that year, the Premium, and the incredibly high-performance model known as the SVR.
The Premium is the base model for the 2017 Jaguar F-Type and released at a lower starting price than base models of previous years. This means you may be able to find a used 2017 F-Type for sale at a lower price than some previous years, simply because it was less expensive to begin with. While this can vary quite a lot based on different situations, it is something to keep in mind as you look at your options.
Also introduced in 2017 was the Jaguar F-Type SVR, designed as the new pinnacle of performance within the series. The SVR came with a 5.0L Supercharged V8 that can produce up to 575 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, with an overall design that places an emphasis on performance and power. SVRs came with superior handling and suspension for better performance overall—used models are just as impressive today as they were a few years ago.
2018 Jaguar F-Types are noteworthy for a few reasons, particularly the new engine that became available and numerous safety options that were introduced. While the 3.0L and 5.0L engines from previous years can still be found on 2018 models, there was also a 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine introduced that offers up to 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This means you can find some affordable used Jaguar F-Types for sale from 2018 that have a bit less under the hood but go easier on your wallet.
A range of safety features was also introduced in 2018, making these F-Types some of the safest on the road. While these were optional at certain trim levels, you should look for things like autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. 2018 also introduced a new front fascia with redesigned headlights, ventilated seats, and some new paint and wheel options that set these models apart from previous years.
Many of the updates for 2019 models were less substantial than previous years, but there are still a few things worth noting. New features include an updated 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen display in the infotainment system, which was standard for all models. Some new paint colors and other exterior details also became available for the Jaguar F-Type in 2019. Some safety features became standard for all trim levels and models, including emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and an adaptive speed limiter to keep the F-Type as safe as possible. One thing to keep in mind is that trim levels were renamed in 2019 with numbers based on engine performance. The base model was renamed P300, with the P340 being a step up from there, and the P380 replacing the older S models.
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