Ace of Base, Reader Suggestion: 2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Matthew Guy
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Sometimes a manufacturer churns out a base trim that — all things considered — might just be the primo choice for that particular model. Here’s an example.

The Jaguar F-Type has been around since 2013 creating leagues of bug-eyed gearheads whose jaws invariably hit the ground when they finally see one in person. It’s one of those rare cars that looks a gazillion times better in the metal than on paper. The slinky Coupe version showed up in dealers a year later, with Jaguar periodically adjusting trim levels and feature content.

An alert reader (thanks for writing in!) hinted we should use the F-Type for this series, and I was buoyed by the suggestion. Why? It’s well-known I tend to choose the largest engine and loudest colour available when spending my own hard-earned dollars on a vehicle. Yet, the base V6 F-Type appears to make a compelling case for itself.

Does one need to pop for the F-Type’s optional bellowing V8? Let’s find out.

At $61,400, the Coupe is a cool $4,000 less than its convertible stablemate, and sports a better profile to this jaundiced eye. In base form, the F-Type’s 3.0-liter V6 is aided by a supercharger, good for a healthy 340 horsepower to go with its manual transmission and rear drive. Sixty mph appears in 5.5 seconds, with even the cheapest F-Type charging all the way to 161 mph. Not a bad start for the base V6, then.

The hues of Ebony Black, Polaris White, and Caldera Red are all on offer for $0. In a reversal from most manufacturers, Jag charges extra for the plebeian shades of silver and grey — $600 and $1,500 respectively. Perhaps buyers of base F-Types want to blend in with traffic and fly under the radar, which, upon reflection, is not a bad plan. An optional Premium Package adds $5,400 and is comprised of luxury items such as keyless start and cornering lamps, with no performance additions of which to speak. Gearheads will leave that option box unchecked.

Savvy buyers can also upgrade the headliner with material selected from the finest dead cows or — and this is a triumph of marketing — a *ahem* suedecloth upper environment. Referring to one’s headliner as such is akin to calling your lawnmower a landscape adjustment device. Regardless, both of those options are gratis. Drivers can toast their hands and buns with a $600 Climate Package. Our recommendation: wear gloves and long johns instead.

An extra $17,700 nets F-Type buyers the S trim, which sees a 40 hp gain ($442.50 per pony, or about the price of an actual pony) and a host of other performance kit. Uprated brakes, sport suspension with active dynamics, and the delicious active sport exhaust appear for the extra moolah, not to mention a limited slip diff.

But what about that V8? Well, F-Type owners can be rollin’ in a 5.0 for $105,400, an automatic-only affair in R trim, which shoots drivers to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The $125,950 SVR grants owners admission to the 200 mph club. Both of these are stunning achievements, and by all accounts the V8 bellows like Chewbacca on a bad fur day, but at double the price of the base model — which is no performance slouch — I’d be hard pressed to make a business case for my favourite engine layout.

Even the $17,700 walk to better performing S trim gives me pause. Sure, it does buy shoppers a yaffle of performance, of that there can be no question, but it’s a huge amount of money to simply shave 0.2 seconds off the run to 60. The base V6 departs the line like a scalded cat, no pun intended, and will leave most of your roadmates staring at the twin sewer cannons serving as centre-mounted exhaust pipes. Given the price differential, I think it deserves a spot in our Ace of Base group.

Not every base model has aced it. The ones that have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments or flip us an email. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Trump Bucks.

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Nov 28, 2016

    I'm irritated with the F-Type that Jaguar has no grand touring car available. The XK was much more appealing in my eyes, and equally as good looking as this (though the F-Type is available in better colors, like a sweet burnt orange). And that's not saying the F-Type doesn't look great, it's a stunner in person. But it gives away all the elegance for the sake of sport. Jaguar, take the F-Type and soften it, make it bigger, and offer a new XJS (or something).

  • Nookieman Nookieman on Dec 30, 2017

    I leased a new 2014 V8s F-Type roadster, hit a deer 3 months later, and after the insurance check cleared found and leased her evil twin. Her lease eventually ran out and I couldn’t bear to give my kitty back, so I refinanced her. This car is actually addictive to drive. Definitely can recommend the superperformance brakes and the adaptive headlights, they are both highly effective and worth having. Car is far better built than my prior Mercedes. The V8 sound alone is worth the extra money over either six. The extra power is just a bonus. Either alone is worth the extra $20k. With 500 RWHP and 8 gears, 60-120-60 overtakes happen Right Now. Tires spinning on the less grippy center stripe. Scary fast fun. The 2016-on V8R is AWD so its less thrilling, but slightly safer.

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