By on November 23, 2016

2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

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.

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25 Comments on “Ace of Base, Reader Suggestion: 2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe...”

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    “Reader Suggestion”

    Heh… I’d put a disclaimer in there, too.

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    For the F-type, I think the smart Ace of Base move is to wait for the I6 to come out.

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    87 Morgan

    Plenty of ways to find 40 hp on the after market for well less than 17k. I too would leave that box unchecked.

    The beauty of this cat, most people will think you drive an Astin Martin as they look almost identical and you can save half the price

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    The Base Model F-Type Coupe gets the Active Exhaust option if you opt for the 6MT. However, the lack of a limited slip diff is a deal-breaker, making the “S” the Ace, although not the “base”

    I want this car more than words can convey. Figure a used S-6MT will have to depreciate like a rock in water before that happens. Fortunately, they do.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. The power difference is trivial to me, but the lack of a Diff and the upgraded brakes are things that would make me absolutely want to go to the “S” model, though I would imagine a sympathetic parts-counter guy could help you with both of those for a price.

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    Well 4k for the drop top seems like a good deal in the land of Jags but if your a hard top type the base is the way to go except for 60 plus Jag throw in heated seats and steering wheel, we are talking about a JAG after all.

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    My cousin got an F-Type vert a bit over a year ago, and I think it was pretty much the base model. He absolutely loved it, but he decided he’d love a nicer apartment more, and sold it for more than he originally paid. I’m still not sure how he pulled that off.

    Rat bast*rd!

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    I can remember how enthusiastic people were (me incl.) that finally a successor to the E-Type would make its debut. Having seen the car a couple of times over the years, I must say that it can hardly be called a classic, definitely not as iconic as its predecessor. Too bulging. Too short a tail. Back to the drawing board, Jaguar.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam Hell Jr

      “People,” meaning you and some other folks who like to look at pictures of old Jags. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

      Meanwhile, go to a car show. Even now, “people,” meaning young women, will stroll blithely past any number of six-figure license ruiners, but they will quite literally stop in their tracks and walk over to the F-Type and make appreciative noises and touch it in ways that make you wish you were the car.

      If I were a single guy with $70k or so to spend on a toy … This one. This one right here.

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    Those 18″ Vela wheels on the base model look stunning. No need to go larger, this is the perfect size for this car.

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    One of my friends in the UK is a “pro driver” for Jaguar, he drives journalists in the car at media launches. Lately these have been at F1 tracks in Spain and Portugal, so he has had the opportunity to drive various F Types about as hard and fast as possible.

    He said even if money was no object, he’d take the V6. Said it was better balanced than the V8, and didn’t find he needed the extra power of the V8.

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    This Ace of Base runs up against “What else can you get for the money?” At $61k, wouldn’t you really rather have a Mustang GT350R or a Corvette?

    • 0 avatar

      Not as a street car.

      I have no idea if this is even remotely comparable in anything but looks to that one, but as pooh-poohed as the original DB9 was by track and laptime per dollar enthusiasts, it’s one of the most memorable road cars I have driven. Remarkably poised, elegant and effortless everywhere. At least up until the creaks started getting obvious, a few months before trade-in time (36 month lease.) And as good as it looked in pictures, it looked even better in person.

      And much better still, on the move. Like a real feline. This one at least looks to be cut from a similar, Saville Row approved no doubt, cloth.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Someone, preferably female, understanding that you have good taste vice a Mustang or Corvette.

  • avatar

    I agree completely with your evaluation of the specs. However, I would opt for a 2004-07 XKR and keep the $40k change for pocket money.

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    God I so want one of these. Then I look at the sticker…..and cry.

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    I currently lease a 2015 V8S for about 70-75% the cost of a 911 Cabrio. It’s a fantastic beast of a car. Being in SoCal it’s droptop weather maybe 350 days a year (we do get some rain). To me it was definitely worth it over the base model simply for the noise. I daily drive it and can hit full throttle in more places than you’d think.

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    This is on point. The base F-Type is a strong argument against the less grown-up Corvette, and is just slightly more expensive. I’ve rented one–a base model, even–it’s fast and is one of the naughtiest-sounding cars under $100k.

    The only problem I have with it is the interior is a little on the dull side, but it’s still better than the Vette’s.

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    excellent choice. A while ago, I was thinking about what my choice for a classic sports car would be. It came down to this and a Porsche 911. curious as to what the prices were like, I went and played around on Jag’s site with the build your own feature, and I came to a similar conclusion. the base F type with a manual has everything I could ask for. If I were actually spending my own $ to buy it, I’d be hard pressed to justify adding any of the options, much less opting for the more potent versions, especially the automatic only V8 which seems quite pointless. I’d even skip the supercharger if they’d let me. the car really is a brilliant back to basics sports car in base form. Aside from the Vette, there’s really nothing between this and a Miata/124 that does that better aside from a Vette, and if you look at it from a useable fun to drive on the road performance, you’d be hard pressed to justify spending much more either unless you really wanted the AM Vantage’s V8 or V12. I know the 911 is good, even in base form (see previous columns), but is it really $30k better? yeah it’s a bit more practical but for that price difference, I could get the F-type and a carmax 3 series or ATS for a practical fun to drive daily.

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    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).

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    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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