The F-Type is the epitome of a classic long-nosed sports car; it's what enthusiasts imagine when the subject turns to modern Jaguar performance. In 2021, the F-Type coupe and convertible saw a major refresh, getting a sexy new look and more features. For the 2022 model year, the Jaguar F-Type line does away with the model's previous four- and six-cylinder engine options. Thanks to a new, detuned and more affordable eight-cylinder base model, the 2022 F-Type makes the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 more accessible than ever before.
We're impressed by the current iteration of the Jaguar F-Type, in part because the previous version was just too tail happy. With its loosey-goosey rear reined in, the F-Type inspires confidence, especially in R spec, putting down a great amount of power and, finally, providing commendable handling in spite of the fact the model is creeping toward two tons in curb weight.
Although this F-Type feels and looks better than the last one, Jaguar engineers might want to rethink its brakes. Vague, squishy pedal feel under heavy braking are cause for some concern for those who drive their cars hard. What's worse, in our experience, the back end seems to dance around when the brakes are mashed. We're grateful for the sharp looks and better handling, but the F-Type seems ripe for a little stopping power upgrade.
Jaguar is banking on a single engine to satisfy all F-Type buyers, and it's a potent one. The line's blown V-8 is offered in two states of tune, a 444-hp version in P450 RWD and AWD models and a 575-hp version for the top tier, AWD-only F-Type R. Both send power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The more sensible 296-hp turbo four-cylinder and 380-hp supercharged V-6 from the 2021 model year are no longer available.
Automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and traffic-sign recognition are standard across the F-Type line. Ponying up for the Blind Spot Assist pack adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Not many look to sports cars for lots of space, but the F-Type is surprisingly well equipped. The front-engine, RWD two-seater Jaguar provides 42.8 inches of legroom, which matches what you get in the mid-engine, RWD Chevrolet Corvette, another two-seater. The BMW M4 offers even less space, at 41.7 inches, but it has two rows of seats.
Under its rear hatch, the F-Type coupe delivers 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than the Corvette's 12.6 cubic feet of storage space. The Jag convertible offers 7.3 cubic feet in its trunk.
Every F-Type receives rain-sensing windshield wipers, a configurable adaptive suspension, and an exhaust with adjustable electrically actuated bypass valves to control the Jag's growl. Pushbutton start and a power adjustable steering column are also standard, as is an infotainment system with a 10.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
At the P450 AWD trim level, F-Type owners get LED headlights, power-folding side mirrors, and 12-way power adjustable front seats. In top R trim, a power tailgate, electric parking brake and keyless entry (which is an available option at lower trims) become standard. Two-zone climate control, heated steering wheels, and heated and cooled front seats are also available.