In both V6 and V8 trim, the 2014 F-Type is a brilliant car. It's equally fun to cruise in and drive aggressively. Despite a curb weight of roughly 3500 pounds, the F-Type still feels nimble. We were naturally drawn to the V8 S trim for its brutal horsepower, but ended up enjoying the V6 more around the autocross course for its predictably under heavy load. The V8 S just gets a little squirrely when you're leaning into it around corners.
The F-Type's driver's seat is both comfortable and supportive, while the cockpit puts all of the important controls within a quick glance and reach. Jaguar's data infotainment system does come up a little short in terms of aesthetics. Moreover, features controlled by touch are more difficult to access, since the recessed display obscures the lower part of the screen somewhat. Fortunately, the most common functions have physical buttons that correspond to them.
Jaguar's active center vents are a slick novelty, as are the rear spoiler and door handles, all of which deploy automatically when they're needed. As far as looks go, the F-Type is a head-turner for sure (and for anyone who isn't looking, that exhaust should grab their attention). Personally, I'm a fan of that backside, with its E-Type tail light styling cues and flared fenders.
If you’re looking for a beautiful roadster to drive aggressively, but want something with more panache than a Porsche Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLK, or BMW Z4, all the while staying under $100,000, Jaguar's F-Type is a marvelous choice. We couldn't imagine leaving the garage in this thing with anything other than a smile on our faces.