2016 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Review
Jaguar F-Type Chassis, Suspension & Steering
At once raucous and yet wholly sophisticated, the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Convertible perfectly encapsulates the essence of the Jaguar brand. The luxurious interior treatment is nicely balanced by the dynamic capabilities of the car, and it’s contained within one of the most sensuous exterior designs currently on offer. Further, the interior treatment features high quality materials arranged in an award-winning design. The look immediately says performance car, while its luxurious nature is beyond reproach.
For the 2016 model year, Jaguar has added all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission to the F-Type’s roster of mechanical attributes. The manual transmission is specifically for V6-powered versions of the Jaguar, while all-wheel drive can be had with the V8 as well as the V6 engines. My test car was a rear-drive version of the F-Type S, equipped with an eight-speed automatic. The 380-horsepower supercharged V6 produced 339 ft-lbs of torque. With it, I averaged 21 mpg, driving a mix of city, highway, and two-lane canyon roads.
Jaguar quotes a zero to 60 of five seconds with this engine, and I found it more than adequate for thrill inducement. Particularly so, when the Jaguar’s drive selector was switched to sport, and the dual mode exhaust system was permitted to operate in its most vocal setting. Quick off the line, and delivering power to spare, the 2016 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible was delightful in every circumstance.
All in all, as sports cars go, the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is nicely balanced, and the paddle shifters on the steering wheel for the eight-speed automatic provide responsive shifts. I particularly liked the transmission’s rev matching feature for downshifts, both for the way they helped slow the Jaguar going into turns, as well as the exhilarating sounds it coaxed the engine into producing. On a twisty two-lane, driving the 2016 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible briskly was absolutely gleeful.
Around town, you’re constantly the object of admiring glances, as the design of the F-Type Convertible endears itself to all who gaze upon it. The top stows or deploys at the touch of a button, with the conversion taking 12 seconds to complete. Further, it can be accomplished at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. This permits you to hop in, fire up the Jaguar and drop the top as you’re driving away.
Top-down driving is largely buffet-free, and can even be comfortable in cooler weather with the heater on, seat heaters activated, and the side windows raised. A wonderful-sounding 12-speaker Meridian audio system has been made standard for 2016, and the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been updated with new applications. However, the interface is a bit slow to respond, and its graphics treatment is due a revision.
Overall ride quality is smooth, though the suspension system does come up rather stiff legged over uneven pavement surfaces. It’s tolerable when you take the handling capabilities into consideration, but it’s an issue nonetheless. Cargo capacity with the convertible is capped at seven cubic feet in the trunk, so while a weekend getaway is doable, if you’re thinking of long distance touring, you’ll probably want to ship your formal attire to your final destination.
Pricing starts at $65,400.