2024 Jaguar F-TYPE R75 Pros
– The supercharged V8 is does everything it needs to do.
– Its proportions remain classic and enticing.
2024 Jaguar F-TYPE R75 Cons
– The F-Type never lived up to the XK’s premium GT car aura.
– The 2019 facelift did nothing to truly improve the F-Type’s styling.
Jaguar’s F-TYPE has always stirred the soul with its striking looks and V8 rumble, but the 2024 F-TYPE R75 prompts a peculiar cocktail of emotions as it bids farewell to the lineage of Jaguar’s petrol-powered sports cars. With an imminent full switch to electric vehicles by Jaguar on the horizon, the 2024 model year becomes a final encore for the combustion engine’s growl within the marque.
Stepping into the F-TYPE after some years, one might expect an epiphany, a moment that reignites the old flame. However, the truth is more nuanced. It’s not until the possibility of never experiencing something again becomes real that its value sharply rises — a testament to the emotional bond humans form with machines.
This F-TYPE R75 is special, not just because of its powerhouse—a supercharged V8—but for the sentimentality it carries as one of the final 75 anniversary editions reserved for the Canadian market, a tribute to 75 years since the XK 120 in 1948. Available solely with that V8 engine, it seems Jaguar wants to ensure this last hurrah is remembered not with a whimper, but with a roar.
The 2024 F-TYPE has evolved aesthetically since its 2014 debut. Some may argue that the original’s larger headlights and distinctive taillights carried more personality than the current sharper and arguably over-assertive design. Yet, despite this, the car maintains classic grand touring proportions that are hard to fault. The long bonnet and the cabin retracted towards the rear wheels sculpt a silhouette that’s undeniably captivating, even if the Carpathian Grey hue isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Jaguar or another?
From a pricing standpoint, the F-TYPE R75 doesn’t shy away from its premium. In Canada, it starts at CAD 109,300 for the base model, with the R75 climbing to CAD 128,950. Given the choice, though, one might ponder the value proposition. Is it worth investing in a vehicle that, while sonorous and handsome, is outperformed in driving dynamics by its German counterparts or even other grand tourers in its price range? The answer may not be straightforward. For some, the emotional pull and the rarity of this being a swan song of Jaguar’s combustion era might outweigh any logical deductions.
The F-type comes standard with active exhaust and adjustable dampers, a feature that underlines its sporting pretensions. This setup aims to deliver a visceral and engaging driving experience, something that’s often a high priority for cars in this segment. However, the setup at odds with the car’s performance in urban settings where the car feels out of its element when not cruising on open roads or tackling sweeping bends. The mention of taking “the long way home” and the car’s reluctance to feel at ease even in max dynamic mode suggests a level of disconnect between the car’s performance offerings and everyday usability.
If I was to compare F-type to the last grand tourer I drove, the Supra, neither feels entirely comfortable in the city or when pushed hard. It’s an interesting comparison since both vehicles aim to straddle the line between performance and luxury. Yet, the F-type seems to miss the mark on delivering that cohesive experience that blends thrilling driving with everyday comfort.
I developed a sense of frustration with the chassis tuning, which is supposedly targeted towards “guys with gray hairs.” I expected a different calibre of ride quality, perhaps one that manages to be sporty without sacrificing refinement. Furthermore, the steering being “ultra-quick” and the surprise at the responsiveness suggests that the car’s reactions may be a bit too eager for someone expecting a more GT-like comportment.
Well, not really, sadly… The mention of the 8-speed automatic transmission and the supercharged V8 engine’s impressive stats—575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque—paints a picture of a car that has no problem delivering exhilarating straight-line performance. The acceleration numbers, like the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds, confirm that the F-type is a beast when it’s allowed to unleash its full potential.
Yet, despite its capabilities, the F-type doesn’t seem to always instil confidence. Words like “disconcerting” crop up when discussing the front end’s occasional lightness. This might indicate that the car’s handling characteristics can be unpredictable, which isn’t ideal for a vehicle that boasts such power and is designed to handle it with finesse.
Where to put the money?
Despite how much I like the F-Type, I admit I wouldn’t recommend it as a wise purchase – perhaps as an investment being the last of its kind. The comparison to a 911—a car known for its ability to be both a daily driver and a track-ready machine—highlights the F-type’s shortcomings in versatility. Plus, a Porsche is rarely a bad investment to boot.
Driving the F-TYPE R75 is an exercise in nostalgia, knowing well that the electrified future will change the motoring landscape. And while it may not be the rational choice, it’s a heartstring-tugging goodbye to a beloved chapter in automotive history. The F-TYPE R75 isn’t just a car; it’s a memory in motion, a final note in a V8 symphony that has resonated for decades. The real question for potential buyers is simple: How much is that melody worth to you?