Warning! this review may cause severe uncontrollable emotions, and the need to rob a bank. We are not liable for any weeping that might happen due to the inability to own a 2014 Jaguar F-Type R.
The Jaguar F-Type comes in four praise equal disguises, the first being the standard F-Type V6, then the F-Type V6-S (supercharged convertible), the F-Type V8 S (convertible) and best of all the F-Type V8 R (supercharged coupe). I thought I might just skip the drama and jump straight to the mother ship; the F-Type R with a worthy unstoppable supercharged V8 and a Pavarotti soundtrack to match.
I must stress that Jaguar wasn’t doing so well before the F-Type came along, in-fact it suffered tremendous drops in resale values and depreciation around the globe. You would know this if you bought an XfS back in 2009 for around 350,000 Aed ($100,00) and ended up selling it for no more than 70,000 Aed.
On another note, let’s be honest; the Jaguar XK doesn’t look or perform as one might expect from a proper roadster, it also did not have any “JAG” feel to it as much as the F-Type does. The F-Type however, has allot of JAG – so much so you wont be knowing what to do with all the JAG’ness aside from feeding her more petrol and letting her purr all her emotions out on the tarmac.
Let’s address the Jaguar in the room, the 5.0 supercharged V8 powerhouse that sounds like a muscle car which graduated from Harvard with honors, that is perhaps because the V8 in this F-Type is sourced from Ford and partially changed to become a bit more exotic and refined. This bullet proof engine is almost maintenance free, and feels so alive unlike its weaker equivalent the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG which feels clunky with its 7 speed auto. Even though it’s equipped with a 5.5l v8 the Merc is almost a second slower than The F-Type R and isn’t nearly as raucous or as egotistic as the 2014 Jaguar F-Type R.
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type R gives you the ability to make that loud burbly coughy exhaust note even louder via a button on the center console, with pops and crackles amplified to make any enthusiast grin and smile on command. Speaking of the buttons, watch out as Jaguar didn’t slouch with the interior either.
Everything looks nice and functions well, placed at the right place and for a reason. However, I found the Interior to be too driver focused with nothing left for the passenger to look at, except for that j beam to hold on to while the driver enjoys himself during some harsh twisties.
Which reminds me of that ZF-8 transmission packed with two overdrive gears for fuel efficiency and shifting points like no other (very smooth indeed). The ZF-8 is being used by many manufacturers including Maserati, Rolls Royce, BMW, Volkswagen, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler. All these great manufacturers use these spectacular transmissions among many others. Of Course, with our little roadster here the ZF8 Transmission has been tweaked to perform accordingly.
This Cat can PURrRrRrr..
I could go on and on about how great 2014 Jaguar F-Type R is, and how wonderful it is on the open roads. But I really don’t want to – I don’t want people to know how good this car is, because it is truly one of those secrets you don’t want others to catch on to. It’s like this restaurant you love, but don’t want to tell anyone about because it would become over crowded. However, the price goes a bit on the high side for a roadster starting from 223,000 Aed | $62,000 going all the way up to 429,000 to 521,000 Aed if you happen to prefer the F-Type V8 R over the V6 equivalent.
Want a bit aural stimulation? Watch the video below.