Auto review by Veeno Dewan

For 2022, the esteemed Jaguar F-Type  coupe and convertible drop  the  four- and six-cylinder engines and  are now powered by a 5.0L V8 Supercharged engine.  The F-Type either in coupe or convertible form   knocks it out of the park with its slinky lithe styling. It looks like a proper classic long nose- short deck sportscar, not some overwide, chunky fat fendered  sports cars of today.  The 2022 update also sees revised front and rear fascias with cool LED light treatments. The car looks beautifully proportioned and sits on  big 20-inch wheels. Another nice touch is the typical Jag grille and the cool stacked design quad exhausts.

Jaguar starts the 2022 F-Type lineup with an all-new P450 variant using a 444-hp version of the V8, which comes in base and R-Dynamic configuration (As tested) and in a  choice of coupe or with rear- or all-wheel drive. All F-Type variants use an eight-speed transmission. Our P450 does the 0- to 100 kilometres dash in a scant 4.5 seconds.

The more powerful P575 R  version comes with a potent 575-hp engine in coupe or convertible models with standard AWD. P575 R models also gain Windsor leather seating, aluminum interior trim, and an active differential with torque vectoring control…and wait for it, 0-100 km/h comes in an eye-watering 3.7 seconds!

Standard features on the  F-Type P450 models come equipped with 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, leather/suede upholstery, an audiophile quality Meridian stereo, a switchable active exhaust, selectable drive modes, and an adaptive suspension. The price on our tester started at a base of $100,500.  Options on our Santori black convertible tester included: Two-zone Climate Control   Garage Door Opener (HomeLink®)  Meridian™ Surround Sound System,   Black Exterior Pack  and Heated Windscreen plus the interior luxury pack comprising of an extended leather upgrade, front illuminated sill plates,  and premium lighting. This starting price fin Canada for the F-T   starts from a not unreasonable $87,200 to approximately $105,000 as stickered on our R Dynamic  with the optional equipment at  $7,500 for final total of $109,850 including  delivery.

Interior wise, the Jaguar F-Type convertible arrives with a sleek  snug fitting electric powered folding top. The cockpit has a driver-focused design with a choice of  wonderful  Windsor leather or suede upholstery. Nice touches include the embossed Jaguar Leaper motifs on the headrests and contrasting stitching on the seats, dash, and doors panels.   The P450 comes with front power seats, with a decent   amount of lumbar and lateral and bolstered support for heavy cornering.  Inside, there is electrically adjustable steering,  and a new driver focused 12.3-inch instrument display with a choice of different modes. To the right is a  10-inch infotainment touchscreen. Despite the snug cabin there is   decent head- and legroom, but the trunk in the convertible is small.

On the safety front, the  F-Type gets rain-sensing wipers, collision mitigation, tire pressure monitoring, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and a driver condition monitor.

On the road the P450 versions supercharged V8 delivers a heady adrenalin producing 444 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque complete with an intoxicating snarling exhaust note. The supercharged engine feels so right for this car with its seemingly endless supply of mid and top end torque  that’s available under your right foot.  Jaguar says the new 2022 F-Type P450 R accelerates to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 177 mph. With its  all-wheel drive, power delivery, grip and acceleration is phenomenal. The eight- speed transmission shifts quickly and using the paddle shifters enables the driver to really fine tune their driving style and maximise the powerband. Selecting  various customizable Dynamic drive modes  sharpen  the throttle response, firms up to the steering,  delays shift points, and ramps up  performance. It also  puts the exhaust in loud mode. Handling is also sublime with adjustable damping for quicker more agile steering. Speaking of steering, its point and shoot with scalpel sharp  responses and is aided by an active rear differential with brake-based torque vectoring  control.  Few downsides in terms of performance,  Some may find the ride a tad harsh even in the comfort setting and with the roof down it’s a loud car.

Fuel economy rated by Jaguar’s is  15.2/9.8 L/100 km city /highway /combined  for the F-Type P450 R.

To sum up, the Jaguar’s  sleek , classic beautiful looks mark it out from some of the over-pimped, but very capable competition, such as the Audi A5, BMW 8 Series, the Porsche 911, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. If I had the choice, the front runner would be the Jaguar F-Type, it somehow seems classier, more distinctive, and quincentennial British. Highly desirable and a real pleasure to own and drive.

2022 Jaguar F-type P450 Convertible – Priced from $ 100,500.

Price as tested with options and delivery: $109,850

More info at www.jaguar.ca