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2015 Jaguar F-Type

Base price range: $65,925-$99,925

The F-Type is the first all-out Jaguar sports car in regular production since the fabled E-Type was retired in 1975. This is a rear-wheel-drive two-seater available as a voluptuous coupe or rakish convertible. Base versions have a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 tuned to 340-horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, good for 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. S models bump that to 380 and 339 and drop the 0-60 sprint to 4.8 seconds. There’s also a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 with 495-horsepower and 460 pound-feet in the V-8 S Roadster. It does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. The same V-8 in the range-topping F-Type Coupe R delivers 550-horsepower and 502 pound-feet. 0-60 here is finished in 4.0 seconds on the way to a 186 mph top speed. There’s one transmission, an eight-speed automatic with adaptive controls and shift paddles that make it eager and quick-responding. The F-Type is small enough and light enough that is doesn’t have to leave out creature comforts to aid performance, as long as you are prepared to pay for them that is. The F-Type looks the part from every angle, and its resists being too retro by following the heritage of the legendary E-Type too closely.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]