6. 2016 Jaguar F-type
Base price range: $65,995-$107,445
Jaguar’s taking its sports-car mission seriously, and you should, too. For 2016, it makes the F-type available with the joyous driver-machine interface of a manual transmission and the reassuring car-road connection of all-wheel drive. The model-year 2014 introduction of this two-seater launched the British brand’s first real production sports car since the fabled E-Type was shelved in 1975. It comes in coupe and convertible form, both with a supercharged V-6 that makes 340 horsepower in base models and 380 in S versions. With rear-wheel drive, the six is available with a six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic; with all-wheel drive it links to the automatic.
These are sensuous fashion plates with real performance chops. The overall feel is of more mass than, say a Porsche 911, but also of rock-solid structures and seriously focused suspensions. Power is punchy, expanding to robust in the S models and to breath-stealing in the top-line R versions. Standard all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic team with a supercharged V-8 of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque to get Rs to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. This is supercar territory, with six-figure prices to match. Cabins — cozy but not restricting — favor rich materials over design frivolity. Jaguar enhances value for 2016, making previous options like a 770-watt Meridian stereo standard, giving all coupes a panoramic glass roof, and fitting AWD models with an aero body kit. It also introduces 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage accompanied by complimentary scheduled maintenance.