The 2022 Jaguar F-type is a throwback sports car of sorts. Unlike the Chevy Corvette or the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, the Jaguar’s powerplant resides in front of the driver rather than behind them. This gives the F-type dramatic proportions and an altogether different driving experience.
The thrilling sound of its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, making between 444 and 575 horses, is another distinction. While the Jag doesn’t stop, go, and grip as short, quick, and strong as its peers, both the coupe and convertible will still excite the senses.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Apart from the Corvette, the 2022 Jaguar F-type is the only other sports car in its class to offer a V-8. Even the base P450 model, with its 444-hp supercharged 5.0-liter engine and rear- or all-wheel drive, is more powerful than the most potent six-cylinder Boxster and Cayman, which top out at 414 ponies.
Then there’s the even mightier F-type R that boasts 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With standard all-wheel drive and the same eight-speed automatic as the P450, the R coupe we drove roared to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 121 mph. While the V-8-powered Jags sound fantastic, their front-engine layout contributes to a different driving experience than their mid-engined rivals.
We were particularly pleased with the R’s civilized ride and talkative, albeit touchy, steering. It also delivered a notable 1.0 g of cornering grip and stopped from 70 mph in a tidy 155 feet. Although those numbers are pretty common among modern sports cars, they’re not quite as impressive as you’ll find on the Corvette and the Porsches.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
We expect the 575-hp, all-wheel-drive F-type R to be rated at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. While we don’t know how efficient the less powerful P450 will be, it should be slightly thriftier at the pump, especially the rear-drive model. We ran an R coupe on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and it exceeded expectations by returning 27 mpg. For more information about the F-type’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, 2022 Jaguar F-type maintains a driver-centric design that’s accentuated with a mix of racy and rich materials. These include stitched surfaces, faux-suede accents, and chrome trim. Fancier models will offer even better interior appointments that include aluminum pieces, embossing, and more faux-suede coverings. Two differently styled seats are available and can be upgraded with heated and cooled surfaces.
The 2022 Jaguar F-type‘s excellent driving position carries over as well, and the driver will now face a large 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster. Unfortunately, the coupe and convertible’s notoriously tight cabin and the convertible’s hilariously small trunk will also remain.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 2022 F-type features a 10.0-inch touchscreen that supports the company’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment software. The system includes popular content, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as standard. The sports car is also available with a premium audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Jaguar provides its sports car with an assortment of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. For more information about the F-type’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED
$115,110 (base price: $104,225)
supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
305 in3, 5000 cm3
575 hp @ 6500 rpm
516 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Suspension (F/R): multilink/control arms
Brakes (F/R): 15.0-in vented disc/14.8-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, F: 265/35R-20 (99Y) J R: 305/30R-20 (93Y) J
Wheelbase: 103.2 in
Length: 176.0 in
Width: 75.7 in
Height: 51.5 in
Passenger volume: 51 ft3
Cargo volume: 14 ft3
Curb weight: 4105 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 sec
100 mph: 8.2 sec
130 mph: 13.9 sec
150 mph: 19.6 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.9 sec
1/4 mile: 11.7 sec @ 121 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 186 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 155 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 307 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.00 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rolloutof 0.2 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 27 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/16/24 mpg