While I may be partial for my appreciation of Jaguars and their rich motorsports heritage, which includes seven 24 hours Le Mans race wins, I have to say this is easily one of the most underrated sports cars on the market. The Jaguar F Type combines a voguish, chiseled look with top-notch engine power for a ride that is up to the minute in appearance and drives like an earthbound fighter jet. The car comes standard with supercharged 5.0 liter V8, and 444 horse power, though I would recommend making the leap to the upgraded 575 horse power engine for a truly dynamite drive. Both engine types come with 8-speed automatic and optional all wheel drive for improved traction, and the acceleration on the base model is a respectable 4.4 seconds. The perfect car for grand touring, this ride is also an excellent daily driver.
My test vehicle was the F type convertible, which features a motorized top that instantly goes up and down with just the push of a button. Driving with the top down was a trip; as with most convertibles the sound of the engine was enhanced by heightened senses, transforming the throaty hum to a rippling grr – not to mention there is nothing better than the wind in your hair on a warm sunshiny day.
While the trunk space is admittedly limited, it still had a wide enough berth to fit a set of golf clubs or a full trip’s worth of groceries. The interior was also fantastic, featuring supple leather doors, dash, seats, and steering wheel, and the seats offer heat and cooling capabilities.
At $71k, this car could easily go for an additional $30k to price match with its affluent interior and beefy V8. The convertible is roughly $3k more, which is also a bargain considering most roadsters have a $5-10k premium.