Base Versus Loaded: 2014 Jaguar F-Type

By Brandon Turkus

June 06, 2013

One of the most highly anticipated cars of the year, Jaguar’s new F-Type marks the brand’s return to the high-performance roadster segment. We’ll be driving the F-Type at the end of July, but figured we’d do some research on the wide-ranging prices of the newest Jag.
The F-Type will be available with a pair of engines. A supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 in both 340- and 380-horsepower varieties covers the bottom and middle trims, while the top dog will be the F-Type V8 S, which boasts Jaguar/Land Rover’s excellent 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 with a meaty 495 horsepower.
With a starting price of $69,000, the 340-horsepower F-Type offers more power than a Porsche Boxster S, while costing $6900 more. Sure, these two will probably balance each other out when you dive into the options catalog, but we’re left wondering if the extra 25 ponies afforded by the Jag are worth the increased price. In this instance, the Porsche seems like the obvious choice.
The decision becomes considerably more difficult when you throw your checkbook at the Jag’s options sheet. Fully loaded, with 495 horsepower and at $113,205, the F-Type V8 S is only $2405 more than an unequipped Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. The Porsche is down 95 horsepower, but it’s also about 400 pounds lighter than the Jag. Still, the F-Type is .1 seconds faster to 60 than an auto-equipped, but otherwise barebones, 911 C2S Cabrio. So, which do you choose?
The straw poll at the Winding Road offices leaned toward the more powerful Jag, surprisingly. Given that decision, there are a few things we’d trim off of our F-Type, to make its price even more competitive. Naturally, we’d use the V8 S as our starting point, because a supercharged, 495-horsepower, two-seat convertible is our kind of car.
We’d pass on the shouty and expensive body kit and orange paint ($4500 all together), and opt for the classic, simple British Racing Green Metallic ($1500). The black, 20-inch Cyclone wheels look great, as well ($1000). In the cabin, we’d go with the $2950 Performance Pack, the $1925 Extended Leather Pack, and the $1500 performance leather seats, with an extra $350 for the camel-colored seatbelts. The last batch of goodies would be the $1200, 770-watt Meridian stereo, the $600 heated, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and the $450 Satellite/HD radio combo.
All told, we’d be shaving just over $9000 off the loaded F-Type’s price, for a total of $103,475. Add $875 for destination and handling, and we’d be cutting a check for $104,350. Not a terrible deal when you consider what other roadsters are available at this price point.
Price: $69,000 (Jaguar F-Type) + $875 (Destination) + $0 (Options) = $69,875
Price: $92,000 (Jaguar F-Type V8 S) + $875 (Destination) + $20,605 (Options) = $113,205
What $44,205 Buys
V8 S: $23,000
            -5.0-liter, supercharged V-8
            -20-inch wheels
            -Active Sport Exhaust
            -Jaguar Super Performance Brakes
            -Sport suspension with Adaptive Dynamics
            -Dynamic Mode
            -Electronic Active Differential
            -Dual-zone automatic climate control
            -14-way leather sport seats
            -Rear parking sensors
            -Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
            -Jaguar Smart Key System
            -Configurable ambient interior lighting with 5 color choices
            -Power-folding, heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals and puddle lamps
Exterior Design Pack With Black Pack: $3900
            -Body colored aero kit
            -Gloss black rear valence, grille surround, side power vent surround and mesh
Firesand Metallic paint: $600
20-inch Blade Wheel: $2500
Stone Grey Roof: $600
Premium Pack: $800
            -14-way adjustable front seats with driver-side memory
            -Jaguar Smart Key system
            -Dual zone climate control with air filtration
            -Programmable garage door opener
            -Valet mode and additional lockable storage
            -Wind deflector
-Climate Pack
                        -Heated seats
                        -Heated steering wheel
Vision Pack: $2100
            -Adaptive front lighting
            -Intelligent high beams
            -Front and rear parking aids with reverse camera and touchscreen guidance
            -Cross Traffic Alert
            -Blind Spot Monitoring
Performance Pack: $2950
            -Configurable Dynamic Mode
            -Performance style seating
            -Leather flat-bottomed Sport Steering Wheel with Ignis shift paddles
            -Interior Black Pack with metallic foot pedals and sport floor mats
            -Red brake calipers
            -Switchable Active Sport Exhaust
 Extended Leather Pack: $1925
            -Premium soft-grain leather seats, dashboard, door panels, leather console, A-pillars, headliner, and sun visors
Performance Seats in Premium Leather: $1500
Cirrus Grey carpets: $550
Camel Seatbelts: $350
Meridian 12-speaker, 770-watt surround sound system: $1200
Sport heated leather steering wheel – Flat bottom: $600
Heated windshield with timer: $350
Alloy space saver spare wheel: $380
Illuminated stainless steel tread plates: $450
HD Radio & Sirius Satellite Radio: $450 
Standard Features
Automatic Headlights
LED tail lights
Fog and reverse lights in rear bumper
Deployable Exterior Door Handles
Deployable Rear Spoiler
Chrome Grille Surround
Exterior Badging - Jaguar Wordmarque and Leaper - On rear spoiler
Exterior Badging - F-TYPE badge - Rear LH Side
Exterior mirrors - body colored
Jaguar Tire Repair System
Rain sensing windshield wipers
JaguarSense™ overhead light console operation
Dual zone automatic climate control
Air quality sensing with auto recirculation
Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror
Trip computer with message center
Intelligent Venting System
Covered Front Cupholders
Storage Nets
USB, Aux. socket and iPod connectivity in center cubby box
Auxiliary power socket in center console
Air particle / pollen filtration
Steering column with electric adjustment for height and reach
Sport Sunvisor with Mirror
Configurable Ambient Interior Lighting - with selectable palette
Instrument Cluster - Twin dials with 5" color TFT display (Max Speed 200mph / 320kmh)
Bluetooth® telephone connectivity
Navigation System with route guidance
AM/FM Radio, Single Slot CD/DVD and Hard Disk Drive
8-inch color Touch-screen display
Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL)
Rear Parking Aid with Touch-screen visual indicator
Rear Wheel Drive
Sport Suspension with Adaptive Dynamics
Active Differential
Intelligent Stop/Start
Quad Exhaust Pipes
Dynamic Stability Control (with Trac DSC mode)
SportShift Selector
8 Speed 'QuickShift' transmission
Winter Mode
Jaguar Sequential Shift™
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
Two Stage Unlocking
Jaguar Smart Key System™ with Keyless entry
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Occupancy Classification System
Jaguar Smart Key System™ with Keyless start
Remote control central locking
Drive-away locking function
Perimeter sensing and sounder
Engine immobilizer
Smart Airbag System (inc two front airbags)
Side airbags - seat mounted with head protection
Airbag Off switch for passenger seat
Roll over protection system
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Trunk entrapment release lever