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Aaron Gold

Test drive: 2014 Jaguar F-Type

By August 15, 2013

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2014 Jaguar F-Type

I like Jags. Can't say I love them, but I like them. My last Jaguar test drive, that of an XJ 3.0, went exactly as I expected: A big, elegant car brimming with power and luxury. I expected more of the same from the F-Type, but it turns otu I was wrong -- quite wrong. The F-Type is a very different type of Jaguar. I don't like it... I love it. Find out why in my 2014 Jaguar F-Type review. -- Aaron Gold


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August 15, 2013 at 10:32 am
(1) Eric says:

Sounds like an awesome car, and a huge departure from Jag’s norm. Would I buy this car if I had crazy money to spend? No.

Why? Two main reasons: First and foremost is the lack of a manual transmission. Don’t even bother spewing any drivel about how great modern automatics are, how much more efficient they are, or that they shift faster, etc. I. DON’T. CARE!!! I can’t begin to describe how much I don’t care! I love manuals, and this car begs for one. In my humble opinion, the lack of a manual transmission in this car is absolute heresy! Second is the top. My daily driver is a 1988 BMW 325i cabrio, and I have a love/hate relationship with the manual top. I love the fact that it’s a manual top; no worries about electric motors failing or anything like that. I hate the lack of insulation, and the amount of road noise that filters into the cabin with the top up. I know I would feel the same way about the top on this Jag.

August 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(2) Hawaiian Don says:

Having had a year long love affair with a E-Type Series I, 1966 3.8 litre coupe with 265 HP and 240 ft lbs of torque (almost like telling about an affair with Brigitte Bardot), the things I most remember is holding on to that skinny wood, oversized steering wheel and looking down that sleek hood with the little vents just beyond the wipers. Then I turned the key and MAGIC! This car was fast for the time (0-60 in 7 sec.), handled brilliantly, but most of all it did everything smoothly with panache. If this car captured all of that, then I’m gonna start spending $100 a week on lotto tickets!

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