QUICK TEST: 2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport

Jaguar F-Type
By Shari Prymak

The Jaguar F-Type has expanded quite a bit since its debut a few years back. What was once just a convertible with a few different engine options has now evolved into a comprehensive lineup with a model for just about anyone. Those who can’t decide between the choices of V6 or V8, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, convertible or coupe, might want to take a closer look at the 400 Sport Special Edition, which might just be the sweet spot in the range.

The 400 Sport uses a higher output version of Jaguar’s 3.0L supercharged V6 engine, which in this application produces 400 horsepower. Other performance goodies include larger brakes, a limited-slip differential, and a configurable dynamic mode. Cosmetic changes include satin grey trim on the exterior, premium leather performance seats with “400 Sport” embroidered on the headrests, and beautiful yellow stitching to compliment the extensive leather-covered surfaces.

Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type may have been around for a while, but the styling is just as gorgeous as the day it made its debut. Ian Callum, the F-type’s designer, focused on proportions over fussy detailing, and the result is a clean, simple, yet beautiful design that will no doubt age extremely well over time. That’s something that can’t be said of all modern sports cars.

As a driver, the F-Type sits somewhere between a full-blown sports car, such as a Porsche 911, and a comfortable grand touring car, like the Lexus LC 500. Its significant curb weight holds it back a bit from being a precision instrument in the mold of a 911, but it’s still hugely capable and plenty of fun to toss around. The firm ride and loudish cabin hamper its attempt as a long-distance cruiser, but this is still a sport car after all. The intoxicating exhaust has only two modes: loud and extra loud. It adds a good amount of theatre and excitement to the driving experience.

Jaguar F-Type

Having driven just about every variant in the F-Type range, the 400 Sport seems to hit the sweet spot, combining the athleticism of the lighter V6 models with a bit of extra punch that nudges it closer to the V8-powered R and SVR. The rear-wheel drive V6 S  (Tested Here) would still be my pick for its available manual gearbox. The 400 Sport only comes equipped with the ZF 8-speed automatic. For those who don’t mind letting their sports car do the shifting for them, however, this is easily the way to go.

For more details, please visit the Jaguar Canada website.