2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 Convertible Review – WUWM | CarTailz

I’m not here to tell you how to spend your hard-earned bonuses or stock options, but if you crave performance, prestige and eye-catching styling, the folks at Jaguar have a V8-powered proposal.

Its aging F-Type is a triple threat to all of those categories, and one look at the Caldera Red convertible will have you mesmerized.

The P450 is new for 2022 as Jaguar, the long British-built prestige performance brand, has decided to turn its back on conventional wisdom and ditch its turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines.

No, just V8 power here to propel the rear-wheel drive sports car to highway speeds and well beyond. car and driver The magazine says this model will do zero to 60 mph in four seconds with a top speed of 177 mph.

And if you prefer more bubbling and popping when you step on the accelerator or back up in a tight corner, there’s a button on the console that acoustically amplifies the exhaust tones or, when turned off, quiets them slightly. That’s the attitude the neighbors seem to favor.

The five-litre supercharged V8 with aluminum block and heads will deliver 444bhp and 428 of torque when fed premium petrol, which accounts for its impressive acceleration via a nifty eight-speed automatic. But, and you knew one was coming, you could get 575 hp and cause a riot royal by stepping up to the top-of-the-line F-Type R model.

However, that requires selling a little more stock. The tested F-Type P450 costs $74,150, while an AWD P450 Dynamic tips the scales at $84,275. The R-Class in coupe or convertible (both available in all trim levels) starts at just under $110,000.

Considering it’s a short-wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive two-seater, the F-Type handles well with sharp corners and a sporty flair – but without full feedback from the sports car’s steering. The electric power steering assist seems to ease steering effort, and yet it’s still fun to throw into tight corners and chomp off the apexes along a twisty country road. A dynamic drive mode also tightens steering effort and suspension feel.

Its classy 20-inch Pirelli P Zero Performance tires ensure grip on warm days. But on six of the seven days of testing I faced cool, wet and windy conditions – one day I even enjoyed our first snow track. That’s not good for traction, so all-weather tires would help if you’re driving in northern climes after mid-October.

The big tires and sports suspension Jaguar uses here, with wishbones up front and a multi-link rear, make for an overly firm ride that’s not bad on the Autobahn, which I’ve spent a lot of time on. But around town, the expansion joints and potholes shake the car a bit.

Braking is decent, and painting the calipers only adds $550 to the bottom line.

The exterior design speaks for itself and the interior is attractive but feels cramped due to an extremely wide center console. Also, the F-Type, which was first presented in 2013, hasn’t changed all that much in terms of the interior, apart from the addition of some extra electronics.

This tester wore black leather all-over with red stitching in the seats, along the dash and in the door panels. Looks sharp and feels good too, but this console pressed very hard on the driver’s right leg and could become annoying in the long run.

The trim is a smoked chrome somewhat reminiscent of carbon fiber, and the steering wheel hub, door control inserts and air vents are satin chrome.

An excessively tall instrument panel feels like it restricts the driver’s front view, especially for shorter drivers. Meanwhile, the info screen is wide enough in the center of the dash, but narrow from top to bottom, making it appear smaller than it is. Functionality was fine for the touchscreen, but some elements, like the map, weren’t intuitive at first.

The seats are extremely supportive with aggressive side bolsters and were upgraded with Windsor leather performance models that added $1,650 to the cost. 12-way power numbers that were also heated and cooled cost $1,800 more to make.

Not a fan of how you have to push in the large temperature dials, which are great for temperature control but then have to be adjusted with an additional click or three for the heated and cooled seats. Also, the fan noise for heating and cooling the seats was exaggerated, akin to turning on a small food processor right behind your seat.

I should also note that this model already came with a $2,000 deluxe package that upgraded leather and included premium overhead lighting and illuminated step plates. The dome lights above the mirrors had to be switched on with just the slightest touch – something much needed in a black cockpit at night.

Standard safety equipment is well represented, but doesn’t include Blind Spot Assist or a reversing monitor. That costs an extra $550 but apparently should be standard, as are the parking sensors, lane departure warning and emergency braking. Smart cruise control wasn’t standard either, which I found out abruptly on the Autobahn when I quickly closed onto slow-moving trucks, even though cruise control was on.

Pluses included a wireless charger and a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, but no flat-bottomed wheel, which would have increased knee room and helped lighten the cabin’s tightness. In addition, the bike is not heated, which is certainly an oversight in our climate.

The tan cloth ($650 extra) power top works well and is easily activated via a console button. Note that there is still quite a bit of noise entering the top while a hardtop convertible, such as a B. Mazda MX-5 (Miata), would normally be quieter. Road noise from the tires was also significant, making a freeway drive not conducive to a simple chat with a significant other or friend.

There are a few downsides to consider. Of course, since this is a convertible and all, there’s little cargo space. There is only seven cubic feet of trunk space in this car. In addition, not all of the room is flat either. So a few small backpacks or briefcases would fit in, but certainly not golf clubs.

Sun visors are absolutely tiny, too, and oddly, the push-button access and key fob add another $500, which seems petty when a car is listed at $75,000.

Gasoline mileage is respectable for a V8-powered sports car. The EPA rates it at 17 mpg city and 24 highway. But I managed 25.4mpg at about 80% highway driving and yes, this car drinks premium fuel. But premium gas prices aren’t an issue once you’ve liquidated your inventory.

With all the add-ons, the test car cranked up to $84,350, putting it in a price bracket with such hot rods as Chevy’s new rear-engine Corvette and Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayenne athletes. All have a lower entrance fee. In fact, the Corvette could be loaded and pack more power for the Jaguar’s out-the-door price.

Penny or pound hunters should note that there are at least two or three great options. The Toyota GR Supra and Nissan Z Performance I tested would suffice and save a buyer tens of thousands of dollars since they start in the low $40,000 range. You give up some power and prestige, but damn it, you save a lot of money.

For even less, you can have Mazda’s Miata with a power hardtop convertible. It’s definitely a fun ride, just not as squeaky powerful.

Such decisions mainly depend on whether you are a king or a commoner.

FAST STATISTICS: 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 Convertible

hits: Stylish 2-seater convertible with power top, excellent performance, balanced handling, good brakes, nice, powerful V8 sound. Good supportive seats, heated/cooled seats, wireless charger, large temperature controls, electric tilt/telescopic wheel, solid safety systems.

Is missing: Over-tight ride, cramped cockpit due to wide console, significant road noise, no heated steering wheel and flat wheel, no smart cruise control, narrow info screen, heated/cooled seat vents quite noisy, little cargo space, tiny sun visors, blind spot warning system costs extra and prefers premium -Fuel.

Made in: Bromwich Castle, UK

Engine: 5.0 liter supercharged V8, 444 hp/428 torque

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Weight: 3,953 pounds.

Wheelbase: 103.2 inches

Length: 176 inches.

Charge: 7.0 cubic feet

MPG: 17/24

MPG: 25.4 (tested)

Basic price: $74,150 (including delivery)

Invoice: $69,895

Main options:

Luxury interior package (leather upgrade, premium cabin lighting, illuminated door sill plates), $2,000

Blind Spot Assist/Rear Traffic Monitor, $550

12-way heated/cooled seats, $1,800

Ebony Windsor leather performance seats, $1,650

Black exterior package, $1,100

770-watt Meridian Surround Sound System, $900

Beige power top, $650

Red calipers, $550

Keyless entry, $500

Auto-dimming heated door mirrors, $400

Air Quality Sensor, $100

test vehicle: $84,350

Sources: Jaguar, www.kbb.com

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