Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The most popular F-Type engine is the least powerful in the range. Badged P300, it’s a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that’s offered only with rear-wheel drive.
It’s powerful enough to make the F-Type feel quick, but it needs working pretty hard to deliver its potential and certain hot hatches can show it a clean pair of heels.
Every F-Type has an eight-speed automatic gearbox that shifts smoothly but can be hesitant if you ask for a sudden burst of pace. You can use the paddles on the steering wheel to shift manually, and the gearbox reacts more promptly when you do so. Switching to Dynamic mode makes the gearbox more alert and sharpens the accelerator response.
The F-Type is much heavier than rivals such as the Alpine A110 and Porsche 718 Cayman, and you feel its greater weight on the road. It’s less nimble when you attack a corner with gusto and the steering doesn’t have as much feel, although it is precise.
Still, the F-Type is enjoyable to drive, with far better composure than the Toyota Supra. Even the rear-wheel-drive models are stable yet entertaining in the wet, without the spiky, unpredictable tendencies of previous rear-drive F-Types. The four-wheel-drive models are even more impressively sure-footed.
Four-cylinder F-Types have conventional suspension, which gives you a ride that’s sports car firm but not overly bumpy. Progress never becomes uncomfortable, but you’re always aware of undulations in the road as the car's wheels pass over them.
V8-powered models come with adaptive suspension, which improves ride comfort while helping to counteract body pitch and lean in corners. The set-up still leaves the ride a little unsettled on scruffy surfaces, but it’s a bit more supple, especially around town.