F-Type Convertible buyers can choose from three supercharged petrol engines: a 335bhp V6, the 375bhp V6 S and a 543bhp V8 R. Even the least powerful model revs smoothly and swiftly, while the V6 S offers a noticeable step up in performance and the V8 R is supercar fast.
The two V6s are available with a six-speed manual gearbox, although most buyers will opt for the eight-speed automatic ’box, which can be controlled manually by pulling on paddles mounted behind the steering wheel or by nudging the gearlever back and forth.
Upshifts are pretty quick in the entry-level V6, no matter which setting the automatic gearbox is in, whereas you feel them really kick through the V6 S and auto-only V8 R when you select Dynamic mode. That said, no automatic F-Type responds particularly quickly when you ask for a lower gear when approaching a corner.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible ride comfort
Comfortable enough – although entry-level model is least impressive
Entry-level V6 versions come with conventional shock absorbers, and the result is a ride that’s fairly bumpy. It’s never uncomfortable, but you’re always aware of bumps as the car passes over them.
The V6 S comes with an adaptive set-up that improves comfort while helping to counteract pitch and roll; it still feels a little unsettled on scruffy surfaces, but it’s that bit more supple – particularly around town.
The range-topping V8 R also gets an adaptive setup, but it’s altogether firmer and more focused than the V6 S’s, so don’t buy one expecting top-notch comfort.
Both of these pricier models stay wonderfully composed over dips and crests in the road, mind you.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible handling
Pretty capable and lots of fun
The F-type Convertible feels heavier than rivals such as the Porsche Boxster and 911 Cabriolet (it is heavier, so it’s no illusion) because it doesn’t respond as quickly to steering inputs, and you’re more aware of its weight loading up onto the outside wheels when you turn in to bends.
You have to treat the V8 R with greater respect than the V6s when getting back on the power on the exit of corners, because its rear wheels lose traction far more suddenly. Fortunately, the F-Type’s steering gives you plenty of confidence to attack corners with gusto; it’s fairly light but always precise.
The V6 S and V8 R are both available with four-wheel drive, which makes them much less lively through corners. This inevitably means they’re less fun, but also far more secure and easy to drive quickly – especially in slippery conditions.
Jaguar F-Type Convertible refinement
Impresses with the roof up or down
The F-Type Convertible is good at shutting out unwanted noise when the roof is up, while the standard wind deflector –which sits between the rear rollover hoops – ensures that bluster isn’t excessive when the hood is down.
True, the entry-level V6 doesn’t sound especially tuneful unless you specify the optional switchable exhaust, but this feature is standard on the more powerful models.
The V6 S pops loudly during upshifts and makes a glorious crackling noise when you lift off the accelerator, while the V8 sounds even better – it’s so loud when the exhaust is in Sport mode that you wonder how it can be legal.
Even this entry-level engine can get the F-Type Convertible from 0-60mph in around five seconds, and it’s significantly cheaper than the V6 S, which is why it’s our favourite. A six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic are available, but just make sure you spec the optional switchable sports exhaust if you choose this engine.
The 375bhp V6 offers a noticeable step up in performance over the 335bhp car, plus it sounds a lot better, thanks to its standard switchable sports exhaust. This engine is available with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive, and manual or automatic gearboxes.
The V8 is the fastest and best-sounding model in the range, but it’s a pretty focused machine and is very pricey. This engine is available with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive, and it comes with an automatic gearbox.