For the 2016 model year, Jaguar is offering U.S. customers a dozen variants of the F-Type sports car, including the top-of-the-line F-Type R Convertible, which is based on the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It is equipped with all-wheel drive and replaces the rear-wheel-drive F-Type V8 S Convertible, which earned Robb Report’s Best of the Best honors in 2013.
The all-wheel-drive system keeps the car composed and under control when pushed hard. Under normal driving conditions, all of the engine’s torque goes to the rear wheels, but when the car begins to lose traction, the system sends as much as 50 percent to the front wheels to thwart power slides—whether they are accidental or intentional. Torque-vectoring technology keeps the car stable through corners by applying the brake to the inside rear wheel. A new electric power-assisted steering system replaces a hydraulic rack, but Jaguar says the power assist engages only when needed, such as when the car is being maneuvered through tight turns at slow speeds.
Standard features on the F-Type R Convertible include a 770-watt Meridian sound system and the latest iteration of Jaguar’s InControl interface. With InControl Remote, owners can use their smartphones while away from the car to check on the fuel level or see if the doors are locked. The feature also enables owners to start the car’s engine remotely.
Configuration: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive convertible
Engine: 5-liter supercharged V-8
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Power: 550 hp at 6,500 rpm
Torque: 502 ft lbs at 2,500 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,847 lbs
Zero to 60 mph: 3.9 seconds
Top Speed: 186 mph (electronically limited)
Base Price: $106,450