DRIVEN: 2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible: Around the Block

August 8, 2014
2014 Jaguar F Type S Side Profile
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The sound of raindrops on a convertible's cloth top doesn't usually bother me. It's just the reality of summertime driving here in the Midwest. But it's under my skin now, because the rain is coming down fast, and it sounds like a drum kit with a double kick. Worse still, I'm stuck in traffic on Chicago's Eisenhower Expressway in a 2014 Jaguar F-Type S convertible.

Not enough

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is doing its best to curb my foul mood; its ivory, leather seats are unbelievably comfortable, its cabin's bronze-and-aluminum color scheme looks lovely, and every Wild Belle song coming through its 10-speaker Meridian audio system sounds better than live. None of this matters to the egoist in me, who needs to be seen driving one of the most beautiful convertibles around.

Dipping below

Great, the windows are foggy. There's no chance anyone will see me now. A space in the lane next to me opens up, and I waste no time speeding past small clusters of gridlocked cars, the Jag's traction-control light blinking as I do. I turn off of the highway and onto lower Wacker Drive, a grid of streets that magically sit below street level. The busy roads above provide weather cover, so I creep up to a stoplight, pull a tab to drop the F-Type's top, which goes down almost silently, and wait for green.

Jaguar jazz

With the car's active sport exhaust set to the open position (it's a $220 option, by the way), I mat the accelerator when the light turns. The F-Type's supercharged V-6 engine really barks and it gets attention. At full throttle, the Jaguar V6 buzzes in a metallic way, only in a good way, like a man blowing a beat-up jazz trumpet as hard as he can.

Ego-driven driving

As I accelerate along lower Wacker, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type backfiring with every shift, people stare and take pictures. If I were in a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible or Porsche 911 cabriolet, the sound of raindrops on a cloth top wouldn't bother me. In a 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible, though, the egoist takes the wheel, and he'll figure out any way to drop the top and be seen. I like the way he thinks.
2014 Jaguar F Type S Side Profile
2014 Jaguar F Type S Front End

2014 Jaguar F-Type S convertible Specifications

Base price $81,895
Price as tested $91,228
Engine 3.0-liter DOHC supercharged V-6
Power 380 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 339 lb-ft @ 3500-5000 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drive Rear-wheel
Fuel economy 19/27 mpg (city/highway)
Cargo capacity 7.0 cu ft
0-60 mph 4.8 sec
Top speed 171 mph
2014 Jaguar F Type S Climate Controls

Comments

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  • Still sexy, the Jag is sad when its top’s up.
  • Water and brake dust don’t mix well.
  • Sleek, slender, sultry taillights.
  • Rain on the body but not in the cabin.
  • The ultra-comfortable, ivory leather seats.
  • The supercharged V-6 engine.
  • Doesn’t it look happier with the top down?
  • The S sits between the base and V8 S models.
  • Where all of the glorious noise comes from.
  • The Jaguar badge on the back spoiler.
  • People stare at you, you stare at this.
  • Lots of tachometer to play with.
  • Press the dial to adjust the heated seats.
  • The bronze ignition button.
  • Only an automatic transmission—for now.
  • What great lines the F-type has.
  • The egoist wants the top down all the time.

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Cost to Own
Depreciation
53.4%
Depreciation
$41966
Insurance
$13045
Fuel Cost
$11377
Financing
$7422
Maintenance
$2482
Repair Costs
$1598
State Fees
$659
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