2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible

2019 MODEL
$103,850
INDIGO

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Riveted for its gorgeous curves and prowess under the hood, the famed Jaguar’s F-Type is respawned as the R variant with an overhauled powertrain and a tinge of souped-up body styling to showcase the athletic nature of the model. The beautiful feline now comes in the form of a convertible that allows you to hear the sonorous V8 grunting propelling the wheels.

The F-type’s R doesn’t sit resting. Indeed, it belongs right in the thick of rivalry with the likes of Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible and the Porsche 911 Cabriolet. Read on to see how the soft top fares.

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Pros

Brawny V8 performance

Enthusiastic ride with responsive steering

Exceptionally good interior quality and trim

Cons

Substandard interior and cargo space

Fuel guzzler

Poor outward visibility

What's New?

The 2019 F-Type offers large screen in the infotainment system with better graphics. Some driver aids are now standard on all trims.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$103850

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

305 cu. in.

horsepower

550 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

502 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.2 in.

length

176 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

51.5 in.

curb weight

3847 lbs.

ground clearance

3.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40 cu ft.

cargo volume

40.9 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/23 mpg

highway range

425.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible in Black color
Black

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Base

Base

power
550 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$103,850


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible AWD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $103,850 MSRP (15/18/23) 550 hp @ 6500 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 2   Velocity SVO Ultra Metallic Gloss
  Velocity SVO Ultra Metallic Satin Matte
  Valloire White Pearl Satin Matte
  Loire Blue Metallic
  Indus Silver Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 13, 2019


The 2019 Jaguar F-type R Convertible costs a whopping $104,745. It is powered by a brawny 5.0L V8 boasting 550 horses and 502 pulling force mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, powering all wheels of the drop top. The Type R is fully kitted with R-branded seats and steering wheel alongside technical upgrades. It fuses luxury with athleticism and is the penultimate highest trim of the F-Type, just below the fully loaded, SVR.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Features

Coming in 5 different trim levels in coupe and convertible style P300, P340, P380 R-Dynamic, R, and SVR - each further divide into 24 cars, Jaguar has a big convoy. Each trim also offers an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Starting at $60,750, the P300 is the only trim to features a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 cylinder mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. With the P340, P380 and R-Dynamic variants, the trims feature a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine with the engine boasting 340 hp for P340 while 380 horses on the other two configurations.

The R-Dynamic is basically a P380 but comes standard with few extra features to bridge the gap to the R trim. The R and SVR include a 5.0L V8 with 550 horses on the former and an increased output of 580 horses on the latter. These two configurations are the sportiest of the lot and come with a host of intended features alongside the manufacturer's prestigious luxury and opulence.

Trim

F-Type R

MSRP (AWD)

$103,850

Key

Features

 5.0L V8 Supercharged engine (550 hp, 502 lb.-ft.)
  Electronic Active Differential with torque vectoring
  20" alloy wheels
  Leather interior
  R-Branted leather steering wheel and seats
 

Linear Vee Aluminum center console with R-branding

We recommend

The right F-Type is purely a personal choice for the difference between various configurations it offers boils down to your driving preference. Even the inline-4 is a good choice. Having said that, we'd recommend the R-Dynamic trim for it gives a sweet mix of a V6 under the hood along with extra additions of features in the bag.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Engine

"The 2019 Jaguar F-Type delights in every configuration, even if some rivals are more precise." -thecarconnection

Powering this beautiful 2-seater is a beefy 5.0L Supercharged V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Propelling all wheels of the convertible, the engine has a coarse overtone with rumbling pops and crackles which grossly corresponds with the performance that kicks with each rise in its sonorous revs. It performs with incredible smoothness and swiftly while the acceleration is brisk thanks to its mighty torque. The F-Type's responsive gearbox is controlled via paddle-shifters and each clink and clank while the motors roar up is greatly tuned to providing excellent performance.

The Jaguar's rivals stop it from having the last word; take the Corvette ZR1 for instance this monstrous sports convertible thrashes the competitors with its mighty power unit. Then comes the AMG SL 63 convertible alongside the feline fabric top. The 6-cylinders of the Porsche 911 produces less output than the competition but is still as quick.

Models

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

MSRP

$103,850

$154,450

$133,000

$122,900

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.5L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

7 speed manual

7-speed M/T

Horsepower

550 hp@ 6500rpm

577 hp@ 5500rpm

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

502 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

664 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

405 @ 2150 rpm

715 hp @ 4400 rpm

Acceleration

The V8 under the F-Type R is a roaring rocket and that translates on the tarmac as well. All that power from the 8-cylinders churns out excellent performance, taking 3.7s from naught to 60 miles per hour. On the quarter mile, the motor zips the drop top in 11.7s. The quickest-crown of the lot belongs to the Corvette ZR1 with the Jaguar and Porsche trailing behind.

Models

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

3.9 sec

3.1

Quarter mile

11.9 sec

N/A

12.3 sec

10.94

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.5L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

Handling and Braking

The sportiest variant, F-Type R, is also built keeping in mind comfort and athleticism and does exhibit ride quality of a luxury convertible and an athletic 4-wheeler. With adaptive suspension aiding its balanced and stable but firmer ride as compared to its coupe sibling, the soft top glides over bumps and potholes but jumps more than normal when hovering over them. There also exists minor jostling once on extremely undulated tarmac curtailing confidence. Yet its precise and responsive steering only elevates its entertaining ride while also staying exciting.

The Type R's body roll is readily limited and handling around chicanes feels fun and spirited. Soldered to the roadway and barely comes across as a weakling, tame it the way you want and this brute of a convertible is not the one to step down; whether that's cruising down the highway or a visit to your nearest groceries.

The large upgraded 15" brakes on the front and rear are impressive enough to earn the convertible a commendable spot in its competition. Neither mushy nor undulated, the pedals dispense with sensitive braking that are extremely strong, reliable, and stable.

Models

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

3.9 sec

3.1

Quarter mile

11.9 sec

N/A

12.3 sec

10.94

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.5L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Fuel Economy

No, not everything about the Jaguar checks the right boxes. The 5.0L powertrain under the hood is a fuel guzzler, drinking 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles on the highway. Moving towards the German make, the Porsche 911 gulps lesser gas albeit holding a 6-cylinder. The Corvette is decent in the city while the rest, it is a thirsty sports convertible.

Model

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

MPG (city)

15

15

18

19

MPG (highway)

23

23

26

13

MPG (combined)

18

18

21

15

Range (miles) (city/highway)

278/426

N/A

N/A

15.4

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

19.8

16.9

18.5

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Interior

"The F-Type's interior is attractive and user-friendly, but outward visibility is limited all around. Climbing in and out of the cabin can be an issue for taller drivers, and wider folks will feel a bit confined once inside. Most cars in this class are easier to live with." -edmunds

Inside the F-Type R, space is a compromise you will have to make while aesthetically paralleling luxury and sport. Sewn R performance leather seats alongside R-branded leather steering wheel with leather trim and quality finish make up the cabin. Seating 2, the Jaguar is anything but your family car or let's say, cosy; the posh seats are comfortable but headspace when the roof is down, and legroom confine tall or pasengers of larger stature to a restricted enclosure.

The low-build of the convertible poses a problem for tall passengers to get in or out, and the confined space inside it would cause a bit of discomfort for someone like Terry Crews. The enclosed structure next to the thick front pillars and high-mounted rear windows, alongside a drop in the front nose, all combine to induce another issue - poor outward visibility.

Model

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/56.5/43.0

39.1/55.5/42.9

-

37.9/55.2/43

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

-/-/-

Interior Features

The list of interior features in the Jaguar include

  • 12-way electric front seats with memory
  • Deployable front air vents
  • R-branded leather steering wheel
  • R performance leather seats
  • Single-zone Climate Control
  • Overhead lighting console
  • Interior lighting
  • Electrically adjustable steering column with memory

Infotainment System

While seemingly reasonable cabin gives way to a decent interior, the infotainment system on the Jaguar R is another case altogether. The latest 10" touchscreen with navigation system is an upgrade from the previous year, but is still not the marquee's forte resulting in mediocre performance and user interface. Also, another big downfall is that the trim doesn't include voice recognition. Adding to the dismay, the technology of the system feels inferior to its rivals. Some standard features include

  • Sirius XM Satellite radio & HD radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Navigation Pro system
  • Meridian Sound System

Cargo Volume

Practicality is not something you'd find on the Jaguar. Welcome a paltry 7.3 cubic feet for storage in the back while its rivals such as the Corvette ZR1 offers 10 relatively better but just not good enough for a convertible. The GTS holds a decent 9.7 cubic feet that rivals podium spot with the Chevrolet. The Mercedes has an average 8.5 cubic feet, sitting above the F-Type.

Model

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.3

8.5

9.7

10

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Exterior

"The F-Type convertible attracts as much attention with its top"available in a variety of shades"erected as it does with the top lowered. That's not something we can say about many convertibles." -thecarconnection

Design and Measurements

The new F-Type comes virtually unchanged from its previous iteration. Sat alongside 4 20" 5 spoke wheels, the convertible is a modern design infused with classic touch. The feline coupe's advanced craftsmanship is delicately moulded with smooth character lines, sporty bumpers and side skirts along with subtle detail, all culminating to the elegance of the aerodynamic sculpture of the coupe. It takes the Jaguar 12 seconds from turning into a coupe to going bare-top or vice versa. When viewed from any angle, the sleek and sexiness is tasteful and profound. Measuring 176" in length, the coupe perches 4" from the ground and weighs over 3800 pounds.

Model

Jaguar F Type R convertible

Mercedes Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3847

4068

3351

3618

Length(in)

176.0

182.7

178.3

179.8

Width(in)

74.2

73.9

72.9

77.4

Height(in)

51.5

51.2

50.8

48.7

Ground clearance (in)

3.9

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

103.2

101.7

96.5

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

62.4/64.1

63.8/63.1

60.6/60.8

63.6/62.5

Exterior Features

The list of exterior features include

  • Chrome-accented grille
  • 20" 5 spoke wheels
  • Quad Outboard Mounted Exhaust Pipes
  • Infrared reflective windshield
  • LED Headlights with Signature DRL & LED Tail Lights
  • R Badge
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Safety

Offered with aplenty safety equipments alongside technology, the convertible makes sure to keep the driver as well as its passengers protected. The manufacture has kitted the F-Type R with affluent and advanced standard safety features such as

  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Rearview Camera
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-theft alarm system

NHTSA and IIHS are yet to rate the 2019 Jaguar F-Type.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Competition

Jaguar F-Type vs Chevrolet Corvette

Monstrosity seems to favour the Chevrolet Corvette more than the F-Type loud and bashing engine squealing the tires on the track with roaring exhaust rumble. The Corvette pulls many tricks up its sleeve when it comes to performance and hands down has the best interior yet. However the Jaguar is an English snob with pops and rumbles of its own but just not as quick or zippy as the Corvette.

What it does exceedingly better is show what opulence and luxurious the interior can be, something the Amercian lags behind. All in all, the Corvette is your go-to if performance over luxury matters. Else, the Jaguar is a rather refined Englishman.

Jaguar F-Type vs Porsche 911

A multifaceted convertible, the Porsche 911 is the Jaguar F-Type if the English feline got its handling refined and interior further more polished. The F-Type is basically a more affordable alternate to the 911 and it has no issue showing that off. They both house similar powertrains, and sport-luxury features. However the Jaguar is still an excellent performer, houses beautiful interior and a gorgeous exterior design. Want a 911 but can't afford the additional bills? The F-Type is your car.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Convertible Final Verdict

Growling through its exhausts, the sexy feline gets right down to business with its head-turning aesthetic and loud grumbling note. Offering a mighty powertrain under the hood along with luxurious and gorgeous interior makes it seem like the Jaguar is a worthy buy.

However it comes with a substandard trunk and interior space, while its infotainment is subpar as compared to its rivals nor is it frugal. Yet for the price it ships, one can't go wrong with the F-Type. It indeed is a worthy buy, especially considering how exotic it is in terms of commonplace as compared to its more established mainstream rivals.