I am not a professional auto journalist, just a regular driver like you. However I have the opportunity on occasion to see and test the latest cars first hand and talk with the manufacturers.  The goal here is to give you insight into the cars on the market in order to help you make the best car choice for you at this point in your life.    


It’s summer. A favorite American pastime is to hit the road and explore.  The best way to do it is in your favorite set of wheels.  The ultimate way to do it is in the sports car of your dreams..  with the top down.

Jaguar, the iconic British born and raised car company, is only getting better as it is getting older.  It is no surprise that their top of the line sports car, the Jaguar F Type R is one of the most luxurious cars on the road and besides that, it truly lives up to its surname.  It purrs around town and with a little bit of gas it roars down the highway. If you’ve ever wondered why someone would want a car that makes all that noise on the road, you’ll understand once you are behind the wheel. It’s all about power and control and it feels sooo good.

Now let me preface this all by saying one thing.  If you are the kind of person who wants a car that will get you from point A to point B, I challenge you to get behind the wheel of this Jaguar for a half an hour and you will change your tune.  It is an inspirational experience that makes you appreciate the beauty and awesomeness of automotive technology. You will never settle for ho-hum again. Honest.


Actress, Gal Gadot test drives the Jaguar F-Type. Play the video to hear what she says about it. 


Sports cars and manual shifts go hand-in-hand but in today’s new world of high performance cars, the automatic comes with driving options from cruising around town at a leisurely pace, shifting with hand paddles or putting it into sport mode which gives you more control and a full sport driving experience.   It might take a little bit of instruction to learn how to paddle shift, but guaranteed, you will be looking for those big open roads on which you can put this car through its paces any chance you can find.  The 8 speed transmission with all-wheel drive is supercharged to boot, and is probably one of the most powerful and exciting driving experiences you will ever have.


Who is the Jaguar F Type R driver?

The person who should be behind the wheel of this car is primarily the one who can afford it. It is an expensive little number with a starting price tag of over $100,000.

This is a lot of car to handle and is NOT:

  • a family car
  • for someone who has problems getting in and out of low cars
  • nor for someone who wants to only go to the grocery store and back

It IS for someone who:

  • enjoys driving and loves cars
  • drives long distances at a time
  • will only need one passenger in it at a time. (It’s a 2 seater)
  • likes looking good in the car they drive
  • likes luxury
  • loves power
  • has always wanted to be James Bond

Guys adore this car, they would buy this over buying a house if they could.  Ladies, I must tell you, this is a great way to travel.  If you are the luxury five star hotel type, you will be right at home in this car.

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Fuel Economy:

23 highway, 16 city


Starts at $106,000.

Horsepower:  550HP

Engine:  5 0L V*

Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gallons


Form adjustable seats

Heated steering wheel

All controls on the steering wheel

Very simple and intuitive to read dash instruments

Gear selector paddles behind the spokes on the wheel which lets you shift easily and without any downtime as in a standard shift – this is instant.

Superior Meridian™ Sound System

Easy to read and control 8″ color  touch screen


In addition to the top of the line airbags and standard safety features:

InControl Protect™ : SOS Emergency Call, Jaguar Roadside Assistance and Vehicle Diagnostics

Rollover Protection system

Driver Assistance Features such as assisted parking

Blind spot monitoring and reverse Traffic Detection which warns you of oncoming vehicles when you back up, both of which are part of the Premium+ Vision Pack.


Find out more:

Facebook: JaguarUSA
Twitter: @JaguarUSA
Instagram: JaguraUSA
YouTube: Jaguar USA

Note: There are other Jaguar F-Types that are a bit lower in price, but it just so happens that I was lucky enough to test out this one.

Note: There are other Jaguar F-Types that have a starting price of about $65,ooo,  I had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the top of the line Jaguar F Type R. Me, the magazine editor Mom who has been driving the largest SUV’s on the market for the last 25 years toting kids and loading up the car with plants, furniture and props for photo shoots, was putting the pedal to the metal in one of the hottest convertibles out there. My reaction? I loved it and it made me feel like a million bucks!


For a review on the Jaguar F-type R 2016 – Car & Driver