Price (as tested) 💲: $120,575
Powertrain ⚙️: 5.0-liter Supercharged V8
Output 💪: 575 hp/516 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 8-Speed Automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 3.6 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 186 mph
MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 16 city/24 hwy/18 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 4,105 lbs
Jaguar celebrates its 75th birthday this year, while enthusiasts mourn the death of the F-Type.
This R75 special edition is a 575-horsepower send-off for the nameplate that reignited a passion for Jaguar sports cars. Following the E-Type’s discontinuation in the ‘70s, the British automaker struggled to channel the same cool into successor 2-doors.
Only when the F-Type arrived in 2013 did car lovers feel their hearts stir. Beautiful, bold, and blaring, the F-Type either acquired your attention with its style or demanded it with its trumpeting exhaust.
Since that time, some of the sheen has worn; the Cayman is better to drive, the LC500 sounds better, and the Corvette is a superior value. Worse still, the refresh two years prior has even marred the car’s gorgeous countenance.
Sadly, the R75 does little to change the story. With merely a few unique badges, bespoke wheels, and a signature paint color (not equipped to my tester), the R75 is a big ask at $114,000.
Yet that doesn’t make the F-Type’s departure any easier. Brash, comely 2-doors don’t exist in great number, and while the pricey R and R75 doesn’t make a strong case, the P450 checks a lot of boxes.
At $79K, the entry level F-Type undercuts numerous competitors and features the only supercharged V8 in its class. It’s that car I’ll be raising a glass to at the end of this year, and that hole that’ll be toughest for Jaguar to fill.