The Jaguar F-Type V-8 S retains some of its iconic predecessor’s classic qualities, but amply equipped with modern-day enhancements.

Certainly one the most memorable new cars ever introduced was the Jaguar XKe, which saw the light of day in 1961. unlike its contemporaries, the dramatic rounded racecar styling immediately set it apart. added to the looks was a powerful dual overhead cam six-cylinder power plant. a hit it was, and it remains one the most sought-after classic cars among the collectors.


Hoping to recreate a similar response, Jaguar has just introduced the f-type, a modern rendition of the classic. because of modern safety and performance issues, the styling of the f-type is not simply a copy of the e-type. but the styling clues are there from the oval grill to the rounded corners. given the reaction to this car, with lots of “nice car” accolades by honolulu residents, the designers hit their mark.

Besides the good looks, the new Jaguar does not ignore the performance formula. three models with different engines and features are available. a 340 horsepower supercharged v-6 starts the lineup. next up is a 380-horsepower v-6, and finally, the king of the road, so to speak is the 495-horsepower supercharged 5.0 liter v-8. an eight-speed automatic transmission transmits the power for all the power plants.

Our test car was the v-8, which simply stated, has astonishing performance no matter when the accelerator is hit. the transmission, with so many speeds, provides the right gear to meet any power needs. the gearheads who want to manually shift, can do so with either paddles behind the steering wheel or with the gearshift lever, and gear choices are indicated in the dash pod. Zero-to-60-miles-per-hour time is a spirited 4.2 seconds.

With 20-inch super-wide tires and a crisp suspension, handling definitely tilts to cornering without any leaning. the super-quick and direct power steering makes it easy to place the Jag where you want. and if you want to feel like a racecar driver, push the dynamic control switch, and more power is provided with quicker shifting, gears being held longer, and a tightened suspension.

Luxury and nice features are not forgotten. With the key on, you simply touch the button on the flush handle, and it literally pops out and in you go. Press the engine start button, and the deep-throated V-8 races to life giving all around a great sound show.

Leather-lined, high-bolstered seats that can be power adjusted from lumbar support to the side-bolstering backseat to hold you in. A relatively large touch videoscreen handles navigation, stereo and rear back-up camera duties. The dual automatic climate system has super large dials, which show the temperature inside the dials-a nice concept.

A couple of other buttons on the console are a bit unusual. An econ switch causes the engine to turn off at stops to save fuel. As soon as the brake is released, the engine pops on. Another switch lets you control the exhaust sound from nearly silent to racecar.

Following the pattern of the XKE, the top is canvas but with a modern twist. Simply move a switch, and the top goes up or down in a swift 12 seconds or so. And this can be done at moderate speeds. In the top-down mode, the top does not interfere with trunk space, limited as it is.

With a combo of good looks and superior performance, the new F-Type may emulate its stellar namesake. Remaking a classic is a steep slope, but Jaguar has made a great effort to overcome this hurdle.

JAGUAR F-TYPE V-8 S

POWERTRAIN: 495-HORSEPOWER, 5-LITER, SUPERCHARGED V-8 WITH 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ACCELERATION: 0-60 MPH IN 4.2 SECONDS
BRAKING: 4 WHEEL DISC BRAKES WITH ABS, EMERGENCY BRAKE ASSIST, ELECTRIC
PARKING BRAKE, ELECTRONIC BRAKE FORCE DISTRIBUTION
SOUND SYSTEM: MERIDIAN SOUND SYSTEM WITH OPTIONAL 770-WATT STEREO
SYSTEM WITH 12 SPEAKERS WITH USB AND AUXILIARY CONNECTIONS
PRICES: $69,000 FOR 340-HORSEPOWER V-6 AND $105,170 FOR AS TESTED V-8

To Infiniti and Beyond…

With the introduction of the brand new Q50 luxury four-door sedan, not only is Inñiti spicing up its lineup, but it is starting a whole new identification system. So delete the current Infiniti alphabet soup of designations and download this new simple I.D. system. Q is for the new cars and QX is for the new crossovers. And models within each category will have 10-digit separations.

Thus, the Q50 is in the mid range of the luxury units and replaces the G37 sedan. Pricing starts at about $38,000. A powerful 3.7-liter, 328-horsepower V-6 is attached to a seven-speed automatic to either the standard rear-drive or an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain.

For those seeking both performance and fuel economy, a hybrid version is also featured. With this version, gas mileage moves from a good 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway to a better 29 mpg city and 36 highway; plus as an added bonus, the horsepower climbs to 345.

Styling both in and out is completely new. Smooth lines are the features on the sides, and the grill says Infiniti but in a different way. Dimensions are increased for better interior room. Dual-touch video screens are found in the console with the bottom one having controls for the top unit. One completely new feature is the ability to set four different steering preferences-from light to racecar driver.

Overall, the Q50 represents a good start for the redefinition of the Infiniti luxury line.

-E.K.