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2024 Jaguar F-Type R75 Convertible

I consider myself to be a smart man. I saw how much fun James had recently in the 2024 Jaguar F-Type R75 Coupé and thought I'd like to try that myself, so I booked this awesome convertible for the middle of May so I could thoroughly enjoy this Giola Green drop top. Funny thing is you're reading this and the publish date is March, not May, so what gives? You see dear reader, sometimes the things you plan and hope for don't work out, and you find out your booking has been bumped up to the end of March to accommodate the vehicle's retirement from the press fleet. No problem, global warming is good for something after all! Until it wasn't.

We've had a very mild winter here in southwestern Ontario, however the one week I needed clear weather we got winter. Almost my entire week was filled with sub-zero temperatures, a freak snow storm, triple-digit wind gusts, and rain. Seriously?

As a member of the Ontario Vanity Plate Spotting group on Facebook realized early into my week, I'm not going to let the cold weather or a snow storm stop me from driving a convertible. This isn't my first rodeo. The 5L engine did a great job keeping the hot air blowing into the topless cabin, but I couldn't help but think that Mercedes has gotten it all right with their AirScarf. The wind and snow wasn't an issue, because the alternative of wasting my week with the roof up was all too real for me.

Ok let's focus on the car, we're done with winter (I hope) so let's let it go. The starting price for the 2024 Jaguar F-Type R75 AWD convertible is $130,200.00 CAD with an as-tested price of $138,431.00. There aren't too many options on this vehicle, but comes well equipped for what it is. The interior made the Jaguar F-Pace SVR feel modern, as this uses an older version of the JLR infotainment system we've seen on older models. The full leather interior definitely gave this vehicle a luxurious feel, with soft-touch materials throughout. One major concern I had was fitting inside, and luckily I did. The F-Type is forgiving for the larger driver such as myself, although tall people may find the eye line for the roof to be a little tough as I found seeing traffic lights to be a little difficult.

Under the hood we have a 5.0L Supercharged V8, similar to the one we had in the Jaguar F-Pace SVR but with more power. 575 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque, and way less weight than the SUV. The AWD system on this vehicle helps to propel it from zero to 100 kph in about 3.6 seconds. On the subject of AWD, a grand tourer like this would compete with a vehicle like the Mercedes-AMG GT or AMG SL, which the SL caught a lot of criticism from enthusiasts for coming as 4matic-only on the newest generation. This Jag has offered AWD for quite some time now and only improves the experience as far as I'm concerned.

While we had Pirelli P-Zero winter tires, snow performance was a bit iffy. Under normal driving conditions this car handled things well, but we did experience some wheel slippage and loss of control going around wet turns. The F-Type does have a wet/snow drive mode which is recommended for rough conditions and we used it when required.

But much like the F-Pace SVR we drove before, the Jaguar F-Type isn't a vehicle one buys because of financial logic. No, this is a car you buy because of the way it makes you feel. The performance, the engine and exhaust, the sexy design. These are reasons one considers a car like this over a safe bet like an SL-Class. Part of that reason is the starting price of a 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4matic+ is $221,000 CAD, but the other part is the exoticness of owning a Jag.

To know more about the 2024 Jaguar F-Type R75 P575 AWD Convertible I invite you to check out our video on this grand tourer including all the exhaust notes we could fit in a video.


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