Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible
2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible on Bring a Trailer article highlights:
- The 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S is a true RWD sports car with a glorious, supercharged soundtrack
- There’s a convertible model with less than 7000 miles currently listed on Bring a Trailer for $25,000
- Although early F-Types had some glitches, many were repaired under warranty, and this car’s mileage means certain long-term repair items are likely non-issues
Depending on who you ask, Jaguar’s performance cars are more like grand tourers than ‘true’ sports cars. Yet while the 2022 Jaguar F-Type can certainly handle GT duty, it’s also a genuine sports car when the mood strikes. But if you can’t afford a brand-new F-Type, don’t worry because used ones are more budget-friendly. And luckily for interested buyers, there’s a 2014 Jaguar V-Type V8 S Convertible listed this week on Bring a Trailer.
The 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S delivers supercharged sonorous speed
|2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S|
|Engine||5.0-liter supercharged V8|
|Curb weight||3671 lbs (Convertible)|
|0-60 mph time||3.6 seconds (Car and Driver)|
Although it effectively replaced the XK in Jaguar’s lineup, the F-Type is more of a spiritual successor than a direct one. While the XK was a sporty GT, the F-Type is an outright sports car. Essentially, while the former is an Aston Martin DB9 competitor, the latter is a Porsche 911 rival. And before the R trim replaced it, the fastest, sportiest version was the 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S.
Like the XKR before it, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. However, while it’s less powerful, the F-Type V8 S is significantly lighter and has two more gears. As a result, it goes 0-60 mph 0.4 seconds faster, Car and Driver reports. And because it’s smaller than the XKR, it handles better, too. But on the downside, the F-Type only has two seats, while the 911 and XK have at least semi-usable rear seats.
That drawback stops being a concern once you step on the gas, though. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S has a standard active exhaust, and it makes that supercharged engine roar. Well, ‘roar’ might be the wrong word. To paraphrase Car and Driver, the exhaust note sounds like an orchestra filled with chainsaws, hand grenades, firearms, and fireworks. It’s crackly, zingy, loud, and glorious. There is a more subdued mode, but ‘subtly’ isn’t really in the F-Type’s wheelhouse.
Luxury, though, is. The 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S’ leather sports seats are supportive and decently comfortable, and standard adaptive shocks take the sting out of bad roads. This sports car’s ride is still on the stiff side, Car and Driver notes, but not overly so. And while the later R models became AWD-only, an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential keeps the RWD V8 S’ power in check. Plus, with a good set of winter tires and its Winter driving mode, the F-Type is a surprisingly-capable snow car.
A low-mileage V8 S Convertible is up for grabs on Bring a Trailer
Although the 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible currently listed on Bring a Trailer spent time in Michigan and Pennsylvania, it likely hasn’t seen too much snow. I say that for two reasons. One, it was always stored in a climate-controlled garage, and two, it has less than 6500 miles on the clock. And apart from some clear paint protection film, it’s stock—and well-equipped.
In addition to the features mentioned earlier, this 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S has a heated steering wheel, adjustable rear spoiler, wind deflector, roll hoops, and heated seats. Also, it has a Meridian audio system, rearview camera, front parking sensors, two-tone leather upholstery, and a center touchscreen.
Because this convertible has so few miles, it doesn’t have the longest service record. However, it does have a clean, zero-accident history. Furthermore, the selling dealer replaced the oil and tires in preparation for the sale. They also recalibrated the ABS system, replaced the brake switch, and performed a general inspection.
Will this 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible be a reliable bargain?
As of this writing, this 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible is listed at $25,000 with two days left in the auction. Given its condition and mileage, that’s a below-average price. The cheapest similar example on Autotrader costs almost $22,000 more. And keep in mind that this F-Type V8 S Convertible cost $104,450 in 2014.
Since used Jaguars aren’t always the most reliable cars, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended. And it’s worth noting that the F-Type has been recalled in the past; plus, Car and Driver’s long-term car had a few glitches. However, those glitches were addressed under warranty, as were many of the car’s early flaws, PistonHeads says.
So, this 2014 V8 S is unlikely to suffer from things like loose alternator cables. And given its mileage, fuel pump failure, transmission fluid leaks, and noisy timing chain tensioners are similarly not major concerns. But if its future owner won’t be driving it much, they should consider investing in a trickle charger to prevent low-voltage-related electric quirks.
Still, this 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible has all the hallmarks of a solid used luxury sports car bargain. And if that’s what you’re after, it might be worth considering.
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