Jaguar has defined its respected sporting heritage for decades producing such models as C, D and E-Types. However some motoring enthusiasts would argue that they haven’t released an authentic sports car in a while, one that stands alone among the competition.
Spoke too soon? It seems Jaguar has responded, in fashion, and is heading back to the future with the new Jaguar F-Type. Despite being 6% bigger than its bitter rival, the Porsche 911, don’t mistake this for anything more than your classic sports car. That said, it really is one hell of a sports car
Jaguar F-Type: Features
To look at the new F-Type Jag is to want to drive it. Now, buckle up and brace yourself for an onslaught of superlatives.
Jaguar F-Type: Tech
The “optional” Meridan Trifield audio system is obligatory really, adding 770W of thump with epic clarity and atmospherics. Throttle response, steering feel, even exhaust note and suspension stiffness: the F-Type’s battery of console controls puts you in full control. Touchy tabby Jag’s eight-inch touchscreen centre-console clobber comes as standard. There’s also a G-Force meter – essential, of course…
Jaguar F-Type: Specs
TOP SPEED 161MPH
Jaguar F-Type : Performance
We drove the entry-level V6 but if we didn’t know about the other choices, we’d never want for more. It’s as crisp and zingy as fresh lime juice and it flings the F-Type to 60mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Jaguar F-Type: Interior
Inside, Jaguar has mixed the materials deftly. Leather, classy plastics and aluminium accents abound. The layout is bang-on, too – intimate and driver-focussed yet roomy, while the dash bristles with just the right quantity of satisfyingly tactile switches. You get quick access to key functions without the baffling profusion of buttons that blights some interiors
Jaguar F-Type: Verdict
It’s the little details that Jaguar has meticulously included that make this car a desirable work of motoring art. The car’s inability to remember your preferable driving style is outrageously cool, like automatically driving in more responsive Dynamic mode instead of you having to select it every time you fire up. It’s in those little details – the pitch-perfect cabin and stress-free configuration – that the F-Type elevates itself from very good to purely awesome.
Jaguar F-Type release date: Out now
Jaguar F-Type price: From £58, 520, Car-on-test: £67, 740
Jaguar F-Type review: Hands-on
Jaguar F-Type review: Hands-onT3
A classic drive topped off with a techy, touchscreen flourish, this Jaguar F-Type is the most desirable sports car this side of six figures
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