[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he new Jaguar F-TYPE represents a return to the company’s heartland: a two-seater, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement. The F-TYPE is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable cars ever built.
[pull_quote_center]The F-TYPE isn’t designed to be like anyone else’s sports car. It’s a Jaguar sports car – ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and, most of all, it feels alive.[/pull_quote_center]
A front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible, the F-TYPE is engineered to deliver pure dynamic driving reward and stunning performance.
The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé is available in three versions: F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE.
UNDER THE BONNET
All engines drive through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission – a centrally mounted SportShift selector offering full manual sequential control, as do the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The F-TYPE S Coupé and F-TYPE Coupé are powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engines in 380PS/460Nm and 340PS/450Nm forms respectively, giving 0-60mph in 4.8/5.1-seconds and top speeds of 171/161mph.
The range-topping F-TYPE R Coupé is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm tune, delivering acceleration to 60mph in 4.0-seconds, and a top speed of 186mph (electronically limited).
EXTERIOR – IMMEDIATELY RECOGNISABLE
Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguars and, as such, the F-TYPE is immediately recognisable.
The dynamic visual message begins with the formidable grille, which takes the form established by Jaguar’s bold saloons, the XF and XJ, and reshapes it to create a sports car signature (as seen in the stunning C-X16 concept).
[quote_box_left]The grille shape is softer and wider and leans slightly forward to create a suggestion of motion even when the car is stationary.[/quote_box_left] The mesh in the grille and side vents is a new, hexagonal design which gives greater form and depth in comparison to the previous diagonal motif.
The grille is flanked by twin ‘shark gill’ openings, intended to give as much visual impact as possible and ensure that the F-TYPE has instant ‘rear view mirror’ recognition on the road.
The one-piece clamshell bonnet stretches back from the leading edge of the grille, incorporating the signature Jaguar bonnet bulge and twin vents.
INTERIOR – DRIVER-FOCUSED CABIN
The F-TYPE’s interior features a driver-focused philosophy with engaging controls encased in dramatic architecture. Unique technical grains tailor the trim materials, further differentiating the dual-cockpit cabin.
The division between driver and passenger sides of the cabin is created by the grab handle which sweeps down from the top of the centre console and wraps around behind the SportShift selector and Dynamic Mode buttons.
As with all Jaguars, the F-TYPE is luxuriously trimmed, but equally the palette of switchgear colours is deliberately understated and technical to ensure nothing detracts from the driving environment and experience.
[quote_box_center]The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé is available in three versions: F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE. Prices start from £51, 235 ($65,000) – www.jaguar.com [/quote_box_center]