F-Type S 3.0 litre Supercharged V6 280kW/460Nm | 8 spd auto | 9.8 l/100km
F-Type R 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 404kW/680Nm | 8 spd auto | 10.7 l/100km
ON THE ROAD, the F-Type attracted plenty of attention from onlookers and aficionados alike, charmed by its chiselled sophistication and gorgeous silhouette through the shadows, matched with the spine tingling soundtrack, it was cemented early that this curvy, low slung sports car connects on a deeper level.
For the driver the theatre is there from the moment you unlock the door, with the recessed handles popping out to welcome you inside, the illumination of the engine start button subtly pulsing at the resting heart rate of a Jaguar in the wild, to the air vents that seamlessly unveil themselves, rising up out of the dash, to the emotive note released on engine start up, signifying that you have awoken the animal. Jaguar has been clever here, but it is this level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that rouse your senses from the moment you set your eyes on the coupe. It is very clear that these are special cars.
Taking styling cues from the gorgeous and most revered of nameplates, the E-Type of the 1960’s, that Enzo Ferrari once called “the most beautiful car ever made”, is ever apparent. Jaguar have embraced their history, yet created a design that transcends and appeals in today’s market
It is not until you are behind the wheel, submersed within the supple and luxurious interior, that the dynamics truly can be appreciated. The F-Type’s extensive use of an all aluminium construction, start to become apparent not only in acceleration and cornering, but in vehicle deceleration, stabilisation and dynamics. The rigid yet light construction of 1585kg for the S and 1650kg for the R, provide the driver with predictable chassis control when matched with either the V6 or V8 engines. The increase in torsional rigidity of the underpinnings, allows the suspension to do its job, without needing to compensate for body roll. For the driver this translates into measured and usable power delivery and control
Driving through Mount Glorious and onto Somerset Dam in these cars, on what we believe are some of the best driving roads in the country, you start to feel at one with the F-Type. Even over undulating surfaces the Jaguar never puts a paw out of place. Engaging Dynamic Mode and depressing the bimodal exhaust button, awakens the sleeping giant and turns the fun factor to eleven. This is a car that you can happily enjoy at a slower pace, taking in the scenery, submerged within the luxurious well appointed 16-way powered seats one minute, and the next, filled with rawness and emotion, the exhaust pop and crackle, together with the glorious V8 supercharger whine and howl, just a button press away
The ZF eight-speed gearbox is near faultless and quick to change in Normal driving mode, with throttle response providing gradual placid acceleration. In this setting, dampening is the most forgiving, even with the 20-inch wheels, road undulations are quickly soaked up. Pull the Dynamic Mode leaver on the centre console toward you, and both engine responsiveness and suspension tune sharpen dramatically. The vehicle comes alive, and provides the driver with the right amount of tactile feedback, enabling a rewarding and close affinity between car and driver.
The interior of the F-Type might be a thing of beauty, but it is also practical, with stowage space of 315 litres in the rear hatch, enough for a set of golf clubs, or simply remove the space saver spare (inflatable emergency tyre kit still available) and the area suddenly increases to an impressive 407 litres, easily swallowing two set of clubs
The F-Type reminds us that driving doesn’t have to be boring, it should be rewarded and rewarding it is.
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