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When Jaguar first unveiled its new F-Type
roadster, they hailed it as the first full-
blooded Jaguar sports car in 50 years.
The long-awaited, much-hyped
spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type Jag had it all.
The looks, the performance, the mystique.
All except for one thing. A roof.
You see, the purists will tell you that convertibles are
not really sports cars.
They will say that, despite the joys of feeling the wind
in your hair and sun on your brow, convertibles and
roadsters are inherently inferior to their hard-roofed
siblings in terms of driving dynamics.
To be a proper sports car, you have to have a proper
Now, Jaguar has settled that argument with the
arrival of the F-Type Coupe blending all the beauty,
performance and allure of the British brand’s latest
flagship model and giving it a hard top.
A cat with a hot tin roof, if you like.
Jaguar, for its part, says the new coupe is the most
dynamically capable, performance-focused car ever to
wear the famous leaping cat badge. High praise for
such a fabled marque. It is truly an evolution of that
But the F-Type Coupe also represents evolution in
reverse. Normally you design a sports car as a coupe
with the extra structural strength and rigidity that
comes with a full steel canopy then at some later point,
you slice off the ceiling to create a convertible version.
Jaguar did things the other way around with the
The result is the ultimate Cat in a Hat.
Here is the good news. It is not only more rigid —
and hence more sporty — than its soft-top sibling. It
is arguably prettier.
Not to mention cheaper by about $20,000.
In fact the coupe wins as many admiring glances as
if you were walking down the street, or into a car park,
with Catwoman herself.
I had one bloke do an entire circuit of the F-Type,
filming the whole time with his iPhone, while I sat
at a red light. Do not drive this car if you are not
prepared to be noticed.
Styling-wise, it is at least as visually fetching if not
more so as its soft-topped sibling.
Uber-designer Ian Callum’s fingerprints are all over
the coupe’s flowing silhouette, the elegantly sloping
rear profile and those powerful haunches.
It is beautifully proportioned with the long bonnet and
cockpit giving way to a stubby, crisply-styled rear end.
Viewed from the rear, the car appears as wide and
low-slung as it feels from inside the snug two-seat
That confined space brings with it all kinds of
advantages. For a start, the Meridian audio system
sounds fabulous when it is captured in such a small
Cabin controls fall readily to hand. Everything feels
within easy reach.
The downside, of course, is that fixed roof neutralises
one of the other great aural pleasures of the F-Type,
the engine note from those centrally-located, trumpet-
shaped twin exhausts.
In the drop-top the glorious sound of that force-fed
V6 is constantly on tap. In the coupe, though, I had
to resort to driving through tunnels with my window
down to enjoy that sweet note, more of a bark than the
purr or growl you would expect from a big cat like this.
It is particularly sonorous when the car is switched
to dynamic mode when exhaust baffles are opened
up, throttle response is sharpened and gear shifts,
particularly when using the shift paddles, are more
There is the odd pop on shifting up under hard
acceleration and a glorious crackle and rattle when you
are shifting down through the eight-speed box.
The coupe will be offered with three basic engine
options, two with supercharged V6 engines and the
flagship with a frighteningly powerful 364KW V8.
We tested the entry-level version with its
supercharged V6 producing a more than adequate
250KW. If your wallet stretches to the $151,000
V6 S, you can expect 30KW more power plus some
additional equipment and a 0-100kph sprint time of
less than five seconds. The V8 F-Type R tops $200,000
making our test machine seem like a steal at $119,900.
It will still reach the speed limit in just shy of five
seconds, possesses impressive mid-range acceleration
and instant throttle response despite lacking the gaudy
performance numbers of its more powerful stablemates.
We enjoyed the F-Type’s handling. In roadster form
it was more than capable enough for our requirements
but there is no doubt the coupe feels a bit tighter, a bit
stiffer and a bit more responsive in every respect.
But the ride is still compliant enough to please those
people most likely to buy this car — middle-aged
execs who have probably lusted after an E-Type their
Like the roadster, the coupe’s cockpit is snug and
thoughtfully laid out with all switches and dials tilted
towards the driver. Controls are arranged in groups by
function, a feature that Jaguar says mimics the cockpits
of fighter aeroplanes.
The leather-clad seats are smart and supportive and
electrically adjustable in just about any direction, with
buttons sensibly located on the door panels.
The driver can customise the driving experience by
selecting dynamic mode with a switch on the centre
console, and there are also buttons to raise or lower the
rear spoiler (which automatically deploys at highways
speeds anyway) and another to open the exhaust
baffles to their full glory (highly recommended).
The spoiler is adorned by a Jaguar logo and the
famous leaper can be seen through the rear-view
mirror when the foil is deployed.
But as well as the obvious advantages of choosing
the coupe over the roadster, there is one final, more
practical reason. The boot.
At 400 litres, it is surprisingly useful — certainly
more so than the useless cargo space of the roadster —
and Jaguar boasts that it is able to accommodate two
sets of golf clubs. One for each occupant.
Now that is what I call evolution.
A true sports car, indeed.
Jaguar F-Type V6 Coupe details: Two-door, two-
seat sports car with supercharged V6 engine and
eight-speed automatic transmission.
Tech Stuff: Three-litre, supercharged V6 produces
250kW, 450Nm; eight-speed automatic transmission
with wheel-mounted shift paddles and sport mode;
Features: Jaguar high-performance braking system,
sports suspension with adaptive dynamics, active
exhaust system, hydraulically-operated rear spoiler;
leather sports seats with leather finishes throughout
cabin; satellite navigation; premium audio system with
Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming; limited
Performance: 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds; top speed
Verdict: A new classic gets a harder edge.
Bottom Line: From $119,900 plus on-road costs.
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