Power, poise, perfection

Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic 3.0 Litre V6 Supercharged AWD

Model on test: £69,180

A couple of years ago, I tested the F-Type roadster. It was quite simply stunning. When I got the chance to have a play with it’s solid-roofed brother, I was hardly going to say no!

The F-Type is quite simply a beautiful car. That doesn’t do it justice, but I haven’t the power to think of a superlative that matches its looks. The curves look great from any angle, and the twin central exhausts beneath the hunkered down back end make it look poised, powerful and ready to go. And oh my god did it go…

I have always been a fan of Jaguar… even when they caved in and made an SUV, initially I was disappointed that they had done so, but they made an incredibly good job of it. Right from the moment they unveiled the original E-Type, Jaguar has shown that they can design a beautiful car, and through the evolution of the XK models of the late ‘90s was great, they continued to highlight their ability, but with this F-Type coupe they have surely outdone themselves. If I Had the funds to buy any sub-£100k car, I would be hard pushed to buy anything but this F-Type. I just don’t know what equals the looks, the feel and the ear-pleasingly loud exhaust.

The exhaust noise is heightened by the ‘active’ mode that opens up a new level of noise. Without it, it’s fantastic. With it, the only word that works is sublime.

Okay, so it looks and sounds good… But how about the drive? The supercharged V6 is an amazing power unit. This model a stunning 380 bhp on tap, so it was always going to be swift. But the gearbox and exhaust are the real stars of the show here. The power delivery and gear change are as crisp as a new banknote. And as for the noise… every single time i started the engine (making sure to switch the exhaust to active mode first, of course) I smiled.

And so did most people around me. It was delivered to my office and not a morning went by that I didn’t see someone stopping and staring as they passed. A couple of people asked if it was an Aston Martin – it’s that level of gorgeousness… one person said they thought it looked too much like an Aston… surely that’s not possible?

Luckily, the weather behaved enough so I didn’t have to worry about slippery conditions and I was able to give it some beans. No matter what I did, it handled amazingly. Planted, yet fun, safe but exhilarating. I’ll be honest I had it in sport mode 99% of the time. Combined with the active exhaust, it was the perfect pairing. The exhaust is a cost option on lower specced models, but is included on the R-Dynamic AWD. If you choose a lower spec, pay for the exhaust. I promise you will not regret it!

Since I’ve driven this, I’ve driven some fast offerings from McLaren, Tesla and even Rolls Royce (keep an eye out for those in future issues) and if you gave me the option of any of these cars for one more day, it would be a matter of seconds before I looked longingly at the McLaren, and chose the Jag.

Without hesitation.

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