New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car -

year ago, thanks to Beacham Jaguar, I got the chance to road-test Jaguar’s new F-type in su­per­charged ‘S’ form ( Nzclassiccar, March 2014) — the car that, fi­nally, can be con­sid­ered as be­ing a gen­uine suc­ces­sor to the leg­endary E-type. At the end of my fea­ture on that car I com­mented that, with the F-type, “Jaguar had tri­umphantly re­con­firmed its rep­u­ta­tion as a world-lead­ing designer and builder of sports cars. Yes, the new F-type re­ally is that good — and we haven’t even sam­pled the V8 ver­sion yet!”

Well, af­ter bend­ing Alex Beacham’s arm, I fi­nally got my sticky hands on a brand-spank­ing-new V8 R — the coupé that sits atop Jaguar’s six-car-strong F-type range. Let me say straight away — it was well worth the wait!

Power Up

As with the su­per­charged V6-pow­ered F-types, the Roots-type twin vor­tex blower fit­ted to the V8 R snug­gles into the ‘V’ of the en­gine to keep ev­ery­thing neat and com­pact. Not that you can see any of this if you pop the bon­net — as with the ma­jor­ity of mod­ern ma­chin­ery, all that’s on show is a large plas­tic en­gine cover, pre­sum­ably to dis­suade own­ers from tin­ker­ing with the car’s im­por­tant bits.

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