FEATURE CAR A
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!
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.