The Equal­izer

Al­lan goes for a drive in the most pow­er­ful ver­sion of Jaguar’s awe­some F-type

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car - Words: Al­lan Wal­ton Pho­tos: Chris Smith

En­gine bay aside, one area where Jaguar has nearly al­ways hit the mark is with its styling, and much as I pre­fer rag-top sports cars, there’s no doubt that in the looks depart­ment the F-type coupé is an ab­so­lute stun­ner.

Sen­sa­tional from any an­gle, the Jaguar’s pur­pose­ful lines are fur­ther en­hanced by the grace­ful curve of the coupé’s roof as it flows into the F-type’s bulging, mus­cle-bound haunches. There’s even a touch of clas­sic E-type in the car’s rear-end styling.

Mind you, no pro­duc­tion E-type was ever as quick as the V8 R. A top speed of 300kph (elec­tron­i­cally gov­erned), and a 4.2-sec­ond 0–100kph sprint time, means that this spec­tac­u­larly rapid big cat is a di­rect ri­val to cars such as Porsche’s 911 and Cay­man GTS, not to men­tion an­other V8-pow­ered Brit, As­ton Martin’s V8 Van­tage.

That leads us to an ad­di­tional com­par­i­son with the cars from New­port Pagnell — the Jaguar’s ex­tremely well fin­ished, leather­lined cabin is eas­ily a match for the os­ten­si­bly more be­spoke in­te­ri­ors of the last few As­ton Martins we’ve been lucky enough to sam­ple.

Although don’t ex­pect any retro non­sense such as planks of shiny wal­nut when it comes to check­ing out the F-type’s in­te­rior — it’s de­cid­edly non-tra­di­tional and ul­tra-mod­ern.

As you’d ex­pect, the V8 R’s cabin is a lot cosier than the con­vert­ible — although the op­tional panoramic glass roof fit­ted

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