Cut-price power, in­stant pres­tige

BRIAN BAS­SETT rec­om­mends the F-Type Jaguar S Con­vert­ible 3,0 V6, while stocks last

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THE F-Type Jaguar is the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the Iconic E-Type, which still sells in Bri­tain, when you can get one for over £100 000 (R1,8 mil­lion).

The F-type was 10 years in de­sign and the car renowned designer Ian Cal­lum pro­duced is one of the most beau­ti­ful sports cars in the world.

I had a chance to drive one re­cently, cour­tesy of Peter Ca­ley, dealer prin­ci­pal at Land Rover in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and I am most grate­ful to him for the op­por­tu­nity.

Ex­ter­nally the F-type purrs qual­ity and power. The over­all de­sign is in a soft swept back style, ac­cen­tu­ated by the front and rear light mod­ules. Any­where you park this car a small crowd gath­ers and gawks.

Door han­dles fold away when you lock the car and emerge on open­ing. The rag­top, which takes only sec­onds to raise, com­pli­ments the over­all de­sign. The cabin is snug, pur­pose­ful and a bril­liant piece of industrial de­sign, with leather ev­ery­where.

The car is packed with elec­tron­ics and has ev­ery de­vice you can think of and a few you did not even know ex­isted. The in­te­rior is driver ori­en­tated, as a pas­sen­ger grab han­dle on the cen­tral con­sole clearly de­mar­cates the be­gin­ning of the driver’s zone.

The F-Type has out­stand­ing di­rec­tional pre­ci­sion and sta­bil­ity at higher speeds, with sharp, clear steer­ing re­sponse.

It is per­fectly bal­anced and won­der­fully pow­er­ful, with the best ex­haust note in the busi­ness. Cruis­ing in dy­namic mode the car is ag­ile and ath­letic as well as del­i­cate.

The three-litre en­gine puts out 250 kws/460 Nm. Top speed is 275 km/h and 0-100 comes up in around 4,8 sec­onds.

The price for the three-litre V6 new is around R1,1 mil­lion, there is also a V8 five-litre ver­sion, which comes in at R1,5 mil­lion.

The V6 I drove, with 10 000 km on the clock, is, how­ever, avail­able at Land Rover for (only) R900 000.

This is one of the finest sports cars in the world and own­ing one would be the ful­fill­ment of any petrol­head’s am­bi­tion.

PHOTO: JONATHAN BUR­TON

The most wanted used car in Pmb? Per­fectly bal­anced and won­der­fully pow­er­ful, the Jaguar F-Type re­places the iconic E-Type and this one is go­ing (rel­a­tively) cheap in KZN’s cap­i­tal.

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