The Belle of the Ball


Jaguar F-type 2.0 convertibl­e

OURS IS A SHALLOW WORLD, where books are judged but their covers and people are judged by their pocket squares. Maybe it shouldn’t be this way. Or maybe it’s just another opportunit­y to stand out.

When you need to be flashy, a Jaguar is always a good bet. The F-type is the direct successor to the company’s famous E-type, the car Enzo Ferrari once admitted was the most beautiful ever made. And it was designed by Ian Callum who, before becoming Jaguar’s head designer, was responsibl­e for some very lovely Aston Martins.

Of course, even beautiful cars occasional­ly need a facelift. For 2018, Jaguar’s sports car receives a little nip/ tuck: new headlights, a new infotainme­nt system, an app that lets you record your drive and share it, like people do with their workouts on Nike+. But here’s the real opportunit­y: now, there’s a more affordable F-type. Undercutti­ng the supercharg­ed V6 model is a new, turbocharg­ed, four-cylinder one. It’s available as a coupe (starting at $68,600) and convertibl­e ($71,500). With 296 horsepower it’s far from slow, and has enough substance to back up its style.

Even with the downsized engine, the F-type shouldn’t lose any street-cred. The body remains the same, so hardly anybody will be able to tell your F-type isn’t packing the full-fat V8. And anyone judging you by the car you drive (also known as everybody)—even those who can tell the difference — will respect your choice. Because the F-type offers bang-for-buck — and limitless flash — that you simply can’t find anywhere else.

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