- ROAD TEST JAGUAR F-TYPE V6 (2014)
SOME memories remain indelibly printed in the subconscious, like the time when as a teenager I was given a lift in a Jaguar E-TYPE by a pal’s dad.
Ron had a gleaming red 4.2-litre convertible and being a rare hot summer day the hood was down.
On went the shades and I felt like a film star as every girl in the neighbourhood stopped and stared.
I’ve driven dozens of soft tops since, many of them desirable performance cars but the mind’s eye keeps conjuring up cinematic images of that E-TYPE.
It was the epitome of cool, the essence of distinction and a car anyone would surely dream of owning.
Well it has taken more than 40 years but the two-seat big cat prowls again in the low slung shape of the Jaguar F-TYPE – and without putting too fine a point on it, it’s also one of the most outstanding cars I have tested.
Sensational from every angle and with a soundtrack like an F1 car, the F-TYPE is everything you could wish for in a modern performance convertible.
Lightweight, supremely agile and boasting savage acceleration, this is a car with a clear identity of its own and is completely unlike benchmark sports models like the Porsche 911.
Three versions comprise the F-TYPE range – the tested 3.0-litre V6 costing £58,500, a supercharged V6 for an extra £9k and the volcanic 5.0-litre V8 at £79,950.
Driving the normally-aspirated V6 is a hugely rewarding experience and makes you wonder just how spectacular its more powerful stablemates must be.
While purists tend to prefer manual transmission, the F-TYPE only comes as an eight-speed automatic.
There’s no call for concern though as the Quickshift unit is seamless and also lets the driver blip through the gears manually via paddles on the steering wheel.
Hood up or down – and dropping it takes just a few seconds – the Jaguar F-TYPE snarls, crackles and handles like a true supercar.
Just don’t expect to return the official average fuel consumption of 31.4mpg.
- SPEC CHECK
- MAKE: Jaguar.
- MODEL: F-TYPE V6.
- ENGINE: 2,995cc, V6 petrol.
- POWER: 340PS at 6,500rpm.
- PERFORMANCE: 0-60 in 5.1 secs, top speed 161mph.
- ECONOMY: 22.4mpg Urban, 40.9 Extra Urban, 31.4 Combined. CO2
- EMISSIONS: 209g/km. BiK RATING: 33%.
- INSURANCE: Group 50.
- PRICE: £58,520 on the road.
- Style, sound, performance, image.
- Cost of options.
- LOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
- EQUIPMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
- RIDE AND HANDLING . . . . . 5
- PERFORMANCE . . . . . . . . . . 5
- VALUE FOR MONEY . . . . . . . 5