‘DIAL F FOR FRANTIC’
Added 10th November, 2017
By Jonathan Crouch
Jaguar could have made it easy on themselves. They could have effectively parked their E-TYPE legacy and given up on ever replacing it. That's what the company has essentially did for four decades - but then at no time in that period was Jaguar the company it is now, one with new-found dynamism and swagger. A business ready to remind everyone of its founding membership in the sportscar segment and a rich sporting bloodline stretching back over 75 years.
This is a machine that steers, handles, stops, goes - and sounds - exactly as a Jaguar should. That sound element is important - and it's one of the key reasons why you might want this Convertible model rather than the alternative fixed-top Coupe. Either way, don't knock the F-TYPE because it's not a Boxster or a 911: the F-TYPE was never intended to be like anything else. This model is different, powerful, sensual, ultra-precise - a car that feels alive. We don't think it'll suit many who associate performance motoring from this brand with XJS or XK models. Buckle such people up behind the wheel and they're liable to be a little taken aback. No matter. Jaguar needed to find a younger, more demanding, hungrier audience for its sportscars. It needed to convince people that here and now in this market at this time in history, it could be great again. Mission accomplished.