In 2013, we tested the V8 S version of the F-type roadster. We called that car a bona fide automotive landmark, and we liked it very much. But there was no mistaking the compromises.
Despite being blessed with the soundtrack and soul of a sports car, Jaguar had its rag-top ride and handle more like a scaled-down GT.
At the time, it was felt that the dynamic identity had been specifically chosen to broaden the new model’s appeal across the pond – which was true.
But as time passes, it’s equally apparent that the manufacturer was keeping its powder dry for the permanently covered coupé, a car it confidently describes as the most capable production Jaguar ever.
Big words. But the initial response has backed them up. In R form – covered in a separate review here – the new F-type stands as one of the best pound-for-pound performance cars of 2014.
Even in V6, or V6 S form, there's a lot to like though; the V6 S has the potential to be even more significant, given that it undercuts the entry-level Porsche 911 Carrera by nearly £15k and is noticeably more powerful.
Has Gaydon done the unthinkable and upstaged Zuffenhausen? Let's find out.