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.

Top 5 Sports cars

  • Jaguar F-Type Coupé
    The F-type has an aluminium monocoque construction with aluminium double wishbones front and rear

    Jaguar F-Type Coupé

    1
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage
    Aston Vantage's classic proportions are suitably timeless and desirable

    Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    2
  • Lotus Evora
    The Evora uses a heavily tweaked version of Toyota's all-alloy 3.5-litre V6 engine

    Lotus Evora

    3
  • Nissan GT-R
    The super-coupé bargain of the decade

    Nissan GT-R

    4

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