In 2013, we tested the Jaguar 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. For 2017, the new Jaguar F-Type R stands as one of the best pound-for-pound performance cars .
Even in V6 form, there's a lot to like though; the F-Type V6 S has the potential to be even more significant, given that it undercuts the entry-level Porsche 911 Carrera by nearly £26k and is noticeably more powerful. Jaguar has also included a 2.0-litre petrol engine to the range, which may sound measly, but has been cleverly placed between the Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S, while there is growing reason to believe that Jaguar will also introduce a diesel F-Type as several test mules have been spotted.
With all the Gaydon done the unthinkable and upstaged Zuffenhausen? Let's find out.