What is it?
The S coupé represents Jaguar’s pinnacle of six-cylinder F–type performance, a car that admittedly falls a little short of the V8’s Ferrari-level performance, but saves its buyer nearly £25,000 against the top-performance model and has a unique character and capability of its own.
It is powered by the highest output version of the supercharged V6 going, a potent 375bhp edition, which drives through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox whose special Jaguar-designed electronics allow it either to function as a full automatic or to be controlled manually via steering-column paddles.
There is a special Dynamic regime that holds gears longer and changes up quicker, operable in either automatic or manual modes.
Launched more than six months after the convertible F-type, the coupé is much more than the open-topped car with the sun blocked out. It is considerably more rigid, a property that has allowed Jaguar’s engineers to stiffen the suspension (for better agility and body control) and sharpen the steering - to make this arguably the best handling road-going Jaguar ever.