Absolutely sublime. From the first time the engine is started and burbles into life, there's a feeling of effortless potential from the F-type coupé.
It doesn't sound as loud as the V6 S or as meaty as the V8 R versions, but it's still a pleasing sound. The throttle sensitivity is excellent, with just the smallest of movements required to quickly pick up speed.
It must be said that we didn't test the car on public roads, instead we were confined to Millbrook Proving Ground's city course, high-speed bowl and hill test route. Between them, these routes simulate the majority of driving conditions.
During the city course the F-Type coupé's steering proved to be quick, well weighted and accurate. The eight-speed 'Quickshift' gearbox makes excellent use of the engine's power, selecting higher gears quickly for better fuel economy about town. Rather than feeling like a large, heavy, powerful sports car, the F-type coupé feels surprisingly nimble to drive.
On the hill route the F-type coupé made short work of many of the other cars using the same track. Its power delivery isn't explosive - you'd have to look to the £85,000 V8 R version for that - but it's still very quick indeed.
And here's the thing - even at speeds below 70mph, the F-type coupé still feels vastly rewarding to drive. It's well planted on the road and easily controlled. There's also the sensation that the Jaguar's plethora of electronic assistance systems aren't interfering too much with the experience.
There's a choice of driving modes on offer via a flickable switch on the centre console, but the biggest difference we found came with putting the transmission into Sport mode, which meant the engine lingered longer at high revs before changing gear. There's also paddle-shift controls behind the wheel.
The chance to take the coupé on the high-speed bowl enabled us to find out what the entry-level F-type felt like at speed. The answer is comfortable and refined. Even well into triple digits the car rarely feels like it's breaking a sweat, and it settles into a motorway cruise easily.
Even at high speeds the trip computer gave an average of 25mpg. Not bad for a 335bhp sports car.