The top-spec V8 sits alongside its supercharged V6 and 2.0-litre Ingenium siblings, although none of the range should be described as underpowered. The entry-level i4 petrol pumps out 295bhp, while the base V6 has 335bhp available, rising to 375bhp in the V6 S and ending with an impressive 542bhp in V8 form. Jaguar's SVO division felt this wasn't enough for their take on the big cat sports car and duly upped the power to 567bhp.
Giving up the Jaguar F-Type R's secret
Most staggering about the F-Type R is the simple fact that Jaguar has improved the torsional rigidity of the convertible by 80 percent. That such a large change can come from adding a fixed aluminium roof is more than impressive, with the extra metal turning the F-Type into a true monocoque structure in the process.
The extra rigidity means Jaguar engineers have been able to make the F-Type R even better to drive, granting extra dynamic ability by raising its spring rates at the front and rear. The coupé should have more control, better agility and greater steering precision than the convertible, then. And that was hardly lacking in the first place.
With a top speed of 186mph and the 0-60mph sprint covered in just 4.0 seconds, the powerful F-Type R is thunderingly fast, although it must be said that these outstanding performance figures are translated to the convertible also - with the R Convertible capable of 0-60mph in 3.9sec before plowing on towards its 186mph limiter.
As well as the burbling 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine there are extra additions in the form of 20-inch wheels with larger steel brakes. Carbon-ceramic units with performance tyres and lighter forged wheels also feature on the options list. Although some of those options are made standard on the SVR.
Unleashing the F-Type R's supercharged 5.0-litre V8
Even sitting at its governed top speed, the V8 coupé remains flat and able to steer faithfully, with its large tailgate spoiler handling the generated lift confidently. Again with the power duly increased for the SVR - its capable of reaching the heavenly 200mph mark in coupé form but just a mere 195mph with a rag top affixed.