What is it?
There are many things with which the Jaguar F-Type R has no issue. The first is noise - I'm still genuinely amazed that Jaguar gets away with the R being as loud as it is; it frightens elderly people and makes children cry, and driving the Convertible, you experience that noise in its purest form. Another is speed; the R's 186mph top speed is a staggering figure by any measure.
The trouble is, its monumental performance has always felt a little distant in the real world, largely because on a soggy B-road in November, with the traction control switched off, it can feel like a hot rod competing in a rallycross stage. It has to be continually and closely managed in anything but Miami-like conditions.
For its 2016 model year refresh, that could be a thing of the past - if you want it to be. S and R F-Types now get the option of an on-demand all-wheel drive system, while torque vectoring is now available as an option on the entry-level V6.
Also included now is JLR's latest Incontrol multimedia system, while the bonnet has been raised slightly in order to house the AWD componentry. But most noticeable could be a swap from the previous generation's hydraulic steering rack to an EPAS system and a stiffer suspension set-up over rear-drive cars to better manage the extra weight.