The new Jaguar F-Type is finally upon us, after what feels like decades of speculation. Steve Sutcliffe takes to the road – and to the track – to find out if its has really got what it takes to rival other high-performance sports cars.
Watch the Jaguar F-type take on the Porsche 911
I think Aston Martin could learn a lot from the F-Type. Aston Martin are struggling to keep their product lineup fresh, and they lack the investment and expertise to start rolling out new platforms and engines. They are instead continuing development of the VH platform from the DB9, and the only engines they have to play with are the 6.0 litre V12 from Ford, and the decades old AJV8 from Jaguar. This is massively holding them back at the moment because all their cars look the same, feel the same, sound the same. They really need an evolution.
But then look what Jaguar has achieved from the Ftype. Yes, their budget is bigger. But the Ftype uses a shortened platform from the old XK. It uses a modified engine from the XKRS, which itself is a modified AJV8 unit. And yet the Ftype has a totally different character to the XK.
And theres my point. Jaguar have done a good job with the FType, you cant tell that it was born from old components. Why cant Aston Martin follow suit?
What amazes me the most is that I'd be willing to bet the R is even better than this. The V6 is lighter which improves overall weight and weight distribution. And from what I've seen and heard up to now it might even sound better than the V8. I'd bet anything that the R is the real drivers car of the group, can't wait to see a review of it...
I think it's a lovely looking and sounding machine and by the few road tests from this and other mags so far, it seem to deliver on the driving front. Is the new F- Type a better car than the Boxster & 911....no, can this new Jag been seen as an excellent alternative and hold its own against those two Porsches....I firmly believe it definately can, and for that I applaud JLR for producing a very good product. Lookin forward to seeing the coupe as it's even better looking. One thing I'm not so sure on is the price. Seems the days when Jags could undercut the opposition are fading fast! If I had the means, I would wait for the Coupe V8 surpercharged model