“I love this car,” so says Ian Callum of the new Jaguar F-type coupe, which has received simultaneous unveils at the Tokyo and Los Angeles motor shows today. “It’s my favourite car from all those I’ve worked on.”

Quite an admission from the man behind a whole series of stunning Jaguars in recent years, not to mention various Fords and still modern looking Aston Martins before them.

I’m inclined to agree with Callum because in the metal the F-type coupe really is stunning, particularly in the new range-topping R specification.

So established – to my eyes at least – that the F-type design has become, that questions and comparisons to the E-type have dried up, for the F-type is now a model in its own right without the need for continued justification as a successor to the E-type.

For the record, though, Callum’s favourite E-type is the coupe. “It’s the icon for me, and a car I still have great fondness for. I love the simplicity of the rear and how it drops off, something we’ve done with the F-type.”

Callum said the design of the F-type coupe took two years, and was the third in the series of F-types. Although we saw the C-X16 concept first in 2011, work on the production F-type convertible had started some months before the concept.