Jaguar … the only brand in the world that’s had its reputation bolstered by being seen as the gangster’s car of choice; the seventies were packed with ‘cops & robbers’ TV programmes, the bad guys invariably being seen giving a MK II what for, and leaving the Police trailing in their wake, and then of course, there was the style – classically elegant.
Whatever your views on the intervening years, you can’t deny that Jaguar came back with a bang, and then some. Today, they have a genuinely great model range, but the one that really stands out is the F-TYPE coupe. So very pretty.
‘Pretty’ isn’t a word that most companies want attaching to a sports car, it should be ‘menacing’, ‘aggressive’, ‘powerful’ or even ‘sleek’, but pretty?
The truth is that yes, it is all those things, but done in a way that doesn’t shout about it, after all, this is a Jaguar (or Jaaaaaag). You want power? Close enough to 300 horsepower, torque – 295 lb/ft (or 400Nm) at just 1,500 RPM, lightweight aluminium bodywork? Tick. Double wishbone suspension? Tick that box again, 155 mph top speed? Tick, tick and tick.
The talk of top speed, acceleration or mid-range performance is slightly crass, but let’s be honest, consumers don’t want to be buying a sports car with less performance than a mid-range, mass-manufactured saloon car, no matter how pretty it looks. 0 – 60 mph takes just 5.4 seconds, but more importantly, 30 – 70 mph (mid-range overtaking power) happens in just 5.1 seconds; the 2-litre F-TYPE makes 194 bhp per tonne (the V6 makes just 210).
Sticking with the engine for a moment, the Ingenium motor is packed with technology that wouldn’t be out of place in a race car – it uses an electrohydraulic valvetrain, which incorporates the Intelligent Continuously Variable Valve Lift Control, a variable displacement oil pump, and the twin-scroll turbocharger and exhaust manifold design have been tuned to reduce turbo-lag – in most situations, it won’t feel like you’re driving a turbocharged car, although that’s possibly helped by the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The V6 F-TYPE does make more power, and of course has the V6 soundtrack, but where the 2.0 F-TYPE scores over the V6 is in the weight department – it’s 52kg lighter than the V6 model, and most of that weight has been lost from the front-end, meaning that it feels sharper and responds better, with less tendency to try and washout when you’re pressing on, although Jag have fitted the F-TYPE with a torque vectoring system to aid that.
The design is super-sleek, and the bodywork is all aluminium which helps to keep the weight down, and thanks (partly) to that, fuel economy is good, better than good – when cruising along, 40+ mpg is easily achievable, and that’s real world testing figures, not claimed manufacturers figures from their laboratory.
So we’ve all agreed that the 2.0 F-TYPE is stunningly pretty, fast, agile and all that we want from a sports car, the final piece in the jigsaw is the interior – above all, it needs to feel like a Jaguar from the inside or you could be driving in any number of 300+ horsepower rear-wheel drive cars. Thankfully, there’s no mistaking the heritage once you’re behind the wheel either.
The half-leather (as standard) seats give enough support without feeling as though you’ve been strapped in to a Formula car, the controls fall easily to hand, the 10-inch InControl Touch Pro touchscreen system does what you need (including navigation as standard) and the whole interior has been well thought out; it feels like it’s been designed in conjunction with the car, rather than as an afterthought, and that’s where a number of other brands go wrong.
The Jaguar 2.0 F-TYPE works on every level, whether you’re a ‘traditional Jag man’ or high-flying city girl, it has style, power and ultimately, a coolness that very few brands can deliver.
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