So, what is it like to drive? Jaguar's catchphrase at the moment is "Connected Feel", a description of the "immediate, precise, and proportional response to all driver inputs" that Jaguar have implemented. And it's certainly warranted. It feels good, part of you, a monster, grown up, a sensation greater than the sum of its parts.
To that end, the F-Type boasts 10% faster steering and the lightest and stiffest body structure of any Jaguar, with an aggressively tuned version of their Adaptive Dynamics damping system. The V6 S is fitted with a mechanical limited-slip differential while the V8 S gets an electronically controlled version using a multi-plate clutch to send torque to the rear wheel with the most grip. The F-Type has a bonded-and-riveted aluminum body structure, cloaked in aluminum body panels, and a composite trunk lid making it 77lb lighter than a comparable steel structure. It's not the lightest of cars per se, but it has plenty of power under the bonnet and the steering is light, precise and responsive.
Inside, the cabin is low, luxurious and modern, not overly roomy. The familiar funky gadgetry is ever present with a delightful array of switches, rockers and dials beautifully accented, chunky hand stitched leather handles and gearshift and a choice of three different steering wheels - standard, flat-bottomed and rally (Alcantara). The fit, finish and presentation is excellent.
The soft top folds away in only 12 seconds, the trunk is understandably tiny, and the Active Exhaust system which opens extra valves under hard acceleration is sublime.
Overall, the F-Type Jaguar
has style in spades and is certainly not shy, and with a price tag significantly less than comparable sporty cars, perhaps it really has got the power to lure away rival brand devotees.