At this point it’s worth remembering who is going to buy the Jaguar F-Type. Half of them will be sold in the US, which might explain why, when Jaguar set out to make “a sports car”, it bore more on-paper resemblance to a Mercedes-Benz SL than it did to a Porsche 911

In R form, the F-Type is a proper hot rod of a car. If you’re looking for incisiveness and back-road agility, look elsewhere. But if you want old-fashioned thrills, such as a surfeit of power over grip and a noise to die for, but delivered in a perfectly mannered package, a Jaguar dealer ought to be on your list of destinations. Just be aware what else is available for the same money.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The F-Type is a hugely desirable drop-top with entertaining handling, if a bit short on traction and usability

And when it comes to competition, it’s the V6 S that has the keenest rivals. Its £67,500 price tag is slap bang between a specced-up 718 Boxster S and a boggo 911. However strong the F-Type’s appeal is, in this configuration, it has its work cut out. Good news then that, like the R, it is a very different offering from the Zuffenhausen duo.

That leaves the entry-level V6. In some ways it is the sweetest in the range. It is certainly the least bombastic, and arguably the most balanced.

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And here’s the thing: the F-Type may not represent what we’ve come to expect a sports car to be – it’s not the same size and weight, and it doesn’t have the same traction and response – but it has the noise and soul of a sports car, and the culture of a GT. There’s a lot to be said for that.

The real winner here is the customer, the one lucky enough to be in the market for a £56-£110,800 sports car; the sort of person who would previously have headed straight towards the nearest Porsche dealer

In one rather glorious movement, Jaguar has doubled if not trebled the options in this most exclusive of markets, and in the process produced one of the best sports cars of the modern era. No one could have asked for more than that.

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