It delivers poise, thrill and interactivity above and beyond the ability of many rivals, but casts them over a backdrop of refinement, touring comfort and high-speed stability that fewer still can match.
This is a multi-talented car, in other words, but it isn’t the leggy, laid-back coupé that XK owners might prefer it to be. Instead, it has a much sharper sporting edge. Too much edge for some, probably.
Three driving programs are available: a normal one, one for slippery conditions and a Dynamic mode. We were surprised to find the ride in normal mode to be as firm as it is, particularly for a mid-range model.
Higher spring rates give the coupé a slightly reactive, jostling gait over a testing surface, rather than the more compliant low-frequency ‘breathing’ you might expect.
But you’ll only notice it over the worst back roads and, if you’re like us, consider it a price worth paying, given how immediate and effortless the F’s body control is, how dexterously it keeps its wheels on the ground over lumps and bumps, how planted it feels through fast corners and how much feel comes through the steering wheel. But make no mistake: this is a sports car first and a GT second.