Jaguar has succeeded spectacularly with the F-Type, and emphatically so with the coupé.

It shows that Gaydon can produce a car of true sporting specialism as well as any German manufacturer.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The F-Type's well priced and the driving experience is close to brilliant

It’s a machine of incredible allure – and, like the E-Type was, it’s great value.

But, in V6 and V6 S form, the F-Type falls short of exceptional. Just as we did with the roadster, we had hoped to find the definitive F-Type in the middle-sitting V6 S.

Imperfections noted on ride quality and limit handling, combined with slight reservations about the engine, suggest you should look to the range-topping V8 R or even the SVR for that.

Leaving ‘definitive’ and ‘exceptional’ to one side, though, there is no question that the F-Type is another landmark in the 21st century recasting of the Jaguar brand.

It’s an inspired car, but it’s not encumbered by its maker’s sporting legend. It may not be perfect, but it is wonderful.

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