A year into its life, the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is still fresh as a daisy. It’s a very pretty thing all the way from ground level up to roughly the height of your belly button. Above that, the only bits that were designed by Jaguar are the windscreen and headrests, which are functional necessities, neither of them admitting a lot of creative freedom. The rest of the view is of whatever lies beyond. Range of mountains at a blazing sunset: good. Oil refinery in the wintry drizzle: less good.
Now we’ve got the F with a hard roof, this new Coupe, and it fills a larger vertical space with its own beauty. Ian Callum and his team have been able to express themselves even more fully. But there’s more to this car than looks alone. You might have noticed the little R badge on the rear right rump. Since the roadster arrived (and indeed this won’t change for the time being), the F-Types with a V8 have been called S. And S means 488bhp. But R means 542.
Pictures: John Wycherly
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine