Top Gear's ultimate Jaguar F-Type road test
We take the entire range on a journey north to Scotland. Which will we choose?
Posted: 13 Dec 2013
At roughly 250mph less than that, the F V6 isn't perfectly quiet, but then this isn't a traditional Jaguar. It's not a GT car, it's a sports car, and the benchmark was the Porsche 911. So there is constant road noise, and on coarse surfaces there's enough of it to occasionally drown out the exhaust roar. This is saying something.
The ride is also surprisingly abrupt, but, in a typically Jaguar way, it never savages you. It's just quick to respond, the whole car feels secure and stable, which is surprising given how much length has been chopped out of the wheelbase. I say chopped out, because the F-Type isn't a new-from-the-ground-up design. The aluminium platform is a modified version of the XK's, but stiffer even than the XKR-S's. The panels are aluminium, too, apart from a plastic bootlid, and the weight distribution is quoted (including driver and passenger) as a perfect 50:50 across all three cars.