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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Overall verdict
The F-Type is fun to drive, sounds fantastic and looks amazing. Job done.


The most practical F-Type is also the best looking. Still mega fun to drive


The ride's a touch firm, the car's a touch wide, and the four-cylinder lacks drama


What is it?

The hard top version of the Jaguar F-Type Convertible, which bucked the usual trend and launched first. You can blame America: it’s the biggest Jaguar F-Type market and they demanded the drop-top first. So got it.

The Coupe launched in 2014, looking more like a modern-day E-Type than the roadster F does. Which is to say it looks absolutely belting. It received a light update in 2017, with an oh so subtle restyling and a new engine option.

That’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo – yep, even big lairy Jags aren’t safe from downsizing – and if you spec no options at all, means you can buy an F-Type for less than £50,000.

Happily, the four-cylinder doesn’t arrive at the expense of the F-Type’s bigger, more characterful engines. So there are supercharged V6 engines with 335bhp, 375bhp or 395bhp, which get two round central exhausts to visually differentiate them from the four-cylinder and its single central pipe.

See an F-Type with four exhaust pipes, though – two at each end of the bumper – and it’s running a V8. You’ve two to choose from: the 542bhp F-Type R and the 567bhp F-Type SVR. They’re all-wheel drive only, and all the better for it, finally able to put their power to use in a way earlier, RWD V8 F-Types couldn’t. And the SVR is the first Jag since the XJ220 to officially top 200mph, too.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5.0 Supercharged V8 SVR 2dr Auto AWD
3.7s 249g/km 25.9 575 £111,630
The cheapest
2.0 2dr Auto
5.7s 179g/km 35.8 300 £51,400
The greenest
2.0 2dr Auto
5.7s 179g/km 35.8 300 £51,400