Jaguar takes a giant leap

This is the new Jaguar F-type R Coupé, our first taste of the hardtop version of the British car maker’s rival to the Porsche 911 , says Ben Barry in Car magazine. The new model looks “even more gorgeous” than the already-available soft-top, and it drives very well indeed too.

“Sitting down low on excellent sports seats, cocooned by those high body sides and with an explosive V8 soundtrack, it’s like driving around in a pillbox with a machine gunner at your side – without the weight or fear of death.”

The F-type convertible was already impressive, but this car marks a “giant leap” forwards for Jaguar. It’s “quite an achievement”.

It’s one of the most desirable sports cars around, agrees Owen Mildenhall in AutoExpress. Every F-Type Jaguar the magazine has tested so far “has been a delight”, and this new coupé is no different.

It’s “gorgeous and wild enough” to be considered against the similarly priced Aston Martin V8 Vantage and it drives like a dream: it gives you “an immediate sense of balance and connection with the road”, the steering has perfect weighting and feel, and the grip means you can turn into corners quickly and accurately.

It’s clear that this “engaging and evocative” car “takes the F-Type to the next level”. It “looks, sounds and feels amazing, delivering the bravado of a muscle car with the style, comfort and agility of a thoroughly modern 21st century sports car”.

Price: £85,000
On sale in the UK: March 2014
Engine: 5,000cc, 32v, supercharged V8
Power: 542bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 502lb ft @ 2,500-5,500rpm
Top speed: 186mph (limited)
0-62mph: 4.0sec
Carbon dioxide: 259g/km

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