By Mike Torpey on 2019-12-01 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6
THERE have been several moments in Jaguar's rich history that could be reasonably described as seminal.
But the most important, over the modern era at least, must surely have been the arrival of the F-TYPE.
From the moment it was unveiled six years ago the car's powerful, fluid and agile design has been the epitome of the cool, classy British performance sports car.
Or as Jaguar's designers themselves proudly proclaim: "The F-TYPE is sculpted by the wind itself."
And while owners have the choice of coupe or convertible, if you want to really ride the breeze then opting for the latter is a no brainer.
Lower the fabric hood, which takes less than 10 seconds at the touch of a tab - even on the move should the heavens open - and you have a car that both looks and feels a million dollars.
Fire up the engine, which revs without you actually putting your foot on the accelerator, and the Big Cat roars; prod a little button showing a pair of tailpipes and the sound becomes seismic.
The F-TYPE line-up is comprehensive, stretching from a 2.0-litre turbocharged version through the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged models with 340 or 380ps to the brutal V8 575ps SVR.
Our model, with a serious 380ps of wallop, was a rear-wheel drive eight-speed automatic in sporty R-Dynamic trim complete with 20-inch diamond turned wheels.
Its Madagascar Orange metallic paint job, a £3,500 extra cost option, may sound sickly but it is just magnificent, really making the Jaguar dazzle, and worth every penny.
Out on the road the F-TYPE is everything you could wish for in a modern performance convertible.
It is lightweight, supremely agile and has savage acceleration - 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds to be exact. It's also refined, the compact supercharger's sophisticated boost control and secondary throttle valve providing a burst of power when you accelerate, with zero lag.
As for transmission, the eight-speed Quickshift unit is seamless and also lets the driver blip through the gears using paddles on the steering wheel.
Move inside and everything about the F-TYPE drips with class - from the flowing lines, intuitive controls and ambient lighting to the Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen and gloss black finish.
The instruments are simple, clear and easy to read too and feature a pair of large analogue dials while the three-spoke design of the steering wheel incorporates key functions.
As standard, all F-TYPEs feature front and rear parking aids, rear camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, as well as offering plenty of options including Adaptive and Configurable Dynamics and carbon ceramic brakes.
The car came with extras like a Black Exterior Pack at £625, Carbon Fibre and Diamond Turned wheels at £520, a £1,070 Climate Pack and a Seat Memory Pack costing £1,100.
Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6 R-Dynamic Convertible
Mechanical: 380ps, 2,995cc, 6cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox
Max Speed: 171mph
0-62mph: 4.9 seconds
Combined MPG: 28.8
Insurance Group: 50
C02 emissions: 223g/km
Bik rating: 37%
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles
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