A FULL half-century on from the birth of the world’s most beautiful car, the E-Type, Jaguar have finally unwrapped a worthy successor.
The F-Type, acclaimed as one of the most dazzling of the automotive megastars currently wowing the motoring world at the Paris Motor Show, represents a return to its roots for the manufacturer.
It’s a lean and glamorous rear-wheel-drive, two-seater coupé, strongly based on the Jaguar C-X16 concept that illuminated the Frankfurt show a while ago, and it’s a racing certainty that it will give the likes of Porsche a serious run for its money.
The F-Type’s all-aluminium body will be propelled by a choice of three engines: the 335bhp entry-level variety, an ‘S’ with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6, and an awesome 5.0-litre V8. The ‘slowest’ can do 161mph and the quickest 186mph.
Prices go from £58,500 to a tad under £80k, and while that’s rather more than most of us would pay for a new set of wheels, it’s peanuts compared with the six-figure price tags attached to some of its main rivals.
MM verdict: A thing of rare beauty and a certain future classic.