To tell you the truth, the F-Type has been around for some
time in India but when Jaguar asked us if we wanted to have another go at it,
we simply jumped to it and said ‘Yes’. How would you not, for something that
looks this gorgeous and made with care and finesse?
At first glance you can see that the designers had a tough
time to gain inspiration to get it right, especially when they were following
up something as gorgeous as the E-type. You’re expected to deliver the same
level to achieve the status the predecessor achieved. Enzo Ferrari said the
E-Type was the most beautiful car ever made. So Ian Callum (Director of Design,
Jaguar Cars) had his work cut out. He had to make something as gorgeous and
make them relevant to the modern world while meeting all the safety regulations
and restrictions that weren’t present when Malcom Sayer was designing the
E-type. But what Callum and his designers came up with was absolutely breath
The styling included the signature Jaguar grille in the
front reminiscent of the E-Type and the D-Type, with perfectly crafted air
scoops beside them to cool those giant disc brakes, the perfectly shaped head
lamps. The rear of the car is highly nostalgic to someone who knows their
“Jags”, especially the way the back flows into the undercarriage of the car
resembling the way Jaguar did it in the historic times, the thin strip of red
LED tail lights carved similarly into the way it was on the predecessor,
etc. All of these have been laid out in
perfect proportions in reference to one another to form the successor to the
most beautiful car ever made. But all of this we had predicted. We knew it
would have similarities to the past cars that Jaguar made. We were already
familiar with Callum’s work with the XK, the Aston Martin DB7 and DB9.
What we didn’t get right was the insides. We expected it to
be calm and composed, while giving a feeling of elation, peace and harmony. But
what Jaguar has done is the exact opposite. The most powerful E-type had a
5.3litre V12 that produced 282Bhp. The engine in the F-type is a 5.0 litre
supercharged V8 unleashing 543Bhp and 625Nm of torque mated to an 8 speed
automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
If you want to know what an uncivilised monster is, get in
the car, turn the traction control off, put it into sport, then into manual to
use the paddle shifters and just accelerate. You will get such a dramatic wheel
spin when you floor it, the torque could possibly spin the earth out of orbit
and when the tyres finally clamp down onto the tarmac, the surge of savage
power slingshots you into the future…almost so! The noise from the V8 is so
loud you don’t even need a horn; people across the globe can hear you coming.
It’s not one of those irritating sounds but a loud monstrous sound that commands
respect. Once you floor it and get to second gear you feel the G-forces just
shoving you into the seats like the Devil himself has stomped on your entire
body trying to hold you in place as you hit 0-100kmph in just 4.2 seconds.
But when you turn
everything back on and put it into eco mode, it’s a docile and civilised
monster. But even in eco, normal or dynamic modes if you give it the beans, all
hell breaks loose, the throttle is like a play button for the soundtrack of the
apocalypse which is there to mask your screams so that no one can hear you in
that isolated cabin.
When you take a moment to catch your breath and have a look
around the interiors you notice everything is almost perfect. The bronze
plating on the start button and the paddle shifters, the climate control knobs
and switches, the drive functions, the display screen, the slightly complicated
Sat-Nav are all brilliant. But some of the plastics sort of slightly and
minutely remind me of a Tata product. For example, the cup holders are in the
way of your arm so you will probably knock over your cup when you use the gear
lever. So Tata has found a way to trickle into the F-type to remind you who’s
the real boss.
The lesson here is that, if you are an atheist and you don’t
believe in all that religious mumbo-jumbo and are not afraid of the devil, then
the F-type is the car for you. You begin to believe in the Creator.
Jaguar F-type V8S Specifications
5.0L Supercharged V8, Petrol
Adaptive Dynamic Suspension
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