The 2014 Jaguar F-Type brings the leaping cat brand back into the true sports car market for the first time in decades--but does it live up to its legendary lineage?
Slotting in just below the XK Roadster and Coupe in the Jaguar range in size and performance, the F-Type nevertheless overlaps the larger XK range slightly in price at its upper end.
Drawing its design and ethos from Jaguar's legendary D-Type and E-Type, the F-Type manages to spurn any purely retro nods, favoring instead a modern take on the proportions, balance, and essential Jaguar-ness of those classics. As chief designer Ian Callum put it, "this car is for now."
Available only as a roadster for the time being (though a hardtop coupe is in the works), the F-Type presents a uniquely British balance of performance, style, luxury, and comfort--and, in V8 S form, one of the best exhaust notes on offer.