posted 4 years ago

Jaguar F-TYPE Spotted in Wales

Odd. A Jaguar F-TYPE has been spotted prowling through a small village in Wales – even though it has not been launched.

Odd. A Jaguar F-TYPE has been spotted prowling through a small village in Wales – even though it has not been launched. It was, in fact, parked in an unremarkable residential street close to an old Renault. But why? According to The Sun, Jaguar say an engineer was evaluating a prototype while visiting family over the weekend. I have no doubt that is true. But those of a less trusting nature might consider an alternative. The F-TYPE's cruise through the country might have been a low-cost publicity stunt. That could explain why it was finished with in-your-face black and white paint that resembled a chequered flag. Tellingly, it also had “F-TYPE.COM” on its sides so Jaguar is clearly ready to reveal a few secrets. What a contrast to the past when sourcing info was harder than mining Welsh coal.

The Jaguar F-TYPE is the two-door, open top, spiritual successor to the E-TYPE. And what a beauty. Even with silly paint it looks fantastic. Power comes from a 3.0-litre 340PS V6, a 3.0-litre 380PS V6, and a 5.0-litre 495PS V8. These fire-up courtesy of buttons, rather than keys, and propel motorists to 62mph in 5.3, 4.9, and 4.3 seconds respectively. Furthermore, power is sent to the rear wheels via eight-speed automatic transmission. Visitors to Wales can also select gears manually without a foot operated clutch via the gear lever, or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Perfect for those sweeping Welsh roads. The F-Type also has a front splitter and rear wing to improve front/rear down-force. The latter emerges automatically at 60mph. This complements the door handles that sit flush with the body to improve aerodynamic efficiency, then emerge as required. The F-TYPE is clearly one of the best sports cars in Wales and, considering its predecessor, there is nothing 'odd' about that.