Jaguar F-TYPE Claims Best Open Top Car Award
Jaguar F-TYPE Awards, Engines And Performance
Time for Champagne. Why? Because the Jaguar F-TYPE has been crowned Best Open Top Car at the UK Car of the Year Awards. The honour has been bestowed by a panel of motoring journalists such as The Sun's Ken Gibson. This beauty has also claimed titles such as BBC Top Gear Magazine's Convertible of the Year 2013, FHM's Drop Top of the Year 2013, Recombu.com's Best Performance Car and Stuff's Car of the Year 2013. What a lot of Champagne. The F-TYPE comes in three forms: 3.0-litre V6 (340bhp), 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged (380bhp) and 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged (495bhp). All have rear wheel drive and eight-speed transmission that allows a motorist to cruise in full-auto mode or select the cogs via a lever. There are also paddles behind the steering wheel to further engage the driver. The entry-level trim – that costs £58,520 – charges to 62mph in 5.3 seconds and roars to 161mph. In contrast, its mid-specification sibling hits the mark in 4.9 seconds and is capable of 171mph. All for £67,520. Finally, the £79,985 5.0-litre races to 62mph in 4.3 seconds and hits 186mph. Whereas this is not much faster on paper, the top version feels more ferocious thanks to its extra torque and screaming exhaust note. So – like the best bottle of Champagne in a shop – the top trim is worth the extra money.
Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible Handling, Styling And Interior
The Jaguar F-TYPE has tremendous handling to complement its performance. As such, it sticks to the road like a wine connoisseur sticks to high quality booze. It has a comfortable ride too (for a sports car). These strengths complement the fast/accurate steering that makes finding the perfect line through corners straightforward. That is important as wretched steering has crippled countless otherwise excellent sports cars. And there is more. The styling is beyond striking thanks to the muscular lines and the electric, fabric, roof that moves between positions quickly. Furthermore, when the motorist unlocks the car its handles – that normally sit flush with the body to maximise aerodynamic efficiency – emerge from their housings to provide access. The vents in the centre of the dashboard perform a similar trick. Once inside, the motorist sits low to the ground and is cosseted by the high doors and sumptuous interior that incorporates a large, touch screen, display. This controls numerous functions and operates intuitively. So, what we have is a fast, thrilling, racer that deserves its prestigious accolades. Cheers!