posted 6 years ago

New Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0 V8 S Review

New Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0 V8 S Performance

Oops! The Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0 V8 S has been called a “big cat” by enthusiasts. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Why? Because whereas this term has traditionally – and correctly – described the company's vehicles it is not adequate here. It is like referring to a man-eating shark as a goldfish. So, let us consider this convertible's staggering credentials. Power comes from a supercharged petrol engine that propels 495PS thorough eight-speed transmission to the rear wheels. This gearbox enables the motorist to cruise in fully automatic mode or flick between the cogs manually via paddles behind the steering wheel. The result is 0 to 62mph in 4.3 seconds and 186mph. Fantastic - but there are countless cars that accelerate like a cheetah chasing its lunch. The F-TYPE's edge is how it performs. So, plant the throttle into the sumptuous carpet and g-force pins the driver to his/her seat and the exhaust roars loud enough to wake the dinosaurs. In contrast, feather the gas and it burbles in the most enticing manner. Now, these characteristics might sound irrelevant to some but they are important. Why? Because whereas family cars are judged on practicality, etc. - sports cars are judged on how they fire the motorist's senses to life. On these terms alone this car is extraordinary.

New Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0 V8 S Handling

The Jaguar F-TYPE 5.0 V8 S has rock-solid handling to complement its performance. As such, it sticks to the road like a possessed leach and has a comfortable ride (for a sports car). These strengths complement the beautifully weighted and precise steering. And there is more. The styling, for starters, is beyond striking thanks to the muscular lines and the electric roof moves into position quickly. Furthermore, when the motorist unlocks the vehicle its door handles – that sit flush with the bodywork 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 and is cosseted by the high doors and sumptuous interior that incorporates a large, touch screen, display. This controls numerous functions and operates intuitively. The same cannot be said for a large number of modern vehicles. So, what we have is a fast, thrilling throaty sports car which is one of the top dogs in its class. All from £79,985. 'Woof woof'.