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.