First (Shotgun) Ride in the New Jaguar F-type - Jaguar F-Type Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
V8S
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First (Shotgun) Ride in the New Jaguar F-type



As it happens, we won’t be allowed to get properly behind the wheel of the new Jaguar F-type until April, but we weren’t about to turn down the opportunity to take a quick ride when Jaguar momentarily turned a blind eye at Geneva. So, here is a first-hand account of sorts.
advertisement

We know that impressions from the passenger seat are not the real thing, not like grappling with a car with your own two hands; but this model is so important that we are happy to squeeze a first driving impression from the small chance we’ve been given. Since the world premiere of the new Jaguar F-type last year in Paris, we have been waiting with bated breath, but it was only recently that an invitation to the first official press trip to Spain arrived on the editorial table. The wait until mid-April is dragging by at a snail’s pace – but at least a last-minute shotgun ride at the Geneva Motor Show helped the time to pass.




That Jaguar design chief Ian Callum has pulled off the styling challenge of the new F-type is undisputed. After several attempts, a compact, two-seater sports roadster has come to market that is worthy of its legendary ancestors – the C-type, D-type and E-type – with a well-proportioned body, sharp lines and a body tensed like a jungle cat. It’s a tautly muscular and attractive piece of design. The interior is simple and functional, with all controls falling easily to hand, while the seats offer good support and grip, and enough space even for someone who is 6’ 3” tall. Meanwhile, a grab-handle on the passenger side serves as a reminder of the power that can be unleashed at any moment.




The five-litre V8 in the top-of-the-range model develops an impressive 495 horsepower – true supercar territory. The sprint to 100km/h (62mph) takes just over four seconds, while top speed is limited to 300km/h (186mph). A possible future ‘R’ variant will push this performance envelope further still. The first Jaguar E-type Roadster was presented to the press more than 50 years ago at the Parc des Eaux-Vives on the shores of Lake Geneva and now, here we are, shooting the legitimate successor to that illustrious pedigree. With the driver’s right foot planted to the floor, the power levels feel immense. The real surprise, however, is the noise: that the V8 sounds good is expected, but how on earth did the engineers manage to give this high-tech unit such a vivid, aggressive, hot-blooded animal snarl?




It bubbles, coughs and roars, as if the new Jaguar were not made in the cold and frosty UK, but on the hot and passionate shores of Sicily. Our pilot engages the paddle to haul the eight-cylinder engine back through the gears in the corners – and the car offers mesmerising body control and commendable poise. We are ready, the countdown is on.

http://www.classicdriver.com/uk/maga...0.asp?id=16798
V8S is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jaguar F-Type Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome