The F-Type, the follow-up to British brand Jaguar’s iconic E-Type and the first new sports car in this series in over 50 years.
The car body and suspension are built from lightweight aluminium, and the chasis is proportioned to create the illusion of an elongated front. Details such as the grille and rear lights are also based on features from previous sports cars in Jaguar’s range.
Discrete technologies such as a deployable rear spoiler and door handles remove interruptions from the lines of the chasis. The inside is modelled on a jet fighter cockpit, with a gearstick shaped like a joystick and the centre console acting as a control panel of buttons and switches.
The 60s icon was all about grace and chappish Englishness, today’s stocky F-Type has a much more forceful personality. Its hefty flanks bulge; its thin rear lights squint out of a chopped tail; its front lights scream back from a gaping Munch-like grille. It comes with a choice of three engines – a pair of 3-litre V6s with 340 or 380bhp and a 5-litre V8 “big daddy” with 495bhp. All are supercharged. Sports-car purists love a manual gear change, the F-Type only comes as an automatic, but they’ll be happy with the crispness of the car’s “Quickshift” eight-speed which leaves you to blip up and down the gears with your fingers on the steering-wheel paddles.
Inside, it’s leathery, roomy, posh. Of course it is, it’s a luxury sports car. It also boasts a few “surprise and delight” details: copper is used for some of the buttons, instead of boring old chrome, and the air vents rise up out of the dashboard when you start the ignition, as if the car is coming alive. This same impression begins before you even get into the car. (Via: The Guardian)