Jaguar considered the sports car segment seriously as it created the first two seater sports car in over 50 years, that too totally driver focussed. As the Jaguars chief engineer stated ‘The F-type is engineered to be a sports car first and foremost. It is agile, responsive and immediate’. To analyse the efforts done by Jaguar’s team over years, a record setting German race car driver Christian Danner, 1988 World Sportscar Champion Martin Brundle and the famous auto show host and renown sportscar driver Justin Bell are invited to the UK’s Snetterton 300 circuit. The circuit and surrounding Norfolk roads are specifically chosen due to its challenging cold weather which makes it ideal to test the vehicle.
The variants used consisted of the 3.0 litre V6 S/C engine with 374.79 bhp of peak power and a top speed of an amazing 275.20 kmph. As Christian Danner observes, the vehicle's main asset is its perfect combination between agility, pure power and yet control over the speed. The precision is another key quality according to Martin. The second model to be tested is the 5.0 litre V8 S/C engine which provides a peak power of 488.22 bhp and top speed of even more surprising 299.34 kmph. The V8 engine is one of the world’s all time great motors according to Martin. The lag is considerably nil and as Christian noticed, the car’s automatic transmission rules out the gear adjustment hassles faced by drivers. As a whole, the drivers unanimously voiced their pleasure with the masterpiece created by Jaguar