The two-door, two-seater sports car is a head turner alright, making a bold statement as we zipped it through the crowded streets of Mumbai. What, then, makes the coupe such a visual treat? For starters, all eyes are on its stylised design cues — the LED headlamps, the chrome exhaust finisher, the flushed door handles. The boot lid spoiler, once deployed automatically at certain speeds and manually too, is pretty nifty, while the 19-inch alloys and their 7 split-spoke design are also worth a mention. The unmistakable bumper is characterised by a refined, svelte design.
With that unmistakable agile gait, this svelte cat glides over the streets with a highly evocative vrooom, emerging from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-charged engine. The coupe version that we are driving pumps out a maximum power of 221 kW and its maximum torque is pegged at 400 Nm. Driving on Mumbai roads, the Jaguar proved to be agile and responsive both on clear roads and at slower speeds, and in stop-start situations. While the F-Type spec-sheet claims a maximum speed of 275 kmph, driving within the city speed limits proved to be more than enjoyable.
While what’s under the hood and on the chassis surely excites us, what really thrills us are the luxurious accoutrements within the car. A case in point are the plush sport seats, adjustable six ways and designed in soft grained leather and suede elements. The interiors feature a resolutely sporty, cockpit-inspired design. Given the British penchant for simple elegance, the instrument cluster is easy to read and features two large-sized analogue dials, while the steering wheel — three spoke design — features buttons that control the entertainment and communication system, in addition to the paddle shifters behind the wheel, should you wish to switch to manual driving mode. At the centre of the console is the F-Type’s highly-intelligent information, entertainment and communication system, operated by a 10-inch touchscreen (one of the easiest and most responsive interfaces we have tried in recent times), which is, in turn connected to a stellar set of 8 speakers courtesy Meridian. The touchscreen interface, labelled by Jaguar as Touch Pro, includes, as you would expect, a comprehensive navigation system (with high-resolution maps) and Bluetooth audio connectivity. The screen is also used to operate parking systems. The aluminium centre console is packed with perks including a volume knob, two coffee cup holders, stowage compartments and charging ports, among others.
Parking aids, both front and rear, a park assist feature, rear view camera, cruise control and speed limited features are much-welcome features that make you feel pampered — or perhaps even lazy, at times. The British carmaker also packs in a bevy of safety and security features including pedestrian contact sensing and emergency brake assist.
This variant is priced at INR 93.67 lakh ex-showroom. jaguar.in