On the outside…
The flowing lines of the F-TYPE have been designed for aerodynamic performance i.e. low levels of lift and excellent stability at high speed. As far as drop tops go, this car is undoubtedly one of the best looking around. At the front, the bonnet sweeps down to the LED headlights which come complete with L-shaped daytime running lights, whilst the large near-oval front grille is flanked by the nicely-sculpted side air intakes.
Our test model was equally fitted with the £625 Black Exterior Pack which adds stylish surrounds to accentuate the grille, bonnet louvres, side vents and roll over protection bars. Finally, the sporty front splitter, which lies beneath the grille, has been designed to manage airflow along the base of the car.
The side profile of the F-TYPE is just as elegant, and the clean look is uninterrupted thanks to the Jaguar branded door handles which sink into the bodywork when not in use. The 20-inch alloys on our test car sported a carbon fibre and satin dark grey diamond turned finish (a £520 option), making the spokes look almost blade-like. They also shielded the large 380mm front and 325mm rear discs which came furnished with black brake calipers.
Taking a look at the pointed rear, and this is where you find the gorgeous LED tail lights with Jaguar’s distinctive and signature “U-shaped” dip in the light cluster, plus the twin trumpet-like exhaust pipes which will be discussed a little later. Lifting up the boot lid reveals 207 litres of space. Although it’s not the largest area, it’s quite deep in shape, so it will easily accommodate a bit of shopping or a couple of weekend sports bags when you squeeze them into the various nooks and crannies.
When it comes to choosing the colour of your pride and joy, there are three solid no-cost paint options before you get to the metallic shades. The 15-strong SVO Premium Palette, which the eye-catching Madagascar Orange came from for our test car, comes with an equally eye-catching £4,500 price tag. But that’s not all, because there’s still the Special Effect colours to opt for which cost a cool £6,120 each.