Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe V6

British wits of sportiness

"I love the shape of the F-TYPE!" said Issam.

"The 'F' word stands for 'Fancy'."

"Handling is sharp and precise."

I personally tested every single variant and derivative of the Jaguar F-TYPE, and yet I never had enough during our first drive to satisfy my hunger for it. My appetite is always there so I decided to grab the F-TYPE Coupe V6 from Sadd&Trad, official distributor of Jaguar in Lebanon. Now the F-TYPE Coupe has spent a weekend in my possession and I have enjoyed every minute in it.

Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguar and, as such, the F-TYPE Coupe is immediately recognizable, building on the design of the stunning C-X16 concept sports coupe. My test car was the entry engine 340-horsepower, standard 3.0-liter V6 supercharged but was fitted with some cool options, such as the yellow calipers.

Like all models in the F-TYPE range, the Coupe's driver-focused cabin clearly conveys the car's pedigree and sporting prowess, through a combination of taut, technical styling, involving interfaces and premium materials and textures.

Standard features include dynamic mode, sports exhaust - both V6 models use twin, centrally-mounted tailpipes - sports suspension and Jaguar's performance braking system (354/325mm discs front/rear) with silver calipers. The F-TYPE Coupe is fitted as standard with 18-inch Vela wheels, partial leather/suede cloth sports seats and a leather steering wheel with black paddles.

How does it drive?
Surprisingly, I can tell you it could be a daily drive from your home to your work without any fatigue. Even its ground clearance is pretty acceptable, as you don't have to worry about the bumps, potholes, etc… The only thing that really bothered is the cabin's limited space (where you can barely put anything) and the rear trunk where even a small bag cannot fit.

Due to 80 percent more stiffness in the coupe, I would rather select the convertible. Whatever F-TYPE model you pick, you are in for one hell of a ride; so make sure to keep your wits about you.

Verdict
After a weekend on board the F-TYPE Coupe V6, it was a hard decision to return it. Even though I had too, I can humbly tell you that the F-TYPE is a dazzling British sports machine and is a practical substitute for the numerous German machines in this class and certainly deserves your consideration.

Pros: Gorgeous exterior styling, sharp and precise steering, flat power delivery, driver-oriented cockpit
Cons: Rear trunk is super small, limited space in the cabin, rear visibility
Rivals: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche Cayman, Mercedes-Benz SL
4.5 stars
one word: beauty

Specs
3.0L, V6 supercharged, 340 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 450 Nm @ 3,500 - 5,000 rpm
8-speed auto, RWD
0-100 km/h: 5.3 sec, top speed: 260 km/h, fuel consumption: 8.8 L/100 km
Weight: 1,577 kg

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