2018 Jaguar F-Type – an instant icon

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Jaguar F-type

Jaguar’s F-type is a thing of beauty.

Described by some as an instant icon, the F-type’s rakish lines speak to both elegance and aggression and while the rest of the world moves towards SUV’s and double cabs, Jaguar has served up a reminder of it’s race car heritage. A long, sleek front end sweeps back to meet muscular rear fenders, creating elegant proportions. The F-type has rigid suspension and body offering superb balance. The steering is precise and because it isn’t a bare racing shell of a car you don’t feel every imperfection in the road while still enjoying that real sports car feel. Of course luxury and sound proofing come at a considerable price in weight.

It just wouldn’t be a Jaguar if it didn’t have a level of luxury, so in line with expectation the interior is top notch with leather everywhere. Where modern materials are used, they are classy and feel luxurious, like the aluminium paddle shifts or the central vent that raises and descends itself as required with the air-conditioner settings.


Don’t be detracted by the purist’s nay-saying of the 4 cylinder turbo powered 2.0 version of the F-type. She’s a thing of beauty, even if she has computer induced popping to emulate a backfiring exhaust. Sure, you can still order a V6 or V8 version and have that proper roar you might expect from your F-Type but in a world of concessions and raised eyebrows, you’re still less harmful to the planet than the V8’s of years gone past while many other vehicles are part electric (hybrid), full electric or even just 3 cylinder turbo powered units.

The 4 cylinder 221kW Ignenium engine is no slouch with a reported 0 – 100km/h in 5.7 seconds which should be enough to discourage the little diesel hatches from challenging you in robot to robot dashes, which you know you shouldn’t indulge in anyway, because you’re in a Jag and that’s for the plebs.

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Beautiful from every angle


The four cylinder 2.0 turbo charged F-type was a blast. The steering is precise and the body roll totally absent through the bendiest of roads but to be fair we didn’t try to push it past it’s limits. Everyone involved with the video production loved the car. The photographer and videographers loved the lines of the vehicle against the backdrop of the various locations while the techno-junkies enjoyed the simplicity of the infotainment system where despite ease of use, nothing was omitted.

I loved how I felt when driving the F-type because it just feels so good, even at slow speeds. Everyone was in agreement, this is a magical two-seater and deserving of much more love. There is just an aura about driving a Jaguar F-type and it’s only reinforced by the way other road users look at the stylish cat.

Our gripe is with the spare wheel fitted. The boot space was literally just big enough for each of us to pack a sandwich and a bottle of water. We would investigate runflat tyres if we purchased one and for city driving, we might consider ditching the spare in favour of luggage space.

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The Jaguar F-type is full of contradictions. It’s absolutely brilliant but impractical and yet you still want one.

Pricing: From R 1,054,200 go to Jaguar’s website to configure your own

TIP: Get the tyre repair kit with the tyre monitoring system and leave the spare wheel at home. The monitoring will warn you that there’s a drop in pressure and you’ll have ten times more boot space without the spare. If you have some cash to splash, red brake calipers always look the business for a cool five grand or so.

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2.0 Litre 4 cylinder 221kW Turbocharged Petrol Auto

  • 2.0l 4 cylinder 221kW
  • 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds
  • Top Speed: 249km/h
  • CO₂: 163g/km
  • Combined Fuel Economy: 7.2l/100km

R 1,054,200

3.0 Litre V6 250kW Supercharged Petrol Manual

  • 3.0l V6 S/C 250kW
  • 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds
  • Top Speed: 260km/h
  • CO₂: 234g/km
  • Combined Fuel Economy: 9.8l/100km

R 1,083,100

3.0 Litre V6 250kW Supercharged Petrol Auto


  • 3.0l V6 S/C 250kW
  • 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds
  • Top Speed: 260km/h
  • CO₂: 199g/km
  • Combined Fuel Economy: 8.4l/100km

R 1,100,500

3.0 Litre V6 280kW Supercharged Petrol Manual


  • 3.0l V6 S/C 280kW
  • 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds
  • Top Speed: 275km/h
  • CO₂: 234g/km
  • Combined Fuel Economy: 9.8l/100km

R 1,201,600

All figures quoted are with Intelligent Start/Stop system

Available with F-TYPE and R-DYNAMIC

For other derivatives please consult www.jaguar.co.za.

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