It wouldn’t be off the mark to say that Jaguar’s new F-Type Coupé has been decades in the making.
Not literally, of course, but it’s been pretty much that long since Jag has produced a proper, bona fide, balls-to-the-wall sports car, not just a big-engined cruiser for trundling down to the golf club.
Better late than never. This is a serious car, with ambitions to match.
For if last year’s F-Type convertible was a big deal for the marque, it was really just the set-up.
It’s this, the Coupé, that really matters – the “halo” product as marketeers will call it. As well as intending to nick customers from Aston Martin and Porsche, it's also a big, sexy cherry to make people buy into Jag lower down the range, as with the new BMW 3 series rival, the XE, pencilled in for 2015.
The flagship F-Type R, with its 5ltr V8 supercharged engine, is scary-quick, a supercar-matching, track-day killer, which has clocked a stomach-clearing 7.39secs at the Nürburgring.
The cheaper V6S still ticks the boxes for most, though: a car you’d never get tired of looking at, that drives as well on the track as it does on the road, with a classy cockpit and, importantly, a satisfying engine growl. Oh, and there’s still space for two sets of golf clubs.