SANTA’S sleigh is going to need to be pretty hefty this year – because I suspect a fair few of you are going to be asking for the new Jaguar F-Type this Christmas.
Forget the logistics of getting this neatly facelifted sports car all the way from Castle Bromwich to the North Pole and then back to your place. Put aside, for a moment, the question of how this range-topping Jaguar can possibly be squeezed down a chimney, and even if it could, what sort of an insurance payout the subsequent plummet towards your living room would prompt. Nope, just think about, despite the months of faffing with its already delicate lines, and Jaguar’s decision to quietly drop the V6 from the range, how the F-Type is still one of the best-looking new cars on sale today.
Initially, I thought the squinting headlight treatment, nabbed straight from the i-Pace electric car, didn’t really work – it almost looks as though it should have a set of Ferrari-esque pop-up headlights neatly sculpted into the bonnet too, but this isn’t the 1990s anymore. Nor do I think the copious use of ‘JAGUAR – EST 1935’ logos dotted around the interior do it any favours, but the rest of it looks absolutely spot on. Beautifully proportioned and, if Jaguar’s promo video of a V8 F-Type being pushed hard around some Alpine roads is anything to go by, it still sounds just as spine-tingling as the outgoing car, too.
But if a friend or relative really is going to stick you down for an order just in time for Christmas, they’re going to have to be pretty generous. Prices for the new F-Type start at £54,060, and that’s for one of the two-litre, four-cylinder versions, rather than the full fat V8 models. A considerable amount when you remember that you can get a Porsche 718 Cayman S and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, two-seater sports cars which are much more powerful than the F-Type, for less.
So which would I go for? None of them, actually, because I reckon the new Jaguar F-Type has some tough home-grown competition for less than half the price. The toughest competition for the new F-Type, I reckon…is the old F-Type. Especially because, having just been made to look positively outdated, I think now’s absolutely the right time to making brave offers for the rakish original.
The other day I had a look at the classified ads and found a V6-engined model for £21k – so that’s an F-Type for less than the price of an entry-level Mondeo. In other words, you get a (slightly) better looking Jaguar with more power (335bhp vs 300bhp). Admittedly, the one I found had 110,000 miles on the clock, and won’t have a warranty – but the £33,000 saving will pay for a lot of repairs! It’s the same story with Porsche Caymans, BMW M3s, Mercedes SLKs and Audi TTs too – because the sort of people who insist on keeping up with the Joneses want the latest one to show off in, the savings on the old ones make them stomping value.
The older, prettier F-Type and more than £30k in your back pocket, or the wow factor of the new one? For me, it’s a no-brainer.