Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

28 August 2014

South Africa: Jaguar F-Type Coupé V6 S - Leaping Forward

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The Leaper - Jaguar's iconic mascot - has never been as apt a symbol of the marque's progress as now. And no car epitomises the brand's fast-forward momentum as succinctly as the F-Type sports car. Launched in convertible form last year, the F-Type has now been joined by the tin-top F-Type Coupé - arguably an even more arresting machine. DEON SCHOEMAN drives the Jaguar F-Type Coupé V6 S.

Of all the new cars launched during 2013, surely one of the most desirable in terms of sheer aesthetic appeal was the Jaguar F-Type Convertible - a two-seater roadster with the kind of sexy lines and muscular proportions that can make grown men drool.

As it turned out, the F-Type was more than just handsome: it's pretty handy in the dynamic department, too. Enter the F-type Coupe - nominally the tin-top version of the Convertible, but with a personality all its own.

It always seemed a little strange that Jaguar chose to launch the Convertible ahead of the Coupé. Usually, it's the other way round, but perhaps Jag felt that the drop-top market was bigger, and should be served first.

But for purists, the coupé promised to be the more focussed, the...

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