Is this not a stunning looking sports car? One with perfect shape symmetry? A timeless looking silhouette? Is this not a car that looks at home side by side with other German and Italian supercars?
Well, if you agree, why have you not taken this British beauty out for a test drive?
The answer is simple: out of sight, out of mind. When others saw this Jaguar F-Type on the road, most didn’t even know it has been in Malaysia since 2014.
Yes, it has been five years but there has been only little “noise” made in the media about its existence.
Well, partly because Porsche has bigger brand awareness, and Mercedes, Audi and BMW have larger advertising budgets. Also, the reconditioned used car market that floods us with low-priced, no-warranty sports cars do not give Jaguar in Malaysia enough muscle to “fight” back.
Now for 2019 the F-Type arrives in Malaysia with a 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium engine good for 300PS and still delivers Jaguar sports cars’ DNA with enhanced agility as well as improved efficiency and affordability.
The F-TYPE can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250km/h.
The engine’s high maximum torque of 400Nm is generated from just 1,500rpm. Think about it – from the older 4.9 seconds to this, there is hardly any difference to be felt when chasing down a rival. A mere 0.8 seconds difference will not alter your life.
What else is new
This 2019 version introduces new futuristic LED headlights and rear lights which are among improved exterior aesthetics of the F-TYPE.
The new headlights from the optional LEDs has a colour temperature of 5,500-6,000K, which feature a colour temperature that is close to daylight resulting in better visibility for night driving and definitely adds on to the styling of the car.
With three different beam pattern modes to choose from i.e. city, highway and bad weather, the driver can choose a mode that suits the driving environment.
A redesigned bumper, a new single exhaust tailpipe finisher and a new 18” wheel also give the F-TYPE a redefined look thereby adding more masculinity to the character of the car.
The introduction of the new Silicon Silver exterior colour also emphasise the character lines further and exudes the boldness of the F-TYPE.
Entering the coupe, one will notice significant enhancements that are more luxurious than before.
The addition of lightweight slim line seats as well as new chrome and aluminium trim finishers heighten the driver-focused feel of the interior and perfectly complement the enhanced interior colour schemes including the Siena Tan leather option now available across the range.
The seat frames are pressure die cast magnesium alloy – a material that has a high strength-to-weight ratio and an excellent formability required for an ergonomic form of Jaguar’s innovative seat design.
The weight saving compared to their predecessors is more than 8kg.
Every F-TYPE now features the Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen.
Its super-fast responses, intuitive tablet-style operation, intelligent navigation functions such as Share ETA and online services such as real-time traffic and live weather reports make every journey more rewarding and put a world of information at the driver’s fingertips.
Touch Pro is the most advanced infotainment system ever offered by Jaguar and comes standard for the entire F-TYPE range.
Designed and developed around state-of-the-art technologies including a powerful quad-core processor, high-speed 60GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) and an ultra-fast Ethernet network, Touch Pro delivers world-class performance and functionality as well as an outstanding user experience.
How it entertains
From ignition, the engine barks and growls and settles to a murmur waiting for its “boss” to engage with it.
Its cabin remains snug and comfortable with good outward vision. Your five-foot six-inch frame will feel right at home in the sports seats and the chunky steering wheel will meet your palms with joy.
In heavy traffic, this “cat” purrs along with no issue and its sexy rump gets the attention of all other road users who love cars.
It’s a good looking ride and you can see the admiration of others, even supercar drivers. Part of the reasons are its looks and design and the other part is its exclusivity.
Find a gap in traffic, punch the “joy” pedal with your right foot and feel the sensation of a roller coaster heading downwards without a care in the world.
Yes, its quick, especially when you have the engine purring at 2,500 plus revs.
Its mid range response puts a smile on your face and the steering responses quick to your commands.
Despite its width, it’s easy to weave in and out of traffic and there’s no hesitation of power delivery until you hear a police siren chasing you down.
Well, you’ve just bought a Cayman or SLK so you will need to wait it out. But if you’re running a four- to seven-year-old Cayman or SLK, this is the car to change up to without denting your budget.
Also, this is not a car to buy your girlfriend. This car is for YOU to drive.
Now comes the best part, the 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE 2.0L retails at just RM575,800 (excluding road tax, registration and insurance) and is now available at all Jaguar showrooms nationwide.
Jaguar F-Type 2.0L specifications
Engine: 4-cylinder Turbocharged
Power: 300bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque: 400Nm @ 1500-4500rpm
Transmission: 8-speed QuickShift
Top speed: 250km/h
Price: From RM575,800.00
Pictures by Daniel Fernandez
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