It offers outstanding performance and handling, a classy interior and a useable boot. It’s even relatively good value for money.
The automatic gearbox is sometimes slow to respond, the cabin is cramped and the touchscreen infotainment system is fiddly.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Three supercharged petrol engines are available. The entry-level (335bhp) V6 car is quick, and the V6 S (375bhp) and V8 R (543bhp) are both seriously fast. The V6 S needs to be revved hard to get the best from it, whereas the R is rabidly fast even from low revs. The eight-speed automatic gearbox can be lazy to change in full automatic mode, but it responds quickly when you use the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Ride & Handling
Both the S and R models have adaptive dampers; these are effective at softening off sharp-edged bumps, and the F-Type Coupe stays relatively settled over patched-up surfaces. The R is particularly grippy and willing to stick to a tight line through fast corners, but even the S has lots of grip and similarly poised handling. Both have natural-feeling, predictable steering and are a joy to drive quickly – even down challenging roads.
The engines are quiet enough at low revs and with the switchable sports exhaust (optional on the S; standard on the R) turned off, although wind and road noise are noticeable on the motorway. Even so, the F-Type Coupe is a hushed enough cruiser, and both the S and R models sound fantastic when you turn the switchable exhaust on by pressing a button on the centre console.