F-Type Convertible buyers can choose from five supercharged petrol engines: a V6 with 335bhp, 375bhp or 395bhp, a 543bhp V8 R, and, in the range-topping SVR model, a 567bhp V8. If you want something a little more frugal, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is available as an entry-level motor.
The 2.0-litre feels brisk, but many hot hatches are just as quick, if not faster. This four-cylinder engine begins pulling from around 1500rpm, then revs solidly and steadily rather than particularly keenly to its limiter, which is at around 7000rpm.
The base V6 feels more muscular, so it should provide the thrills most buyers are looking for, which is why it's our pick. That said, we see the temptation of the 375bhp version of the V6, because it’s faster still. We haven’t tried the range-topping V6, but both V8s make the F-Type very rapid indeed. They are expensive to buy and run, however.
The two lower-powered V6s are available with a six-speed manual gearbox. In theory, that's great for a sports car, but its sloppy gearshift isn’t very satisfying; most buyers opt for the eight-speed automatic ’box, and frankly, we don’t blame them.
The auto can be controlled manually by pulling on paddles mounted behind the steering wheel, or by nudging the gearlever back and forth. Even this isn’t perfect, though: the shifts are nowhere near as snappy as those of the Porsche 718 Boxster or 911 Cabriolet, either going up or down the gears.