The F-Type is a production car and a contemporary take on arguably Jaguar's most notable car, the E-Type. The convertible sports car is a meticulously executed product that successfully avoids being a pastiche. 'You hear things about surface entertainment; they twist metal into weird shapes to shock the audience into submission,' mocks director of advanced design, Julian Thomson. 'But we're about purity and beauty in design and with a sports car it is the best way to demonstrate it. Sports cars should have a greater sense of poise, so this is the pinnacle of our design philosophy.' Inside is much more singular than Jaguar's executive saloons, meaning the cockpit runs around the driver instead of being horizontal. The F-Type's interface is full of tactility so the driver can feel the mechanics with the gear changes and pedals. 'You want to feel you're in control of the car. This is a real car.'
On sale: Mid 2013
Price: F-Type from £58,500, F-Type S from £67,500 and F-Type V8 at £79,950