First UK passenger rides in the Jaguar F-Type get the thumbs up

The hotly anticipated new model is set to go on sale in the UK during the summer of 2013. While certain motoring publications won’t be able to drive the car itself until April at the earliest, Jaguar has offered an early indication as to not only know what it’ll be like to sit in the cabin of the F-Type, but what it’s like to be a passenger as it charges through sweeping countryside roads.

Amongst those journalists who sampled the F-Type passenger experience, virtually all the impressions are filled with positivity and optimism for when the car eventually reaches the delivery point.

Giving their reactions, the motoring publication What Car? Magazine commented: “If it feels as good from the driver’s seat as it does from the passenger’s seat, this could well be the sports car to have in 2013”.

Autocar magazine also enjoyed a passenger ride in the Jaguar F-Type commenting: “The F-type has the soul of a responsive, agile sports car. The surprise is how well it copes with the most untidy, aggressive bumps and never, ever running out of suspension travel”.

AutoExpress magazine concluded: “From the rabid acceleration to the tight body control, it’s every bit as thrilling as we were hoping for. From where we were sitting, the F-Type combines elegance and agility like nothing else on the road”.

The Independent also attended a passenger ride in the Jaguar F-Type and remarked: “The F-Type certainly looks (and sounds) the part and by early indications it feels like it will handle and ride well”.

Motoring website also remarked: “Too much about the F-Type feels right for it to be a flop”.

Motoring publications around the UK will eagerly await the first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar F-Type later this week, with many potential customers no doubt keen to find out whether impressions remain as highly positive as they have been so far.

Over 2,000 pre-orders have been received for the Jaguar F-Type even before the first test drives have begun.

So strong is the demand for this spiritual successor to the E-Type, Jaguar has already achieved a fifth of its yearly sales target in pre-orders before it appears in showrooms.

Those pre-ordering a Jaguar F-Type have the choice to add an optional and glossy Black Pack to the sports car. This same feature is already available for Jaguar models amongst the current range including the Jaguar XF saloon.

Prices range from £58,500 to £79,950 for the two-door Jaguar F-Type which will initially be sold exclusively as a soft-top convertible. A metal-roofed coupe version of this sports car is expected to follow in the near future, with a possible release time during late 2013.

The F-Type faces a huge mountain of expectations, not just because of its price or looks but also due to the fierce competition the Jaguar will face. Rivals will include the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage

To match up to rivals such as these, the F-Type’s specification range includes a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine with 335bhp for the base model. Meanwhile the mid-range F-Type S also uses a 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit, but the output is increased by 40bhp, giving it a total of 375bhp.

The top of the range F-Type V8 S wields 488bhp from its supercharged V8 petrol engine. With this unit the sports car can cover the 0-60mph sprint in a time of just 4.2 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 186mph.

In its range-topping form the F-Type will be a very close match to Jaguar’s other range-topping sports car from its current range, the Jaguar XKR-S.

When the 550bhp V8 powered beast joined the Jaguar XK range back in 2011, it became the fastest production Jaguar to go on sale. That honour though now looks as though it will be shared with the upcoming F-Type.

UK motorists can look to pre-order the Jaguar F-Type from Perrys Jaguar Dealership based in Huddersfield.