When the Jaguar F-Type entered the world three years ago, it was a design statement above all else. Ian Callum sculpted an instant classic that would lead Jaguar into a new age of styling and product expansion. Its beauty overshadowed the performance conversation.
Even as the English sports car gained a fixed roof counterpart and a tenacious 550-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, its on-track credentials have not compared favorably to those of the Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT S, and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. That has not sat well with the UK automaker’s engineers.