Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Turn Heads by Not Turning F-Type Down

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Turn Heads by Not Turning F-Type Down

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Byline: Steve Orme

WANT to draw attention to yourself? Here are a few ideas. Walking naked through the streets of Glasgow is one, but if you don't fancy the hypothermia doing it dressed as Grayson Perry is another. In the current climate declaring Britain a republic at last night of the Proms would work. Or insisting on a selection from Cabaret to replace Rule Britannia. On the other hand you could fire up a drop-top Jaguar F-Type Roadster. Now, I'm not saying that the Jag's classic lines alone won't turn heads but push the launch button on the FType and the rev counter immediately red lines and those who remember the blitz cower in doorways as the sonic roar ends with a good old backfire.

All this without feet anywhere near the hooligan pedal. My limited knowledge of rocketry indicates that popping is not considered a good thing in the average motor car, when every backfire is potentially going to pit a piston. But this is no ordinary car, this feature is engineered in and called adaptive exhaust. And it is music to the ears. You may, however, be self conscious about such conspicuous consumption, or showing off, as your mum called it. For those of a nervous disposition I am told that somewhere is a switch which disables the function. I didn't find it but then again I didn't look for it. Adaptive exhaust is standard on the mid range S derivative, the subject of today's song and dance routine. It gives fair warning that under the delicate delicate lines and tasteful furnishings lies a bit of a beast. The 375bhp V6 hits 60mph in 4.8 seconds and should you be on a caravan holiday near the Nurburgring continues on to 171mph. You want to know what does to the gallon? Well, 31mpg combined but you have to ask then perhaps a PS60,250 price tag is not for you. Taxation is reasonable at PS285 annually. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range but there's paddle change as well for fidgeters and those who know better. …

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