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Jaguar F-Type review: Heritage 60 Edition driven

Well, that’s green…

Sherwood Green, to be precise. Jaguar hasn’t offered it since the 1960s, when it was lovingly brushed onto the E-Type – the car its return is meant to celebrate. This is the Jaguar F-Type Heritage 60 Edition, and it marks six decades since Jag’s most iconic car launched.

Is that a little tenuous?
We’ll let them have this one. Look at the F-Type in profile – the Coupe, in particular – and it’s very clear it’s a modern-day E-Type in all but name. And it’s not like its name is too far removed, either…

You better be in the mood to celebrate, though, because prices start at £122,500, with the Convertible you see here adding another five grand. Which means the Heritage 60 is a whopping £25,000 more than the F-Type R it’s based upon.

So what does that money buy me?

Craftsmanship, essentially. While numerous special editions lob in a load of extra equipment to justify the extra outlay, this F-Type is trading purely on appearance, rarity and the fact the finishing touches are applied by Jaguar’s SVO team rather than the end of the regular production line.

 

Sherwood Green is only available here, and not via the configurator on the stock V8, with the only other Jaguars available in the same colour being million-quid continuations like the XKSS. The Caraway leather is exclusively available here, too. You also get 20in diamond-turned alloys and a gamut of badges to mark that yours is one of 60 cars being made, of which just seven or eight will be sold in the UK. The Coupe/Convertible split will be decided entirely by customer demand, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be roughly 50/50 across those 60 cars.

Tell me what’s underneath the paint and leather.

It’s the same 567bhp 5.0-litre V8, eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive transmission of the stock F-Type R. Which is good news, as this is a truly accomplished car nowadays.

‘Accomplished’ would have been a ludicrous word to pluck out of the air when the F-Type launched in 2013. Especially if it was the range-topping V8 S. It was mightily good fun, but it could be a fair old handful, especially on the invariably sodden roads of Great Britain. It felt like the spirit of TVR was living on in a car with mildly easier to fathom door handles.

The eight years that have followed have seen the F-Type grow old with grace, though, and Jaguar Land Rover’s incremental yearly updates have seen almost all of those ASBO characteristics ironed out. With an astute AWD system, its power is put down neatly and if you mostly live below 3,000rpm, passers-by barely even know you’re there. If the green-on-tan class of this special edition really appeals – or, indeed, the sophisticated, neckerchief and cigar vibe of a classic E-Type – then the F-Type handles itself accordingly.

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