"Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport: Just one day"
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Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport: Just one day
You have a day just for you and your ride one one time with something fast, something pretty, something noisy, emotive, exciting and enticing, where do you go?
what do you do?
well, I have the date in the cell And the new Jaguar F Type 400 Sport, so I intend to use it wisely.
I brought it to some of my favorite roads, they're brilliant even in the torrential wet.
You know what?
The F Type is one of the prettiest cars you can buy today.
So the two should go together rather nicely.
The 400 Sport will only be around for a year.
After that, who knows whether there'll be a 400 horsepower, 3 liter, V-6, F-type again.
Probably quite swiftly, but we'll see.
As this is a special car, it gets some special details, jazzy badges, embroidered seats, that kinda stuff.
There are also bigger brakes, configurable dynamics.
So you can tailor the cars characteristics to your hearts desire and a little bit of a face lift.
Nothing too drastic though.
The F-Type, well its already beautiful why risk ruining it.
Power wise we've got four hundred horses and three hundred and thirty nine pound foot.
Good enough to punt it from naught to sixty in four point eight seconds.
Naught to sixty two takes a touch longer.
It'll top out at 171 miles an hour if you're feeling brave.
And there's an 8-speed automatic transmission sending the power to the wheels.
[SOUND] Roads like this are the kind of things that idiots like me Really love.
They're long, flowing, challenging and exciting.
The kind of roads that an F-type hungers for.
So what are we like on the road, then?
It's not uncomfortable.
The ride isn't jarring.
It's not too noisy.
It's not as noisy as, say, a Porsche 911.
With that, you get loads and loads of tire roar.
Less of that which is good.
You can use it as a compete most a way cruising though I wouldn't go for the V6 for that because well it makes a good noise.
It does it makes noise farty little noise, it sounds like seven in one car.
It does get a little bit droony at 70 old miles an hour You can fiddle with the exhaust to make it loud or quiet.
But still it's not, at 70, the most exciting noise to hear.
However, get it onto a road like this.
Start playing with the gear box, stick it into sport and manual.
[SOUND] And it sounds fantastic.
I can't push it too hard or as hard as I'd like cause even though this is all wheel drive the roads are that wet and these are notoriously greasy roads.
Performance wise the four hundreds It is a V6 at the end of the day, so it's going to be highly strung and shouty.
And the thing I always find with the V6 is that they never feel as quick as you hope they do, unless they've got whacking rate turbo charges on them.
However, it's quick enough.
And this is a This is a sports car.
You're supposed to have fun with it, learn it.
Do your thing.
You can get a manual V6 F type if you want to.
You can't have it in a 400 so this is only 8 speed also.
But it does suit the car rather nicely.
The steering on the road in dynamic is Wonderfully direct.
Not quite as sharp as you get in say a, don't shout it too loud, a Porsche.
But if you combine that view and these roads, they're fast.
Occasionally challenging, they feel good.
And when you hook up corners correctly There's nothing like it.
When you get a car like this, it's stunning to look at.
When you lock it, you look back to check it's still there.
To take in the lines, the haunches.
The rear of this car is a masterpiece of design.
And then it makes that noise and it feels the way it does, it's special.
[SOUND] But I have other plans for the Jag.
There's somewhere better for it to be, somewhere for it to breathe its biggest breath, somewhere more track-like.
Let's see what 400 horses and an open track feels like.
See the Problem with this on the road, is that it has 400 horse power to play with.
And Well, you can't use them.
You just can't.
Because you can happily zoom up to the Speed limit.
In a low gear.
Then you have to sit there and it's not very exciting.
And yeah, while it's comfortable and all that, it's not, well, what this thing was built for.
This was built for speed.
And it's capable of quite a lot of it, actually.
The gearbox isn't so quick to respond as I'd like, frankly.
Because [INAUDIBLE] It's so quickly in all the rest sites.
But it's not a PDK, it's a Z M 80 speed.
So when you are cruising, that's fine.
But when you've got the car set to angry, angry, angry mode, it's not quite as on it as I'd like.
Now, the 400 does come with bigger brakes, and I'm rather grateful for that, because now we've got a slippery, nasty, wet track.
Actually, they do come into their own.
On the road, they're nice and easy to modulate.
Here you can really give them a good old foot full, and then off it goes.
Handling-wise, we have AWD which means we have a little bit more grip that we would in a rear drive car which means it's a little bit more under steering.
If you're going quickly.
But it'll bring you, it'll still be quite wild.
But then balance it properly and don't drive like a complete muttonhead.
And you'll find yourself going around corners Corners rather ridiculously speeds.
The grip you can feel it hunker down and you'll feel the rear and the front working together.
So when you round the corner, rather quickly and it does change direction beautifully.
The stirring Is it the most [UNKNOWN] out there?
It's still very much a Jaguar, which means it's quite floaty and it's quite luxurious and lazy but when sir wishes to build the pace, sir may.
The 400 sport, I can see why they've done it.
The VAR is Quite unhinged.
Fantastic but very unhinged.
The 380 V-6, you always felt there was a little bit more potential there.
That is this.
And by god it makes a good noise while it's doing it.
This thing is phenomenal fun.
There are a few negative points to a very few.
Yeah, it's not as communicative as a 911.
Yes, they are quite expensive.
No, there's not much space.
But, the look of it, the feel of it, and the way it makes you feel.
That's the important thing.
And it makes me Feels shocking brilliant.
Cars like this are special, not because of their looks, not because of their badges, but because of how they make you feel.
Yeah, it's got too much power to fully explode on the road, but here well, the cat can play.
That day then, that one just for you.
If it were my day I'd get up early, I'd Find the favorite B roads and go and play around and then, find a racetrack and drive like a complete [INAUDIBLE] for fun.
[INAUDIBLE] you don't have to do that.
You can just go and do something, and well, you do you.
Everyone, pretty much has a connection with a car.
You see them almost daily, hear them, ride in them, drive them or enjoy them or maybe even, hate them.
You can find a country road, go for a ride around town, clean your car, modify it, play with it, do whatever you want.
A wise man once said that some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80.
It's not the time that matters, it's the person.
Be the person that takes a day just to go and enjoy themselves.
Do something stupid.
Drive somewhere, anywhere.
It doesn't even matter what you're driving so long as you're driving it.
Go and be the star of your own movie, and maybe leave some time mark somewhere no one will really mind.
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