When the Jaguar F-Type first appeared back in 2013, it went close to the top of its class from the word go. It looked great, sounded lovely, went like stink and was well priced beside rivals from Porsche, Audi and Mercedes. And when the even sharper-looking and driving coupé model appeared a year or so later, things got better still.
But the rate of progress in the car industry has been unprecedented over the last five or six years, to a point where the F-Type was starting to feel dated. Especially in the way it drove relative to its best rivals.