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Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe P300 Review: The Perfect Sports Car for India?

The Jaguar F-Type is one of the most affordable sports cars in India and also “comparatively” fuel efficient, while at the same time, the P300 Coupe can go from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h.

Manav Sinha | News18.com@manav_sinha

Updated:March 28, 2019, 5:18 PM IST
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Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe P300 Review: The Perfect Sports Car for India?
Jaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic Coupe. (Photo: News18.com)
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If you have about a Crore Rupees and you’re looking for your next car, well, the number of options that you have are frankly, a lot. But, while looks remain subjective, the Jaguar F-Type is I believe, one of the best-looking cars that you can buy in that budget. While you might think that a sports car like this costs several crore rupees, well you are correct as they usually do. But the variant we tested – the R-Dynamic P300 – costs half as much. But does that make this half a sports car? Let’s find out.

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One of the most important things about a sports car has to be the way it looks. It should turn heads wherever it goes, get people talking and has to be wallpaper-worthy too. It’s not easy to go up against such expectations, but in this case, I really have to say that the Jaguar F-Type is a masterclass in design. Whichever angle you look at it from, it is a lovely sight. And yes, it is right there as one of the prettiest cars in the world. It’s got the proportions bang on with the long muscular hood and a sloping roofline. The car is long, low and wide and oozes of presence on road. The gloss black elements like the front lip and the side skirts add some extra character.

It gets the signature J-blade Daytime running lights and it uses a bit of chrome too and while I personally am not a big fan of chrome, in the F-Type it has been used tastefully especially the element that surrounds the windows that further accentuates the coupe stance of the car. And as you might have noticed, it was the R-Dynamic variant that we were driving and this variant comes with 19-inch alloy wheels which are just drool-worthy.

Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe, Jaguar F-Type India ReviewJaguar F-Type has what it takes to make the six-year old in you excited. (Photo: News18.com)

But here’s the thing. These fantastic, sporty exteriors raise your expectations and that can be a bit of a problem when you step inside the cabin.

Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe, Jaguar F-Type India ReviewJaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic Coupe interiors have started to show its age. (Photo: News18.com)

One of the things that I really liked while being inside the Jaguar F-Type is the driving ergonomics. Almost everything is exactly where I would want it to be and it’s a fantastic place to be in. But when it comes to the interiors, I did end up wanting a bit more.

And the reason for that is simple. The F-Type was globally unveiled six years ago and the interiors have basically remained the same. Don’t get me wrong, it is a fantastic cabin but purely in terms of design, the cabin does show its age. But what it makes up with, is fantastic driving ergonomics wherein the driver sits low and has great visibility on offer as well. And yes, the sight of the long hood in front of you never gets old.

Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe, Jaguar F-Type India ReviewJaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic Coupe comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. (Photo: News18.com)

Then there are some clever bits too, like the button placement for the glovebox and the fact that your passenger has something to hold onto.

The highlight, however, is the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has great touch response and feels butter smooth to operate. Then, there’s also the Meridian sound system which feels right out of a luxury car.

But what I really love are a few bits that the 6-year old in me gets absolutely excited about. Like, the door handles which sit flush with the doors and pop out when you need them. And, the air vents pop up whenever you switch on the aircon! Did Jaguar really have to do that? Well, not really. Am I glad that they did? Absolutely!

Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe, Jaguar F-Type India ReviewJaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic Coupe. (Photo: News18.com)

Well, now that we are done drooling over the way this car looks and the list of features that it has, let’s address the big matter – which is the engine on board. Now you would expect it to be a big hunk of an engine but this one is not. This is actually a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine that has been seen on other Jaguars as well. How big of a difference does that make?

Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe, Jaguar F-Type India ReviewJaguar F-Type P300 R-Dynamic Coupe comes with a 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. (Photo: News18.com)

Well, it actually depends on your usage. If you’re aiming to hit the race track to set blazing fast lap times, well, this engine option isn’t the one to go for. But if you are going to be driving on public roads and use the car for your early morning drives or something like that, then this actually makes a lot of sense.

The engine makes a decent 300 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque which sends all the power to the rear wheels and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. And since it belongs to Jaguar’s Ingenium range of engines, it is relatively fuel efficient as compared to the F-type’s bigger siblings. And yet, the P300 is no slouch – it can do a 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 250 km/h.

The best part is that everything else in the F-Type, like the chassis and the suspension setup, everything was built to handle a much bigger engine with a lot more power. So in a way, you can really push the P300 in corners if you want to and you won’t run out of grip or make the car break a sweat. It all feels easy and in-control.

And remember, while P300 might not be able to match the aural experience of the big V8 variant, it still is one of the best sounding 4-cylinder engines. And with all the money that you will save by opting for this variant, you can actually put in an aftermarket exhaust and fix this too.

Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar F-Type P300 Coupe, Jaguar F-Type India ReviewAll of this for less than a crore rupees?. (Photo: News18.com)

And speaking of money, this is where the F-Type P300 really shines through.

The biggest, baddest F-Type that you can buy – the Jaguar F-Type SVR – comes at a price tag of Rs 2.65 Crore whereas the P300 R-Dynamic variant comes in at just Rs 93.67 Lakh (all ex-showroom prices) – that’s less than half the price of V8-engine powered SVR! That’s even less than some of the big luxury cars out there.

And with the package that you are getting at this price, it begs the question, isn’t this all the sports car that you need?

So at the end of the day, I have to say there were a few things that left me wanting for more and I did not really expect that. But when you add the price into the equation, I really cannot fault this car as this one seems pretty much perfect. So, if you’re looking for a car that stands out of the crowd and makes you ‘arrive’ at the scene in a budget, then this Jaguar F-Type is the one for you.

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| Edited by: Manav Sinha
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