• Wheels24 interviewed a Jaguar D-Sort proprietor in 2020.
• Heading to the interview, the group saddled up the newest F-Sort R Coupé.
• The F-Sort R Coupé is probably the most highly effective mannequin of Jaguar’s halo sports activities automotive.
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Through the second half of 2020, we drove the newest Jaguar F-Sort R Coupé to Franschhoek, the place we met up with Graham Warsop – the proud proprietor of a 1955 D-Sort Duplicate. It was an expertise that bridged the hole between two worlds; that crossed the generational width between two of Jaguar’s best hours.
Up to now, the D-Sort was a menace on the racetrack. It received quite a few races, raked within the accolades, and instantly established itself as an prompt basic within the automotive world. In accordance with Warsop, an unique D-type fetched €16 million at a 2016 public sale, which is way over what the typical automotive fanatic can afford. His automotive, says Warsop, is a duplicate of the automotive that received Le Mans in 1955.
Warsop drives his D-Sort each week, cruising down the quaint city’s primary highway to onlookers’ delight.
Graham Warsop subsequent to his 1955 Jaguar D-Sort duplicate (left) and the brand new 2021 Jaguar F-Sort
Heading to Warsop’s place, we saddled up the F-Sort R Coupé and pointed its nostril in direction of the vacation spot. The serene consolation of the F-Sort impressed on the drive, with the quad exhausts’ sonorous growl impressing with each jab of the throttle.
Priced from R2.5 million, the R Coupé is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. Producing 423kW and 700Nm, the sports activities automotive can haul its 1743kg weight to 100km/h from standstill in 3.7 seconds. And when you’re courageous sufficient, protecting your foot planted will see you attain the 300km/h prime pace.
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Jaguar’s eight-speed computerized transmission sends energy to all 4 wheels, which is a blessing contemplating that the automotive should include all that pressure. Jaguar opted towards enabling the halo mannequin of its halo sports activities automotive with a rear-wheel drive setup, on condition that the all-wheel drive setup supplies a extra vital security web ought to factor go awry.
The R Coupé is the quickest, most potent F-Sort obtainable in South Africa, however can be surpassed by the SVR mannequin with regards to market within the not-too-distant future.