When it comes to the Jaguar F-TYPE, there are a few things I think we can all agree on. First, it's beautiful — especially in coupe form. These galleries are proof. Second, the Jaguar F-TYPE's V-8 engine sounds awesome. And you don't just have to take my word for it.
There's a broad consensus that the exhaust lets out an incredible, heart-pounding roar that by itself makes the car a joy to drive. This kind of glorious racket makes me nostalgic for my younger days, when I would do things like alternately floor the gas and the brakes on the highway just to hear the revs climb again and again — or keep a car in first gear at 35 mph just to listen to the engine during an otherwise boring drive.
Now I'm a cranky thirty-something, who shakes his fist at loud cars zooming by my house. There's a guy who drives a Cobalt down my street at 1 AM every night and I hate him. The same goes for the neighbor around the corner who idles his F-250 Power Stroke for a half hour every morning. But if either of these people were doing the same with an F-TYPE, I would bake them cookies. Because the F-TYPE is what I want cars to sound like.
That little tingle you get around the Jaguar F-TYPE is something every car should give you, but is sadly lacking in the modern automotive world. Adding to the goosebumps is its active exhaust system. A button on the center console that makes the electronic exhaust valves open up wider and more often, changing the volume from awesome to more awesome. I'd go a step further and say that a tangible button like this is infinitely more satisfying than a menu on a touchscreen, but that's a different rant. What matters is that it allows you to keep things reasonably subdued when you want to be a conscientious neighbor — and then, when you're nowhere near where I sleep at night, you can hear all the glory of up to 550 horsepower and eight cylinders.
Seriously, take a listen again and tell me you don't miss the days when noise was something to revel in. I'm happy to report that those days are back.
Mike Austin is the Director of Creative Strategy for Tiny Toy Car. He was previously Automotive Editor at Popular Mechanics and Technical Editor for Car and Driver. He lives in Michigan with a Buick Roadmaster Wagon.