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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Meets the Bandit

A run southbound and down from Atlanta to Amelia Island was made carefree and blissful in the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

There is simply not much I can say about the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible by way of a balanced, well-considered review. There’s nothing negative to say about this car. It’s well-built, quick, fast, sophisticated, beautifully styled, technically accomplished and comfortable.

That’s it. I’m done with the review. That gives me time to tell you a story — two stories, actually. The first is a bit more fictional, and the second is much closer to what actually happened. They’ll run concurrently, and the former might seem more compelling than the latter. It can’t be helped.

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It was March down south, and there was a truckload of illegal Coors in Texarkana that needed to get to Atlanta within 28 hours. The seemingly impossible stunt would require an 18-wheeler to drive flat out along the highway while another hot sports car distracted the police with its antics. There’s $80,000 on the line if the beer arrives on time. They had a long way to go, and a short time to get there.

Meanwhile, I had to get the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible from Atlanta to the Amelia Island Concours de Elegance within six hours. It was absolutely doable with this Jaguar’s 5.0 liter V8 with 575 horsepower. Sure, I would speed a bit. It’s hard not to in this gorgeous machine. That would leave me plenty of time for a wonderful, leisurely lunch of southern BBQ comfort food.

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As the Coors run flew for Georgia, a hostile Southern sheriff got on the decoy’s trail. While law enforcement fell into the decoy’s trap, the foul-mouthed redneck maintained hot pursuit. The bootleg beer hustling would come to an unhappy end if the decoy found himself in a primitive rural prison under the thumb of the ruthless sheriff.

When I parked at a friendly gas station in a tiny South Georgia town, a couple local deputies strolled up to the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible to see if I was involved in some kind of Cannonball Run, since my F-Type was adorned with a special #60 to celebrate 1957 and Jaguar’s last of three consecutive wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans. I told the deputies that this wasn’t any sort of movie, and I promised I wouldn’t speed until I got to Florida.

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Thanks to skillful driving and clever deceptions, the beer and both drivers arrived in Atlanta safely. Before they could collect their $80,000, they bet double or nothing that the same driving team can’t bring clam chowder to Atlanta from Boston in 18 hours. Their antics continue.

I arrived in Jacksonville before dark and got caught in slow moving traffic while making my way to Amelia Island for the concours. After I arrived, I parked the beautiful 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible at my resort and headed off to my gorgeous two bedroom suite. Dinner was great, too.

All totaled, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible is damn near perfect. But, not every run it adds up to a movie.

Enjoy.