For most of Jaguar’s history, it has built cars that look, well, historical. But Jaguar has been dipping into the catnip lately, building cars that are low-slung, lightweight, and not a little bit irreverent.

The all-new, two-seat F-Type sports car is the smallest, speediest, and brashest of them all. Whether you choose the 340-hp V-6, or the rip-snortin’ 495-hp V-8, the F-Type can reduce its fat rear tires into pools of molten rubber without much provocation, though only the V-8 can be equipped with an popping, crackling exhaust system so loud and raucous you’ll have Harley Davidson riders yelling,

“That’s too damn loud!” Steering and brakes give the F-Type reflexes that are—you guessed it—cat-like. And the interior is less sugar-daddy-in-a-silk-robe and more James-Bond-meets-Tom-of-Finland. All this British beauty and brawn is priced somewhere between the Porsche Boxster S and Carrera Cabriolet, neither of which can hold a candle to this pretty kitty in terms of sex appeal.

2014 Jaguar F-Type

Base Price (including destination): $69,895 (V-6); $81,895 (V-6 S); $92,895 (V-8)
Power: 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 (340 hp, 339 lb-ft of torque); 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, S (380 hp, 339 lb-ft of torque); 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 (495 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque)
Tranny: 8-speed automatic with manual shift control
Fuel Economy, city/hwy: 20/28 mpg (V-6), 19/27 mpg (V-6 S), 16/23 mpg (V-8)

Or you could buy:

Chevrolet Corvette
Porsche Boxster S
Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into a fruitful and enthusiastic career traveling the world to test thousands of new vehicles as they are introduced. Siler is s regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine, Edmunds.com,AutoTrader.com, AOL Autos and Yahoo! Autos, and also pioneered automotive writing for the LGBT community more than a decade ago.