It has been billed the new Jaguar E-Type and it is no surprise why; the stunning new Jaguar F-Type is a return to two-seat sports car form for the brand.

The F-Type certainly has illustrious tyre treads to fill. The Jaguar E-Type, the sensuous sports car launched 50 years ago was even described as the best-looking car in the world by none other than Enzo Ferrari, who knows quite a bit about beautiful cars.

However, the new Jaguar F-Type is definitely its own car despite being a two-seat roadster and coupe just like the classic Jaguar E-Type.

It comes with Jaguar's new oval grille, a low-slung appearance and perfect 50/50 weight distribution for incredible poise and handling on the road.

Under the bonnet is a modern 3.0-litre V6 or a 5.0-lite V8, the latter is capable of a limited 186mph and can reach 60mph from standing in just 4.2 seconds.

This compares to a time of 7.1 seconds for the E-Type, which could go on to a speed of 149mph - a not-inconsiderable top speed at the time. Later versions were capable of over 150mph as Jaguar upgraded one of the most popular cars of all time.

The canvas roof on the new F-Type convertible can be opened or closed in just 12 seconds at the press of a button and Jaguar hopes the styling, wide range of equipment and driving characteristics can take on the likes of the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4.

However, when Jaguar F-Type prices were first announced it was a shock to some to see they started from around £58,000 but can rise into the £70,000s.

These prices are considerably higher than those of the Jaguar E-Type when it was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. The initial Jaguar E-Type cost £2,196 from launch, undercutting the price of rivals from the likes of Ferrari.

The price for the new Jaguar F-Type is unlikely to put many people off when it comes to buying a new Jaguar F-Type simply because the car looks great and should drive just as well.

The Jaguar F-Type is a car for those who love the E-Type, a two-seat sports car that wowed anybody who cast their eyes on it.

While it is more expensive than an E-Type it does offer some benefits; Jaguar F-Type insurance is likely to be easier to find than the specialist classic car insurance required for the E-Type.

It will also be safer and better equipped, while performance and handling should be much-improved.

The new Jaguar F-Type is only a spiritual successor to the classic E-Type, not a direct replacement. However, it brings with it the same design and driving excellence as its older sibling and this is only a good thing for UK motorists.