Inside, the P300 uses the same design and layout as the V8 F-Type which means sliding inside the cabin is still an exercise in mixed emotions. Next to the likes of AMG GT and the R8, this cabin looks a little dated, especially the displays, but there is no denying that it oozes quality as well as its own unique approach to design. Bits like the exterior door handles, which sit flush with the body and pop out when you unlock the car, and the centre air vents that emerge from the top of the dash, add a lot of theatre to the drive. The F-Type’s got character for sure though its cabin is not quite as space-age as the recent interior treatments adopted by the Germans.
It may not be as jazzy as we would like, but the F-Type’s cabin is surprisingly spacious. Although it’s a two-seater, it doesn’t feel cramped – there is plenty of knee room and good amount of headroom despite the low-slung roofline. Speaking of low, the driving position is spot on and the view outside is great by sports car standards. To my surprise, the F-Type turned out to be comfortable even after long hours of driving, mainly thanks to those snug yet highly supportive bucket seats.
If you are looking for a sports car with multi-stage traction control, five different settings for the power delivery and three more to change the ferocity of gear changes, you would be disappointed. The F-Type has none of those – it is quite old school that way. That said, you do get a Dynamic driving mode and switchable active exhaust. The R-Dynamic variant that we have here on test is well equipped and comes with LED headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, park assist, ambient lighting, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and electrically adjustable seats. The crispness and response of the infotainment system, however, is nowhere as slick as the competition.
I may be nit-picking at this point, but if you are buying something that costs north of Rs 1 crore, it should have the best of in-car tech, right? How about the driving experience, then? Is it the worth the price tag?