When it comes to sports/performance cars, a half a million Ringgit war chest opens you up to a tonne of options. From the Mercedes-Benz AMG line-up alone, you’d be left scratching your head for days.

Then you have the Porsche 718 Boxter, 718 Cayman and the BMW M2; all in the RM 500k ball park. Sure they may be quick, exciting and extremely competent but can they project the same extravagance in a way the 2018 Jaguar F-Type can? From its silhouette alone?

In an easily impressionable society, it’s hard to believe so – which brings me to this refreshed 2018 Jaguar F-Type Coupe that Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has just brought in the local market – with interior and exterior updates along with the new 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Underneath the hood packs 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque, with 0 to 100 km/h done in 5.7 seconds before it tops out at an electronically-limited 250 km/h.

It’s got new LED head and tail lights, redesigned bumpers, a new single-exit exhaust tailpipe design, new 18-inch wheels and a new Silicon Silver exterior colour. The new headlights come with three different beam pattern modes (city, highway and bad weather), for the best possible visibility in different driving conditions.

Inside are slim-lined seats, moulded from magnesium alloy that’s not only stronger but also lighter, with new chrome and aluminium trim finishing. Such weight-saving measures makes the update model 8 kg lighter than its predecessor.

The 2018 F-TYPE 2.0-litre Ingenium is priced at RM 575,800 (excluding road tax and insurance) and is now available at all Jaguar showrooms nationwide.

All Jaguar vehicles distributed by authorised dealers comes with a Jaguar Care Programme that offers a 5-year Warranty or 150,000km, 5-year Servicing or 65,000km (whichever comes first) and 3-years Roadside Assistance.