Before you enter the domain of Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations department, you first need to overcome the immense desire to purchase a cheaper F-Type R Convertible, which sits second from the top on the hierarchy of hot drop-top Jags. 550 horsepower from a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 is sent to a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system through a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. Iconic styling, LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, quad exhausts, and a power-operable soft-top roof characterize the F-Type R from outside. Inside, the big cat gets standard Windsor leather upholstery adorning 12-way power-adjustable R Performance seats, while single-zone climate control keeps occupants temperate by default. A standard ten-inch touchscreen handles infotainment with onboard navigation, Bluetooth, and various mobile apps - but no sign of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay - while the audio quality is the purview of a ten-speaker Meridian sound system. A standard raft of safety features includes advanced aids like front and rear park sensors, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist.