So, it's Blue Monday, apparently the most depressing day of the year. What can we do to cheer everyone up? Well, some pictures of a rather lovely new - and very blue - Jaguar F-Type might help, mightn't they? Ah, yes... I can feel the improvement in my mood already.
This is the F-Type Reims Edition. It's named Reims not because that's the premier champagne-growing region of France (although that sounds like a perfectly good reason to us...) but after the famous Reims race circuit. Disused since the 1960s, Reims is a triangle of roads near the town of the same name and was famed for the flat-out blasts down its long straights. These days it's probably more famous for the old pit buildings, once dilapidated, now restored, which still stand alongside the D27, near the village of Thillois.
Jaguar has a storied history at Reims, winning the 1952 'Grand Prix De La Marne' with a C-Type, and the 'Trophee GT Sport' in 1963 with an E-Type.
To celebrate both circuit and Jaguar's history there, the F-Type Reims Edition comes finished in a gloriously bright shade of French Blue (but of course...) and you can have it with either the P300 300hp four-cylinder turbo engine or the mighty 450hp supercharged V8. It'll be available only as a coupe, mind.
Black detailing and cabin
Other exterior enhancements include the standard fitment of the Exterior Black Pack, with gloss black side vents, Jaguar script and 'Leaper,' and grille surround. A set of 20-inch five split-spoke gloss black alloy wheels is standard.
Inside, you get an all-black cabin (technically Jaguar calls it Ebony/Ebony) and the Interior Black Pack - gloss black door switches, door handles, instrument cluster finisher and more. There's also a glass panoramic roof and a Climate Pack which includes two-zone climate control, heated steering wheel and a heated windscreen.
Jaguar says that the combo of equipment and the starting price means you'll save about €4,500 compared to ticking the options boxes by hand. There's no Irish price yet, but with just 150 being made, you're probably not going to see very many on this side of the water.
The Reims Edition will share showroom space with the Heritage 60 Edition F-Type, which celebrates the 60th birthday of the classic E-Type, and which comes with Sherwood Green, not used by Jaguar since the 1960s.
Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: "With the F-TYPE Reims Edition we're able to take the most advanced sports car we've ever produced, imbue it with a little bit of Jaguar racing heritage and deliver our customers even more value and exclusivity. For just 150 UK customers, and in the enormously important year for Jaguar's sports car history, the F-Type is more enticing than ever."