Seat Time: 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

July 9th, 2014 at 2:33pm

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC
Make: Jaguar
Model: F-TYPE Coupe
Type: 2-seat performance car
Competitors: Porsche Boxter, Porsche Cayman, Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz SL, Audi R8
Price: Coupe (base) $65,000; S Coupe $77,000; R Coupe $99,000
Made in: Castle Bronmwich manufacturing plant in the British Midlands, United Kingdom.
Drivetrain: Coupe: 340hp 3-liter Supercharged V6; S Coupe: 380hp 3-liter Supercharged V6; R Coupe: 550hp 5-liter Supercharged V8; all models equipped with 8-speed “Quickshift” automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: Coupe: 20city, 28highway, (23combined); S Coupe: 19city, 27highway, (22combined); R Coupe 16city, 23highway, (18combined)

Final Impression:

2015 Jaguar F-Type CoupeOn the heels of its very successful convertible launch last year, Jaguar unveiled its F-TYPE Coupe to journalists last month. The car is essentially the convertible but now equipped with a roof made with a high-strength steel, hydroformed aluminum alloy beam; That beam allowed designers to go from the A pillar to the rear of the car without the traditional B pillar giving the vehicle its sleek sports car look. And according to Jaguar engineers, the Coupe is 80% stiffer than the convertible thanks to the vehicle’s aluminum architecture.

Now if you don’t know before you take it out for a drive on the freeway, you soon find out that the Coupe comes equipped with a hidden spoiler that sits in the tapered shut-line of the tailgate. Jaguar says its there for the rear aesthetic of the car as well as reduce lift. But what’s disconcerting about the spoiler — if you don’t know it’s there as I didn’t — is that deploys at 70 miles per hour and then returns at 50. Seeing it in the rear view caused me to stop twice on the Interstate during the drive to find out what was going on. Unfortunately, Jaguar didn’t warn us about it and my driving partner couldn’t find anything in the owner’s manual about the spoiler. That all said, it was cool once I knew it was there.

The Jaguar Coupe is priced $4,000 under the convertible for each model with the base starting at $65,000. There are a variety of options as well as a unique Performance Package as well as special Carbon Ceramic Matrix Brakes you can buy for the R which will reduce weight over the standard brakes.

None of the base 3-Liter V6 340 horsepower vehicles were available to test drive though we did get in both the 3-Liter V6 380 S as well as the monster 5-Liter 550 horsepower R and surprisingly both felt great on the even driving on the street where I expected the R to overwhelm. But as Tim Philippo, Jaguar’s Product Manager for Sports Car told us, he drives the R around Manhattan where he lives and it’s just fine. I didn’t believe him when he told me that in an interview, but after driving the car he’s right on: it’s an amazing drive.

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