Read the complete Jaguar F-Type Coupe Review at AutoGuide.comF-Type Coupe Sizzles and Pops Like Bacon in a Skillet
by Craig Cole
After years of systemic mismanagement, Jaguar is finally back on track. At long last the famed British brand is gaining steam in the crowded luxury market. Revenue, profits and capital investment are all up and as a result the firm is building some of the best vehicles it’s ever offered.
Engine: Three engines are offered in the Jaguar F-Type Coupe, but the R model gets a supercharged 5.0L V8 with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque.
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic only.
Fuel Economy: 16 MPG city, 23 highway and 18 MPG combined.
Pricing: The 2015 F-Type Coupe starts around $65,995. The modestly optioned R model we sampled costs $105,875.
Drawing on rich heritage, the company introduced its all-new F-Type last year as a convertible. This open-air car shocked the motoring press with world-class dynamics and a striking design. But that’s not the limit of what the company is capable of; for the 2015 model year Jaguar is introducing an even more engaging variant, one with a solid roof and even stiffer body.
Like its drop-top counterpart, three different variants of the coupe are available. There’s a “base” version that brandishes a 340 hp supercharged V6; stepping up from there is a more powerful S, which squeezes 380 ponies out of the same 3.0-liter engine and then there’s the range-topping F-Type R Coupe, which we focused on like a drug dog tracking a duffle bag full of dope.
As it stands this new two-door is designed to compete with cars like the Porsche Cayman, BMW Z4 and perhaps even the Chevrolet Corvette. On paper the Jag offers an intoxicating blend of heritage, style and raw performance that’s quite unlike anything from its primary rivals.