I must say that as flagrantly prejudiced as I am towards American made automobiles, the latest renderings from Jaguar (under the tutelage of the Indian conglomerate, Tata Motors) have certainly impressed. With the majority of the new Jaguar leadership force having been trained under some of the best automakers in Germany, it was only a matter of time until a more appealing and efficient product began to emerge from the soggy shores of Great Britain. The 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe is a perfect example of such an improvement.
Granted, the F-Type Roadster is vastly capable of “toting the mail” on a sunny day and it can hold its own on the race track, if outfitted correctly, but serious automotive consumers are often at odds with purchasing a convertible as a primary vehicle. Enter the all-aluminum 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe. Regardless of the level of sophistication with which a soft top functions, it can never offer the security or the handling advantages of a closed-roof coupe.
In delicate contrast with the F-Type Roadster, the Coupe features a gently rolling roof-line that is much more appealing to the eye. The three door design of the Coupe incorporates a traditional lift-back in the rear for ease of cargo loading and improved storage space. Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum said that despite initial plans to go with the side-hinged door from the iconic Jaguar E-Type, the lift-gate won out in practicality and function.
Engine choices for the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe mirror those of the Roadster. They range from a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that makes either 340-horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque or 380-horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque to a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. The F-Type Coupe S detunes the supercharged V8 to 495-horsepower and 46- lb.-ft. of torque and the F-Type Coupe R pulls off the hobbles and lets the ponies run to the tune of 550-horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 equipped car has the capability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1-seconds, with a electronically limited speed limit of 161 mph. The S-model can accomplish the same feat in 4.8-seconds and tops out at 171 mph and the R-model car can do it in 4.0-seconds and is electronically limited to 186 mph.
Whether you opt for the V6 or V8 engine, the exhaust offers an intoxicating note that would be even better served with a manual gearbox. For now, an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission is the only one available but Jag sources have hinted that a stick shift will be made an option some time after launch. The Type-R is outfitted with a stiffer suspension system, an electronically controlled differential with a multi-plate clutch and torque-vectoring system.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe is on sale now with the base model beginning at $65,925 and the sporty R-Type coming in at around $99,925.