2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe First Look
It’s Showtime for the 550-HP Baby Jag
Among the many rumors surrounding the 2015 Jaguar F-Type coupe prior to its debut was that it would be more expensive than the convertible and that the 550-hp supercharged V-8 from the XKR S would be available under the hood. We’re happy to report the former is false, while the latter is very true.
Auto Show Event Update: Jaguar unveiled the new 2015 F-Type Coupe prior to its public debut at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. The event was held in a large movie studio in West Los Angeles, providing plenty of space for the coupe's dramatic Hollywood-style entrance. With about two football fields worth of tarmac at its disposal, an F-Type R coupe drove toward the crowd at wide open throttle, proving that its supercharged 550-hp V-8 sounds just as good as its top-down sibling. As for the styling, the coupe looks just as athletic, if not more so than the convertible. The coupe's wide, creased haunches are perhaps its best feature, while the roofline slopes nicely to the edge of the rear trunk deck. Overall, the new coupe is looks just as stunning as the C-X16 concept Jaguar showed off a few years ago. -- Erick Ayapana
That’s right. Following the F-Type coupe’s worldwide debut at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, it will arrive in dealerships with a base price of $65,895, which is $4000 cheaper than the top-down equivalent powered by the 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. The F-Type S Coupe with the higher-output 380-hp blown-six will carry a starting price of at $77,895. The big news, however, is the F-Type R Coupe. At $99,895, the R Coupe gets a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 rated at 550-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic, though the R Coupe gets its own special calibration.
Jaguar says the R Coupe will run from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, which is very conservative when you consider the lesser powered F-Type V8 S convertible (488-hp) accelerated to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds. We’ll also assume the R Coupe is lighter than the convertible, which tipped the scale at 3965 pounds. The supercharged six-cylinders are also far from slouches, with estimated 0-60 mph times of 5.1 and 4.8 seconds, respectively.
Jaguar is introducing a few new performance goodies with the R Coupe. First is a next-generation Electronic Active Differential that features an improved and more responsive controller. The coupe will also come with a torque vectoring system that relies on the ABS to applying light braking force to the inside wheel during cornering. Speaking of brakes, all F-Type coupe models are available with Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes, which Jaguar says zaps away a total of 46 pounds of unsprung-weight (20-inch forged rims are also included in the brake package). The 2015 F-Type R Coupe will also get unique tuning for its Adaptive Dynamics system and springs rates, which are higher than the V8 S convertible.
Like the F-Type V8 S Convertible, the R Coupe will be fitted with an Active Sports Exhaust system, which can go from loud to very loud thanks to electronically controlled bypass valves tweaked with the push of a button. The R Coupe will feature quad exhaust tips, while the V-6 models are distinguishable by their center-mounted dual exhaust tips.
If you were a fan of the C-X16 concept coupe that inspired the 2015 F-Type coupe, then you should be very pleased with the final product. It’s almost impossible to decide if the convertible or coupe is the better looker, though the coupe provides the benefit of added structural rigidity. Like the convertible, the coupe features aluminum construction. An aluminum alloy beam runs from the A-pillar to the D-pillar for added rigidity and allows the absence of a B-pillar. The sloping roofline blends simply to the edge of the rear hatch, which is made from lightweight composite material and also houses the power-retractable spoiler. Another benefit of the coupe is its trunk capacity of 11 cubic feet, which is four more than the convertible. Those wishing for more sunlight can opt for the optional panoramic glass roof.
|2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe|
|LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||3.0L/340-hp/332-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6; 3.0L/380-hp/339-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6; 5.0L/550-hp/502-lb-ft supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8|
|0-60 MPH||3.8-5.0 sec (est)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176 x 75.7 x 51.5 in|
|CURB WEIGHT||3600-3900 lb (est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||N/A|