2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is breathtaking. Designed by Ian Callum, many are considering this his best work yet – and that’s saying something. Callum designed the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, a beauty that was featured in the James Bond film Die Another Day. If they’re considering this car to be more gorgeous than something that James Bond drove, I had to see it to believe it.
The F-Type has integrated lines throughout the body that remind you of the Aston Martins Callum has designed in the past. The front of the car reminds you of the newer Jaguar models, but the grill has been inherited from the Aston Martin. Going backwards, the top of the car slowly descends to the tail, offering a full-window rear hatch. Everything about this car reminds me of an Aston Martin – but somehow, it’s put together in a better fashion. It’s more compact yet still has enough attitude to rule the road.
I jumped inside and immediately heard the v8 erupt. This is by far the best feature of the car – that sound signature. This supercharged 5.0L V8 is loud and mean; you might want to leave your kids at home, they’ll be scared of the roar. In dynamic mode, the sound changes over to a manic scream – pushing away the purring growl from before. The exhaust pops as if there is a firecracker under the car.
The interior is not as beautiful as the exterior but its still quite impressive. The combination of “sportiness” and luxury within the cabin is a great fit for the car. The soft leather, which features R highlights, is comfortable for long-distance cruising. The seats, however, also offer the support necessary for high-speed cornering.
As for performance, this car is faster than ever before. Going zero-to-60 in under four seconds makes it the fastest V8 that Jaguar offers. And the torque that the F-Type offers is simply phenomenal – launching this car forward and launching you into the rear of your seat. The tires are 255mm wide in the front, with some fat 295mm tires in the back. These tires are identical to those of Jaguar’s V8 S Roadster.
The handling is phenomenal as well, with the steering having a great deal of precision to it. The chassis and weight distribution helps this car stick to the road, handling corners at a great speed without slipping out into the other lane. The Pirelli PZero rubber and the Adaptive Dynamics system control the vertical body movements as well as the roll and pitch rates. On top of that, the damper rates adjust 500 times a second, offering you the optimal stability. The electronic active differential also helps to vary torque transfer to each wheel, helping to maximize traction even further.
But ultimately, you’re going to have to use the brakes at some point – and with 15-inch front and 14.8-inch rear discs, this car can stop on a dime. I’m in love with this car, and I’m sure many others will be as well.