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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Sun Sets on the F-Type

July 30, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

"Hey Mark, how're you doing? Is everything going alright? You look healthy!"

"What do you want, Cameron?"

It seemed Mark had caught on to my pattern of dignified groveling. It was a Thursday and he had signed out the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for the night, but was switching into another car for the weekend. I didn't plan on going to the office on Friday and asked him to give up his favorite long-termer to satisfy my schedule.

"No problem at all," he said and tossed me the keys.

I owe him one. It didn't feel right to let the F-Type sit in the garage over the Fourth of July weekend, just days before it was due to be returned to Jaguar. It needed a proper send-off. And although my schedule didn't allow for a road trip, I still had a fantastic time driving the coupe around town and giving friends one last ride-along.

I also had plenty of time to reflect upon my experiences with the car.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: My Neighbor Got One

July 27, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Before I ever saw it, I knew that someone in my neighborhood bought a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. From inside my apartment, I could hear the Jag's tuned exhaust and I knew exactly what was driving up and down the street each night. Vrooooooooom. Crackle-crackle-crackle. POP. POP. POP.

"Yup. That's an F-Type. And they've got the active exhaust turned on. Nice."

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for June — Needle Doesn't Move on Supercharged V8

July 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We got our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe eleven months ago, with nearly 4,000 miles on the clock already. Since then, we've driven it about 19,000 additional miles and used 1158.6 gallons of fuel. That works out to 15.4 miles per gallon, which is 2.6 mpg less than the combined EPA estimate of 18 mpg and 0.6 mpg lower than the EPA city estimate of 16 mpg.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Perfect Car for a Tour of Los Angeles

July 7, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Over a recent weekend, I had a house-guest who wanted to tour Los Angeles and see all the sights. Two days isn't much when it comes to a city so large, so it's a tall order to be comfortable and entertaining through it all, but our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe was the perfect vehicle for the job.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Made for Sin City Desert Runs

July 2, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'd been itching to go to Las Vegas for a while now, especially now that the weather is heating up. Matter of fact, going to Vegas in the summer is one of my favorite things to do. You can always fly to Vegas, but when the  2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe  is available for the weekend, the choice to drive becomes a whole lot easier.

I live in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, about 15 miles west of Universal Studios.  When I head over to the city of lost wages, I nearly always drive. In fact, I've flown to Vegas only twice in the past two decades, even though I visit Sin City at least twice a year. To me, driving is more convenient and only takes a bit longer than hopping on a plane. 

A quick check of Google Maps says the trip from home to hotel is about 280 miles. Estimated drive time is about four and half hours. I'll add 15 minutes for a gas/ bathroom break for a grand total of four hours and forty five minutes.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Top 5 Things It Needs

June 30, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I've spent a lot of time in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe over the last year and I've loved almost every minute of it. To my mind though, our particular car is missing a few things. If I were buying my own F-Type, I'd choose some additional options and make some theoretical changes to the platform, too.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Interior Already Shows Signs of Wear

June 24, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I hate the driver's seat in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It looks great, but a bleacher seat at Fenway is softer and ultimately more comfortable.

But this isn't about the seat's function; it's about its durability. In the last 11 months, we've driven our orange beast almost 22,000 miles, which is probably about two years of use for the typical owner. And the interior is showing signs of wear.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Trunk Lid Is Falling Apart

June 19, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

About two months ago, we took our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe to the dealer for scheduled maintenance. One of the service campaigns that the dealer addressed during that visit was "delaminating load spaces." It would appear the job needs to be done again.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Are Bladders Better?

June 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

If and when the F-Type receives a mid-cycle refresh, I hope the seats get a lot of attention. Yes, it's been well-documented how our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe seats leave much to be desired, but here are a few less disheartening examples.

For example, the F-Type's lumbar and side bolster supports are pneumatic, not mechanical. That means when you add a little support, a tiny compressor inflates some air bladders embedded in the seats. The problem with the F-Type's system is mainly with the vertical lumbar adjustment.

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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for May - Many Miles, Many MPG Lulz

June 12, 2015

 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

May was a big month for our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Thanks to road trips by Mike Schmidt, Mike Magrath and Cameron Rogers, we added another 2,584 miles. In the process, our overall average nudged just a bit higher and Schmidt obliterated the previous range on a single tank.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Winding Down Our Time at 20,000 Miles

June 11, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe arrived at our doorstep with 3,755 miles. So we haven't technically had the car for a full 20,000 miles yet. Nevertheless, we're in the habit of recapping long-term car progress at 5,000-mile odometer intervals. That also happens to be how many miles we added to the Jag since its last milestone in February.

Trips to Arizona, Las Vegas and around town helped put us on target to reach our 20,000-mile target by the time the car leaves in July.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Offers Decent "Beach Activity Compliance"

June 9, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In a recent Southern California poll, the fourth most-popular vehicle among both male and female surfers — behind three generations of Volkswagen Beetle — was the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

OK, that's not even remotely true. But we can guarantee that at least one person has attempted to take 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe out surfing in the past 24 hours. And he's probably not a complete tool, either.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: How I'd Build It

June 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I had a lot of fun configuring a Porsche Macan the way I'd have it and loved seeing how you guys would (and in some cases have) configured yours. So let's do it again, this time with our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

A quick refresher: Starting at $99,925, the 2015 R Coupe comes loaded. Twenties. Five hundred fifty-horsepower V8. Leather. Automatic. From there, we made a couple of personalizations like orange paint, dark wheels and blacked-out details. Ours wears a sticker price of $103,425.

It's cool, but it's not how I'd do it.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A Special Kind of Fast

June 3, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Given the spate of recent road-trip posts about our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, with plenty more in the archives, I'm disinclined to give you the blow-by-blow of my trek to Temecula Valley wine country.

So I'll just observe that this car is recalibratingly fast.

And now I'll explain why I had to make up a word to describe it.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 500 Miles for Lunch

May 28, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Last year I took a road trip to Las Vegas in our departed 2014 Kia Cadenza. In search of a new favorite restaurant after our old one, Max Brenner, closed, my friends and I discovered Holstein's Shakes and Buns at the Cosmopolitan. I ordered the Gold Standard burger. It's one of the best I've ever had and I've been thinking about it ever since.

As time dulled my memory, I asked myself whether the burger was really that good or if I'd let my enthusiasm carry me away. There was only one way to know. I would have to go back for round two before I recommended it to everyone I knew. I cleared my schedule, grabbed the keys to the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and prepared to go to Vegas for lunch.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 500 Miles of Rain and Rear-Drive Reflections

May 21, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I don't usually call anything shy of 1,000 miles a road trip, but after covering half that distance in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I'm going for it. When I signed out the Jag for this trip, I was torn. On one hand, I would have to suffer its invasive seat-seams for hours.

On the other hand, it was going to rain and I like RWD + rain.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Arizona Road Trip in Pictures

May 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Take the jump for a photographic recap of my recent 500-mile road trip to Arizona and back in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Paddle Paint Peeling (Again)

May 15, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A few weeks ago, we had our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in for regularly scheduled service. While there, we had them replace the painted-plastic shift paddles because the paint had begun peeling from one of them.

Now it's already happening on the new ones.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Arizona and Back in a Day

May 14, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I recently started taking long-term cars on one-day road trips for no particular reason. One morning it was our 2014 Mini Cooper for 600 round-trip miles to Bishop, California, then the Mini again to Laughlin, Nev., for another 600 miles.

This time my destination was the Arizona border, 500 miles away. I chose our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for April — Nearly 300 Miles on Single Tank

May 12, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We skipped our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe fuel economy update last month, so we'll make up for lost time here. We've put approximately 2,250 miles on the Jag in the last two months and during that time it went in for routine maintenance and tire repair.

Our lifetime MPG, and best and worst fills remain the same, but we did manage to slightly increase our best range.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Spoiler Spoils Classic Lines

May 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

To me, the active spoiler on our long term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is the car's least-aesthetically pleasing feature. On an otherwise smooth and exquisitely-designed rear end, the spoiler looks out of place. Even when the spoiler is tucked away, the rear character lines are abruptly interrupted by the spoiler's presence.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Sticky When Wet

May 5, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

For the first time in a long time it rained in Southern California last week. And lucky me, I was in our long-term, 550-horsepower, rear-wheel drive, summer tire-equipped 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

It's seldom that we get to test cars in conditions other than "sunny and warm" here in SoCal, so I was curious to see what the F-Type was like in the wet. And just how sideways I could get it.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Trouble Finding the Smart Key

May 1, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I've driven our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for an extended stretch over the last few weeks — about eight days combined — and at least four times, the car has refused to start on the first attempt. Nothing was mechanically wrong, but according to this little screen on the dash, the Smart Key was in a place where the Jaguar couldn't sense its presence. I like to call that place my front pocket.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Nailed It

April 29, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

There is no better way to wind down a long day at the office than jumping into the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and roaring through downtown Los Angeles when traffic has cleared. After a late night photo shoot, I grabbed they keys, fired it up and...there was the low tire-pressure warning. The instrument panel displayed 22 psi in the right rear tire. The recommended tire pressure sticker in the doorjamb stated 36 psi.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Design Links to the XK120

April 28, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When Edmunds first got a hold of our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in July 2014, I told everyone. I was anxious to drive the car and excited to talk about it. If you had five minutes to spare, I was going to tell you about my new favorite car in our fleet. That same week, I spoke to my father and our conversation, as it almost always does, led to cars. He wondered what I was driving and what was new at the office, so of course I brought up the F-Type.

Then, in true Dad-style, he regaled me with tales of a car from his past. In this case, it was his Jaguar XK120. To follow up, he sent me a few photos of the XK120 and his thoughts about the design language of the two cars.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: It's Not Too Bright

April 22, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

LED map/reading lights sound like a great idea. They're bright, energy efficient and generally emit a pleasant color temperature. But LEDs bulbs are also pretty directional, focusing their beam of light in a fairly narrow spread. That's actually pretty handy when, you know, you're reading a Thomas Guide. But since most people abandoned that skill last millennium, LED overheads seem a bit more of a fashion than true utility.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Clears Curbs With Ease

April 10, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

For a low-slung sports car, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has pretty excellent curb clearance. The curb in this photo is 12 inches high, pretty tall by curb standards. But the Jag's door clears it with no problem. With a step-in height of 16.38 inches, the bottom of the Jag's doors are higher off the ground than our long-term 2015 Mustang (14.75), a 2014 Boxster S (14.31), or our long-term 2014 Stingray (13.0).

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Room to Boom

April 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Roy Haynes is a legendary jazz drummer. He's 90 years old and still performs. Haynes has played with the heaviest jazzbos: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Theolonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea. Back in the 50's and 60's, Haynes, like Miles, dressed sharp and liked fast cars. Davis and he would often race each other through New York City in their convertibles.

He's said his first car was a convertible Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight and his garage has included custom Eldorados, a CL500, a Firebird, a Bricklin, and several others I don't recall from my reading on the man. And even if he no longer hammers the throttle (and I can't say he doesn't), I suspect Roy would like our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Clunks, Creaks and Regular Maintenance

April 3, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

After crossing the 16,000-mile mark on our beloved F-Type, it was time for a scheduled visit for what amounted to an oil change and inspection. But we also had a few other issues to address.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Battle of Britain

March 31, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Let's say you have up to $120 grand to spend on a two-seat sport coupe and you want a premium brand and some serious performance. Let's also say for the sake of this argument that you want it to be British. You're pretty much down to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. What do you do?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: What's New for 2016?

March 23, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

If you are in the market for a Jaguar F-Type, the new 2016 models will be arriving in dealerships starting in April, with all-wheel drive and manual transmission options.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A Good Running Buddy

March 19, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When I'm up at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, I get a distinct sadness deep in my bones. I run (shuffle-jog is probably a more accurate term) in a lot of "races" or events such as 5Ks and half-marathons, but no matter how many I do, my body knows it's not designed to be up and moving at that hour.

An early rise is necessary if I want to make the start line on time, though, and this last weekend I was up bright and early to run a local 15K (9.3 miles). To get there, I drove our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The Jag isn't a top choice in our fleet when it comes to a soothing ride and comfort, but it turned out a lot better than I expected.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Tunnel Blasting and Decibel Readings

March 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

It may frighten small children and annoy my neighbors, but for me, our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe produces one of the best exhaust notes of any car currently on sale. And, as I've done with other long-term cars in the past, I decided to test how loud the Jag was inside a tunnel at wide-open throttle.

For science, I swear.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Creaky Seat

March 11, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The seats on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe are a constant talking point around here. They're rock hard, have tons of lateral support and feature a fun seam down the middle.

And now they have a nifty creak!

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 10, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Besides the usual commuting and canyon shenanigans, our long-term F-Type also completed a road trip up to California's central coast.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: First Service Due

March 9, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've had our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe nearly eight months and it's finally due for its first service. The F-Type needed a quart of oil a few weeks ago and a new set of tires before that, but neither of those issues required a visit to the dealer.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Audio Review

March 5, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

One of the benefits of our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is the excellent 12-speaker Meridian sound system. The 770-watt system is a $1,200 option on the base, S and V8 S trims, but it comes standard on this 550-horsepower R Coupe beast, and man does it sound good.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Window Switch Reprogramming

February 25, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Scott recently brought a failing window switch on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe to my attention. The auto-up feature wasn't working properly. Sometimes this means the switch is broken and needs replacing, but most often, it needs reprogramming. Two steps should do it:

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Flat Tire Repair

February 20, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

This morning I fired up the big blown V8 in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and was immediately greeted with a low-tire warning light on the two-seater's instrument cluster.

Not the way you want to start your day.

The car was telling me that the Jag's right rear Pirelli was down to 27 psi, which is low, but not low enough to panic. I exited the car and took a look. Sure enough, a Phillips head screw was stuck in the tread.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: An Experience

February 19, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I didn't go on any hot dates in our long term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. No track time, no power slides, no car shows. What I did get to do was drive this Jaguar the same way I drive my 1998 Tahoe LT two-door. Slowly. I know, that sounds like a bit of a letdown. But before you chastise me for letting this fireball of jaw-dropping aggression go to waste, let me describe my weekend.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 15,000 Miles

February 16, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The odometer on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe clicked 15,000 this morning. Our long-term test began with 3,755 on the car, so technically we've only added 11,245 miles.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Window Switch Issue

February 12, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

As it should considering its $100,000 price tag, our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe comes standard with auto-up and auto-down side windows.

With one touch either of the Jag's side glass opens or closes.

At least that's how it's supposed to work.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cambria Road Trip, Part 2

February 11, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

After a fantastic breakfast at Jeannine's in Montecito, we continued up the 101 North on our road trip to Cambria in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. We took the shortcut across Route 154, which zigs and zags over the Santa Ynez Mountains. Not only is it shorter than staying with the herd on the 101, but as a former east-coaster I find it comforting to see some trees every now and then.

The powerful F-Type took to the elevation gain on this road with absolute ease, passing slower traffic like they were standing still. Seriously, sometimes drivers on these slightly curvy roads seem like they're standing still.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cambria Road Trip, Part 1

February 10, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'd been hankering to take our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe on a road trip for some time, and that opportunity finally arrived. As part of my friend's birthday month (For her it's not a birth day. The celebration lasts an entire month.), I took her for a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara and Cambria.

By the end of the trip I figured I'd have answers to questions like: Would we get tired of the F-Type's harsh ride? Or the stiff seats? Would our luggage fit? And would she ever pick up on the fact that the Jag gets really loud when I press the exhaust button?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Can Be Normal, Too

February 9, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've spent quite a bit of ink telling you how awesome our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe sounds, especially when you press the Loud Exhaust button.

There's no question this 550-horse Jag can make some serious noise, maybe even bordering on obnoxious to some people. Wide-open throttle, honestly, is simply glorious.  

But here's what you might not know: This super-serious R Coupe can act much like a normal car, too.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 6, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Here is the January fuel update for our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. We drove a total of 1,685 miles. The only claim to fame for the Jaguar this month was a nine-county tour of California. The accidental milestone was the result of weekend getaways, a day at the track and ordinary errand running.

For the record, it covered these counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Tulare and Fresno.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Gets Noticed. Always

February 3, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Chalk this up under "Monticello states the obvious." The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe gets noticed. Big time.

Not that I care about that kind of thing. I love cars because I love driving them, not because I like being seen in them. My perfect day would involve me, this 550-horsepower Jag coupe and a twisty two-lane. And I'd never see another soul between my place, said road and back.

Of course that's rather unlikely here in southern California.

But even in car-crazy (and let's face it, slightly car-snobby) SoCal, the F-Type R attracts attention, as I found out this past weekend. Even my rather unobservant self couldn't help but notice the extra looks and smiles this car gets.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden Bottle Holder

January 30, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The bottle holder you're looking at in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe isn't purposely hidden in the strictest sense. But I admit I had never noticed it until today.

That's partially because, as with most sports cars, the F-Type's door pockets are pretty narrow, and aren't overly deep, either. So I just never thought to try putting a spare water bottle over there because I figured it wouldn't fit.

As usual, I was wrong.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 550 Reasons To Go Drive

January 16, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Any car will get you from point A to point B. And some cars can make that point-A-to-point-B drive enjoyable. But only a few are as memorable as the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Own an F-Type, and I guarantee you'll continually make excuses just to go drive it.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden CD Player

January 15, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has some unusual features: deployable air vents, insane power, nuclear orange paint, to name a few.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Night Out With the Jag

January 14, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is well equipped to provide a sense of occasion. It's got the looks, the power, the sounds and the quality to impress. All came into play recently when my wife and I had a date night out to go to a friend's holiday party.

We're leaving the crossover SUV at home, babe. We're taking the Jag.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: An Easy Car To Photograph

January 12, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A few days ago on a long drive in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I found myself wandering off California super slab highway in search of some more scenic locations to take some pictures. With empty roads, storm clouds overhead and our orange F-Type, it was quite easy get some cool-looking shots.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for December

January 9, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've finished our sixth month in our year-long test of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and I've run the numbers to get December's fuel economy details. The Jag can be pretty fuel efficient on long highway drives. It can also swill down premium fuel at a rate that will make an oil company executive giddy.

Care to guess how we drove it this month?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Reminds Me of a Corvette

January 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A few days ago, I was showing an interested friend of mine the long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type. He had never seen one before. I was running through the various specs of the car and it occurred to me that I could also give him a frame of reference.

Thinking about it, I said, "You know, it's kind of like Jaguar's Corvette."

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Checking the Oil

January 5, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Santa Claus has given me what I wanted for the holidays: our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. (Or, more accurately, our vehicle manager Mike Schmidt said it would be okay to take the F-Type for Edmunds' holiday break. Still, lucky me!) But I figured it'd be a good idea to check the car's oil since I'd be away from the office for a while.

I'm glad I did.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Adjustable Seatback Bolsters

December 31, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'm narrow. Narrow people are accustomed to sliding around in too-wide seats. But our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has a cure for that problem: Adjustable seatback bolsters.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Wet Weather Manners

December 24, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The headline "Wet Weather Manners" is a misnomer when it comes to how the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe behaves in the rain. Let me clarify: This isn't an unsafe car. Modern stability control ensures that. But it's also not a tremendously confident or comfortable car in the rain.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Deployable Wing, Vents, Handles

December 22, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

You'll not need to spend much time around a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe before you notice its many deployable bits. Specifically, there are door handles, dashboard vents and, of course, the rear spoiler. Something is always moving in or out, up or down on the F-Type.

Cool or gimmicky?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Limited-Slip Differential Fail

December 19, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

This photo is a little misleading. And it's not because Mark Takahashi can't do a powerslide. Oh no, rest assured, he can. Or at least he'll tell you as much. But for the purposes of this post, it's the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe we're concerned with.

So a few week ago I found myself hammering up a local twisty road filled with off-camber corners and elevation change. One particular bend combined both features in a way that conspired to utterly confuse the Jag. You see, this car utilizes the latest in electronically controlled torque-vectoring differential technology. Or, rather, it's supposed to. No corner should throw the Jag's high-tech power metering device into a tailspin, but that's exactly what happened.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: I'd Have the Convertible

December 15, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

On its face, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe should be a car I covet. It makes a crazy noise, has a beefy V8, lacks practicality and has more power than control.

But it could be louder. It could lack even more practicality. It could have even less control. And it does all of these things in the form of the convertible Jaguar F-Type V8 S and this is the one I'd own.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Would You Want All-Wheel Drive?

December 4, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

At last week's 2014 L.A. Auto Show, Jaguar took the wraps off the 2016 F-Type lineup. Headlining the changes was the addition of a new all-wheel-drive system. In the case of the F-Type R, all-wheel drive becomes the standard drivetrain, but rear-wheel drive is still an option.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 3, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

After another 1,000 miles or so, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is still not much of a fuel miser. No surprise as it just begs to be driven hard and most drivers are all too happy to oblige.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 2016 Brings Manual Gearbox

December 2, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

One of the few gripes some enthusiasts have had about Jag's sexy sports car, including our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, is the unavailability of a three-pedal gearbox. Yes, many of us traditionalists prefer the added engagement and satisfaction that properly working a clutch pedal and shift lever bring to the driving experience. For the 2016 F-Type, there's some very good and somewhat bad news on this front.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Flimsy Fuel Filler Neck Surround

December 1, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Every time I go to put fuel in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe I'm bothered by the flimsy piece of material used to house the fuel filler neck. I've talked about this problem in our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat and why I think it's disappointing, but in a luxury car like the Jag it's completely unacceptable.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Amongst Friends

November 27, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

See all those people gathered in a parking lot on a Saturday night? They're my people: automotive purists of varying shapes and sizes and with even more varied influences and styles. They shine up their cars and head to the nearest parking lot to talk shop over a bowl of popcorn chicken and some boba. Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe isn't modified, not even a bit, but I cleaned it up and drove out to the event anyway.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Broken Clothes Hanger Hook

November 26, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I discovered that the clothes hanger hook on our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is broken. Looks like the fasteners which locate it to the bulkhead behind the driver's seat aren't adequate.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Krispy Cat

November 25, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Because saturated fat.

And because Firesand Metallic, the paint color of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, blends with Krispy Kreme Green trim like chocolate iced and custard. Making a doughnut run in the F-Type is gluttony and excess. It only feels right to order a dozen.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Underfloor Storage

November 24, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The cargo area on our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe includes this hidden underfloor storage. It's not huge, but it's big enough for a small duffle bag or a pair of shoes. Maybe two pairs if you're small of feet.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe vs. F-Type S

November 21, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I've waxed poetic several times about how good looking our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is, but you don't have to pay for the range-topping F-Type R to get those looks. The F-Type comes in several different configurations including the mid-range F-Type S (seen here in British Racing Green). The R has a supercharged, 550-horsepower V8 while the S has to make due with just 380 horsepower from a supercharged V6. So what does the V8 R provide that the F-Type S doesn't, and what's the cost?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cruise Control

November 20, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The cruise control in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is always ready for use. Press the "Set" button and cruise control is engaged. Seems reasonable, right? Tell the car to do something and it does it. This a refreshingly unique setup though, and it's not as common as you'd think.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Trunk Shows Nice Attention to Detail

November 19, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Trunks are usually an afterthought when it comes to trim, especially in sports cars. Not so in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Surfboard Fits

November 17, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Longboarders will have to look elsewhere, but that's a five-foot-six-inch Roberts El Tormentor, with matching orange fins stowed in the back of our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 6, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe covered a solid 1,325 miles for the month of October. A few lead-footed Edmunds editors caused the F-Type's lifetime fuel economy to drop by nearly 9 percent. Can't say I blame them though. This car begs you to drive it hard and that doesn't do its fuel economy any favors.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 10,000 Miles

November 5, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The odometer on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe turned past 10,000 miles on my watch just as the new tires were being broken in. Although the Jag had 3,700 miles on it when we got it, that still means we put 6,300 miles on our little orange sports car in just 3.5 months.

It is easily the most coveted car in our fleet, especially by Mark Takahashi and Travis Langness, who constantly need to be reminded that the F-Type isn't theirs. So what have we done with the car over the last few months?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cargo Cover Askew

October 31, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

What you see above is the cargo hold in our beloved 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. See something wrong? It seems as though the cargo cover has broken free from its mooring. Normally, this just means reconnecting it to its snap-in post, but not anymore.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Track Day Videos

October 30, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

If you've been following the exploits of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, you're probably already aware that I recently attended a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in this 550-horsepower beast. If this is the first you're hearing about it, catch up here. I had an amazing time in the Jag (despite some issues with the tires) and during my first two sessions, I hooked up a few GoPro cameras to bring you along on the action.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Golf Clubs Do Fit!

October 29, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

A friend asked me if I'd like to go golfing on Saturday and I quickly agreed. Then I remembered I was driving our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Coventry, we have a problem. I had already determined that my clubs don't fit when within their travel bag, and although at the time I said they wouldn't fit without it, I never actually tested that assertion.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden Vents Part 2

October 28, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've previously mentioned the air vents that rise up in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It's a neat feature that adds some personality and helps this Jag further stand apart from the pack. However, I assumed that the vents rise whenever the HVAC system is turned on. Not so. If the system determines that air doesn't need to be flowing from up above to maintain or achieve the desired temperature (say when foot-level heat is preferable), the vents stay down.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Shifter or Missile Launcher?

October 27, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe's cabin is filled with cool little details that you won't find in a Porsche 911: toggle switches, the rising air vents and the so-cool shifter. The latter fits in your hand like a joystick, complete with a trigger for activating the electronic gear selection that always feels to me like it should control missiles or machine guns hidden behind the grille or headlights. Left lane hogs beware.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: San Diego Road Trip

October 24, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

This road trip had been more or less in the works for over a year. Jag to San Diego. The model of Jaguar wasn't important, but the destination was. As a child, my family would go to a resort now called Paradise Point for Easter. It was my grandfather's favorite place to go with his children and grandchildren. And while he never put much of an importance on cars, he always had a soft spot in his heart for Jaguars.

After he passed away, I planned to take a trip to his favorite spot in his favorite car. With a long weekend coming up and new meats on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I requested the car and booked a room. San Diego, here we come.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hard Seats

October 22, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'm going to have to agree with Executive Editor Ed Hellwig with his post back in July, the seats in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe aren't as comfortable as they should be.  

The stuffing, in the seatback in particular, is quite hard and after a couple of hours in the car you definitely notice that, well, you're noticing the seats. On the other hand, the lateral support is excellent, the bolstering holds you in place through corners nicely.

So would the hard seats be a deal-breaker?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Large Gear Indicator

October 21, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Now that, right there in the center of the instrument panel of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, is what you call a real gear indicator. It's surprising how many cars with automatic transmissions have tiny little gear readouts.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: New Tires

October 20, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

All good things come to an end. So is the case with the stock Pirelli P Zero tires on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The first question we asked ourselves was, do we stick with the OE Pirellis or do we try another brand of tire on the F-Type? We wanted to try something new, but it wasn't that easy.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Makes Every Drive an Adventure

October 17, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

It was a great plan. At least I thought it was. Take my girlfriend in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe over the Ortega Highway to the Lookout Roadhouse for a Sunday morning breakfast.

And drive. The Ortega is a dang good canyon road, even though its abundance of high-speed sweepers makes it better on a sportbike than a car.      

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Track Day Wrap Up and September Fuel Economy Update

October 14, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When I signed up for my first track day at Buttonwillow Raceway I was excited but nervous. I was given the go-ahead to take our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, but I wasn't sure what to expect. In a slower, less-powerful (and less-expensive) car, I would've been more evenly matched to the drivers in my novice group. Maybe I could've learned more that way. The worn tires were an issue and I was completely unfamiliar with the track. So was I able to have any fun or was it just a worry-fest?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Buttonwillow Track Day

October 10, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Getting up before sunrise is never easy, but when you have the keys to a bright orange sports car and a track day ahead of you, it really softens the blow. After a massive continental breakfast (Mmmmm muffins) I arrived at Buttonwillow Raceway in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for an early drivers meeting.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Track Day Prep

October 9, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When I put my ambitious-pants on and asked editor in chief Scott Oldham if I could use a long-term car for a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway, I had a short list of candidates in mind.

Our MX-5 Miata is no stranger to the track, so it was an option, but it was in the shop, so no dice. Our C7 Corvette was about to depart our fleet and it wasn't available either. Our CL65 AMG even crossed my mind but that sounded more like a Viking funeral than a track day. The only viable option left (and the one I really wanted in the first place) was our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, but with my limited track-day experiences, racing a $103,425 Jag was asking a lot.

Luck, it seemed, was on my side. Scott gave me the green light. "You can take the Jag, but be extra careful," he said. Cue the workshop music.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Seriously Small Sun Visors

October 3, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Other than the engine and the wheels, everything about our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is small. It's not very long on the outside, the cabin is tight for two and the cargo space in back fills up quickly.

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