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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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