2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 500 Miles for Lunch
May 28, 2015
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.
The F-Type isn't the first car requested for a long trip due to its sport suspension and hard seats. As a result, the car was 4,300 miles behind our 20,000-mile target at the outset of my trip and 500 round-trip miles would inch us closer to the goal. A friend and I left Los Angeles on a Thursday morning at around 7 a.m.
Traffic was nonexistent, save for a small spot of congestion near Ontario International Airport. A breakfast limited to coffee necessitated a restroom break in Barstow and then it was back into the empty Mojave. We arrived at Holstein's just after the restaurant opened at 11 a.m.
We enjoyed complimentary cayenne-dusted popcorn and salivated when we saw our twin Gold Standard burgers leave the kitchen. The combination of dry-aged beef, bacon, aged goat cheddar, tomato confit, arugula and garlic-chive aioli was almost too much for our flavor-deprived taste buds.
"This was definitely worth the drive," my friend mumbled as he ravaged cow and pig. I agreed. The fries were a little soggy, but I've had few better burgers. It's a lunch worth driving from LA to Vegas.
We snapped a few photos on top of the Luxor parking garage, fueled up and left. The return trip also took four hours and was uneventful, with one exception. Construction on Interstate 15 highlighted the Jag's trouble navigating longitudinal cracks and joints in the road. I noticed this on a previous trip to San Diego, where freeway construction had exaggerated the steering wheel pull.
We've noticed this behavior from Pirelli PZero tires before. The tire tread just likes to follow grooves. I wonder how the optional Michelin Pilot Super Sports might have performed under the same conditions. Too bad they weren't available when we replaced the Jag's tires last October.
I managed a respectable 23.3 mpg from Fontana to Vegas and 22.7 mpg on the reverse trip, making for overall fuel economy of 23 mpg. Not bad considering the presence of a second passenger, blasting A/C and several thousand feet of elevation change.
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,000 miles