2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A Good Running Buddy
March 19, 2015
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.
For starters, the Jag was a 550-horsepower stimulant that was better than any cup of coffee. I was certainly awake the moment it gurgled to life, but the burst of power I gave it on an empty freeway on-ramp got me wide-eyed and bushy tailed much quicker than even 24 ounces of caffeine would have any day. And the Jag doesn't stain my teeth. Basically, it's a rapid adrenaline delivery service for $100K.
On the way home my body yelled at me for putting it through the paces, so I avoided the urge to switch the F-Type in to Sport mode. It was a smooth, pleasant ride. This is a great sports car, but it's a good daily commuter, too. It's a bit bouncier on the street than your average midsize sedan, but it still balances comfort and performance extremely well.
All that, plus the way the Firesand orange paint blends with a Southern California beach sunrise, makes the F-Type R Coupe a pretty excellent running buddy.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor