2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A Special Kind of Fast
June 3, 2015
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.
A lot of modern performance cars are what I would call blandly fast. Twin-turbo V8? Ho hum. Zero to 60 in less than 4 seconds? Moderately diverting. There tends to be an ultra-refined, almost clinical quality to the experience that frankly makes it less thrilling than it should be. Cars are faster than ever these days, but are they more exciting? Not necessarily.
As such, I can generally hop back into an ordinary car without feeling like my whole sense of speed has been redefined.
But when I got out of the F-Type R, I needed a full night's sleep before other cars stopped feeling broken.
With its low driving position, stiff ride, hair-trigger throttle response and downright antisocial exhaust situation, the Jag pulls off an exceedingly rare trick for a 550-horsepower sports car — it actually feels faster than it is. By the numbers, you could do better, but this car is far more engaging than, say, a Nissan GT-R. I honestly can't think of another car in which flooring the accelerator brought me this much happiness. It's the perfect marriage of contemporary speed science and old-school sensory overload.
I'm not sure I'd want to drive one of these every day, though I will say that its exterior dimensions suit me much better than the Mustang's (the Jag is a foot shorter). But I'm pretty sure my definition of "fast" would be warped forever if I did.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 21,157 miles