2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Amongst Friends
November 27, 2014
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.
Before I showed up, I worried the unmodified Jag would be a bit out of place. Sorta like a guy wearing a three-piece suit at a punk-rock show, but even amongst all the big spoilers and deep-dish wheels, the F-Type was welcome. The bright orange paint, the garbling exhaust, the F-Type's 550-horsepower V8 and its relatively elite status were enough to make it a star. Even amongst some of the harshest of critics, it commanded quite a bit of respect.
As I took this photo, a Liberty Walk BMW M4 was pulling in to the parking lot and it stole most of the Jaguar's thunder. But when I first arrived, all eyes were on the slinky Firesand Metallic Jag. Before I could even open the door to step out of the car, people were taking photos, asking questions and pointing out small details on the Jaguar.
"Did you really drive all the way from New Jersey just for this meet?"
"Oh no, those are press plates. It's a year-long loaner from Jaguar."
"Nice. How much horsepower? It's the V8 right?"
"Yeah, the supercharged V8. Five-fifty."
"Damn, how awesome is it?"
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 11,650 miles