2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Blind -Spot Monitoring
July 23, 2014
Thanks to its tiny rear window, the blind spots in the truly magnificent 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe are considerable. As in huge. As in I'm shocked that you have to buy the optional "Vision Pack" ($2,100 MSRP) to get blind-spot monitoring with reverse traffic detection.
The Vision Pack, which sounds like something you'd take on a spiritual quest, also includes adaptive front lighting, cornering lamps, intelligent high beams, front parking sensors and a rear backup camera. You will want these technologies if you expect to change lanes, parallel park or back out of a parking space.
I know that some drivers consider blind-spot monitors a wussy feature: Real men (and women) turn their heads. By all means, look over your shoulder, but head-turning will not help you in the Jaguar F-Type. Blinking lights on the mirrors will.
If you are fortunate enough to be buying or leasing this car and can only afford one of the optional equipment packages, skip the Extended Leather Pack ($2,200 MSRP) and get the Vision Pack. Leather is luxurious; safety is priceless.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 4,772 miles