2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cambria Road Trip, Part 1
February 10, 2015
I'd been hankering to take our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe on a road trip for some time, and that opportunity finally arrived. As part of my friend's birthday month (For her it's not a birth day. The celebration lasts an entire month.), I took her for a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara and Cambria.
By the end of the trip I figured I'd have answers to questions like: Would we get tired of the F-Type's harsh ride? Or the stiff seats? Would our luggage fit? And would she ever pick up on the fact that the Jag gets really loud when I press the exhaust button?
One of my first questions was answered as soon as I picked her up: Our luggage fit. Just barely.
We hit some traffic as you'd expect on a Friday afternoon, but it wasn't too bad, and before we knew it we were in Santa Barbara for the evening. The 145 miles were nothing for the Jag, and negotiating around slower traffic required little more than a slight dip into the gas pedal. Yep, 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque have their benefits. Zero complaints from my passenger, too. She didn't even seem to have a huge problem with the music coming from my iPod.
We stayed at the Montecito Inn the first night. I don't know why, but that name has a nice ring to it. Apparently this hotel was built by a group of investors led by Charlie Chaplin back in 1928. One of the cooler features of this Mediterranean-style building is the original Otis elevator with its sliding gate/door setup.
When I dropped the F-Type off with the valet, he asked if it was okay if he left it up front because, "I really like your car," he said.
That's what this Jag does to people.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 14,335 miles