2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Can Be Normal, Too
February 9, 2015
We've spent quite a bit of ink telling you how awesome our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe sounds, especially when you press the Loud Exhaust button.
There's no question this 550-horse Jag can make some serious noise, maybe even bordering on obnoxious to some people. Wide-open throttle, honestly, is simply glorious.
But here's what you might not know: This super-serious R Coupe can act much like a normal car, too.
First off, don't press that exhaust button. Next, leave the console shift lever in Drive, as opposed to Sport or Manual, and keep the revs below 4,000 rpm (there's still good sauce down in that range) and you'll find the F-Type drives like a fairly normal V8 sport coupe. Below 4 grand the exhaust is much subdued.
Let the tach needle sweep over 4,000 rpm at full throttle, though, and it doesn't matter what you have going on with the exhaust button, it's going to cause quite a commotion.
I guess what I'm saying is, it's cool the Jag doesn't have to be full-obnoxious full-time. Sure, you can make it emit fantastic sounds, even at ridiculously low speeds. But you don't have to. That's the point.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 14,085 miles