2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Convertible, Please
September 30, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has no shortage of fans around here, and I'm the latest to join the club. This car looks amazing, goes fast and sounds good when you're doing so, obnoxious exhaust and all.
So you don't need me answering the hard-hitting questions like, "This car's really awesome. How awesome is it?"
But you know what's more awesome than this car? Being able to see out the back.
The F-Type's wide C-pillars look great on the outside, but inside they create two big blind spots at the 5 and 7 o'clock positions. The rear window doesn't help much, either. Take a look at the photo below for an approximation of your field of view. Expect half of that tiny view to be blocked when the active spoiler comes up at highway speeds.
All this makes the rearview camera and blind spot monitoring systems essential items to put on your "must have" list.
If it was my money, I'd go for the F-Type convertible. The convertible solves all the visibility issues — well, at least when the top is down. If you compare V8 models, the convertible starts at about $7,000 less than the F-Type R Coupe. However, you'd have to sacrifice 55 horsepower to do so. I think I can manage with "only" 495 horsepower.
What would you do? Save the money and get the drop top? Or go for the power and styling of the coupe?
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 8,270 miles