2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Gets Noticed. Always
February 3, 2015
Chalk this up under "Monticello states the obvious." The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe gets noticed. Big time.
Not that I care about that kind of thing. I love cars because I love driving them, not because I like being seen in them. My perfect day would involve me, this 550-horsepower Jag coupe and a twisty two-lane. And I'd never see another soul between my place, said road and back.
Of course that's rather unlikely here in southern California.
But even in car-crazy (and let's face it, slightly car-snobby) SoCal, the F-Type R attracts attention, as I found out this past weekend. Even my rather unobservant self couldn't help but notice the extra looks and smiles this car gets.
First there was the valet at a hotel in Santa Monica where I was meeting some friends. He asked me if I wanted him to keep the car out front. I'm not an expert on leaving cars with valets, but I'm gonna guess that's a question they reserve for people with fancy cars.
Then there were the two young ladies walking down the road in Lake Forest as I drove by, one of whom nearly screamed at me, "I love your car!" With my rapidly advancing years, young people aren't usually paying attention to anything I do these days. It's funny how cars can affect people. I politely waved and continued on my way.
Last, I somehow ended up on the same stretch of Interstate 405 Sunday morning as a black Ferrari 575M Maranello. I love the look of those cars (I've never driven one. That's something I need to rectify), but it sure didn't seem like anyone else was noticing it. And it's a freakin' Ferrari! Yet people were craning their necks for a second look at the bright orange Jag nearby.
Maybe it's partially color-related, but the car-fanaticism the F-Type elicits is exactly what happens when you build one of the coolest looking cars ever created.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 13,917 miles