How I'd Build It - 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Long-Term Road Test

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: How I'd Build It

June 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I had a lot of fun configuring a Porsche Macan the way I'd have it and loved seeing how you guys would (and in some cases have) configured yours. So let's do it again, this time with our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

A quick refresher: Starting at $99,925, the 2015 R Coupe comes loaded. Twenties. Five hundred fifty-horsepower V8. Leather. Automatic. From there, we made a couple of personalizations like orange paint, dark wheels and blacked-out details. Ours wears a sticker price of $103,425.

It's cool, but it's not how I'd do it.

This is.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The Jag is neat, but I don't totally get the styling, its seat is far too invasive, and it's too loud. I'm glad that someone makes a car like this. They just didn't make it for me.  

I briefly considered the big boy, but the 911 is too comfortable and has too many seats. You can for sure get a Carrera S with minimal options (standard paint and wheels, PASM, aggressive seats) for $103,000. That's a darned good car, one of the best. It's one of those cars that makes you feel like you've spent money wisely and it just so happens to be wicked quick.

On a canyon road, my money's on the Carrera S over the Jag F-Type R Coupe every time. The only trouble with the 911 is that it's sensible. It's why I love it and question the sanity of Mark, who loves the Jag.

So if I were in the market for a go-fast sports car with theater, drama, presence and curb appeal, I'd get the Porsche Cayman GT4.

Yeah, it "only" has 385 horsepower, but it also only weighs 2,955 lbs. We haven't had a GT4 in for testing (yet), but we recently tested a Cayman S manual (325 horsepower) that did 0-60 in 4.6 seconds (4.4 w/rollout) and cleared the quarter in 12.8 @ 108.8 mph. That's slower than the Jag's 3.8 to sixty (3.6 w/rollout) and 11.8-second, 121.3-mph quarter-mile run. I'm okay with that. 

Here are the important bits of my GT4: Manual transmission, adaptive sport seats (18-way adjustable), dual-zone climate (yeah, I skipped A/C delete; I'm not that hardcore), heated seats (see that whole "not hardcore" thing), navigation, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, Sapphire Blue Metallic paint.

Total cost: $95,735.

See more here and share how you'd blow $103k in the comments.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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