2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Limited-Slip Differential Fail
December 19, 2014
This photo is a little misleading. And it's not because Mark Takahashi can't do a powerslide. Oh no, rest assured, he can. Or at least he'll tell you as much. But for the purposes of this post, it's the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe we're concerned with.
So a few week ago I found myself hammering up a local twisty road filled with off-camber corners and elevation change. One particular bend combined both features in a way that conspired to utterly confuse the Jag. You see, this car utilizes the latest in electronically controlled torque-vectoring differential technology. Or, rather, it's supposed to. No corner should throw the Jag's high-tech power metering device into a tailspin, but that's exactly what happened.
Like any red-blooded American, I open the throttle early and often. And that's just what I did exiting this particular corner. I was expecting a gratuitous, Takahashi-worthy powerslide. What I got, however, was a one-wheel-wonder burnout that took me back to my high-school days. That's right, rather than igniting both rear wheels in a moment of untold sideways glory, the Coupe spun its inside tire in a display of pathetic shame reminiscent of my friend Travis Taylor's 1965 four-speed Mustang. It was equally long and awful, too. So much so that I half expected a hubcap to come off and pass me by like used to happen in the 'Stang leaving school.
I have no idea what went wrong. Just a moment earlier, on a much flatter piece of ground, the big Jag had executed a perfect powerslide worthy of its big, orange fenders and macho exhaust. It was, I suspect, an anomaly.
But it's supposed to rain today, so I'll have ample opportunity to find out.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor