2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Night Out With the Jag
January 14, 2015
Our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is well equipped to provide a sense of occasion. It's got the looks, the power, the sounds and the quality to impress. All came into play recently when my wife and I had a date night out to go to a friend's holiday party.
We're leaving the crossover SUV at home, babe. We're taking the Jag.
The night starts when I open up my home's garage door, settle into the F-Type's driver seat and press the heartbeat starter button. The beefy 5.0-liter V8 engine crackles and loudly rumbles to life, surely announcing to my neighbors that I'm departing shortly.
There's not enough room in my garage for my wife to easily open the passenger-side door, so I back the Jag out and chivalrously open her door for her. (Hey, why not, right?) Because of the chilly night air, vapor pours out from the F-Type's exhaust pipes, adding some Hollywood-like ambience. I can only think that, yes, this is going to be a fun night.
Acceleration is effortless and the Jag moves easily through traffic. Other motorists stare. While the automatic transmission works very well in Drive, it's also fun to flip the gear selector over to the manual mode and shift gears manually with the shift paddles. The juvenile in me also can't resist activating the sport exhaust button. The added pops and crackles when I back off the gas are a little over the top for driving around town, but I justify it by telling my wife I'm showing her how it works. She's bemused more than anything else, but she certainly likes the F-Type's high-class, leather-lined interior and configurable ambient lighting.
We arrive at the party and get a prime parking spot. Friends who come later to the party come up to me, saying: "So, that must be your Jag up front." Erm, yes, yes it is. Twice I take some guys outside, showing them the car and starting it up. They love it.
I'd just have to say that the F-Type is an easy car to love.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,117 miles