2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Offers Decent "Beach Activity Compliance"
June 9, 2015
In a recent Southern California poll, the fourth most-popular vehicle among both male and female surfers — behind three generations of Volkswagen Beetle — was the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.
OK, that's not even remotely true. But we can guarantee that at least one person has attempted to take 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe out surfing in the past 24 hours. And he's probably not a complete tool, either.
Those familiar with lugging gear up to the slopes or down to the beaches will probably agree that there are significant advantages to securing your equipment inside the vehicle. If traveling long distances, you want to avoid mounting a large aero brake on your car by strapping boards or other equipment to the roof. In 2009, Edmunds investigated the effects of vehicle aerodynamics on fuel economy, where carrying luggage on the roof decreased fuel economy by a whopping 21 percent.
Another reason: security. Between your house and destination, transporting anything of worth on a roof rack increases risk for passive mechanical failure (your stuff ends up on the highway) or active mechanical failure (your stuff ends up on Craigslist). Sure, they make equipment to help avoid such events, but nothing provides more peace of mind than stowing your stuff indoors and out of sight.
Third, and most important (for this guy at least), is the convenience factor. If I can save 10 to 15 minutes worth of throwing nylon webbing straps across a roof and fidgeting with foam padding placement, the time accumulated over a lifespan would amount to days better spent doing other things. Like surfing.
And now for the answer you didn't know you were waiting for. Yes. Yes, you can transport a surfboard inside a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The boards pictured below measure 6'2 and 6'4 long and 20 inches and 19 inches at their widest points respectively.
6'4 board, 19 inches wide. Fits easily between the seats with length to spare
6'2 board, 20 inches wide. Fits well, but nearing the width limit between seats. Costco Wavestorm is definitely a no-go.
Loading the boards requires removing the detachable trunk tonneau cover, but otherwise poses zero hassles in either case. The longer, 19-inch wide board seems to be the optimal width for the space between the seats and you probably can't go much wider than 20 inches.
As for longitudinal constraints, this Jag has more to give. Ignoring the dimensional effects of a surfboard's rocker (the deck curvature at the nose and tail), my quick and dirty tape measurements estimate a board measuring up to 7'5 should fit like a glove. This also leaves ample trunk space for other water-related necessities.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe was not designed with "beach activity compliance" as a primary concern, but for those with the interest and means, it's good to know it can pull such duty. Take it from a nut whose current mode of surf transport is a 2001 BMW Z3 M Coupe. Yes, there are people who care about such things.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor @ 21,189 miles
(Road Test Editor Jonathan Elfalan recently joined the Edmunds.com Editorial crew. This is Jonathan's first post for our Long Term Road Test Updates).