2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Reminds Me of a Corvette
January 8, 2015
A few days ago, I was showing an interested friend of mine the long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type. He had never seen one before. I was running through the various specs of the car and it occurred to me that I could also give him a frame of reference.
Thinking about it, I said, "You know, it's kind of like Jaguar's Corvette."
Maybe I'll ruffle some feathers with the comparison, but there are a lot of similarities between our F-Type and our departed long-term 2014 Corvette Stingray. For starters, there's the basic layout. Both the F-Type and Corvette are front-engine, rear-drive sports cars offered as either coupes or convertibles. There's also the powertrain and performance. Our top-dog Jaguar F-Type R version packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine good for 550 horsepower. The Corvette Stingray's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 has 460 hp (with the dual-mode exhaust), but the car also weighs about 500 pounds less than the Jaguar. In our track-testing, both were impressively quick. The Jag went from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and our long-term Stingray (with a manual transmission) did it in 4.2 seconds.
The Jaguar and Corvette certainly share memorable (and just plain loud) soundtracks thanks to those sport dual-mode exhausts. And while you can't get a manual transmission in the F-Type, the Corvette gets an eight-speed automatic as an option for 2015. They even have some similar faults. Both cars have touchscreen infotainment interfaces that can be slow to respond at times and, while more related to the previous generation Corvette than the new one, handling that can get a little tricky at the absolute limit.
Undoubtedly, both are also excellent values for your money and great cars overall. But I wouldn't ever tell somebody thinking about purchasing an F-Type to just buy a (less expensive) Corvette instead. The Jaguar enjoys some aspects that you don't get with the Corvette. The interior detailing and quality are of a higher class, for instance. Corvettes are also comparatively a dime a dozen on the road. Any time you see an F-Type, it's going to be a rare event.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,246 miles