2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: San Diego Road Trip
October 24, 2014
This road trip had been more or less in the works for over a year. Jag to San Diego. The model of Jaguar wasn't important, but the destination was. As a child, my family would go to a resort now called Paradise Point for Easter. It was my grandfather's favorite place to go with his children and grandchildren. And while he never put much of an importance on cars, he always had a soft spot in his heart for Jaguars.
After he passed away, I planned to take a trip to his favorite spot in his favorite car. With a long weekend coming up and new meats on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I requested the car and booked a room. San Diego, here we come.
We left on a Friday afternoon, hoofing it down the 5 rather than the less congested (but less scenic) Interstate 15. Playing hooky is much more enjoyable when the Pacific is within spitting distance of your six-figure sports car. Aside from spots of traffic that began appearing around Oceanside, the trip down was largely uneventful. My head reported that I was slightly too tall for this car by way of helpfully smashing against the roof when the Jag found a few dips in the freeway pavement. I love her so much, why does she hurt me?
We made it to our destination, checked in, and drove to Old Town San Diego to sample carne asada burritos and carnitas from one of the many Mexican restaurants in the area. The next morning was a short drive to the Hotel del Coronado, the famous haunt of Old Hollywood stars and Presidents alike.
We mused about the F-Type on our return trip up the coast. First, this car is not for the socially inept. You will be asked about it, so keep the specs memorized. 5.0-liter supercharged V8. 550hp. Starting price of $99,000. And yes, you have to get it in a loud color to match the car's screaming V8, which lacks the subtlety exhibited by, say, Transformers' sound editor. The performance is staggering, and you'll feel like a million bucks driving it, but the Jag isn't perfect all around.
The R Coupe rides rough on like roads, and has a tendency to follow the deep cracks that litter poorly maintained sections of highway. The sport seats don't alleviate any discomfort. While they do a fantastic job of keeping your butt firmly in the seat, they don't offer much cushion when the car starts shimmying. Start browsing Yelp for local chiropractors if you plan on driving for more than a few hours at a time.
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 9,913 miles