2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Spoiler Spoils Classic Lines
May 8, 2015
To me, the active spoiler on our long term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is the car's least-aesthetically pleasing feature. On an otherwise smooth and exquisitely-designed rear end, the spoiler looks out of place. Even when the spoiler is tucked away, the rear character lines are abruptly interrupted by the spoiler's presence.
What's more, it pops up automatically at freeway speeds and can't be put down manually. In the coupe, the spoiler goes up at 70 mph and doesn't retract until you drop below 50 mph. This means you see it every time you check your rearview mirror and you're reminded of its less-than-conspicuous presence (my colleague Brent Romans related a story about a concerned phone call from his wife during her first drive in the Jag and mistaking the spoiler for an open hatch lid).
It also means you look a bit silly when you're stuck behind an 18-wheeler on the highway doing 55 mph and your spoiler is deployed.
According to Jaguar, the active rear spoiler "generates 264 pounds of downforce on the rear... at top speed of 186 mph" and that's a good thing. I'll always value function over form, but I don't believe the two are mutually-exclusive attributes. I've seen smaller, more understated and better integrated spoilers on high-performance Jags in the past (the XKR Coupe comes to mind) and I don't mind those at all.
This is, admittedly, a small gripe on a car that I like quite a bit. It will never stop me from signing the Jag out when it's available. I'm not sure there's much that would.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor