2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Sticky When Wet
May 5, 2015
For the first time in a long time it rained in Southern California last week. And lucky me, I was in our long-term, 550-horsepower, rear-wheel drive, summer tire-equipped 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.
It's seldom that we get to test cars in conditions other than "sunny and warm" here in SoCal, so I was curious to see what the F-Type was like in the wet. And just how sideways I could get it.
With the traction control engaged, the rear end of the Jaguar is extremely sensitive to application of power. The throttle is limited dramatically when the tires start to lose traction, or at least enough to keep you out of trouble. Winter Mode limits power even further, but it wasn't really necessary in these conditions.
The rain-sensing wipers were useful and the functionality easy to learn. Once I had them turned on, I let the computer do the work. After about an hour on the freeway, I realized I had only fiddled with the wipers once or twice. This technology is well-sorted on the F-Type.
Driving the Jag in the rain wasn't intimidating at all. It may be a low-slung sports car on summer tires, but those tires are still very capable of calm and composure in wet conditions. As we've detailed in the past, summer tires don't get nearly enough credit for their wet-weather performance and with the Jag's Pirelli P-Zeros, I never felt unsafe.
Jaguar, it seems, felt they needed a bit more traction for the 2016 version so they added all-wheel drive. But in a climate like southern California's, this rear-drive F-Type gets the job done just fine.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 18,742 miles