2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Sounds
September 24, 2014
The key to our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe resided in my pocket for the past three days. Of the time we spent together I have to say that, by far, the F-Type's most endearing quality is of the audible variety. Let me explain...
As my neighbors will attest, there is no quiet way to start this car. A press of the start-button is the only thing separating them from the Kraken. I'm no Perseus and I've come to terms with that. So I give in. Roll down the windows and fire it up. The engine and, ultimately, exhaust explode to life in a cataclysm of internal combustion. And the car is still in park.
Initially I feel guilty, considering my day starts well before 5:00 a.m. I soon get over it. My neighbors are partially at fault, here. They are the ones who sleep with windows open, whose car alarms are too sensitive, whose dogs bark at the smallest of atomic detonations. I digress.
Behind the wheel I make a few adjustments. Slide the shifter into manual mode. Press the default eco-button to turn it off. Press the exhaust button to unleash the fun. Turn off the radio volume. Oddly, this radio is unfamiliar to me. I haven't yet cared to figure it out. I'm more interested in the tunes from the tailpipe. One channel streams the V8-growl induced by my right foot. Another, the rev-matched downshifts triggered by my finger. Those aren't even the best part. Pull out of the throttle and the exhaust snaps, crackles and pops like the Rice Krispies trio on HGH. It brings a smile to my face every time.
There is a downside to all of this clatter, which may be directly related to my getting old and responsible and blah blah. Sometimes, when slowing, I found myself stifling an otherwise giddy downshift with an upshift, to keep the exhaust hushed. Why something so ridiculous? Pedestrians. This car is so loud that any other technique would absolutely scare the socks off of the unsuspecting foot-traveler. The F-Type is that loud. And that fun.
Mike Schmidt, Manager of Vehicle Testing Manager @ 6,669 miles