2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Sun Sets on the F-Type
July 30, 2015
"Hey Mark, how're you doing? Is everything going alright? You look healthy!"
"What do you want, Cameron?"
It seemed Mark had caught on to my pattern of dignified groveling. It was a Thursday and he had signed out the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for the night, but was switching into another car for the weekend. I didn't plan on going to the office on Friday and asked him to give up his favorite long-termer to satisfy my schedule.
"No problem at all," he said and tossed me the keys.
I owe him one. It didn't feel right to let the F-Type sit in the garage over the Fourth of July weekend, just days before it was due to be returned to Jaguar. It needed a proper send-off. And although my schedule didn't allow for a road trip, I still had a fantastic time driving the coupe around town and giving friends one last ride-along.
I also had plenty of time to reflect upon my experiences with the car.
I first drove it home last October. I took it on a trip to San Diego and immediately fell in love. I distinctly remember returning to the parking lot after checking in at my hotel and saw that it had attracted a crowd. It would be the first of many times I caught people staring enviously. The seductive roofline and hips command attention, as does the divine Firesand orange paint job and the barrage of machine gun blasts that report from the quad exhaust pipes.
I took it on a second road trip just a few months ago. This time, I wanted to get lunch in Las Vegas and I had no interest in waking up at the crack of dawn to do so. I just needed something fast. The F-Type was the obvious choice. It's a tight cabin for two full-size adults, but neither of us suffers from claustrophobia so we managed. We found the burgers delicious and the return drive agreeable.
The seats were hard and tires busy over poorly maintained roads, but the immediate propulsion afforded by the supercharged V8 proved so intoxicating that it overwhelmed all negatives.
And that's the thing with this car. It has faults, from build quality issues to the useless sun visors, but they all seem to go away when the throttle is nailed. The driving experience is complete sensory overload, a major reason why the F-Type is one of the most coveted vehicles in our fleet. The experience is also why its departure is difficult to come to terms with.
But say goodbye we must. The F-Type is going away. May it arrive at the gates of Valhalla, shiny and chrome.
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 22,932 miles