2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Top 5 Things It Needs
June 30, 2015
I've spent a lot of time in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe over the last year and I've loved almost every minute of it. To my mind though, our particular car is missing a few things. If I were buying my own F-Type, I'd choose some additional options and make some theoretical changes to the platform, too.
5. Big cupholders. The door cubbies hardly hold a 12-ounce bottle and the center console doesn't do much better. Pretty much everything I can buy at the local 7-Eleven outsizes the small cupholders.
4. A sunroof. I flip-flop between the benefits of a convertible F-Type in sunny Southern California and the epically good looks of the coupe (along with the actually-useful trunk), but the best compromise is a coupe with a panoramic sunroof.
3. Tinted windows. Any good sports car deserves a bit of anonymity and some deep tint on the back window would keep out the glare from tailgating SUVs in and around Los Angeles. On any car as low as the F-Type, window tint is a must.
2. Comfortable seats. Our long-term 2014 Stingray had fantastic seats and cost $31k less, so the Jag doesn't have any excuse. Hell, if anybody's got a 2014 Stingray to cannibalize, we'll take the seats from that. The Jag's seats are great at holding me down during high-G corners, but after a few hours, I want out.
1. A third pedal. The perfect combination for the F-Type would be the 550-horsepower R motor, rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. With the 2016 F-Type, you can have the manual or the 550-hp motor, but not both. What's more, if you want the most powerful engine, you have to get all-wheel drive. It's probably still fun to drive, but the dream world where I live and own an F-Type should be as specific as possible.
With all that said, I'd still choose the F-Type over any car in our long-term fleet right now (and I often do). It's an excellent car and if I hit the lottery this week, it'll be one of the first purchases I make.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 21,700 miles