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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Sun Sets on the F-Type

July 30, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

"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.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Interior Already Shows Signs of Wear

June 24, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I hate the driver's seat in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It looks great, but a bleacher seat at Fenway is softer and ultimately more comfortable.

But this isn't about the seat's function; it's about its durability. In the last 11 months, we've driven our orange beast almost 22,000 miles, which is probably about two years of use for the typical owner. And the interior is showing signs of wear.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Are Bladders Better?

June 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

If and when the F-Type receives a mid-cycle refresh, I hope the seats get a lot of attention. Yes, it's been well-documented how our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe seats leave much to be desired, but here are a few less disheartening examples.

For example, the F-Type's lumbar and side bolster supports are pneumatic, not mechanical. That means when you add a little support, a tiny compressor inflates some air bladders embedded in the seats. The problem with the F-Type's system is mainly with the vertical lumbar adjustment.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: How I'd Build It

June 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I had a lot of fun configuring a Porsche Macan the way I'd have it and loved seeing how you guys would (and in some cases have) configured yours. So let's do it again, this time with our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

A quick refresher: Starting at $99,925, the 2015 R Coupe comes loaded. Twenties. Five hundred fifty-horsepower V8. Leather. Automatic. From there, we made a couple of personalizations like orange paint, dark wheels and blacked-out details. Ours wears a sticker price of $103,425.

It's cool, but it's not how I'd do it.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A Special Kind of Fast

June 3, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Given the spate of recent road-trip posts about our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, with plenty more in the archives, I'm disinclined to give you the blow-by-blow of my trek to Temecula Valley wine country.

So I'll just observe that this car is recalibratingly fast.

And now I'll explain why I had to make up a word to describe it.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 500 Miles of Rain and Rear-Drive Reflections

May 21, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I don't usually call anything shy of 1,000 miles a road trip, but after covering half that distance in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I'm going for it. When I signed out the Jag for this trip, I was torn. On one hand, I would have to suffer its invasive seat-seams for hours.

On the other hand, it was going to rain and I like RWD + rain.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Paddle Paint Peeling (Again)

May 15, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A few weeks ago, we had our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in for regularly scheduled service. While there, we had them replace the painted-plastic shift paddles because the paint had begun peeling from one of them.

Now it's already happening on the new ones.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Trouble Finding the Smart Key

May 1, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I've driven our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for an extended stretch over the last few weeks — about eight days combined — and at least four times, the car has refused to start on the first attempt. Nothing was mechanically wrong, but according to this little screen on the dash, the Smart Key was in a place where the Jaguar couldn't sense its presence. I like to call that place my front pocket.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: It's Not Too Bright

April 22, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

LED map/reading lights sound like a great idea. They're bright, energy efficient and generally emit a pleasant color temperature. But LEDs bulbs are also pretty directional, focusing their beam of light in a fairly narrow spread. That's actually pretty handy when, you know, you're reading a Thomas Guide. But since most people abandoned that skill last millennium, LED overheads seem a bit more of a fashion than true utility.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Battle of Britain

March 31, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Let's say you have up to $120 grand to spend on a two-seat sport coupe and you want a premium brand and some serious performance. Let's also say for the sake of this argument that you want it to be British. You're pretty much down to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. What do you do?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Creaky Seat

March 11, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The seats on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe are a constant talking point around here. They're rock hard, have tons of lateral support and feature a fun seam down the middle.

And now they have a nifty creak!

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden Bottle Holder

January 30, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The bottle holder you're looking at in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe isn't purposely hidden in the strictest sense. But I admit I had never noticed it until today.

That's partially because, as with most sports cars, the F-Type's door pockets are pretty narrow, and aren't overly deep, either. So I just never thought to try putting a spare water bottle over there because I figured it wouldn't fit.

As usual, I was wrong.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Adjustable Seatback Bolsters

December 31, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'm narrow. Narrow people are accustomed to sliding around in too-wide seats. But our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has a cure for that problem: Adjustable seatback bolsters.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Deployable Wing, Vents, Handles

December 22, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

You'll not need to spend much time around a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe before you notice its many deployable bits. Specifically, there are door handles, dashboard vents and, of course, the rear spoiler. Something is always moving in or out, up or down on the F-Type.

Cool or gimmicky?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Broken Clothes Hanger Hook

November 26, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I discovered that the clothes hanger hook on our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is broken. Looks like the fasteners which locate it to the bulkhead behind the driver's seat aren't adequate.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Underfloor Storage

November 24, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The cargo area on our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe includes this hidden underfloor storage. It's not huge, but it's big enough for a small duffle bag or a pair of shoes. Maybe two pairs if you're small of feet.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden Vents Part 2

October 28, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've previously mentioned the air vents that rise up in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It's a neat feature that adds some personality and helps this Jag further stand apart from the pack. However, I assumed that the vents rise whenever the HVAC system is turned on. Not so. If the system determines that air doesn't need to be flowing from up above to maintain or achieve the desired temperature (say when foot-level heat is preferable), the vents stay down.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Shifter or Missile Launcher?

October 27, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe's cabin is filled with cool little details that you won't find in a Porsche 911: toggle switches, the rising air vents and the so-cool shifter. The latter fits in your hand like a joystick, complete with a trigger for activating the electronic gear selection that always feels to me like it should control missiles or machine guns hidden behind the grille or headlights. Left lane hogs beware.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hard Seats

October 22, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'm going to have to agree with Executive Editor Ed Hellwig with his post back in July, the seats in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe aren't as comfortable as they should be.  

The stuffing, in the seatback in particular, is quite hard and after a couple of hours in the car you definitely notice that, well, you're noticing the seats. On the other hand, the lateral support is excellent, the bolstering holds you in place through corners nicely.

So would the hard seats be a deal-breaker?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Seriously Small Sun Visors

October 3, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Other than the engine and the wheels, everything about our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is small. It's not very long on the outside, the cabin is tight for two and the cargo space in back fills up quickly.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Convertible, Please

September 30, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has no shortage of fans around here, and I'm the latest to join the club. This car looks amazing, goes fast and sounds good when you're doing so, obnoxious exhaust and all.

So you don't need me answering the hard-hitting questions like, "This car's really awesome. How awesome is it?"

But you know what's more awesome than this car? Being able to see out the back.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hidden Vents

September 26, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type has a little secret under the dash. When the car is off, the vents are hidden away giving the interior a cleaner, sleeker look. Turn on the F-Type and the vents rise up from the center stack, which makes me feel like a superhero of some sort (or a super-villain if you prefer). It's a little bit like the Corvette's hidden USB port in that sense. Click through for a video clip.

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2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Shiftable Automatic Best Practices

August 8, 2014

2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In the automotive realm, there are few topics that elicit such fierce response as the rationale and orientation of a manual-shift automatic transmission. Push/Pull, Left/Right, Up/Down. If the SAE has a document on the topic, I haven't seen it. A "Best Practices" policy would be a good thing, don't you think? I will freely stoke the fire here by saying that while there are plenty of shift-able automatics out there, only a handful, like the one in our long-term 2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe test car, that get it right.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Not Sure About the Seats

July 22, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Now these are serious seats. They come standard on the "R" version of the F-Type Coupe and they're designed to hold you in place while the 550-horsepower V8 is doing its best to yank you out of them.

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