2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Long-Term Road Test: Introduction
July 16, 2014
What Did We Get?
A 550-horsepower aluminum sports car that's brighter than the sun and louder than Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR Chevy. In proper terms, it's a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in Firesand Metallic that exhales through an adjustable exhaust with four polished tailpipes.
The "R" designation is new for this year along with the coupe body style. It means our car is the big dog of the lineup, which translates into a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the hood and a 0-60-mph time of just 3.8 seconds. It also means that our F-Type coupe comes standard with a firmer suspension, 20-inch wheels and tires, upgraded brakes and a more capable electronic differential.
Upgrades to the F-Type R don't stop at the hard parts either. Upgraded seats, an extra-thick, flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum trim liven up the already nicely detailed interior. It's not a spacious cabin, but it does have the purposeful look of a serious sports car.
All those extras don't come cheap, as the F-Type R Coupe starts at $99,925.
What Options Does It Have?
As the F-Type R Coupe is loaded right out of the box, the list of add-ons we wanted for our tester was short. Dark Gray versions of the standard 20-inch wheels added $1,000, while the Vision Pack added another $2,100. It includes adaptive headlights, a rear parking camera and sensors, and a blind spot monitor. In a car with a rear window as small as the F-Type's, it was a worthwhile addition. Finally, the aptly named Black Pack swapped out some of the chrome trim for dark trim to blend better with the wheels.
And, of course, there's that color. It's officially called Firesand Metallic and it's a no-cost option. It wouldn't look out of place on a Lamborghini or a McLaren F1, and yet it looks perfectly suitable on a Jaguar. Go figure.
All-in cost: $103,425.
Why We Got It
The F-Type is Jaguar's new halo car. It has reset the tone for the entire brand in terms of styling, performance and attitude. It's not the most expensive model in the brand's lineup, but it's the blueprint for every model that comes after it. The upcoming XE sport sedan will borrow heavily from the F-Type so if this coupe is good, it bodes well for the highly anticipated four-door.
This will also be a good test of Jaguar's growing reputation for reliability. The brand finished second behind Porsche in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Our own experience with a long-term XF sedan reinforced that reputation, as it racked up over 23,000 miles in one year without a single problem.
Speaking of Porsche, it'll be interesting to see how this F-Type stacks up against our recently departed 911. Apart from the fact that the Porsche was a convertible, the two cars line up well in terms of price, performance and the ability to generate jealousy in the hearts of our fellow commuters.
Will the novelty of our nuclear orange Jaguar coupe fade as the months go by? Or has Jaguar once again created a sports car for the ages? Check back here daily to get our impressions firsthand.
Best mpg: 23.7
Worst mpg: 12.0
Average mpg over 453 miles: 14.6
The manufacturer provided this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.