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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Friday Tire Blaze

August 14, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Burnouts are juvenile. Unsophisticated. Lowbrow. Even in a sophisticate like our former 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Not to mention, burnouts are like, you know, just environmentally uncool, like terra firma chemtrails.

But someone's gotta do 'em. And you haven't come here just to shop for a car, now have ya?

Click through the jump and enjoy.

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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: My Neighbor Got One

July 27, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Before I ever saw it, I knew that someone in my neighborhood bought a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. From inside my apartment, I could hear the Jag's tuned exhaust and I knew exactly what was driving up and down the street each night. Vrooooooooom. Crackle-crackle-crackle. POP. POP. POP.

"Yup. That's an F-Type. And they've got the active exhaust turned on. Nice."

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Perfect Car for a Tour of Los Angeles

July 7, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Over a recent weekend, I had a house-guest who wanted to tour Los Angeles and see all the sights. Two days isn't much when it comes to a city so large, so it's a tall order to be comfortable and entertaining through it all, but our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe was the perfect vehicle for the job.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Made for Sin City Desert Runs

July 2, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'd been itching to go to Las Vegas for a while now, especially now that the weather is heating up. Matter of fact, going to Vegas in the summer is one of my favorite things to do. You can always fly to Vegas, but when the  2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe  is available for the weekend, the choice to drive becomes a whole lot easier.

I live in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, about 15 miles west of Universal Studios.  When I head over to the city of lost wages, I nearly always drive. In fact, I've flown to Vegas only twice in the past two decades, even though I visit Sin City at least twice a year. To me, driving is more convenient and only takes a bit longer than hopping on a plane. 

A quick check of Google Maps says the trip from home to hotel is about 280 miles. Estimated drive time is about four and half hours. I'll add 15 minutes for a gas/ bathroom break for a grand total of four hours and forty five minutes.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Top 5 Things It Needs

June 30, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Winding Down Our Time at 20,000 Miles

June 11, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe arrived at our doorstep with 3,755 miles. So we haven't technically had the car for a full 20,000 miles yet. Nevertheless, we're in the habit of recapping long-term car progress at 5,000-mile odometer intervals. That also happens to be how many miles we added to the Jag since its last milestone in February.

Trips to Arizona, Las Vegas and around town helped put us on target to reach our 20,000-mile target by the time the car leaves in July.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Offers Decent "Beach Activity Compliance"

June 9, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In a recent Southern California poll, the fourth most-popular vehicle among both male and female surfers — behind three generations of Volkswagen Beetle — was the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

OK, that's not even remotely true. But we can guarantee that at least one person has attempted to take 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe out surfing in the past 24 hours. And he's probably not a complete tool, either.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 500 Miles for Lunch

May 28, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Last year I took a road trip to Las Vegas in our departed 2014 Kia Cadenza. In search of a new favorite restaurant after our old one, Max Brenner, closed, my friends and I discovered Holstein's Shakes and Buns at the Cosmopolitan. I ordered the Gold Standard burger. It's one of the best I've ever had and I've been thinking about it ever since.

As time dulled my memory, I asked myself whether the burger was really that good or if I'd let my enthusiasm carry me away. There was only one way to know. I would have to go back for round two before I recommended it to everyone I knew. I cleared my schedule, grabbed the keys to the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and prepared to go to Vegas for lunch.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Arizona Road Trip in Pictures

May 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Take the jump for a photographic recap of my recent 500-mile road trip to Arizona and back in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Arizona and Back in a Day

May 14, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I recently started taking long-term cars on one-day road trips for no particular reason. One morning it was our 2014 Mini Cooper for 600 round-trip miles to Bishop, California, then the Mini again to Laughlin, Nev., for another 600 miles.

This time my destination was the Arizona border, 500 miles away. I chose our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Spoiler Spoils Classic Lines

May 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

To me, the active spoiler on our long term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is the car's least-aesthetically pleasing feature. On an otherwise smooth and exquisitely-designed rear end, the spoiler looks out of place. Even when the spoiler is tucked away, the rear character lines are abruptly interrupted by the spoiler's presence.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Design Links to the XK120

April 28, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When Edmunds first got a hold of our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in July 2014, I told everyone. I was anxious to drive the car and excited to talk about it. If you had five minutes to spare, I was going to tell you about my new favorite car in our fleet. That same week, I spoke to my father and our conversation, as it almost always does, led to cars. He wondered what I was driving and what was new at the office, so of course I brought up the F-Type.

Then, in true Dad-style, he regaled me with tales of a car from his past. In this case, it was his Jaguar XK120. To follow up, he sent me a few photos of the XK120 and his thoughts about the design language of the two cars.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Clears Curbs With Ease

April 10, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

For a low-slung sports car, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has pretty excellent curb clearance. The curb in this photo is 12 inches high, pretty tall by curb standards. But the Jag's door clears it with no problem. With a step-in height of 16.38 inches, the bottom of the Jag's doors are higher off the ground than our long-term 2015 Mustang (14.75), a 2014 Boxster S (14.31), or our long-term 2014 Stingray (13.0).

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: What's New for 2016?

March 23, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

If you are in the market for a Jaguar F-Type, the new 2016 models will be arriving in dealerships starting in April, with all-wheel drive and manual transmission options.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A Good Running Buddy

March 19, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When I'm up at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, I get a distinct sadness deep in my bones. I run (shuffle-jog is probably a more accurate term) in a lot of "races" or events such as 5Ks and half-marathons, but no matter how many I do, my body knows it's not designed to be up and moving at that hour.

An early rise is necessary if I want to make the start line on time, though, and this last weekend I was up bright and early to run a local 15K (9.3 miles). To get there, I drove our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The Jag isn't a top choice in our fleet when it comes to a soothing ride and comfort, but it turned out a lot better than I expected.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Tunnel Blasting and Decibel Readings

March 17, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

It may frighten small children and annoy my neighbors, but for me, our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe produces one of the best exhaust notes of any car currently on sale. And, as I've done with other long-term cars in the past, I decided to test how loud the Jag was inside a tunnel at wide-open throttle.

For science, I swear.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: An Experience

February 19, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I didn't go on any hot dates in our long term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. No track time, no power slides, no car shows. What I did get to do was drive this Jaguar the same way I drive my 1998 Tahoe LT two-door. Slowly. I know, that sounds like a bit of a letdown. But before you chastise me for letting this fireball of jaw-dropping aggression go to waste, let me describe my weekend.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 15,000 Miles

February 16, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The odometer on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe clicked 15,000 this morning. Our long-term test began with 3,755 on the car, so technically we've only added 11,245 miles.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cambria Road Trip, Part 1

February 10, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

I'd been hankering to take our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe on a road trip for some time, and that opportunity finally arrived. As part of my friend's birthday month (For her it's not a birth day. The celebration lasts an entire month.), I took her for a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara and Cambria.

By the end of the trip I figured I'd have answers to questions like: Would we get tired of the F-Type's harsh ride? Or the stiff seats? Would our luggage fit? And would she ever pick up on the fact that the Jag gets really loud when I press the exhaust button?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Can Be Normal, Too

February 9, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

We've spent quite a bit of ink telling you how awesome our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe sounds, especially when you press the Loud Exhaust button.

There's no question this 550-horse Jag can make some serious noise, maybe even bordering on obnoxious to some people. Wide-open throttle, honestly, is simply glorious.  

But here's what you might not know: This super-serious R Coupe can act much like a normal car, too.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Gets Noticed. Always

February 3, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Chalk this up under "Monticello states the obvious." The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe gets noticed. Big time.

Not that I care about that kind of thing. I love cars because I love driving them, not because I like being seen in them. My perfect day would involve me, this 550-horsepower Jag coupe and a twisty two-lane. And I'd never see another soul between my place, said road and back.

Of course that's rather unlikely here in southern California.

But even in car-crazy (and let's face it, slightly car-snobby) SoCal, the F-Type R attracts attention, as I found out this past weekend. Even my rather unobservant self couldn't help but notice the extra looks and smiles this car gets.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Night Out With the Jag

January 14, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is well equipped to provide a sense of occasion. It's got the looks, the power, the sounds and the quality to impress. All came into play recently when my wife and I had a date night out to go to a friend's holiday party.

We're leaving the crossover SUV at home, babe. We're taking the Jag.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: An Easy Car To Photograph

January 12, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A few days ago on a long drive in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I found myself wandering off California super slab highway in search of some more scenic locations to take some pictures. With empty roads, storm clouds overhead and our orange F-Type, it was quite easy get some cool-looking shots.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Reminds Me of a Corvette

January 8, 2015

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

A few days ago, I was showing an interested friend of mine the long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type. He had never seen one before. I was running through the various specs of the car and it occurred to me that I could also give him a frame of reference.

Thinking about it, I said, "You know, it's kind of like Jaguar's Corvette."

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Limited-Slip Differential Fail

December 19, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

This photo is a little misleading. And it's not because Mark Takahashi can't do a powerslide. Oh no, rest assured, he can. Or at least he'll tell you as much. But for the purposes of this post, it's the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe we're concerned with.

So a few week ago I found myself hammering up a local twisty road filled with off-camber corners and elevation change. One particular bend combined both features in a way that conspired to utterly confuse the Jag. You see, this car utilizes the latest in electronically controlled torque-vectoring differential technology. Or, rather, it's supposed to. No corner should throw the Jag's high-tech power metering device into a tailspin, but that's exactly what happened.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: I'd Have the Convertible

December 15, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

On its face, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe should be a car I covet. It makes a crazy noise, has a beefy V8, lacks practicality and has more power than control.

But it could be louder. It could lack even more practicality. It could have even less control. And it does all of these things in the form of the convertible Jaguar F-Type V8 S and this is the one I'd own.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Would You Want All-Wheel Drive?

December 4, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

At last week's 2014 L.A. Auto Show, Jaguar took the wraps off the 2016 F-Type lineup. Headlining the changes was the addition of a new all-wheel-drive system. In the case of the F-Type R, all-wheel drive becomes the standard drivetrain, but rear-wheel drive is still an option.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 2016 Brings Manual Gearbox

December 2, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

One of the few gripes some enthusiasts have had about Jag's sexy sports car, including our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, is the unavailability of a three-pedal gearbox. Yes, many of us traditionalists prefer the added engagement and satisfaction that properly working a clutch pedal and shift lever bring to the driving experience. For the 2016 F-Type, there's some very good and somewhat bad news on this front.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Flimsy Fuel Filler Neck Surround

December 1, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Every time I go to put fuel in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe I'm bothered by the flimsy piece of material used to house the fuel filler neck. I've talked about this problem in our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat and why I think it's disappointing, but in a luxury car like the Jag it's completely unacceptable.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Amongst Friends

November 27, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

See all those people gathered in a parking lot on a Saturday night? They're my people: automotive purists of varying shapes and sizes and with even more varied influences and styles. They shine up their cars and head to the nearest parking lot to talk shop over a bowl of popcorn chicken and some boba. Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe isn't modified, not even a bit, but I cleaned it up and drove out to the event anyway.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Krispy Cat

November 25, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Because saturated fat.

And because Firesand Metallic, the paint color of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, blends with Krispy Kreme Green trim like chocolate iced and custard. Making a doughnut run in the F-Type is gluttony and excess. It only feels right to order a dozen.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Cruise Control

November 20, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The cruise control in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is always ready for use. Press the "Set" button and cruise control is engaged. Seems reasonable, right? Tell the car to do something and it does it. This a refreshingly unique setup though, and it's not as common as you'd think.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Trunk Shows Nice Attention to Detail

November 19, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Trunks are usually an afterthought when it comes to trim, especially in sports cars. Not so in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: 10,000 Miles

November 5, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The odometer on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe turned past 10,000 miles on my watch just as the new tires were being broken in. Although the Jag had 3,700 miles on it when we got it, that still means we put 6,300 miles on our little orange sports car in just 3.5 months.

It is easily the most coveted car in our fleet, especially by Mark Takahashi and Travis Langness, who constantly need to be reminded that the F-Type isn't theirs. So what have we done with the car over the last few months?

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: San Diego Road Trip

October 24, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

This road trip had been more or less in the works for over a year. Jag to San Diego. The model of Jaguar wasn't important, but the destination was. As a child, my family would go to a resort now called Paradise Point for Easter. It was my grandfather's favorite place to go with his children and grandchildren. And while he never put much of an importance on cars, he always had a soft spot in his heart for Jaguars.

After he passed away, I planned to take a trip to his favorite spot in his favorite car. With a long weekend coming up and new meats on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, I requested the car and booked a room. San Diego, here we come.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Large Gear Indicator

October 21, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Now that, right there in the center of the instrument panel of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, is what you call a real gear indicator. It's surprising how many cars with automatic transmissions have tiny little gear readouts.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Makes Every Drive an Adventure

October 17, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

It was a great plan. At least I thought it was. Take my girlfriend in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe over the Ortega Highway to the Lookout Roadhouse for a Sunday morning breakfast.

And drive. The Ortega is a dang good canyon road, even though its abundance of high-speed sweepers makes it better on a sportbike than a car.      

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Buttonwillow Track Day

October 10, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Getting up before sunrise is never easy, but when you have the keys to a bright orange sports car and a track day ahead of you, it really softens the blow. After a massive continental breakfast (Mmmmm muffins) I arrived at Buttonwillow Raceway in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for an early drivers meeting.

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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: Some of the Shine Is Wearing Off

October 2, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In this case, I mean it quite literally. Take a look at the shift paddles in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. They're losing their orange.

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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: Door Handles (With Video)

September 29, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The door handles on the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe are similar to but not quite the same as the door handles on the Tesla Model S. You need to press the unlock button on the key fob to pop the door handles on the Jaguar F-Type. The Tesla's opened automatically as you approached the car.

The Jag's are also painted the same Firesand Metallic as the car's body. The Tesla's were not. But they both tuck away nicely when locked.

See them in action after the jump.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Sounds

September 24, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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...

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Here Comes Mr. Obnoxious

September 16, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

No, that's not what they say about me when I stroll into the Edmunds office. Okay, maybe it is, how would I know? I do talk a little louder than most, and sound travels well across our open floor plan. My therapist says I shouldn't look at this as a bad thing, instead telling me, "You liven the place up for them, Mike."  

But there's no question you can say "Here comes Mr. Obnoxious" when the 2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe drives by.   

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Hood Is Misaligned

September 2, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The hood of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe does not align properly. This car is on loan from Jaguar and did see some miles prior to joining us, so I can't say for certain this is a build-quality issue. But it's there, nonetheless. Take a look...

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Chin Spoiler Scrapes

August 29, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe has one of those chin spoilers that rides so low it scrapes, often. We're not talking C5 Corvette levels of contact but it happens. And it shows. So I grabbed a razor and cleaned her up. You've seen the before. Now the after...

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: A New, More Powerful F-Type

August 19, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Up until this weekend, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R coupe was the most powerful, most aggressively-tuned F-Type you could buy. It no longer holds that distinction after the introduction of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7, the first vehicle from the company's Special Operations Team.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Subtle Heritage Cues

August 1, 2014

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Well before the 2015 Jaguar F-Type went on sale, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a small presentation by Jaguar's Director of Design, Ian Callum. As the resident design geek here at Edmunds, I was in heaven.

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