July 17, 2015
We got our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe eleven months ago, with nearly 4,000 miles on the clock already. Since then, we've driven it about 19,000 additional miles and used 1158.6 gallons of fuel. That works out to 15.4 miles per gallon, which is 2.6 mpg less than the combined EPA estimate of 18 mpg and 0.6 mpg lower than the EPA city estimate of 16 mpg.
June 12, 2015
May was a big month for our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Thanks to road trips by Mike Schmidt, Mike Magrath and Cameron Rogers, we added another 2,584 miles. In the process, our overall average nudged just a bit higher and Schmidt obliterated the previous range on a single tank.
May 28, 2015
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.
May 14, 2015
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.
May 12, 2015
We skipped our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe fuel economy update last month, so we'll make up for lost time here. We've put approximately 2,250 miles on the Jag in the last two months and during that time it went in for routine maintenance and tire repair.
Our lifetime MPG, and best and worst fills remain the same, but we did manage to slightly increase our best range.
March 10, 2015
Besides the usual commuting and canyon shenanigans, our long-term F-Type also completed a road trip up to California's central coast.
February 11, 2015
After a fantastic breakfast at Jeannine's in Montecito, we continued up the 101 North on our road trip to Cambria in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. We took the shortcut across Route 154, which zigs and zags over the Santa Ynez Mountains. Not only is it shorter than staying with the herd on the 101, but as a former east-coaster I find it comforting to see some trees every now and then.
The powerful F-Type took to the elevation gain on this road with absolute ease, passing slower traffic like they were standing still. Seriously, sometimes drivers on these slightly curvy roads seem like they're standing still.
February 6, 2015
Here is the January fuel update for our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. We drove a total of 1,685 miles. The only claim to fame for the Jaguar this month was a nine-county tour of California. The accidental milestone was the result of weekend getaways, a day at the track and ordinary errand running.
For the record, it covered these counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Tulare and Fresno.
January 9, 2015
We've finished our sixth month in our year-long test of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and I've run the numbers to get December's fuel economy details. The Jag can be pretty fuel efficient on long highway drives. It can also swill down premium fuel at a rate that will make an oil company executive giddy.
Care to guess how we drove it this month?
December 3, 2014
After another 1,000 miles or so, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is still not much of a fuel miser. No surprise as it just begs to be driven hard and most drivers are all too happy to oblige.
November 6, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe covered a solid 1,325 miles for the month of October. A few lead-footed Edmunds editors caused the F-Type's lifetime fuel economy to drop by nearly 9 percent. Can't say I blame them though. This car begs you to drive it hard and that doesn't do its fuel economy any favors.
October 24, 2014
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.
October 14, 2014
When I signed up for my first track day at Buttonwillow Raceway I was excited but nervous. I was given the go-ahead to take our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, but I wasn't sure what to expect. In a slower, less-powerful (and less-expensive) car, I would've been more evenly matched to the drivers in my novice group. Maybe I could've learned more that way. The worn tires were an issue and I was completely unfamiliar with the track. So was I able to have any fun or was it just a worry-fest?
October 1, 2014
I usually don't choose a car like the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R for a weekend road trip. It seats just two, so my family can't fit. But this time I was going it alone up to Buttonwillow Raceway Park.
No, I wasn't driving. This was an SCCA race weekend that required a competition license, a roll cage and other dedicated safety gear. I was going there to work as a corner marshal, something I've done for more years than I care to admit.
It's a great way to get into motorsports before you have the budget. You get to participate in a crucial way that puts you in the action. Your role makes you a student of the craft to the point that an aspiring driver can figure out how to drive a corner and how to pass well before you own a car or even a helmet. And there are times when drivers will come up to you after a session for a critique of their line. This hobby has allowed me to participate in Indy Car and Formula 1 races, too.
But I digress. This is about the freeway-heavy trip from Orange County to Buttonwillow Raceway and back in our Jaguar F-Type.
September 25, 2014
Yes, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R has a start-stop system. I know, right? But a lot of new European cars have one. Gasoline is outrageously expensive on the other side of the pond.
A representative of a U.S. carmaker that sells over there told me European-market buyers actually demand this feature. If it's not standard, he said, they'll pay for the option more often than not. This wouldn't be the case if it didn't work, and there's no arguing with the pure logic of the basic concept.
Indeed our initial test with our 2014 BMW 328i x-Drive Gran Turismo (say that three times fast) suggested there's real money to be saved. Use of the system earned us another 2.5 mpg, an improvement of 9.4 percent.
But was that real? What would happen if we tried it with another car, our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R, for instance?
Last week I returned to our Orange County city course with the F-Type and made one lap in each mode on consecutive mornings.
September 10, 2014
August was a good month for fuel economy in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It turned in improved numbers across the board and one of its most efficient overall tanks so far.
Unfortunately, good mileage in this 550-horsepower beast is a relative term.
August 6, 2014
In the month of July, our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe added nearly 1,500 miles to its odometer while consuming a tick more than 108 gallons of 91-octane swill. All up, it registered 13.4 miles per gallon for the month.