August 14, 2015
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.
July 30, 2015
"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.
July 7, 2015
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.
May 8, 2015
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.
May 5, 2015
For the first time in a long time it rained in Southern California last week. And lucky me, I was in our long-term, 550-horsepower, rear-wheel drive, summer tire-equipped 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.
It's seldom that we get to test cars in conditions other than "sunny and warm" here in SoCal, so I was curious to see what the F-Type was like in the wet. And just how sideways I could get it.
March 31, 2015
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?
March 19, 2015
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.
March 17, 2015
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.
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 9, 2015
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.
January 16, 2015
Any car will get you from point A to point B. And some cars can make that point-A-to-point-B drive enjoyable. But only a few are as memorable as the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Own an F-Type, and I guarantee you'll continually make excuses just to go drive it.
December 24, 2014
The headline "Wet Weather Manners" is a misnomer when it comes to how the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe behaves in the rain. Let me clarify: This isn't an unsafe car. Modern stability control ensures that. But it's also not a tremendously confident or comfortable car in the rain.
December 22, 2014
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?
December 19, 2014
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.
December 4, 2014
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.
December 2, 2014
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.
November 21, 2014
I've waxed poetic several times about how good looking our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is, but you don't have to pay for the range-topping F-Type R to get those looks. The F-Type comes in several different configurations including the mid-range F-Type S (seen here in British Racing Green). The R has a supercharged, 550-horsepower V8 while the S has to make due with just 380 horsepower from a supercharged V6. So what does the V8 R provide that the F-Type S doesn't, and what's the cost?
October 30, 2014
If you've been following the exploits of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, you're probably already aware that I recently attended a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in this 550-horsepower beast. If this is the first you're hearing about it, catch up here. I had an amazing time in the Jag (despite some issues with the tires) and during my first two sessions, I hooked up a few GoPro cameras to bring you along on the action.
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 21, 2014
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.
October 17, 2014
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.
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 10, 2014
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.
October 9, 2014
When I put my ambitious-pants on and asked editor in chief Scott Oldham if I could use a long-term car for a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway, I had a short list of candidates in mind.
Our MX-5 Miata is no stranger to the track, so it was an option, but it was in the shop, so no dice. Our C7 Corvette was about to depart our fleet and it wasn't available either. Our CL65 AMG even crossed my mind but that sounded more like a Viking funeral than a track day. The only viable option left (and the one I really wanted in the first place) was our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, but with my limited track-day experiences, racing a $103,425 Jag was asking a lot.
Luck, it seemed, was on my side. Scott gave me the green light. "You can take the Jag, but be extra careful," he said. Cue the workshop music.
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 24, 2014
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...
September 19, 2014
Pretty much anytime I'm driving our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, it's in Dynamic Mode. I like the responsiveness and immediacy. After all, it is a sports car. While running some errands, I discovered that Dynamic mode remains on after you shut it off, but not always.
September 16, 2014
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.
August 22, 2014
I've lusted after the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for a long time. Ever since Jeremy Clarkson drove the convertible F-Type on Top Gear, I've wanted to get behind the wheel. If I'm honest though, this is deep-seated in my childhood car education. Growing up, my father constantly took me to car shows and one thing he'd whisper in my ear was "See that son? That's a Jaguar E-Type, one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Look at the feline character lines, the way it flows," he'd say. He taught me to see the artistic elements in automotive design, and to me, the new F-Type is a vivid, modern representation of the artful form that defines the original E-Type.
Although I've never driven an E-Type, I did get two short laps around an autocross course in a convertible F-Type V8 S a few months back, and it just wasn't enough. It was like having a seven-course meal set out in front of me at a five-star restaurant and only getting to take one bite. I wanted more, much more. This last weekend, I had that chance. So was it as good as I hoped it would be?
August 8, 2014
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.
July 31, 2014
To continue my post on the West Coast introduction of the F-Type Coupe, we rejoin the action at Willow Springs Raceway.
July 29, 2014
I was fortunate enough to attend the West Coast launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe in the middle of June. I had the opportunity to drive the roadster when it showed up at Edmunds HQ a while back and it quickly became one of my favorites.
July 24, 2014
Just look at it, glinting in the sun. You can see its muscles tensing, as if it's about to leap into something heart-pounding and wonderful. The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is like a beautifully sculpted British action-movie star who expects to be treated to a certain kind of lifestyle. Sadly, it's one I don't currently have.
July 21, 2014
Our newest long-term test car, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe packs a wicked 550-horsepower supercharged V8 into one of the sleekest body shapes to come out in our lifetime. To say this thing writes a big check is an understatement.
It certainly holds its own on the streets of Beverly Hills, but what happens when we flick off the traction control on a few hundred thousand square-feet of asphalt and hook up our data loggers?