Jaguar F Type Coupe
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Review Of The Jaguar F-Type Coupe
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With prices starting out from less than £50,000, and with a stunning 5.0-litre V8 engine in its armoury, the F-Type Coupe promises to be the (relatively) affordable sports car that enthusiasts have been waiting for.
It largely continues in the spirit of past E-Types – fearsome performance cars that were as sexy as they were daring. The F-Type was relaunched in 2012, and thanks to a few tweaks it’s now in its prime.
Salivating at the prospect of owning one? OSV takes a closer look at what it’s all about with our 2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe review.
On The Road
The F-Type is genuinely a car to get excited about. More fun to drive than the cabriolet version, it’s heralding in a new dawn for the reborn Jaguar brand. Thanks to its fixed roof, it handles corners with composure, while its steering is precise. It comes wedded to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, and will suit giddy enthusiasts.
Grip is impressive too, which means you can take it out on twisting roads with confidence. Four-wheel-drive can be added to specific models, and it comes with a clever drive-train which automatically detects when rear tyres are losing grip.
The SVR model comes with a tweaked suspension that’s softer than the other models.[vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_single_image image=”56707″ img_size=”article-image”]This model’s tyres also get firmer rear springs that ensure the rear wheels have strong contact with the road.
In terms of the engines, a V6 335bhp petrol kicks things off. It’s the most affordable engine in the range, and the easiest one to drive. It will suit anyone who’s new to this kind of car, and doesn’t quite fancy the full-fat version.
Our top pick, though, is the V6 R-Dynamic, which sits in the middle of the range. It delivers up to 375bhp, and can be specified with four-wheel-drive. Its engine is small and light, which means your F-Type will be responsive and nimble.
The SVR model sits at the top of the range. It’s strictly four-wheel-drive only, and is powered by an explosive V8 567bhp engine. The four-wheel-drive system guarantees lots of traction, and the model can get from rest to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds. On the track, it can keep going until 200mph.
The noise it makes is just as thrilling as the speeds it reaches. Made possible by a special titanium exhaust, the thunderous soundtrack is enough to get the hairs standing on end – and keep them there.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe Interior, Design & Build
[vc_empty_space height=”8px”][vc_single_image image=”56710″ img_size=”article-image”]There can be no doubting the quality of the interior here. Although the cabin lacks the overall finesse of the exterior, it’s sophisticated and attractively laid out. The leather seats are comfortable and supportive, and all the materials are soundly built and nice to touch.
The dashboard gets a touchscreen that is easy to operate. It comes with the brands InControl app, which you’ll use to control things such as music streaming, navigation and parking.
Thanks to the soft suspension setup, you always feel comfortable inside the F-Type Coupe. The adaptive dampers boost comfort even more, and you’ll be well cushioned from the effects of broken roads.Our only disappointment is the lack of standard kit, which we’ll get into in the next section.
Practicality isn’t great, but it’s not bad enough to be a disappointment. After all, practicality never has and never will be a selling point for a car like this. However, you still want a decent-sized boot for when you hop across the English channel, and we reckon 407-litres will be enough for most buyers.
The glovebox is reasonably-sized, while a few cup holders make the cabin useful. Rear visibility could be better, but adding the reversing camera will help to this end.
Equipment & Safety Of The Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Jaguar haven’t been generous with standard kit, although entry level models get 18” alloys and a sports exhaust. They also get a leather steering wheel, cruise control, an 8” TouchPro touchscreen, and Bluetooth.
The SVR misses out on a lot of cool stuff too, but gets the most recent version of InControl. It comes with a cool feature that lets you download GoPro footage from your car to your smartphone.
It’s only when you dip into the list of optional extras that you turn the F-Type into the superstar it’s meant to be. Extras include a Black Design Pack, which adds gloss-black finishes and body-coloured side sills. The Visibility Pack, meanwhile, adds LED blade daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights.
It’s hard to look at a car like the F-Type Coupe and think, “This is going to be so safe.” It’s the kind of car that lives on a knife-edge. It hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, and probably won’t be. So all we can say is that safety kit includes fixed rollover hoops and electronic stability control. You also get airbags too, of course, but the entry-level model misses out on limited slip differential. A blind-spot warning system is optional.
Costs Of The Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Prices for the new car start out from £50,000 and rise to £111,000.
In terms of its running costs, just one look at the F-Type Coupe tells you all you need to know. This is a macho sports car that isn’t cheap to run. Hopefully, however, you’ll be having too much fun to let a little thing like running costs ruin your experience!
The V6 engine is the smallest, and it returns 28.6mpg at best. It emits 234g/km of CO2, which means you’ll be paying £500 a year in road tax. You can make the running costs a bit more attractive, by opting for four-wheel-drive and the automatic ‘box. Doing so nudges economy to 31.7mpg, and cuts the tax bill almost in half.
The V8 SVR, meanwhile, returns 25mpg and costs £515 a year to tax.
Pros and Cons Of The Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Resale Values Are Good
Surprisingly, resale values are good. After three years, you can expect it to hold onto 50% of its original value.
It just oozes confidence. When was the last time a Jaguar looked this good?
Handles Like A Dream
It’s got all the dynamics of the convertible. But with a fixed roof, it handles even better.
Options Are Expensive
They’re expensive. But without them, the F-Type feels like it’s missing something.
Expensive To Run
Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Audi TT RS vs Porsche Cayman
Let’s see how the car fares against its rivals in the comparison section of our 2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe review.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Audi TT RS
The Audi TT RS Coupe is a compact sports car that’s bursting with character. Sharper than the standard TT, it offers a heap of performance.
Powered by a monstrous five-cylinder engine that on paper would seem too big for the TT RS, the Audi is able to do 0-62 in 3.5 seconds. That’s marginally slower than the Jaguar, but we’re talking increments here. Moreover, the TT R S is a whole second quicker than the iconic 911.
Its turbocharged engine develops 395bhp, the power is spread wide, and acceleration is astonishing. Top speed is 155mph, which means the brakes are put on much sooner than in the F-Type. But you can add a Dynamic Package, which raises the bar to 174mph.[vc_empty_space height=”42px”][vc_empty_space height=”42px”][vc_empty_space height=”42px”][vc_empty_space height=”42px”][vc_single_image image=”56711″ img_size=”article-image”]Like the F-Type, the TT RS barks and growls while it mauls the tarmac like a caged animal that’s been set loose. A 7-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission comes as standard, as does quattro four-wheel-drive. It’s an awesome system as ever, with oodles of grip complementing the rapid, precise steering.
RS suspension, though, is not standard, and costs an extra £1,000.
The standard TT is pretty efficient these days, but the TT RS is still lagging behind. It returns 34.4mpg, which is reasonable. If we’re being picky, though, a £230 a year tax bill seems high. That said, it’s cheaper to tax than the F-Type – but the F-Type has more power and bigger engines.
Inside, the TT RS isn’t the exception to Audi’s rule for making exceptional interiors. Its cabin is similar to the standard TT’s, with just a couple of minor changes. For example, this one come with sports seats that are forged from the finest Nappa leather. We also like the Alcantara steering wheel, on which is included the driving mode selector and stop/start button.
Compared to both the F-Type and the standard TT, the Audi TT RS Coupe is a hit in terms of practicality. Four seats (though the rear seats are best for the kids), easy access, and a 305-litre boot is all good stuff. Better still, the boot can be extended to a whopping 712-litres by folding the rear seats.
And unlike the Jaguar, the TT RS has been crash tested by Euro NCAP. It scored 4/5, and its standard safety kit includes cruise control, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.
Jaguar – £50,000 – £110,000
Audi – £50,600 +
Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Porsche Cayman
[vc_single_image image=”63884″ img_size=”article-image”]Named after one of the world’s fastest land animals, the new Porsche Cayman is a speed king. It’s also a pleasure machine (not that kind of pleasure machine), and the most fun you can have with all your clothes on and a stick in your hand.
On that note …
Exciting. Thrilling. Brilliant. The Cayman is easily Porsche’s best car since the 911. It makes no sense at all unless you have money to burn and want to drive a car like you did on Gran Turismo as a kid, but boy will you have some fun with it.The stiff suspension is the only (potential) drawback we can think of. But so far even that’s escaped criticism, as Porsche have managed to combine it with reduced body lean. As such, crashing over potholes at speed shouldn’t come hand in hand with an uncomfortable driving experience.
There are two engines available, starting with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 296bhp. It’s a feisty number that does 0-62 in 4.9 seconds if you pay extra for the automatic ‘box. Otherwise, 0-62 is cut back to 5.1 seconds.
The Cayman S is the other model. It’s backed by an amplified 2.5-litre petrol engine that delivers up to 345bhp, and does 0-62 in 4.4 seconds. Again, that’s with the optional automatic transmission.
These numbers are way off what the Jaguar can achieve. However, the optional Sports Chrono package comes with launch control, which speeds things up. 0-62mph can be done in 4.2 seconds.
In terms of its economy, the Cayman fares well. A few years ago, only the filthy rich could afford the hefty running costs. But with returns of 40.9mpg from the automatic transmission, this Coupe is entering the mainstream.
Even better, you can get away with paying just 185 a year in road tax if you stick to the entry level model.
Inside, the new Porsche Cayman Coupe is really no different from its predecessor. The infotainment system is new and modernises things somewhat, as do the air vents. But the supportive seats, well-laid out dashboard, and the suede fabric are all “leftovers.”
Of course, that’s far from a bad thing.
One criticism is that the Cayman S sports only partly leather seats. Cloth makes up the other half.
The Cayman is reasonably practical. There are two boots, which combine to offer 405-litres of space. That sounds good, but splitting the boots will frustrate some customers. After all, you’d rather have a 405-litre boot you can load a long item into, rather than two boots, neither of which can hold longer items.
Access is tricky, thanks to the low ride height. Leg and headroom is good, though, and the seats afford you a good view.
Porsche – £43,000 – £51,900
Verdict Of Our 2017 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
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