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Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

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By Jonathan Crouch

Jaguar's F-TYPE Coupe gets further enhancements that will appeal to keen drivers. This story keeps getting better and better, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 55

Jaguar describes this improved F-TYPE Coupe as the most capable and involving car it's ever built. A fixed-top version of the F-TYPE Convertible, this model cements the Coventry brand's reputation as an ever more credible rival to Porsche, reviving memories of some of the company's legendary classic coupes. It handles. It goes. And it delivers.

Backgroundword count: 177

What, commentators like us wondered at the Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible's original introduction in 2013, would a more focused fixed-top version be like, a stiffer, sportier, even more dynamic thing? This Coupe model, launched early in 2014, gave us our answer. It's rigid, rakish and revs like a race car, whether you prefer V6 or V8 power. Depending on model, you can choose manual or Quickshift automatic transmission and either rear or All-Wheel Drive. This is, in short, a very complete, very special machine indeed. Now it's got even better. This latest car offers six engine choices, including an entry-level 300PS four cylinder 2.0-litre unit, then 340, 380 and 400PS versions of Jaguar's lusty supercharged 3.0-litre V6. At the top of the range lie 550 and 575PS versions of the ballistic supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that comes with AWD. Plus there are now piercing full-LED headlamps. And owners can now use a 'world-first' 'ReRun' app developed with GoPro that creates high quality video with real-time performance data. In short, Jaguar's baby soft top just goes from strength to strength.

Driving Experienceword count: 299

There are now three main engines available to power the F-TYPE, a 2.0-litre four cylinder unit with 300PS, a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and a 5.0-litre V8. Even the 2.0-litre variant has quite a turn of speed, managing 60mph in just 5.4s en route to 155mph. Many though, will continue to desire the silky roar of the supercharged V6, these days available with either 340, 380 or 400PS. The 380 and 400PS models get the option of AWD. With the 340 and 380PS variants, buyers can choose between manual and Quickshift auto transmission; with the '400 Sport', its 'Quickshift' only. You'll also be limited to the auto 'box if you opt for one of the 5.0-litre V8 models - and these potent variants only come with AWD. The F-TYPE R gets this powerplant in 550PS form, while the flagship SVR derivative uses this engine with 575PS on tap. Got all that? I'll be asking questions later. You're going to want to lower the fabric roof to better hear these engines of course - a process that can be accomplished in just 12s at speeds of up to 30mph - but once you do, you won't be disappointed. Personally, I usually like my automotive sound effects to come from the engine rather than, as here, the tailpipes at the back but even I have to admit that this car hums an addictive tune. Whichever variant you choose, performance is striking. Even the feeblest 300PS model makes 62mph from rest in just 5.7s, while the V8 F-TYPE R covers off that sprint in just 4.2s. As before, the 380PS F-TYPE variant most buyers choose gets a mechanical limited-slip differential, while the V8 gets an electronic item. Across the range, you get an all-aluminium chassis, double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link-suspended rear.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

3.5

5.5

Combined mpg:

25

33.6

Extra urban mpg:

33.2

43.5

Height (mm):

1308

Length (mm):

4470

4475

Max Speed (mph):

161

200

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Sporting Cars

Performance
90%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
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