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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: 159

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 five engine choices, including 340, 380 and 400PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6s, plus 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: 216

As before, there are still two main engines that power the F-TYPE Coupe, a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and a 5.0-litre V8. First up is the standard model with a 340PS supercharged V6. The F-TYPE R-Dynamic offers buyers either this base unit or a 380PS version of the same engine, while the F-TYPE 400 Sport uses this powerplant in 400PS guise. 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. Whichever variant you choose, performance is striking. Even the feeblest 340PS 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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