2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe. Click image to enlarge

Review and photos by Paul Williams

Los Angeles, California – With the arrival of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe, the argument begins yet again, just as it did with the classic E Type. Which looks better, the coupe or the convertible?

And the answer is the same: the coupe was and is the more beautiful form, no debate (okay, maybe we could talk…).

Personally, I haven’t completely succumbed to the charms of the current F-Type Convertible. It’s nice; I’m glad Jaguar has finally built it. But I do think it looks a bit chubby and stubby at the rear. Sorry.

However, the F-Type Coupe, derived from the C-X16 concept that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011 as a vision of the future for Jaguar, is a hands-down gorgeous piece of automotive design. From every angle, it excites the senses. From the rear three-quarter and in profile especially, it’s sublime. You just want to get in and go.

In the words of designer Ian Callum, “Creating a sports Coupe is the purest of design tasks, and also the most challenging; get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In the F-Type Coupe, I believe we’ve got it right. The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin of the F-Type Coupe inspires me every time I see it.”

Other world-class auto designers were seen behind the wheel of this car at the LA Auto Show, and who can blame them? We snapped ex-Audi, now Kia and Hyundai’s chief designer Peter Schreyer giving it the more-than-once over.

Cutting to the chase, though, the all-aluminum F-Type Coupe will be in Canadian showrooms in Spring, 2014, and pricing is not yet set. A company executive says to expect it to be, “a bit less than the convertible,” and that starts at $76,900 in Canada. In the US, the Coupe is priced about $4,000 below the Convertible, for what that’s worth when it comes to Canadian pricing. How about giving us a break at $69,900? (Just a suggestion…)

The voluptuous body side of the F-Type Coupe is made from a single piece aluminum stamping, and the car is available with either aluminum or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure – torsional rigidity is identical regardless of which roof is fitted. At the rear, the F-Type Coupe features a hidden spoiler that sits within the tapered shut-line of the tailgate, rising at speed. The spoiler reduces lift by up to 120 kilograms (264 pounds), automatically rising at speeds in excess of 100 km/h and lowering when the speed drops below 80 km/h.

The F-Type Coupe is 1,309 mm high (51.5 in.) and weight starts at 1,577 kg (3,477 lb) depending on trim level. Three engine options will be available, each mated to an eight-speed ZF “Quickshift” paddle-shiftable transmission.

In the F-Type Coupe, the base V6 is a 3.0L supercharged engine making 340 horsepower that accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds. Standard features include a Dynamic Mode, a sport exhaust with two centrally mounted tailpipes, a sport suspension, and a Performance Braking system (354-mm/13.9-inch front rotors and 325-mm/12.8-inch rear discs) with silver calipers.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe. Click image to enlarge

The F-Type S Coupe ups the horsepower to 380 and lowers the 0–100 km/h acceleration time to 4.9 seconds. It features Dynamic Mode, Dynamic Launch, Active Sport exhaust, sport suspension with Adaptive Dynamics, the High Performance Braking system (380-mm/15-inch front discs and 325-mm/12.8-inch rear discs) with black calipers and a mechanical limited-slip differential. Super Performance and Carbon Ceramic Matrix braking systems are available as options.

The F-Type R Coupe is powered by a 5.0L V8 making 550 hp that accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h in a stated 4.2 seconds and has a governed top speed of 300 km/h (80–120 km/h takes only 2.4 seconds). This is 55 hp more than the V8 Convertible and is the technological high point of the model line, easily identifiable by its quad exhaust, as opposed to the dual-centre mounted exhaust of the V6 cars.

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