NEW FOR 2015:
– New Coupe body style, Coupe-only R model
– New optional carbon ceramic braking system
– New InControl infotainment system with apps
The F-Type has reinvigorated interest in Jaguar. The oh-so-sexy drop-top with its captivating handling and delicious-sounding engines has really driven the point home that Jaguar can compete with the world’s best sports cars. For 2015, a fastback coupe body style joins the range. You can proceed to wipe the drool off your chin.
In addition to the extra structural rigidity and increased luggage space, the Coupe also offers up serious performance enthusiasts an even more performance-oriented model – the F-Type R. It benefits from the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine as the F-Type V8 S, but adds an extra 45 hp plus track-optimized suspension tuning. New carbon ceramic brakes – the F-Type’s priciest option – can be fitted for $12,500 on V6 S and V8 models.
Inside, the F-Type remains a cozy but comfortable place to spend time. It’s a visually interesting design with plenty of leather, retracting air vents, and satin-orange switchgear accents; Coupe models can be optioned to include a panoramic roof to brighten the cabin. A brand new navigation system, dubbed InControl, offers faster reaction times, cleaner graphics, and apps.
Six versions of the F-Type are available: V6, V6 S, and V8 S for Roadster, and V6, V6 S and V8 R for Coupe. Both V6 and V6s use a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 shared in common with the XF and XJ, and develop 340 and 380 hp respectively. The V8 S features a 5.0-litre supercharged eight-cylinder making a whopping 495 horsepower – enough to slingshot the F-Type to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The V8 R makes 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, and trims a further 0.3 seconds off its 0-100 time. S and R models receive an active exhaust system as standard.
Performance-oriented S and R models also benefit from additional performance-oriented equipment: the V6 S receives a mechanical limited-slip rear differential and performance brakes, with the V8 S and V8 R getting an electronically controlled variable locking differential and even larger brakes. Both S and R models get adaptive dampers that assess body motion and pitch rates 100 times per second.
The F-Type V6 Coupe includes 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, full LED tail lights, retractable rear spoiler, retractable door handles, engine stop/start, electronic parking brake, Dynamic drive mode, sport suspension, sport exhaust, centre-mounted exhaust pipes, proximity key with push-button start, 5.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display, leatherette trimmed dashboard and door panels, leather and suedecloth upholstered seats, aluminum interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel with black gear shift paddles, 10-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system, and an eight-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/satellite radio, USB, aux-in, navigation and Bluetooth.
The V6 Convertible adds retractable cloth roof and rollover protection bars.
F-Type V6 S Coupe adds upgraded brakes, sport suspension with adaptive dynamics, active exhaust, 19-inch alloy wheels, metallic foot pedals, black gloss interior trim, mechanical limited-slip differential, Ignis orange shift paddles, dark aluminum interior trim, configurable ambient interior lighting, and leather upholstered dashboard and door panels.
The V6 S Convertible adds retractable cloth roof and rollover protection bars.
F-Type V8 S adds Super Performance braking system, electronically controlled rear differential, quad exhaust pipes, dual-zone climate control, power folding auto-dimming door mirror, heater mirrors, memory seats and mirrors, reverse parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, and 14-way adjustable sport seats.
The V8 R Coupe adds switchable sports exhaust system, R suspension tune, Performance seat with R logo and twin-needle stitching, R theme flat-bottom steering wheel, and Dark Technical Weave aluminum trim.