KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 4/2/2014
With the overwhelmingly successful introduction of the F-Type last year, Jaguar's first sports car in 40 years adds a hardtop coupe to the lineup. But there's a lot more to this new model than just keeping rain off your head permanently. The F-Type Coupe literally adds a roof to the convertible, creating a super-stiff structure that let Jaguar engineers sharpen the suspension and steering, and add a 550-horsepower supercharged V8. That power's sent through a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, while your inevitably high rate of speed can be scrubbed off with the optional $12,000 carbon-ceramic matrix brakes. Like the convertible, the coupe's shape blends classical and contemporary elements into an elegantly aggressive car that turns heads wherever it goes.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible bring style, luxury, and a huge helping of performance to the sports car marketplace, offering a unique alternative to sports cars like the Porsche 911, without giving up any curbside appeal.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the Jaguar F-Type isn't short on luxury amenities, this is a sports car first, and as such it's not the smoothest or quietest Jaguar out there. If you're seduced by the style, but want something a little less aggressive, check out the Jaguar XK.
What's New for 2015
After its introduction as a convertible last year, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type adds a coupe model this year, broadening its 2-seat sports car's appeal to those who want a fixed roof...and more available power.
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe removes any doubt that Jaguar was serious about its new sports car. Not that that we had any, really. The convertible already offers fast, faster, or fastest versions, with supercharged engines ranging from a 340-horsepower or 380-horsepower V6 to a 495-horsepower V8. The coupe offers the same two V6 engines, but the V8 R is reserved for the most power hungry. With a full 550-horsepower on tap, Jaguar says it rockets to 60 mph in four seconds flat, with a top speed of 186 mph. Taming that horsepower are a variety of electronic aids, such as an active rear differential and variable-effort steering, that enhance the sports car experience. Considering the tremendous velocities the F-Type is capable of, the optional carbon-ceramic matrix brakes are a godsend, delivering sure, strong stops from high speeds, time after time, without even a hint of fade.
5.0-LITER SUPERCHARGED V8 ENGINE
While we love the sophistication and sport, it's what's underhood that really counts in this sports car. The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 puts out 495 horsepower in the convertible and a stunning 550 horsepower in the coupe, all with a velvety smoothness that belies its prodigious power.
ACTIVE EXHAUST SYSTEM
Press the button on the center console with the exhaust pipe icon (or put the F-Type into Dynamic Mode) and you'll turn on the Active Exhaust system. You'll not only hear the exhaust better when accelerating, but the pop and burble you get when decelerating is glorious, antisocial fun.
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