2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe unveiled
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe unveiled
A hard-shell variation based on the stunning F-type Convertible, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe made simultaneous world debut appearances in Los Angeles and Tokyo. This equally breathtaking production evolution of the Jaguar C-X16 Concept originally presented in Frankfurt two years ago will be hitting showrooms next spring offering enhanced performance levels to match its brilliant appearance.
Like its Convertible sibling, the new F-Type Coupe is based on an aluminum-intensive platform and retains virtually all of the same dimensions. While its basic architecture and below-the-beltline design themes also carry unchanged, the transformation to a liftback Coupe configuration with an elegantly flowing roofline did require some significant engineering revisions. The two key revamps include new single-piece body side stampings and a high-strength hydroformed aluminum-alloy beam that runs from the A-pillar back to the rear quarter window. Together, they ensure an exceptionally strong and stiff unitized structure whether the car is fitted with its standard aluminum top panel or optional panoramic glass alternative, both of which are bonded into place. The Coupe also features an articulated rear spoiler that automatically rises when the car's speed reaches 70 mph and drops back down when it falls below 50 mph.
Like the Convertible, the new F-Type Coupe will be available in three model grades, all fitted with supercharged/direct-injected Jaguar engines that drive the rear wheels. The force-fed 3.0-liter V6s in the F-Type Coupe/F-Type S Coupe are unchanged and make 340/380 horsepower, respectively. However, output of the blown 5.0-liter V8 in the range-topping F-Type R Coupe has been raised from 495 to 550 horses. All three engines are backed by the familiar ZF 8-speed Quickshift automatic transmission that offers paddle-style activation. While the 0-60 mph time of the base Coupe remains at 5.1 seconds, that benchmark time dips to 4.8 and 4.0 seconds in the S and R variants, making them 0.1 and 0.2 ticks quicker than their open-top alternatives.
In addition to an expected fine-tuning, the well-sorted F-Type chassis in the new Coupe also introduces several new tech touches which seem likely to also appear on the 2015 F-Type Convertible. Where the base Coupe is fitted with a conventional sport suspension and a Performance Braking system, the S model features the automaker's real-time Adaptive Dynamics damping and High Performance Braking. Stepping up to the F-Type R Coupe brings the most significant changes. In addition to tauter chassis bits than the V8 S Convertible and unique programming on its Adaptive Dynamics system, the top-gun Coupe boasts a new second-generation Electronic Active Differential with a more sophisticated controller that works in concert with the Torque Vectoring system to produce even better cornering performance. All versions of the 2015 F-Type Coupe also offer new Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes as an option, super stoppers that are lighter and longer lasting than conventional binders and also maintain greater consistency under all driving conditions.
The cabin of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe largely parallels the Convertible in look, fit and finish. Here too, the R variant leads the way with a larger dose of premium leather trim, performance bucket seats that feature inflatable side bolsters and a primo 770-watt Meridian Surround Sound audio system.
Pricing for the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe starts at $65,895, with the F-Type S Coupe opening at $77,894. That puts each $4,000 below its current Convertible counterpart. The 2015 F-Type R Coupe commences at $99,895, which is a $7,000 bump compared to the 2014 V8 droptop.
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