Jaguar F-type coupé, a car that its maker calls the most dynamically capable, performance-focused production car it has ever built. It also significantly undercuts the convertible version on price in base form.
entry-level coupé and coupé S closely mirror the performance spec of
the V6 roadster range, but the range-topping F-type R coupé is heavily
modified. It is powered by the 542bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 used in
the XKR-S and XFR-S, as well as the Project 7 concept
seen at Goodwood this year. The R coupé accelerates from 0-60mph in
4.0sec and has a governed top speed of 186mph. Its power-to-weight ratio
is 325bhp per tonne.
Where the base F-type
and F-type S do differ from the roadster, though, is on price. Each is
£7285 less than the equivalent open-top F-type, which has drawn
criticism for its lofty pricing. The R coupé starts at £85,000.
car will go on sale next March, with Jaguar putting the main focus on
the R coupé, which, the company says, takes best advantage of the car’s
torsional rigidity of 33,000 Nm/degree — the best figure yet for a
dynamics chief Mike Cross said: “It is the best expression of Jaguar’s
core values of sweet and intuitive steering and a great blend of ride
That rigidity owes much to the innovative
single-piece aluminium pressing that encompasses the coupé’s body side.
This eliminates the need for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. Jaguar
claims that it is “probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body
side in the automotive industry”.
To enable a low roofline with
no B-pillars, a high-strength, hydroformed aluminium beam runs over each
door opening from the bottom of the A-pillar to the back of the
The bonded-in roof panel is available as either aluminium or as panoramic glass, and neither option alters the
Thanks to: Autocar