What am I looking at?
This is the new coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type – first teased last week but now unveiled in full. This particular shot reveals the top of the range F-Type R Coupe.
The roof, for starters – which is available either as an aluminium section or a panoramic glass sunroof, to give you the airiness of the convertible without the hassle.
Making a coupe out of a convertible is no small task, so a substantial amount of structural alteration has gone on behind the scenes, but surprisingly the Coupe weighs no more than its convertible stablemate.
What powers it?
Two of the F-Type convertible’s powerplants have made it to the Coupe unchanged, with the base car using the 340hp V6 and the S model using the supercharged 380hp V6. For the top model F-Type R however, Jaguar has chosen to eschew the 495hp V8 of the convertible and used a 550hp version similar to that found in the utterly brilliant XFR-S.
The V6 engined cars can return 31-32mpg combined, putting them both pretty reasonably into VED Band K at 280 per year. The V8 R is somewhat thirstier and the 25.5mpg dunks it well into the top bracket for the full fat 490 annual ticket.
How much will it cost me?
One of the big Achilles’ heels of the F-Type has always been the sticker price, with reviewers remarking that it’s a very good car but about 10,000 too expensive. The Coupe redresses this somewhat, with the V6 and V6S models each being 7,000 cheaper than their convertible alternatives at 51,235 and 60,235 respectively.
With the F-Type R providing a flagship spot, it is expectedly reassuringly expensive, coming in at a pretty severe 85,000
The comedy boot of the convertible is gone, with the coupe providing three times the load space – easily enough space for a bag of golf sticks.
The V6S and R models also add carbon composite brakes as an option (these are now also available on the V6S and V8S convertibles too), for 7,400.
At this kind of price bracket, the hardest car in the world to ignore would be the Porsche 911, though it’s outpunched at every price interval. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage also starts at around F-Type R money – and unlike the Jaguar it lets you choose your own gears. Another marque up at the thicker end of the price range is Nissan’s GT-R, which may be a bit of a stretch for technophobes but it’s also a four seater that will show the Jag a clean set of taillights.
In a line?
Like an F-Type but with a fixed roof, bigger boot and seven grand cheaper. What’s not to like?