After weeks of spy shots and teaser images, Jaguar has finally unveiled the stunning F-Type Coupe at the LA and Tokyo shows, launching a new 542bhp flagship R in the process. The manufacturer has said that it has been “the world’s most dynamic car reveal ever.”
Engines and performance
Like the Convertible, the Coupe range is kicked off by a 335bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6, which sits below a V6S, with a 375bhp version of the same engine. But where the convertible range is topped by a 488bhp V8S, the Coupé has the 542bhp V8 R.
The V6 and V6S offer identical performance to the Convertible versions, with 0-60mph in 5.1 and 4.8 seconds respectively. As you’d expect, the R Coupé is the quickest F-Type, with 0-60mph in four seconds flat – two-tenths up on the V8S Convertible.
We got the chance to take a closer look at the car at the LA Motor Show in our video below.
Styling and price
The F-Type’s dramatic styling is carried over, although the Coupé is arguably more striking, with a gently curving roof and hatch opening. A panoramic roof is available as an option. Plus, the 407-litre boot is far bigger than the soft-top’s 196-litre space. The F-Type Coupe goes on sale in spring, priced from £51,235 – around £7,000 less than the soft-top and fractionally more than the Porsche Cayman S. Go for the F-Type R and you’ll pay £85,000.
Jaguar says Coupé versions will be sharper to drive than their Convertible counterparts because of the more rigid body, with the Coupé said to be the company’s most rigid production car ever.
The R comes with a new torque vectoring by braking system – a first for Jaguar – plus a second-generation electronic differential to help improve handling. Also new is a Carbon Ceramic Matrix braking system, which is optional on V8R and V6S versions of the Coupé. This cuts unsprung mass by 21kg and resists fade better than the standard brakes. It’ll also be offered on the V6S and V8S Convertible models.
The hype and anticipation surrounding the new F-Type Coupe meant an equally dramatic reveal was necessary. At the Raleigh Studios in Playa Vista, California, the Auto Express team were rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Jodie Kidd and Miranda Kerr when the range-topping 542bhp F-Type R Coupe hurtled towards the grandstand at full throttle before passing the crowd underneath.
The celebration was led by Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum, who said: “Creating a sports coupe is the purest of design tasks and also the most challenging, get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In the F-Type Coupe, I believe we’ve got it right.”