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Car of the Month July 2014

2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe

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2015 F-Type R front three quarter view
In short: Svelte, high performance coupe

2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe Review

The 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe offers a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 along with an electronic active differential, the 8-speed QuickShift transmission and an unquestionably sexy shape. More than just an F-TYPE roadster with a roof on its head, the F-TYPE┬áR Coupe is Jaguar’s most serious effort at a series-production, high-performance sports car since the E-Type of 40 years ago.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe interior

Starting with an aluminum, high-strength steel and composite monocoque that Jaguar says is their most rigid of any production car to date, the F-TYPE R adds its supercharged V8, an electronic active limited slip differential, and an adaptive damping system capable of adjusting compression and rebound stiffness in half a second.

2015 F-Type R rear

All this adds up to the fastest production Jaguar ever to lap the N├╝rburgring, and the first time the British brand has offered serious competition to the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R. Track-bound examples of the F-TYPE R are offered with Jaguar’s carbon ceramic brake upgrade, each set of which is bedded-in and tested before it leaves the factory.

The F-TYPE R also features an active rear spoiler, which, thankfully, doesn’t spoil the car’s shape when standing still. It only rises as you accelerate past 70 mph, then deferentially gets out of the way, like a stage hand, when you slow back down.

Read a review of the 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S convertible

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 4-year/50,000 mile 24/7 roadside assistance, first scheduled service complimentary

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Make: Jaguar, Vehicle Type: Coupe

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Base Price: $99,000 / As Tested: $103,425

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: Front engine, rear wheel drive, two passenger, three door hatchback

Engine: 5.0-liter DOHC V8 supercharged
Horsepower: 550 hp
Torque: 502 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3,638 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 176 / 75.7 / 51.5 in
Turning circle: 35.76 ft

F/R: Vented disc/ vented disc with ABS and EBD, preloading optional
Suspension: F/R: Ind, upper and lower control arms, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar/ multi-link, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar

Traction: electronic active differential and yaw control with individual braking, driver selectable winter and dynamic modes

0-60 mph: 4 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 186 mph

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg
Combined MPG: 18 mpg

Seating Capacity: 2
Safety: Front and side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, dynamic stability control

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