The 2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Since the legendary E-Type, debuted in 1961 and stopped in 1974, the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible represents the first all-new Jaguar sports car. Forty years of innovation and progress ensure that the E- and F-Types are distinct in technology and performance, but comparisons will always be there. This model gets subtle styling nods to the original, including the circular taillight accents and the rounded side body panels. The E-Type was both a coupe and convertible roadster, but the new F-Type is only a convertible.
It is available in base, S and V8 S trims.
Exterior and Interior
The F-Type Coupe, in its standard format, comes with suedecloth and leather sport seats with six-way manual/power adjustment, a GPS navigation system along Traffic Messaging Channel and a 380-watt Meridian audio system having 10 speakers if you feel like not amused by the sounds of the supercharged V-6. The Type S model offers the F-Type Ignis orange-colored steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, the ambient interior lighting offering five color choices and the Jaguar Smart Key System along keyless entry and keyless start. The F-Type Coupe a C-X16 concept inspired design, just like the roadster version.
The headlamps give the same “J blade” LED running lamps. Same is the taillights’ case which also come with the same LED technology and wrap around the quarters approximately to the trailing edge of the rear wheel arches. The new coupe, unlike the roadster version, comes with either panoramic or aluminum glass roof panels. On the back, a hidden spoiler has been installed by Jaguar. The spoiler lowers when the speed drops below 50 mph and rises at 70 mph.
The safety features for the 2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe are: Stability control, 4-wheel ABS, Emergency braking assist, Remote anti-theft alarm system, Dual front with head protection chambers side-mounted airbags, High pressure washers headlamps, Auto delay off headlamps, Engine immobilizer, Front and rear ventilated disc brakes, Dusk sensing headlamps, 2 front headrests, Front seatbelt pretensioners, Traction control, Electronic brakeforce distribution, Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation and Emergency interior trunk release.
Power and Performance
Some minor changes are made under the hood of the F-Type Coupe, as it comes with a V-6 engine only, the V-8 engine being offered with the R Coupe version. The base model is features a 3-liter supercharged V-6 engine delivering a 340 horsepower by the help of a ZF-sourced transmission to the rear wheels. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.1 seconds and can attain electronically top speed of 161 mph, impressive! The S has a 3-liter supercharged V-6 engine delivering 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. 0-60 mph is attained in 4.8 seconds only and reaches a top speed of 171 mph. A ZF eight-speed ’Quickshift’ transmission is featured by this version also and transfers power to the rear wheels.
A stop/start system is standard on both models which, when conditions allow, stops the engine increasing the fuel economy. The base Jaguar F-Type Coupe has an estimated 28 mpg highway, 20 mpg city and 23 mpg combined while the S model drops across the board by 1 mpg.
Pricing and Availability
It will be available for sale in early 2014 and the prices will range from $65,000 to $99,000.
Porsche Cayman and Audi TT RS are the top competitors.
Stirring performance; finely crafted cabin; sharp styling.
Awkwardly shaped and small trunk
It is a good addition to the F-Type lineup and is expected to offer a nice alternative to customers interested to buy a fixed roof sports car. A little problem could be the fact that the base F-Type does not offer a V-8 engine as the R version can appear to be a bit more expensive.