Headlining Jaguar’s activities at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe joins its convertible sibling in the brand’s return to the sports car niche for the first time since the end of the vaunted E-Type in the 1970s—and one-ups the drop-top in the process.
While the exterior details closely mirror the parts it shares with the F-Type convertible, the F-Type Coupe’s elegant, flowing roof line, broad, curvaceous hips, and available glass roof set it apart as a new design statement—and a new statement of British attitude.
Inside, the F-Type Coupe is very familiar, being almost identical to the convertible. There’s a rear cargo area now, however, and while it’s narrow and not especially deep, Jaguar says it will hold two golf bags, doubtless a key feature for its demographic. Overall, the cabin presents a modern, overtly luxurious take on what a sports car should be, with simplified controls, a screen-centric instrument panel and center stack, and plush, stitched leather at every seam.
Under the hood, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe presents the same pair of 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engines found in the F-Type convertible, staged at 340 horsepower (base, $65,000) and 380 horsepower (F-Type S, $77,000) levels. With the upgrade to the F-Type S Coupe (or convertible) other performance upgrades also become available, including a limited-slip rear differential, adaptive dynamic dampers, and more.
The range-topper for the new 2015 F-Type Coupe is the F-Type R ($99,000), which gets the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 found in the convertible F-Type V8 S, but upgraded from 495 horsepower to 550 horsepower. The F-Type R Coupe also gets a firmer suspension to match its stiffer chassis, as well as an upgraded version of the adaptive dynamic dampers, and a re-tuned second-generation electronic active locking differential.
In all, the performance upgrades for the F-Type R make it the most performance-focused regular production Jaguar currently offered—exceeded in its focus only by the limited-run (and sold-out) XKR-S GT.
While the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe won’t go on sale until the first half of 2014, our experience in the F-Type convertible inform our expectations for its ride, handling, quality, and comfort. As both are dimensionally identical in the cabin, as well as equipped with the same features and optional extras, it’s likely that the F-Type Coupe will offer the same relatively spacious, comfortable ride quality we’ve observed in the convertible, though perhaps with greater levels of quietness thanks to the metal (and, optionally, glass) roof.
We’ll update you on the details and driving tendencies of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and its convertible counterpart as soon as we get behind the wheel, so watch this space for more in the near future.
- Sensuous exterior styling
- Roaring supercharged V-8 power
- Tiered pricing and performance levels
- No dual-clutch or manual transmission options
- A bit heavy compared to some competitors
- Steering feel hasn't wowed us