Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe
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Overall

It might be a direct decedent of the E-Type from the 1960s, but this car makes you forget all about the past, and even the present, of Jaguar; coupe version rumored to be in the pipeline.

Drivetrain

Supercharged V6 and V8 engine choices; Most buyers in this league won’t miss a manual transmission.

Four decades following the launch of Jaguar’s iconic E-Type sports car, Jaguar is introducing a brand new roadster. The result isn’t E-Type sleek, but its shape is more purposeful . . . in a Teutonic sort of way. There’s even an active rear spoiler of a type pioneered by Porsche and Mercedes-Benz (and others) that deploys once the F-Type has reached 60 mph, then retracts once the roadster’s speed drops below 40. The cloth top returns to its latched and locked position in 12 seconds while the vehicle is traveling up to 30 mph, so you don’t have to come to a complete stop in the middle of traffic or in the middle of a downpour. One neat trick is a set of air vents atop the multi-function touch-screen infotainment unit that pop up when manually activated or whenever the climate system calls for additional heating or cooling. The seats are based on those installed in the high-performance (and larger) Jaguar XKR-S model and actually don’t require the car’s occupants to be overly svelte to squeeze between the bolsters. Base F-Types are fitted with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (a derivative of Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V8 and an engine that’s also used in the XJ and XF sedans) that makes a respectable 340 horsepower. Jaguar claims it will push the F-Type to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The F-Type S gets a 380-horsepower version of the 3.0 that cuts that time to 4.8 seconds. The F-Type V8S has a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 495 horsepower and zero-to-60-mph sprints in a mere 4.2 seconds. Each engine gets an eight-speed automatic transmission and redundant steering-wheel-located paddles. The transmission also signals the engine to “blip” the throttle (called rev matching) for smoother transitions between gears when downshifting. Knowing that sports-car owners love those seductive under-hood sounds, Jaguar offers an optional active exhaust system that increases the volume as the revs increase and directs the melody into the cabin.

Base price (incl. destination): $70,000
Type: Two-door convertible
Base engine (hp): 3.0-liter DOHC V6, supercharged (340)
Optional engines (hp): 3.0-liter DOHC V6, supercharged (380); 5.0-liter DOHC V8, supercharged (495)
Layout: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 21/30 (base V6)
Safety: Front airbags; seat-mounted side-impact airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,520