It doesn’t matter if you drive one, or you are just an enthusiast who is in love with the sport cars, new models can always offer you some excitement and pleasure, despite the fact you are paying attention to their design, speed limit, appearance, or maybe the sound of the engine under the hood.
Speak with somebody who has experience to drive the new 2015 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe and with no doubt the first things they will point out will be the sound.
No matter if it’s powered by the 3.0L supercharged V-6 or the crazy 5.0L supercharged V-8, Jaguar’s sports car strikes the world with a continual aural assault.
But the rest of it isn’t bad, either. We have driven both powertrain models in coupe and convertible extensively.
Although I really like each of the 550 horses under the hood of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, we are right now looking at the mid child with 380 hp and a starting price of $77,000.
For an istance, a 350hp Porsche 911 Carrera starts with a price at $85,295, while the 315hp BMW 640i prices at $77,050. But Jaguar offers you the biggest power for the money and might be the most exotic at the local mall.
From the 3, the 911 is closest to an absolute sport car; the BMW is more luxurious. And then the Jaguar comes right in between, with the potential to provide a rawer experience, but with adaptive suspension, fantastic eight-speed automatic transmission, and active exhaust-can also be really elegant.
This cat has a little bit of a chameleon to it. In normal cruising, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe is as comfortable as any Jaguar sedan.
The steering is on the lighter side, the engine hums away in the background, gearshifts are smooth, and drive standard is as soft as desired in a small coupe. Our tester comes with the optional Performance Pack S.
This model comes with larger brakes, configurable driving modes, active exhaust, and a few indoor upgrades.
Placed on the left of the shifter is a toggle switch. Forward is placed the Snow Mode. Tipping the rocker back triggers Dynamic Mode. The suspension system stiffens, the steering becomes heavier, throttle reactions sharpens, and the transmission gets a lot more wanting to hold gears.
You can easily slide the shifter into Sport Mode, but with pressing the button placed on the center console noted with two exhaust tips this mild-mannered coupe instantly becomes a raucous street brawler. One thing is sure – the sound firing from the two centrally installed pipes will let the people wondering what this cat has under the hood. It doesn’t sound like a muscle-car V-8, but it sounds like no other V-6.
It probably drags much better than every other V-6 as well. At the test track, the F-Type S rides from standstill to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Indeed, the Porsche also fits that time, but the exact 911 we are matching up weighs a lithe 3,156 pounds, while the F-Type is 3,809 pounds.
It’s really worth mentioning that the Jag is 4.5 inches larger than the 911 and has almost 7 more inches in wheelbase.
Both of the cars can provide an amazing feel and travel in the brake pedal. Around town, the Jaguar never looks grubby.
Moving tough on the test track, it never seems like the brakes are going away. Around the figure-8 is where the 911 really starts to show the sports-car stuff. Up opposing the F, it’s simply a far more serious machine.
It places down power, stops, and corners harder. And it does the figure-8 in 24 seconds fat, which, let’s be realistic, is definitely incredible and within spitting distance of supercars. The F-Type turns into a 25.4-second lap-still decent, but how the car does it is the thing that matters most.
You will find plenty of classic sports car DNA working in this British car. On the skid pad parts of the figure-8, it’s available to use the throttle and simply adapt the car’s attitude. Hit it and the back slews out. But controlling the car on the throttle is just as easy. It will put on a drift clinic that would be the envy of many a Japanese import.
If driven properly, it’s going to reward by putting on power to the ground in a way an Jaguar XK simply cannot handle. During the limits, the car is predictable and controllable. The XK is predictable only in its uncontrollability. While the supercharged V-8 F-Type is trickier to drive.
It offers so much torque at any moment that takes excellent skill and patience to get it down to the tarmac. Even so, it never actually seems like you can use all of it, regardless the smallest of steering inputs. The 2015 Jaguar F-Type S coupe is the sweet spot of the lineup.
It’s comfy, deluxe model, and still fast. Just turning a rocker switch, pushing a button, and sliding a lever transforms it from a tuxedoed Hugh Grant to a shirtless Jason Statham.
The price for this kind of performance, exclusivity, and high level of equipment is almost impossible to beat. Jaguar will offer this car alongside a manual transmission, and there is going to be also an all-wheel-drive version. With the way the range is filled out, the F-Type might start making bigger inroads. Until then, it remains the hidden gem of the segment.
Technical Specification For 2015 JAGUAR F-TYPE S COUPE
firont-engine, twoseat, RWD, two-door coupe
3.0L, 380hp, 339-lb-ft, supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6
Curb Weight (F/RDIST)
3,809 lb. (52/48)
Length x Width x Height
176.0 x 75.7 x 51.5 in.
Jaguar F-Type 0-60 MPH
12.9 sec. @ 107.4 mph
Braking, 60-0 MPH
0.90 g (avg.)
25.4 sec. @ 0.76 g (avg.)