While the F-Type convertible may have stolen hearts with its forceful engines and sleek lines, the Coupé offers something more mainstream.
Built on an all-aluminium platform, it is said to be the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car the British carmaker has ever produced.
There’s no denying its true capabilities as we found out on the launch when we headed off to Durban.
With three models on offer the F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type R, each boast a distinctive personality trait.
The range-topping F-Type R Coupé is powered by the monstrous 5.0-litre supercharged V8 powertrain with 405kW and 680Nm. Its harmonious purr echoes with every stomp on the loud pedal as it’s capable of going from 0-100km/h in around 4.2 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h.
This is one playful kitty as the car slides and steps out of line thanks to its raw power being sent to the wheels.
On the open road the car does feel rigid but the second-generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD) works well. So does the bespoke suspension set-up, which can be adjusted to suit your driving needs.
Another first for Jaguar is the Torque Vectoring by braking; these systems working in parallel to provide immediacy of response and exploitable handling. The EAD system automatically redistributes engine torque between the rear wheels to ensure excellent on-the-limit control, while Torque Vectoring by braking intelligently applies precisely metered braking force to the inner wheels as necessary during cornering to enhance agility.
Admittedly the F-Type R Coupé is the wild child of the litter and certainly the pick of the bunch is the slightly more subdued F-type S Coupé. Fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with 280kW and 460Nm it gallops from standstill to 100km/h in a claimed 4.9 seconds and tops out at 280km/h. Rounding off the new model line-up is the F-Type Coupé fitted with a slightly down-tuned 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol motor with 250kW and 450Nm it does the 0-100km/h shuffle in about 5.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260km/h.
Every F-Type Coupé model is fitted with the brand’s renowned eight-speed Quickshift transmission. Flicking through the gears rapidly via the steering wheel-mounted paddles, the box is responsive.
Taking the F-Type S out onto the street it’s well composed. The powertrain isn’t as explosive as its bigger V8 brother but is manageable yet stimulating as the responsive delivery of power and fantastic chassis setup makes for an engaging drive.
Some of the noticeable changes over the convertible is the boot space, which is up a usable 407 litres, while the roof panel is available in either aluminium or panoramic glass form.
Moving inside, the driver-focused cabin sets a distinct level of sporting agility and luxury with top-class finishes.
The cockpit is laid out so that all the vehicle’s vitals can be seen at a glance, and the ergonomically designed centre console means everything is within easy reach for the driver.
Ultimately the new F-Type Coupé is an impressive cat with an extremely easy-to-love personality. It does everything you expect it to do with loads of charisma. No wonder it’s become such a desirable car for so many and with aggressive pricing it’s sure to capture a new market of buyers.
The F-Type Coupé comes with a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan and roadside assistance.
|F-Type Coupé||R 843 404|
|F-Type S Coupé||R 982 404|
|F-Type R Coupé||R1 534 189|