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Jaguar F-Type Coupé cat defies the norm [VIDEO]


THERE’S quite a bit to be said about the Jaguar F-Type, especially the F-Type R Coupé that I recently had the opportunity to drive.

For starters, the figures are astonishing… 405kW/680Nm from its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine, making it good for a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h.

This is only one side of the story, as I believe the F-Type is slightly quicker than its figures suggest. The supercharger also means that there’s no delay in performance; the force at which it propels you back into those sporty leather seats is quite addictive.

The ZF eight-speed Quickshift transmission works well in this guise, providing fast shifts and glorious burps as you rumble through the gears via steering-wheel-mounted paddles in manual mode.

Then there’s the noise, which is simply evil and certainly one of the highlights of the package. It’s so loud in fact, that with the GoPro on, under a bridge, I managed to completely distort the sound in one section of the video we were making. There’s a button that activates the exhaust, meaning it’s fairly quiet in Normal mode.

To help it put the power down, second-generation electronic active differential works in parallel with the torque vectoring system. The system works well, although a mechanical differential would have been even better, I suspect. 

While I’d never claim that the Nissan GTR is quick around a circuit, I can tell you with some conviction that the handling and on-road performance of the Jag, combined with its tail-happy antics, makes it an absolute joy on the road. I do think that on track it might be a bit of a handful. Sounds like fun to me.

The Coupé may have 407-litres of boot space, however, if you have the spare tyre in that boot there’s really no space at all for luggage. The rest of the interior is sublime with fantastic materials such as carbon fibre-look trim and leather/suede, providing soft touches where they count. The only thing that appeared out of place was the indicator and light stalks, which looked cheap.

Then there’s the exterior… what else is there to say other than it is simply gorgeous. I have never driven a car where I get more admiring looks from my fellow road users. From every angle the car just looks right and the orange paintwork, offset by the black wheels on my test unit, looks simply stunning.

After some time with the F-Type I can say with certainty that it ticks all the sports car boxes and even a few supercar boxes, too. It handles well, is keen to go sideways, is extremely fast, loud, well made and yet civil when you’re pottering around.  The car’s exterior and interior are things of beauty, although that boot space is an issue and the fuel consumption isn’t as great as I had expected it to be, given the firepower under the hood.

The F-Type Coupé retails for R1 581 111 and comes with a three-year/100 000km warranty and a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

Article written by Sean Nurse
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