2015 Jaguar F-TYPE Overview
- Adds a new coupe version for 2015
- Choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, both supercharged
- Excellent styling; jet-engine exhaust
Jaguar introduced its latest creation, the F-Type, in 2014 and for 2015 it has a new trick up its sleeve, adding a new coupe model that means it can be enjoyed in hardtop form as well.
We’d be very hard pressed to pick between the two, given our love of convertibles, but just look at the coupe. The roadster version might have been the best looking car of last year and the coupe might take the title for 2015; it is mean and sinister, with clean lines and an aggressive profile that drips with speed. The body parts are made from aluminum to reduce weight and the coupe’s hardtop gives it more rigidity which means better handling performance, taking a car that was already no slouch in that department to the next level. A rear spoiler deploys at speeds of 70 mph and higher to reduce lift and keep the car pressed down over the rear wheels. On convertible models, the power soft type raises or lowers in 12 seconds and at speeds of up to 30 mph. We’d suggest driving with it lowered as much as possible to hear the F-Type’s exhaust note which is astoundingly good.
There are three varieties of F-Type available for each bodystyle, separated and named by what comes under the hood. The coupe and convertible share the first two trims, F-Type and F-Type S. F-Type models feature a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 332 pounds-feet of torque, while the F-Type S gets a version of the same engine that has been tuned to produce 380-hp and 339 pounds-feet of torque. The convertible tops out at the F-Type V-8 S, which jets from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and has a 495-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 which makes 460 pounds-feet or torque under the bonnet. The coupe takes things to another level, with the F-Type R and its 550-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that rockets it from 0-60 mph in 4 second. An eight-speed “quick shift” automatic is the only transmission option and all varieties are rear-wheel drive.
Inside, Jaguar says the F-Type has seating for “1+1” which is just a really fancy of saying two, but they want to highlight the driver centric nature of the cockpit. The center console is canted towards the driver and a high center storage area/armrest divides the two seats rather markedly. Instead of opting for tech heavy touch controls on the dash, Jaguar has kept the physical controls and added digital displays inside of them which really gives the F-Type the best of both worlds: advanced technology with old-school practicality. It’s an approach we’d like to see emulated elsewhere. Sport seats in suede/leather, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, navigation system, and powered seats.
Whether you are looking for top-down or hardtop hijinks, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type has you covered.