Shortly after Jaguar released the F-Type roadster, Design Director, Ian Callum, revealed that a coupe version would follow it. After testing it for a few months, Jaguar finally unveiled it at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
As no surprise, the new F-Type Coupe is nearly identical to the roadster version, except, of course, the fixed roof. There are a few changes regarding the engine lineup, as the base F-Type will only be offered with a V-6 engine — standard and supercharged, while the V-8 engine is offered only in the new, R version.
The new F-Type Coupe will be put on sale in early 2014, and prices will range from $65,000 for the base F-Type Coupe to $77,000 for the F-Type S Coupe. Unlike the Roadster version, the new coupe variant will also get a R version priced at $99,000.
Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
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Gallery Jaguar F-Type Roadster
UPDATE 10/02/2012: Now that we have the official details on the new F-Type Roadster, new sources are reporting that a coupe version will arrive next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Stay tuned!(MotorAuthority).
Updated 11/06/2013: Jaguar officially confirmed today that the new F-Type Coupe will be unveiled on November 19th at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be put on sale from spring 2014. The first official images of the new model were also unveiled today.
Updated 11/14/2013: Jag has released another teaser image of the upcoming F-Type Coupe on its Facebook and Twitter pages. This one shows just a little bit of its sleek roofline. You can see it after the jump.
Updated 11/15/2013: Jaguar continues to tease the F-Type Coupe today with an image that reveals part of the its taillight. Check it out after the jump.
Guessing what the F-Type Coupe would look like was no tough task, but our spy guys did catch what we now think was actually the F-Type R out and about testing on one occasion. Of course, this could still be an R-S version, but it is unlikely at this point.
First Official Images
As no surprise to anyone the F-Type Coupe features a design inspired by the C-X16 concept, just like the roadster version. Its design is defined by three "heart lines," with one forming the twin ’shark gill’ openings that sit either side of the grille, one beginning at the rear edge of the door, swelling outward and upward to create a visually strong wheel arch and a third one that forms the dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping-roof profile of the Coupe.
The headlamps offer the same "J blade" LED running lamps, while the taillights are also offered with the same LED technology and wrap all the way around the quarters almost to the trailing edge of the rear wheel arches.
Unlike the roadster version, the new coupe is offered with either aluminum or panoramic glass roof panels. On the rear, Jaguar installed a hidden rear spoiler that rises at 70 mph and lowers when the speed drops below 50 mph.
|Width excl. mirrors (inches)||75.7||75.7|
|Front track (inches)||62.8||62.8|
|Rear track (inches)||64.9||64.9|
|Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)||11||11|
|Fuel tank capacity (US gallons)||19||19|
|Curb Weight (lb)||3477||3514|
Jag didn’t say too awful much about the interior of the F-Type Coupe, but it is nearly identical to the Roadster’s cabin, which is awesome in its own right. In its standard format, the F-Type Coupe comes with leather and suedecloth sport seats with six-way power/manual adjustment, a GPS navigation system with Traffic Messaging Channel and a 380-watt Meridian audio system with 10 speakers in case you don’t feel like being entertained by the sounds of the supercharged V-6.
Jumping up to the Type S model nets the F-Type Ignis orange-colored steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, the Jaguar Smart Key System with keyless start and keyless entry, and ambient interior lighting with five color choices.
Some mild changes took place under the hood of the F-Type Coupe, as it is only offered with a V-6 engine, with the V-8 engine being reserved for the R Coupe version.
The base model is powered by a 3-liter supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 340 horsepower through a ZF-sourced transmission on its way to the rear wheels. This version can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to an electronically top speed of 161 mph.
The S version gets a 3-liter supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of toque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 171 mph (electronically limited). This version also features a ZF eight-speed ’Quickshift’ transmission and delivers power to the rear wheels.
Both models come standard with a stop/start system that, when conditions allow, stops the engine to help increase fuel economy. The base Jaguar F-Type Coupe gets an estimated 20 mpg city. 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined, and the S model drops 1 mpg across the board.
|F Type Coupe||F-Type S Coupe|
|Transmission||ZF Eight-speed ’Quickshift’||ZF Eight-speed ’Quickshift’|
|0-60 mph (sec)||5.1||4.8|
|Top speed (electronically limited)||161 MPH||171 MPH|
|Power (hp@rpm)||340 @ 6,500||380 @ 6,500|
|Torque (lb ft@rpm)||332 @ 3,500-5,000||339 @ 3,500-5,000|
|Fuel Economy (City / Highway / Combined)||20 MPG / 28 MPG / 23 MPG||19 MPG / 27 MPG / 22 MPG|
Suspension and Brakes
All the versions will be offered with an optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake system that offers consistent performance and excellent fade resistance. It is also 46 pounds lighter that a standard brake system, those enhancing handling dynamics.
This CCM brake system includes vivid yellow monoblock calipers - six-piston at the front and four-piston at the rear - grip 15.7-inch front and 15-inch rear brake discs made from a matrix of carbon fiber and ceramic.
|F-TYPE S Coupe||$77,000|
|F-TYPE R Coupe||$99,000|
The new-generation Porsche Cayman was unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it went on sale in the Spring 2013 at a starting price of $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S.
The Cayman isn’t exactly the sportiest coupe out there, and it lacks that "sex-appeal" required by a car in its segment. This lack of styling will likely allow the F-Type Coupe to quickly catch it in total sales.
The Cayman is offered in two versions, and the base model uses a 2.7-liter, flat-six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 275 horsepower and S version gets a 3.4-liter with an output of 325 ponies.
Gallery Porsche Cayman
Even though it lacks the power to compete against the top-of-the-line F-Type, the TT RS remains the coolest sports coupe out there right now. It looks great, it’s very powerful and offers pretty much everything you would want from a model in this class.
The TT RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 343 pound-feet of torque at a super-low 1,650 rpm.
Prices start from $57,200.
Gallery Audi TT-RS
The new F-Type Coupe is a nice addition to the F-Type lineup and will offer a nice alternative to those customers interested in buying a sports car with a fixed roof. It coupe be a little problem that the base F-Type does not offer a V-8 engine, because the R version can be considered a little bit too expensive: $99k.
- We think it is sexier than the convertible
- Well-equipped from top to bottom
- Cheaper than roadster
- The range-topping R is very, very expensive
Gallery Jaguar F-Type Coupe
The new all-aluminum F-TYPE Coupe, including the first F-TYPE R model, expands the Jaguar lineup beginning in spring 2014 starting at $65,000. Available in three versions, the F-TYPE R Coupe is powered by a 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8 engine and will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited)2. The F-TYPE S Coupe and F-TYPE Coupe are powered by 3-liter supercharged V6 engines in 380hp and 340hp forms respectively, giving 0-60 mph in 4.8/5.1 seconds and top speeds of 171/161 mph2.
F-TYPE COUPE: DESIGN AND STRUCTURE
Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguar and the F-TYPE Coupe builds on the design of the stunning C-X16 concept sports Coupe and the F-TYPE Convertible which won the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award.
"Creating a sports Coupe is the purest of design tasks, and also the most challenging; get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In F-TYPE Coupe, I believe we’ve got it right. The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin of the F-TYPE Coupe inspires me every time I see it."
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
The F-TYPE Coupe visual message is defined by three key ’heart lines’, that visual message beginning with the formidable grille. It is from the twin ’shark gill’ openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heart line - which mirrors the design of the F-TYPE Convertible - flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED ’J blade’ signature running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheel arch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch.
The second heart line begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheel arch, emphasizing the car’s rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp.
The third heart line forms the dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping roof profile of the Coupe. Providing an unbroken silhouette, it highlights the visual drama of the tapered cabin nestled between the powerful rear haunches. The distinctive side window design, finished as standard in bright aluminum, accentuates both the compactness of the car and the roof profile.
The expertise at Jaguar in aluminum vehicle architecture has been essential in enabling both the uncompromised design aesthetic, while delivering the fundamental dynamic attributes - essential to any sports car - of low mass and an extremely rigid body.
A fundamental requirement for excellent dynamic attributes, delivering that rigidity figure required some innovative engineering solutions in order to maximize strength without impacting on the design vision. Due to the lack of B-pillars, Jaguar’s engineers were presented with the challenge of keeping the design’s sleek, pillarless, low roofline - combined with the need to create the optimum amount of interior space - while still achieving the necessary rigidity and strength targets. The solution was a high-strength, hydro-formed aluminum alloy beam which runs from the front of the A-pillar through to the back of the D-pillar, through the door opening line and back to the rear quarter window.
The body side of the F-TYPE Coupe is made from a single piece aluminum stamping. This cold-formed aluminum body side eliminates the requirement for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. These exceptionally deep-draw aluminum stampings have totally eliminated the requirement for joints in the panel surface. The body side panel is fabricated from high-strength and formable AC600 aluminum, which has also been used for structural reinforcement. The use of AC300 T61 aluminum in the body structure of the car provides additional strength thanks to its energy absorbing properties, helping occupant protection.
The F-TYPE Coupe is available with either aluminum or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure - torsional rigidity is identical regardless of which roof is fitted.
In order to achieve the required aesthetic at the rear of the car, the F-TYPE Coupe features a hidden rear spoiler that sits within the tapered shut-line of the tailgate, and rises at speed. The spoiler reducing lift by up to 264lbs (120kg) and automatically rises at 70 mph and lowers when the speed drops below 50 mph.
The width of the tail is emphasized by the slim, full-LED lamps that wrap all the way around the quarters almost to the trailing edge of the rear wheel arches. The tailgate, available with powered open/close functionality, is made from composite materials, the only body panel that is not aluminum.
Aluminum forms a significant part of the Jaguar commitment to sustainability, with up to half the content of the body coming from recycled metal. In addition, the structure of the F-TYPE Coupe is exclusively riveted and bonded - this manufacturing process emits up to 80% less CO2 compared to that from welding a comparable steel structure. Jaguar is also rolling out its closed-loop aluminum recycling system to its suppliers, ensuring all scraps of metal from the manufacturing process are reused.
F-TYPE V6 COUPE AND V6 S COUPE
The Jaguar F-TYPE V6 Coupe is also available in two supercharged V6 variants, both driving the rear wheels through ZF eight-speed Quickshift transmissions. Featuring a rigid yet lightweight Coupe body shell and combined with a finely tuned focus on ride, handling and performance, both the F-TYPE Coupe and F-TYPE S Coupe are true driver’s cars.
The V6-powered F-TYPE Coupe model that starts the range is powered by a 3-liter Supercharged V6 engine with 340hp, and is capable of 0-60 mph2 in 5.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 161 mph2. Standard features include a Dynamic Mode, a sport exhaust with two centrally-mounted tailpipes, a sport suspension, and a Performance Braking system (13.9-inch (354mm) / 12.8-inch (325mm) discs front/rear) with silver calipers.
The F-TYPE S Coupe, powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine in 380hp tune is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds2 on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 171 mph2. It features Dynamic Mode, Dynamic Launch, Active Sport exhaust, sport suspension with Adaptive Dynamics, the High Performance Braking system (15-inch (380mm)/ 12.8-inch (325mm) discs front/rear) with black calipers and a mechanical limited-slip differential. The Super Performance and Carbon Ceramic Matrix braking systems are available as options.
The F-TYPE Coupe model range is available with two audio systems, both of which come from British audio experts Meridian™. These offer either 10 or 12 speakers with outputs of 380W and 770W respectively. The Meridian systems benefit from digital signal processing to create audio reproduction that is second to none. The top offering features Meridian’s proprietary Trifield™ System, which places both occupants at the center of their own perfectly focused surround sound field.
All F-TYPE models - Coupe and Convertible - are equipped with an Intelligent Stop/Start system which, when conditions allow, stops the engine from idling when the car comes to a stop and the driver’s foot is on the brake pedal. When the brake is released, the system will quickly restart the engine. By reducing idling, the system offers reduced fuel usage and emissions.
AVAILABLE CARBON CERAMIC MATRIX BRAKES (available after introduction)
The F-TYPE R, V8 S and S models are available with optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes which offer absolute consistency of performance and excellent fade resistance, as well as a total unsprung-weight saving of 46lbs (21kg). Vivid yellow monoblock calipers - six-piston at the front and four-piston at the rear - grip 15.7-inch (398mm) front and 15-inch (380mm) rear brake discs made from a matrix of carbon fiber and ceramic, which is extremely hard and highly resistant to wear. Specify CCM brakes and the F-TYPE R, V8 S or S will come with forged 20-inch ’Storm’ wheels with a gloss black/diamond-turned finish.
The CCM system offers consistent performance and excellent fade resistance, while retaining the precise pedal feel of the standard system. Reduced wear and tear in day-to-day driving also means extended disc life.
CCM brakes offer considerable weight savings over standard steel brakes - the overall 46lbs (21kg) reduction in unsprung weight enhances handling dynamics. As CCM brakes generate more surface temperature than steel brakes, open-air intakes on the bumper and deflectors on the rollover protection system direct airflow to the braking system - the attention to detail even extending to the use of new, heat-resistant valve stem caps.
CCM brakes feature a pre-fill system function that applies a slight brake pressure to all four calipers when the throttle is released - and before the brake pedal is pressed. The pre-fill system ensures a consistent brake pedal feel, and is tuned for speed proportionality. This means that at higher speeds it will give a consistently sharp, confidence-inspiring response, while at lower parking speeds the system will provide a more comfort-biased pedal feel.