2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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Jaguar prepared a nice little surprise for us for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show .

We all knew Jag was going to unveil the coupe version of the recently launched F-Type , but the company decided to also offer a more powerful R version for those customers interested in a little bit more than just the base sports coupe.

The new F-Type R Coupe is offered as almost the coupe equivalent to the F-Type V8 S Roadster , but with a more powerful engine, a more aggressive look, an updated suspension, high-performance brakes and a revised interior. All this for just $99,000, which will make it a tough competitor in its segment.

Jaguar will distinguish the new F-Type R Coupe from the rest of the lineup by adding more aggressive bodywork, lots of carbon fiber, plus "R" logos placed on the grille and on the back end.

The new F-Type R Coupe will be put on sale in March 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

Exterior

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

When compared to the rest of the F-Type Coupe lineup, the new F-Type R features an even more aggressive aerodynamic bodywork that includes gloss-black front vanes beneath the shark gills and matte side-sill extensions. The window finishes and the frames of the side glass are made in bright anodized aluminum, while the grille surround and side air vents are coated in bright chrome.

Jaguar also offers an optional Black Pack for the F-Type R Coupe, which adds gloss blacked out trim. Also optional are multiple carbon-fiber add-ons, including the front air splitter, side vents, door mirror covers, hood vents and engine cover.

2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - Exterior Dimensions

Length (inches)176
Width excl. mirrors (inches)75.7
Height (inches)52.0
Wheelbase (inches)103.2
Front track (inches)62.4
Rear track (inches)64.1
Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)11
Fuel tank capacity (US gallons)19
Curb Weight (lb)3671

Interior

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The interior of the new F-Type R Coupe is also further differentiated by the rest of the lineup by a sportier look and feel. As standard, Jaguar offers performance seats wrapped in premium leather, featuring an "R" logo embossed on the headrest. These seats also include inflatable bolsters to hold you snugly in the corners.

To help keep you warm during the cooler months, Jaguar also includes heated seats and a heated steering wheel as standard on the new R model.

Jag offers an optional ’Jet’ black interior trim combines with three contrast-stitching options — Ivory, Red or Firesand — on the instrument panel, door panels, grab-handle highlight and console. The standard interior trims allow you to choose between Ivory, Camel or Red.

Audiophiles take notice, as the new F-Type R Coupe comes standard with a 770-watt surround sound audio system by Meridian.

Drivetrain

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The new F-Type R Coupe is powered by a 5-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. Giving this engine its throaty note is an Active Sports Exhaust system with quad, outboard-mounted tailpipes.

This V-8 engine includes technological advancements, like the spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT), and it features high-pressure die-cast, lightweight aluminum block stiffened with cast-iron liners and cross-bolted main-bearing caps.

The engine is mated to a recalibrated eight-speed ’Quickshift’ transmission that distributes the 550 ponies to the rear wheels via an Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vector Vector ing. The EAD systemmakes split-second adjustments to the torque distribution by opening and closing the differential in under 200 milliseconds.

F-Type R Coupe
Engine capacity5000
Cylinders8
TransmissionZF Eight-speed ’Quickshift’
0-60mph (sec)4.0
50-75mph (sec)2.4
Top speed - electronically limited (mph)186
Power (HP @ RPM)550 @ 6,500
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)502 @ 2,500 - 5,500

Suspension and Brakes

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The new F-Type R Coupe rides on 20-inch ’Gyrodyne’ style wheels in silver finish offered as standard, or dark grey and diamond-turned versions offered as an option. The new F-Type R Coupe also comes standard with a new Adaptive Dynamics system that actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates, by continuously monitoring driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, and adjusting damper rates accordingly up to 500 times a second to optimize stability.

Standard Engaging Dynamic mode offers firmer damping rates, increased steering weight, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response.

The model will also be equipped with a standard Jaguar Super Performance braking system, which features 15-inch front and 14.8-inch rear discs and red painted calipers. As an upgrade, Jaguar also offers Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes that feature vivid yellow monoblock calipers — six-piston up front and four-piston on the rear — that bite onto 15.7-inch front and 15-inch rear brake discs made from a matrix of carbon fiber and ceramic.

Competition

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

With its incredible amount of power the new F-Type R Coupe will have no problem standing face to face with high-performance sports cars, like the Nissan GT-R for example.

They deliver the same amount of power and are priced about the same. We know they deliver different performance figures, as the GT-R goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph, but we’re pretty sure Jaguar has some goodies left in its pocket for a future R-S version.

The 2015 GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers a total of 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a paddle-shifted, six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Prices will start in the $100k area.

Audi R8 V10

Audi R8 V10

For a very long time, the Audi R8 V10 was one of our favorite sports coupe on the market, thanks to its elegant look, its powerful engine and its fun-to-drive character.

Well, with the new F-Type R Coupe hitting the market, the R8 V10 has lost its top spot.

The R8 V10 is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 390 pound-feet of twist at 6,500 rpm. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 196 mph.

As you can see the R8 is also a little bit faster than the F-Type R Coupe, but it is also considerably more expensive: $151,200.

Conclusion

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The new Jaguar F-Type Coupe R is a nice kick for the sports coupe segment. It is powerful, great looking and very cheap considering its performance. Most cars that look as sexy as the F-Type R Coupe and have this kind of power cost nearly $300k, but the F-Type R Coupe is rather affordable for the type of numbers it lays down.

LOVE IT
  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Cool price for the specifications figures
  • Great look
LEAVE IT
  • Where’s the R-S?

Press Release

The F-TYPE R Coupe represents the pinnacle of the F-TYPE range. Powered bya 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8, the F-TYPE R Coupe achieves 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds2 with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, 50-75 mph takes a mere 2.4 seconds2.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The supercharged engine of the F-TYPE R Coupe delivers not only exhilarating performance but also tremendous efficiency thanks to the technologies incorporated into it, including spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT). The high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminum block is stiffened with cast-iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps. The four-valve cylinder heads are fed by a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger via two air to liquid intercoolers.

The F-TYPE R Coupe is fitted with an Adaptive Dynamics system3 that actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. The system is designed to continuously monitor driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, adjusting damper rates accordingly up to 500 times a second to optimize stability. For the F-TYPE R, the Adaptive Dynamics controlling software has a bespoke tune, working in tandem with revised spring rates all-round to deliver consistent, progressive and exploitable handling. Compared to F-TYPE V8 S Convertible, spring rates are increased by 4.3% at the front and 3.7% at the rear.

Engaging Dynamic mode delivers firmer damping rates, increased steering weighting, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response. In the F-TYPE R Coupe, Dynamic mode is configurable on the central 8" touchscreen, allowing the driver to save vehicle settings.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In addition to the fundamental suspension changes, the F-TYPE R Coupe features a new second-generation Electronic Active Differential3 which works in conjunction with a Torque Vectoring system. The Electronic Active Differential (EAD) builds on the progressive handling advantages of a mechanical limited-slip differential by precisely controlling the amount of driveline torque fed to each wheel. The EAD utilizes an electric motor which operates a multi-plate clutch; by rapidly and continuously analyzing a range of electronic inputs it is able to immediately vary torque transfer to each driven wheel to maximize traction.

The EAD system fitted to the F-TYPE R Coupe features a sophisticated second-generation controller. It continuously estimates surface friction, comparing that to the driver’s torque demand and delivering accurate locking torque as a result. A new handling controller also means the EAD has the ability to match the car’s response with the driver’s inputs during both on-power understeer or off-power oversteer conditions. Working in parallel with the Torque Vectoring system3, the controller is capable of reacting to the ECU’s torque request - ranging from open to full locking torque - in under 200 milliseconds.

Torque Vectoring - a standard feature on F-TYPE R Coupe - is designed to apply finely metered braking torque individually to the inner wheels as necessary, helping to turn the car into corners more precisely. Using an array of electronic sensors in the F-TYPE R Coupe, the Torque Vectoring system determines when corner entry speed may induce understeer. It then calculates the level of brake force needed to correct the car’s direction and, via the ABS system, applies that precise braking force to individual inner wheels as necessary. Torque Vectoring works at a subtle level, correctively and predictively, finely adjusting the trajectory of the F-TYPE R Coupe for optimal handling.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The EAD and Torque Vectoring systems in the F-TYPE R Coupe - which work together with the car’s Dynamic Stability Control system3 - complement each other to optimize traction, cornering ability and, most importantly, to maximize steering feel and agility. As a result, the use of available grip is always optimized, enabling the F-TYPE R Coupe to carry more speed into, through and out of corners, while delivering precision handling during high-speed maneuvers.

The F-TYPE R Coupe includes the Jaguar Super Performance braking system. This system features 15-inch (380mm) front and 14.8-inch (376mm) rear discs - with red painted calipers. Brake cooling is optimized via under-body channeling of air, through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis.

The eight-speed ’Quickshift’ transmission has been recalibrated to make the best use of the 550hp engine in the F-TYPE R Coupe. Its eight, close ratios help to fully exploit the engine’s rev range and ensure that it remains within its optimal power band with every gear change. Manual control is available to the driver at any time, using either the steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift selector.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The Active Sports Exhaust system in the F-TYPE R Coupe - with quad, outboard-mounted tailpipes - offers an authentic, rich sound, developing to an aural crescendo at high RPM. The system uses electronically controlled bypass valves in the exhaust which are mapped to open according to a range of parameters, altering the exhaust gas routing into a freer-flowing path to reduce back pressure and enhance sound quality. Selecting Dynamic mode or pressing the standard override button enables driver control of the system.

The aerodynamic bodywork of the F-TYPE Coupe - gloss black front vanes beneath the shark gills and matte side sill extensions - aid its stability at speed. The window finishes on the F-TYPE R Coupe model are highlighted in bright anodized aluminum along the frames of the side glass, with the grille surround and side air vents in bright chrome, while the optional Black Pack adds gloss blacked out trim. The front air splitter, side vents, door mirror covers, hood vents and engine cover are available in carbon fiber.

20-inch ’Gyrodyne’ style wheels in silver finish are standard on the F-TYPE R Coupe, while a dark grey and diamond-turned version is optional.

Interior

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The driver-focused cabin in the F-TYPE R Coupe clearly conveys the car’s pedigree and sporting prowess, through a combination of taut styling, involving interfaces, and premium materials and textures.

Performance seats in the F-TYPE R Coupe have inflatable bolsters for support during high-G cornering.2 The seats are finished in premium leather, with the ’R’ logo embossed on the headrest. A ’Jet’ black interior trim is offered with three options of contrast stitching - Ivory, Red or Firesand - on the instrument panels, door panels, grab-handle highlight and console. There are also three sporting color options on the Jet black seats - Ivory, Camel or Red contrast seat surfaces, each with similarly-matched contrast stitching.

The premium trim in the F-TYPE R Coupe also includes leather on the instrument panel and cluster, armrests, door inserts and the center console. Leather or Suedecloth headliners are optional. The driver focused cockpit conveys its sporting intentions with a small-diameter, flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in Jet black leather with the R logo. A round wheel is a no-cost option.

Also standard on the F-TYPE R Coupe is the top-spec 770W Surround Sound audio system by British audio experts MeridianTM, as well as heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

AVAILABLE CARBON CERAMIC MATRIX BRAKES (available after introduction)

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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.


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