We have known for quite some time now that Jaguar is hard at work on a coupe variant of its acclaimed F-Type model, which debuted only as a roadster. In fact, our spy photographers have caught the 2014 F-Type Coupe testing on multiple occasions, but this time around, we have something special for you to feast your eyes upon.
This little lady may look like the same old F-Type Coupe that we have caught testing before, but closer inspection will show you that this is anything but a normal version. If you take a close look at the brake system, you will notice some rather large, yellow calipers staring back at you. "Have a close read of what it printed on them: "Jaguar Carbon Ceramic." Also have a look at the rotors and you’ll notice that they are cross-drilled. Now, head to your local Jag dealer and ask for a 2014 Jag F-Type with the carbon-ceramic brakes and cross-drilled rotors; they’ll likely look at you funny because that is not an option.
This can only mean that this is a hopped up version of the F-Type Coupe , possibly an R-S variant. If this is true — please, car gods, let it be true — this means that this puppy pumps somewhere in the 550-horsepower range from a boosted V-8 powerplant.
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Not every one of the spy shots has these, but on this particular shot (above), you can see that the air intakes on either side of the front apron are blocked off. This is rather peculiar and leads us to believe that Jaguar is hiding enlarged intakes for the carbon-ceramic brakes or for the engine. If you’re only making a quick few laps in a testing session, there is no need to leave the vents exposed and risk a clever spy photographer catching them uncovered.
From this side shot you can see the yellow carbon ceramics in all of their glory. You also get another look at the "secret" front air vents that look to be rather massive to require that much camo and black duct tape. You also get a nice look at the rims, which split three ways at the end of each spoke — something that we haven’t seen on the F-Type option list either.
The backside image is nothing new, but a whole lotta sexiness for your enjoyment...
Jaguar built the F-Type to battle the 911, so what better to take on the F-Type R-S than the 911 Turbo S? With 560 horsepower at its disposal and a 2.9-second run to 60 mph, the 911 Turbo S is for only those that are brave enough to tackle it. Picking between the F-Type R-S Coupe and the 911 Turbo S will certainly be a struggle as of now, but things may become clearer as the real performance numbers start rolling out.
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After a year off, the R8 V10 came back with a slight refresh and a 525-horsepower V-10 engine in tow. This is likely more on the F-Type R-S’s radar than the 911 Turbo S, given its 3.8-second run to 60 mph.