Video: Chris Harris Reviews the New Jaguar F-Type Coupe R
Chris Harris is always dependable for having a jolly good time during his video reviews, and this one of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is no different. Tire smoke, sideways shenanigans, and fast lap times are a guarantee.
At the beginning, Harris gives an honest opinion of the Jag’s interior. He takes issue with a few points throughout the cockpit, noting the random bit of low-rent materials, miss-matched type fonts, and odd ergonomics. The imperfections are far from a deal breaker though as he can’t seem to get over the F-Type’s exterior aesthetics – especially its “incomprehensibly attractive posterior.”
After a full rundown of the inner bits, Harris gets down to business making the Jag dance around the corners of some picturesque mountain road. The F-Type’s ability to be a subdued Grand Touring car is astonishing given its beastly on-track attributes and unbridled 550 horsepower prancing from its supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8. Even with the traction control off, Harris says the car is so predictable, so well handling that it’s a cinch to drive fast. Getting the tail out is a simple task with 502 pound-feet of torque on tap.
At the track, however, things are even better. With the computer in the right settings and the tires warmed up, the F-Type scoots around with surprising purpose. Its visceral sounds and ostentatious exhaust calls like trumpets of triumph as the Jaguar barrels around corners like it was a Porsche 911. Its steering, in fact, Harris enjoys more than the 911’s — a car as a whole, he later says, has become “weak" these days.
Harris ends the review by concluding the F-Type might just be the best Jaguar has built since the iconic E-Type of the 1960s. “This is,” he says, “might be the E-Type of my generation.”