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The Top Gear car review: Jaguar F-Type Coupe

£50,335£90,505
9/10
Overall verdict

For: 

V8 soundtrack, more practical than convertible, enhanced handling

Against: 

R is very expensive, ride more sudden than you might expect of a Jag
The F-Type is fun to drive, sounds fantastic and looks amazing. Job done.

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Jaguar

5.0 Supercharged V8 R 2dr Auto

£85,885
N/A
26mpg
4.00s
550bhp
255g/km

What we say: 

The Coupe proves that Jaguar can build a top line sports car. It's arguably more fun than a 911...

What is it?

The hard top version of the Roadster that arrived back in 2013 If you were wondering why Jaguar bucked the usual trend and launched the convertible first, well, you can blame America. It’s the biggest F-Type market and they demanded the drop top first. So got it.

But back to the coupe. Developed in tandem with the drop-top Jag, it uses the same pair of supercharged V6 engines with either 335bhp or 375bhp for the lesser two models (priced at £51,250 and £60,250 respectively), while above them – quite a long way above them – sits the £86,800 Coupe R. This uses the same basic 5.0-litre supercharged V8 powerplant as the V8 S convertible, but with the wick turned up another 54bhp to 542bhp. For 2015, Jaguar’s bringing in manual gearboxes and AWD as well.

Driving

The inevitable comparison here is against the convertible and it’s a good place to start. Not least because it’s the mid-range V6 S cabrio that’s the best to drive. The V8 S is certainly faster, but with so much power can be a bit wayward and has traction… issues. So you’d expect the R Coupe to be even more wild, but it’s not. 

The solid roof means there’s more strength in the chassis and the suspension has been lightly modified, too. The end result is a car that’s more harmonious, better balanced and allows you to use more of its power, more of the time. It’s a bundle of fun to drive, maybe not quite as together as a Porsche 911, but arguably more entertaining – not least because of the epic soundtrack that continually erupts from the four exhausts. The addition of AWD should make it even less intimidating; manual on the V6s adds to the driver engagement nicely.

On the inside

The cabin layout, as you might have guessed, is much the same as the convertible’s, but somehow the hard top feels more special inside. In part this is due to the shape of the roofline and the fact more light gets in, something that’s enhanced should you specify the optional glass roof. We’d suggest you do – it lifts the interior ambience a treat (and all the structural reinforcement is actually built in around it, so it shouldn’t unduly affect the dynamics). 

Perhaps even more importantly, the shapely back end now includes a hatchback and a far more accommodating boot. You can actually get things in it, like shopping bags and suitcases. You can still only take one passenger with you, mind. 

Owning

Well, the V6 coupe undercuts the convertible by around £7,000 and to our eyes is the better looking of the pair. That will pretty much seal it for most. Residuals should be solid given how handsome the car is and provided Jaguar doesn’t get too greedy with volumes. Oh, and watch the fuel economy – the supercharger has a thirst and the trip computer ain’t the most accurate.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5.0 Supercharged V8 R 2dr Auto AWD
3.9s 269g/km 25.0 550 £90,505
The cheapest
3.0 Supercharged V6 2dr
5.5s 234g/km 28.8 340 £50,335
The greenest
3.0 Supercharged V6 2dr Auto
5.1s 199g/km 33.6 340 £52,510

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

8/10

Aston Martin Rapide S

£149,144
Love the British coupe vibe, but need to carry more people? Steer yourself to an Aston Rapide or Bentley Conti GT