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The Top Gear car review:Jaguar F-Type Coupe
For:V8 soundtrack, more practical than convertible, enhanced handling
Against:R is very expensive, ride more sudden than you might expect of a Jag
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 Jaguar 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 £51,775 and £60,775 respectively), while above them – quite a long way above them – sits the £86,825 Coupe R. This uses the same basic 5.0-litre supercharged V8 powerplant as the V8 R convertible, but with the wick turned up another 54bhp to 542bhp. For 2016, Jaguar brought in manual gearboxes and AWD as well. It says it’s a particularly rear-led system, so shouldn’t lose too much of the regular car’s attitude - but give more opportunity to use all its power. Spot these cars by their reprofiled bonnet bulges.