Driving the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
The F-Type has arrived in 542bhp R Coupe form. But do more roof and more power make a better car?
Posted: 11 Mar 2014
Now, never for a moment have I mumbled quietly to myself, while flooring the throttle of that Convertible and struggling to referee the occasionally messy brawl that's going on between its rear tyres and the tarmac, "What this thing - ooops - really needs is - gulp - another 54bhp." Still, Jag reckons to have done clever things to make the thing more manageable. We will see.
It might have supercar power, but it isn't quite supercar size. It doesn't look stretched-out like a Mercedes SLS, for instance. Because the volumes aren't overblown, the surfaces can be beautifully uncomplicated yet still make sense. It doesn't look plain, even though there's very little adornment, just graceful purpose. The roof sweeps its way over into a hatchback. Set into the hatch is a rear windscreen that tapers down and back, emphasising the width of the gently rolling hills of the rear wings. It's a classic rear-drive power signifier, but done with a lovely elegance. From the side, the glazing envelope takes an upward kink, again reinforcing the sweep of those haunches.