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
There's sense to go with the beauty. The sloping tail encloses more volume than the Convertible's flat bootlid, and the bulk of the folded canvas roof is also absent here. So, in place of the Convertible's hilariously tiny rear glovebox, you've now got a proper boot. At a stroke, this kills the main criticism of the roadster. The Coupe is a proper GT, rather than a car reserved for people who don't balk at buying new clothes whenever they arrive at their overnight stop.
From the driving seat, it's much like the roadster. The whole architecture embraces you snugly, like a sports car should. The R gives you the deep bucket seats that are options on other F-Types. They hold you properly when the forces get lateral, as they surely will. It's stylish in here too, except for the navigation-info-configuration screen, which is standard JLR stuff, a system that's now beyond pensionable age. Apart from overly complex menus and sluggish response, it has ugly, coarse graphics that are a betrayal of the designers' work all over the rest of the car.