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
Moving swiftly on. I mentioned changes to the chassis. The springs are stiffer, just by a tiny amount. But you do feel that there's more precision and feedback in the Coupe, mostly because its body is vastly stiffer (even though the open-top version is pretty good for its kind and never noticeably wobbles). The hardware of the dampers, the brakes and the electronically controlled, variable diff lock is all unaltered. But it's in the nature of car development these days that the car really feels different, thanks to alterations to the electronic control of the adaptive dampers and the e-diff, plus the use of fiddle-braking to turn the car into a bend. Even when you think you've ‘turned the electronics off', in this sense, you haven't - and it's the same with most other modern sports cars.
You might have turned off the ESP and you can skid, but the events leading up to the skid, and your chances of moulding it into the neat drift you were aiming for, definitely remain within the remit of those clever little binary streams.