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
So here we go. First up, the ESP is in Track mode, and it's a very quick way to get about. As ever, the F turns into a corner with vivid enthusiasm and intensity.
Apparently, the new torque-vectoring system is supposed to make it even more resistant to understeer, by dragging the inside rear wheel if necessary. Well, hey-ho, the Convertible never felt like it had a problem there.
But mid-corner, the R Coupe does seem more precise and confident than I remember; the back and front ends seem more in tune with one another. Even with the ESP not fully off, you can play with the thing, get the power down and edge the tail out, and, when it goes, it's gentle and kind and you will likely catch it before the ESP feathers the power. Switch the ESP right off, and it feels quite happy to have its tail hung waaay out without the snake's-tongue suddenness of the V8S roadster.