Jaguar F-Type Coupé: The Last Jewel in the Crown

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It is often said that beauty is subjective, that to taste colors. And not. After all, beautiful is what pleases the eye and there are things that are far from doubt. In fact, Jaguar has been in charge of demonstrating it to us at the last Hall in Los Angeles. It has left us with one of the most beautiful coupes currently on the market. He has left us with the perfect example of what a British coupe should be. With muscle, with aggressiveness, but at the same time with perfect and delicate curves. The Jaguar F-Type Coupé is a design masterpiece… but it is also perfectly paired with a big heart of 550 horsepower.

The Jaguar F-Type with its convertible body left us months ago with a behind in which the fall of the gate together with the elongated rear optics, delved into a perfect set that to top it off is accompanied by a spectacular sound. In the coupe, that rear has been completely overcome, it has been accompanied by a perfect drop from the roof, by attractive proportions that only question whether to opt for the pleasure of driving in the open sky or for this spectacular silhouette released by the coupe. You have not made it easy for us, Jaguar.

Under its hood beats a V8 now carried up to 550 horses. Behind him, the inevitable weight of the past, of a grandfather, the Jaguar E-Type, which has been named on many occasions as the most beautiful production car, is soon said (although surely the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale can say something about).

Is the F-Type Coupé worthy successor to that E-Type coupe that in the sixties conquered half the world at the stroke of British design? I have no doubt.

The sportiness of the Jaguar F-Type is more than amply demonstrated if, before stepping on the accelerator, we look this feline in the eye, eye to eye. That same look, that same ribbed hood, those gills flanking the grille … that we found in the convertible model yes, but now nuanced by a rear in which the classic touch, the touch of elegant rebellion is more than present in that pillar later. Refined as savage.

Of course that sportsmanship is fully ratified if we raise its hood. Yes, there is a 3-liter V6 that perhaps has this body a little loose, available compressor through, in 340 and 380 hp, but this suit was tailor-made, by Ian Callum, to accompany the 8-cylinder heart in V and 550 hp of the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé. In fact, compared to the convertible, compared to the Jaguar F-Type R Cabrio, the coupe sports a power ceiling of 550 horsepower, being 495 horsepower in the convertible.

Its torque is 680 Nm, of course rear-wheel drive and performance reaches 100 km7h from standstill in just 4.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 300 km / h and it is capable of going from 80 to 120 km / h in just 2.4 seconds. For its transmission, an 8-speed automatic Quickshift gearbox is used and of course the 550 horses go from the V8 to the asphalt through the rear axle.

This power takes the F-Type to the ground of the Jaguar XKR-S GT, the Jaguar that to date was the current maximum benchmark for the brand’s sportiness, but it does so, becoming, with an aluminum chassis, the Jaguar with the highest torsional rigidity produced to date.

Along with this V8 and the aluminum chassis we find the Electronic Active Differential (an electronic self-locking differential) while for its brakes we can optionally resort to a provision of carbo-ceramic brakes with 398 mm front discs, accompanied by 6-piston calipers. and some 380 mm rear discs. In this case, in the case of choosing the endowment of carbo-ceramic brakes, we will be obliged to have 20-inch wheels.

In its two-seater cabin, the sportiness is more than demonstrated by the backet-type seats with large backs, and the driving position is completely separated from that of the co-pilot, not even inviting him to manipulate the climate control or the stereo. Before us, a steering wheel flattened by the base, incessantly seeking to convey that sportsmanship. The customization of this cabin is fully present in the Jaguar options, meeting with materials such as alcantara, aluminum and of course leather and even given its new nature as a coupe we can speak of greater practicality thanks now to a trunk that reaches up to 407 liters, but we are talking about a Jaguar F-Type … who the hell cares about practicality?

A commitment to the past

Jaguar has a huge commitment to history. A commitment to elegance and sportiness that generation after generation must fulfill without renouncing the British character of its design. Now it is the turn of the Jaguar F-Type, the coupe with the heritage of the Jaguar E-Type and with the still present Jaguar XK, now exercising more if possible as a GT than as a sports model, although the XKR, he XKR-S and especially the XKR-S GT insist on affirming otherwise; to the cabrio with the British tradition, almost at the height of the tea, of the roadsters, with a past in which we find illustrious silhouettes such as that of the XK120 and of course again with the E-Type, yes, with convertible bodywork.

Therefore the most direct legacy of the new Jaguar F-Type coupé is in the hands of the Jaguar E-Type … and that, without a second doubt, is an excessive compromise, the design of the Jaguar E-Type well deserves that we love it without concession some to sanity … and now the Jaguar F-Type coupe has to be capable of that too.

That long nose and a contained rear where the curvature of the drop of the roof gains the bulk of the limelight, as is now the case with the Jaguar F-Type Coupé, was presented, under the name of Jaguar E-Type, XK-E in the United States, in the early 1960s, in 1961, lasting on the market until the mid-1970s.

In his wake he left us an important mark in the chronology of the history of motorsport as one of the most beautiful cars, something that Enzo Ferrari himself was in charge of affirming, a beauty even recognized by the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) of New York. In addition to this milestone, we can consider the Jaguar E-Type as one of the first mass-produced European sports cars, since during the 14 years it was on sale, more than 70,000 units were sold. Among its owners we find Steve McQueen and Brigitte Bardot.

Under its hood the original Jaguar E-Type had a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder block that reached 265 horses with a torque of 350 Nm and that was already worth it in the sixties to reach a speed of 240 km / h. Its price was 2,256 pounds, at about 2,700 euros.

After the 6-cylinder in-line mechanics came a 4.2-liter alternative that delivered the same power as the 3.8, while in the 70s a mechanic was already introduced V12 of 5.3 liters that delivered 270 horses.

At that time, a spectacular Aston Martin also arrived from the United Kingdom DB5, Lamborghini was immersed in the Miura, the Islero and the Espada, Ferrari with the 365, Porsche with the 911 and the projects of the 912 and 914.

The Jaguar E-Type was succeeded by the Jaguar XJ-S, later called XJS, available both with coupe body and convertible body and even with a Targa alternative in its range. Its production was also long-lived, lasting from the mid-1970s to 1996, managing to exceed 115,000 units produced.

Beyond the sports concept that the Jaguar E-Type presented in the sixties, the Jaguar XJ-S went further in the line of Gran Turismo, a line that would later be followed by its successor, the Jaguar XK, who currently, even with rumors already of a new model in the coming years, it shares the range with the Jaguar F-Type, which we can consider a more direct successor to the Jaguar E-Type, even taking into account that the Jaguar E-Type coupé was a 2 + 2 and not a two-seater as the F-Type coupe is presented today.

Under the hood of the XJ-S was still present a mechanic V12 5.3 liters, as the last of the E-Type looked, achieving a power of 284 horses. In addition, after its debut, already in the 1980s, a 3.6-liter inline 6-cylinder alternative was introduced that delivered a power of 224 horsepower. In the last stage, in the 90s, we find another 6-cylinder 4-liter, around 230 horses, as well as a V12 of 6 liters that delivered 300 horses.

At the end of the 80s the Jaguar was presented XJR-S, a sports version, produced by Jaguar Sport, which is limited to 350 units and maintaining the mechanics V12 5.3-liter, as well as later the 6-liter block, introduced new details in its bodywork, new wheels and especially a tuning of the specific cycle part.

Therefore, from the E-Type to the XJ-S we find ourselves a step from a sports car to a GT, which later would give way to a Jaguar XK of which its second generation is currently marketed, preserving the GT spirit, to finally meet the Jaguar F-Type, who seems set to inherit the charm of the E-Type.

You have not made it easy for us Jaguar

When the Jaguar F-Type project took its first steps, many saw in this new two-seater from Jaguar a direct rival to the Porsche 911. Upon arrival, the feeling was that the F-Type was one step below the eternal Stuttgart sports car … but before deciding between the purchase of the German or the F-Type there is a question we have to answer … convertible or coupe?

Jaguar has not made it easy for us to choose one or the other. The Jaguar F-Type roadster does not fall short in beauty and also offers the plus of being able to convert when we want to go on to enjoy the V6, or of course better the V8, without a roof that mediates between our ears and the exhaust system. But of course, there is the coupe, with a spectacular rear drop, with an elegant rear, with that rear glass and to top it off in the V8 version with an extra 50 horsepower.

Coupe or Roadster? … difficult choice.


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