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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Review

We drive the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in the Spanish mountains with rain for company. And go around a race track as well!

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe review action shot

There are so many things that feel right about the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe that I can't help liking it. Sure, its Rs 1.8 crore price tag isn't one of them. Nor is its lack of bottle holders in the door pockets, but then I am just nitpicking here. The bottom line is - the new F-Type Coupe is a gorgeous looking car. Compared to its Convertible sibling, the Coupe's design feels more complete; its rear haunches, more seductive; and its silhouette, icon ready. The roaring Jaguar logos on the grille and the wheels look menacing; the bulge on the bonnet conveys power; and the numerous vents all over - hood, fenders, and bumpers - speak of an engine which is a glutton for air; which it is with a supercharger and all. Cutting a long story short, the F-Type R Coupe is epic.

Sadly, the interior isn't as grand. It doesn't have half the flair of the Coupe's exterior. The design isn't cutting-edge modern and the materials just don't feel as expensive as the car's list price would suggest. To live with though, it is more than passable. The driving position is spot on and the visibility (this is a low slung sports car, lest you forget) isn't bad either. There's a whole lot of equipment in here as well from digital climate control to a multi functional steering wheel to even a reversing camera. And there are a couple of cup holders too and a boot that measures in at 407 litres. Yes, the luggage space is as large as the Hyundai Xcent, and that's worth a pat on Jaguar's back.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe interiors

The Coupe is based on the F-Type Convertible which is already on sale in India. It uses the same aluminium construction with pressing, casting and hydro-forming like processes used to bring both lightness and strength to the structure and it shares its underpinnings with the Convertible as well. It has the same track lengths, the same wheelbase and even the same brakes (well, mostly). What it does get additionally, is a fixed roof. And this roof has helped increase the F-Type's torsional rigidity by 80 per cent. So, the car (ideally) will jiggle less, and it should feel more pointy, connected and manageable than the Convertible.


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