Question: You’re given a choice between a similar car, one with 380 horsepower, the other with 550 horsepower. Which one would you choose? Duh, 550, right? Generally speaking, we feel the same way.
It’s a similar decision potential Jaguar F-Type Coupe customers face when they stroll into a Jaguar dealership, fat sack of cash in hand. Price is at least a passing consideration, as the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe we have starts at $77,925, with the 550-hp R Coupe (pictured below) beginning at $22,000 more. But it stands to reason if you have the scratch to drop 80 grand on a ride, then you could scrape up the extra dough for an R from your bank vault.
This F-Type R Coupe packs a 550-hp wallop.
Distill it all down and what you’re really paying up for is the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R’s heart: a wicked 5.0-liter V-8 with 550 horses and 502 pound-feet of supercharged fury. Our TEN test team recorded a 3.6-second 0-60 mph time and a quarter-mile time of 11.8 seconds at 122.3 mph. Thanks in part to the $12,000 carbon-ceramic brake option, the big cat whoa-ed down from 60 mph in just 101 feet and it pulled 0.94 g on the skidpad. Those are some serious bragging-right stats. And while its maniacal sonic assault will likely piss off your neighbors, it will bring you endless miles of unbridled joy.
Our Four Seasons 2015 Jaguar F-Type V-6 S Coupe, with its supercharged 3.0-liter (above) rated at 380-hp and 339 lb-ft, obviously trails those numbers, but for a six-banger this car pulls hard. At the strip it hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and cracked the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 107.4 mph. With the performance brake package affixed the car hauled itself down from 60 mph in 109 feet and it hit 0.90 g on the skidpad. While the six’s growl isn’t quite as boisterous as the V-8’s, it snarls in a similar fashion, especially when you punch the exhaust button on the center console and amplify the noise factor.
So the V-6’s numbers are nothing to scoff at, but when you’re in and out of cars with superior performance like editor-at-large Arthur St. Antoine, they can feel slightly more pedestrian: “I’ve become so spoiled of late by horsepower that runneth over (Nissan GT-R, Dodge Hellcat, Camaro Z/28) that 380 doesn’t feel particularly stout in this Jag -- despite the fact that the engine’s specific output is excellent. The Jag is fleet-footed but not electrifying. That said, the supercharged six really sizzles under full boot, particularly toward the top of the tach. And that overrun … man, does anyone do it better than Jaguar these days? I mean, how many cars actually make you look forward to lifting off the gas? But do it in the F-Type and the exhaust spits and crackles and bangs like a race car. Delicious.”
After spending extended seat time in our 2015 Jaguar F-Type V-6 S Coupe, my feelings are much the same as Art’s. No, it can’t match the R, but I’ve never had a problem flattening the throttle and blazing past L.A.’s rolling left-lane chicanes or exploding from an on-ramp green light into the flow of traffic. Panic stops are plentiful in the terminally snarled traffic, and the F-Type’s stout brakes have saved my bacon more than once. And its steering feel, while a bit on the heavy side, is direct and makes for quick, fluid lane changes.
Outside of engine choice, each car can be optioned up essentially the same way, short of a few small differences. So you can have your V-6 S looking just as good as the V-8, inside and out, for many thousands less. And judging by the stare-downs and thumbs-up I get everywhere I roll in L.A., this Jag looks really good to the masses. Put a gun to our head, and we’re picking the eight. But bottom line, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe S is a car with style for miles and performance to match.
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