2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe new car reviews

The modern Jaguar F-Type was rolled out in 2013 as a convertible sports car to embody the modern version of the legendary E-Type. It was recieved with high praise. We even got to test one out. The next year, Jaguar rolled out this, their hardcore coupe version of the new classic. In a word, it's astounding. With 550 horsepower being cranked out of its 5.0-liter supercharged V8, the reinvented F-Type can trumpet its way to 60 mph in just four seconds.

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Joe Gearin Joe Gearin
Associate Publisher

I'm not going to mince words. I love this car. For me, this Jaguar F-Type R embodies nearly everything I hold dear in an enthusiast machine. In a world of sanitized, over-insulated transportation pods, this Jag is like the Kool-Aid man breaking through a brick wall. This lovely feline hauls all the ass, speaks lovingly to you through the steering wheel, and barks like a Hell-hound when unleashed. Unlike Brit cars of old, it feels extremely solid, well made, and planted. Of course it's also one of the most beautiful automobiles ever made--- a fact that isn't lost on the non-enthusiast public. During my (way too short) time with the F-Type R, admiring glances, comments, and smiles come at you from all directions. This is not a car for a wallflower.

The great thing about this R Coupe is it's dual-nature personality. Don't listen to that baffoon Clarkson. (Top Gear review) When in normal mode, this car is quiet, refined and civil. I'd gladly cross country in it a thousand times over. Press the "Dynamic Mode" button though--- and it becomes the rip-snorting beast of your dreams. The Dynamic Mode isn't just for show--- it tenses the car's muscles, adds volume to the exhaust, and puts the car on it's toes. I found myself driving around in the aggressive mode, just to hear the exhaust pop, spit and bark--- even at sane speeds. And yes... I had a stupid grin on my face while I was acting like an adolescent.

So yes, it's even better than it looks--- and it's an absolute knockout. If it had a true manual gearbox it would be the perfect car for me. As it sits, it's probably the perfect car for nearly any enthusiast who isn't addicted to a left pedal.

A new 911 may be a superior car for those who value civility over visceral punch, but for those who like a little brutality in their fantasy, this is the Kool-Aid to drink!

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Wow.

That's pretty much my entire review right there. Just, wow.

Okay, the thing I know that people are going to gripe about: no stick shift with the big engine.

Let me say this about that. First, yes, I'm going to assume that if 99 percent of qualified buyers wanted a stick, then Jaguar would offer it. Follow the money, right?

Also, that eight-speed automatic is smooth--like twin-clutch smooth. Like, I could live with this transmission and not feel bad about myself.

The rest of the car? Perfect. It's the right size. It doesn't have a bad angle. I love the seats. The hatch isn't huge but is big enough. It sounds amazing. It's far from slow. Great stereo. Yes, there's a lot of buttons, but I quickly figured it out.

I even like the color. Basically, I'd call this a worthy alternative to a 911. It's not a cheap date. I can accept that.

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yamaha
yamaha MegaDork
3/11/15 11:47 a.m.

And '15s will be AWD wont they?

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
3/11/15 12:09 p.m.

The '15s should also have the H-pattern manual at last.

nderwater
nderwater PowerDork
3/11/15 12:44 p.m.

Such a pretty, pretty car. If only they weren't so expensive!

Basil Exposition
Basil Exposition Dork
3/12/15 9:47 a.m.

Had the Top Gear episode on this DVR'd and watched it last night. Even Clarkson couldn't find anything negative to say about it-- except that the leather seat squeaked on the bulkhead when he pushed it far back. Being as tall as he is, this isn't likely a common problem.

gearheadE30
gearheadE30 Reader
3/13/15 7:43 a.m.

With a stick, the f-type might be the only new car I would seriously consider. It just looks sooooo good, and makes the noises to match.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter PowerDork
3/13/15 10:02 a.m.

David, can you fit a guitar and smallish amp in it?

yamaha
yamaha MegaDork
3/13/15 10:26 a.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: The '15s should also have the H-pattern manual at last.

Not in any v8 package.....only the v6 and v6 type s will get a row your own. And those will be RWD only. The people running the booth at NAIAS were saying all the v8 versions will be automatics with awd.

Not that it would matter much, as if I were ever to buy one, it'd be a v6 type s with the row your own. I agree with Clarkson, the 6 pot is just iconic.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/13/15 12:00 p.m.
Tim Baxter wrote: David, can you fit a guitar and smallish amp in it?

I didn't try, but I could see a guitar fitting on the front passenger seat and a small amp in the back.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter PowerDork
3/13/15 12:55 p.m.

Nope, won't do. I'll keep the BMW. Personal best is 3 holllowbodies + amp and suitcase, all in the back.

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