- The new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever
- The model line-up is headlined by the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé, its 405kW/680Nm 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine enabling acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.2-seconds, and a top speed of 300km/h (limited)
- The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé features Jaguar’s second-generation Electronic Active Differential which works in parallel with a new Torque Vectoring by braking system to deliver enhanced agility and exploitable handling at the limit
- Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé builds on Jaguar’s industry-leading expertise in aluminium delivering torsional rigidity of 33,000 Nm/degree – it is the most torsionally rigid production Jaguar ever
- The all-aluminium Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé embodies the uncompromised design vision of the award-winning C-X16 concept
- Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé and Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé models complete the range, powered respectively by 280kW and 250kW versions of Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, giving 0-100km/h in 4.9/5.3-seconds and top speeds of 275/260km/h
- A Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm discs front/rear – is optional on both Jaguar F-TYPE R and Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé models – see sidebar.
- All engines drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift lever
- The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé has up to 407-litres* of boot space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – the tailgate being available with optional power assisted opening
- TYPE, Jaguar F-TYPE S and Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S
- Pricing: the Jaguar F-TYPE, Jaguar F-TYPE S and the Jaguar F-TYPE V8 R are priced at R843 404, R982 404 and R1 534 189 respectively
“The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé provides its driver with a unique sports car experience. It combines seductive design with cutting-edge technology and performance which is truly breathtaking. Engaging, precise, intuitive and alive – it is the definitive sports Coupé.”
Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover
Pretoria, 23 June 2014 – The all-aluminium Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé – the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car that Jaguar has ever produced – is now in South African Jaguar showrooms, with three versions on offer:
- Jaguar F-TYPE R
- Jaguar F-TYPE S
- Jaguar F-TYPE.
“The introduction of the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé completes the process started here just under a year ago when we launched the Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible, and with both open and closed versions of this dynamic two-seater now on offer we are poised to dominate the sports car market in South Africa,” said Kevin Flynn, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa.
“The convertible is already the best-selling open sports car in the country, and we expect the Coupé to have broader appeal and will outsell convertible by about two to one. It is more hard-core than its open-top sibling, while the V8R flagship represents the zenith of our philosophy of making innovative, seductive performance cars. ”
The range-topping Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 405kW/680Nm tune, delivering acceleration to 100km/h in 4.2-seconds, and a top speed of 300km/h (electronically limited).
The Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé and Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé are powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engines in 280kW/460Nm and 250kW/450Nm forms respectively, giving 0-100km/h in 4.9/5.3-seconds and top speeds of 280/260km/h.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé embodies the uncompromised design vision of the stunning Jaguar C-X16 concept sports coupé that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, its dramatic cabin-rearward stance being defined by three heartlines. The first two heartlines – shared with Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible – form the muscular front and rear wings, the third heartline being the sweeping Coupé roof profile which provides an unbroken silhouette while emphasising the visual drama of the tapered cabin sitting between powerful rear haunches.
Jaguar’s expertise in aluminium technology has enabled the design vision for the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé to be delivered in a lightweight yet extremely strong bodyshell. Torsional rigidity for all Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé variants is 33,000 Nm/degree – greater than in any previous production Jaguar – this rigidity providing the basis for excellent dynamic attributes.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé’s body side is made from a single piece aluminium pressing, probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side in the automotive industry, eliminating the requirement for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. The roof panel itself is available in either aluminium or panoramic glass form. A deployable rear spoiler sits within the tapered shut-line of the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, while slim, wrap-around LED lamps flank a beautifully engineered tailgate, with optional powered open/close functionality.
To deliver assured, progressive handling in line with its 405kW output, the range-topping Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé features a bespoke suspension set-up and new dynamic technologies. These include a second-generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD) and – for the first time on a Jaguar – Torque Vectoring by braking, these systems working in parallel to provide immediacy of response and exploitable handling. The EAD system automatically redistributes engine torque between the rear wheels to ensure excellent on-the-limit control, while Torque Vectoring by braking intelligently applies precisely metered braking force to the inner wheels as necessary during cornering to enhance agility. Sports suspension with Adaptive Dynamics damping and Configurable Dynamic Mode further enhance the Jaguar F-TYPE R’s immediacy of response, providing an exhilarating and involving driving experience.
Every Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé model utilises Jaguar’s eight-speed close-ratio Quickshift transmission which is optimised for sporting performance, with full manual sequential control from the central SportShift selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé range complements the existing three-car Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible model line-up; the V6-engined Jaguar F-TYPE (250kW) and Jaguar F-TYPE S (280kW), and the 364kW Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S.
“With Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, the Jaguar engineering team has exceeded our considerable target of building a car that delivers even more driver reward than the acclaimed Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible. Engineering an exceptionally rigid all-aluminium Coupé body structure was the key to achieving this, as it’s the fundamental basis for enhanced dynamic attributes. The result is that the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is the most dynamically capable and involving Jaguar we’ve ever built.”
Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar
Jaguar F-TYPE COUPÉ: DESIGN AND STRUCTURE
Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguar and, as such, the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is immediately recognisable, building on the design of the stunning C-X16 concept sports Coupé and the Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible – winner of the 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’ award.
“Creating a sports Coupé is the purest of design tasks, and also the most challenging; get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, I believe we’ve got it right.
The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé’s long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin inspire me every time I see it.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé visual message is defined by three key ‘heartlines’, that visual message beginning with the formidable grille. It is from the twin ‘shark gill’ openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heartline – which mirrors the design of the Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible – flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED ‘J blade’ daylight running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheelarch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch.
The Coupé’s second heartline, also shared with the Convertible, begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheelarch, emphasising the car’s rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp.
The third heartline forms the Coupé’s dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping roof profile. Providing an unbroken silhouette, it highlights the visual drama of the tapered cabin nestled between the powerful rear haunches. The distinctive side window graphic, finished as standard in bright aluminium, accentuates both the compactness of the car and the roof profile.
Jaguar’s expertise in aluminium vehicle architecture has been essential in enabling both the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé’s uncompromised design aesthetic, while delivering the fundamental dynamic attributes – essential to any sports car – of low mass and an extremely rigid body. Measuring 33,000 Nm/degree, the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is the most torsionally rigid production car Jaguar has ever built.
A fundamental requirement for excellent dynamic attributes, delivering that rigidity figure required some innovative engineering solutions in order to maximise strength without impacting on the design vision. Due to the lack of B-pillars, Jaguar’s engineers were presented with the challenge of keeping the design’s sleek, pillarless, low roofline – combined with the need to create the optimum amount of interior space – while still achieving the necessary rigidity and strength targets. The solution was a high-strength, hydro-formed aluminium alloy beam which runs from the front of the A-pillar through to the back of the D-pillar, through the door opening line and back to the rear quarter window.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is available with either aluminium or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure – torsional rigidity is identical regardless of which roof is fitted.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé’s dramatic body sides are single-piece aluminium pressings – probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side outer panels in the automotive industry. These exceptionally deep-draw aluminium pressings have totally eliminated the requirement for joints in the panel surface. The body side panel is fabricated from high-strength and formable AC600 aluminium, which has also been used for structural reinforcement – both engineering firsts for Jaguar. The use of AC300 T61 aluminium in the body structure of the car provides additional strength thanks to its energy absorbing properties, ensuring maximum occupant protection.
In order to achieve the required aesthetic at the rear of the car, the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé features a hidden rear spoiler that sits within the tapered shut-line of the tailgate, and rises at speed in order to balance front and rear lift. The spoiler automatically rises at 112km/h and lowers when the speed drops below 80km/h, reducing lift by up to 120kg.
The width of the tail is emphasised by the slim, full-LED lamps that wrap all the way around the wings almost to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarches. These lamps feature hidden-until-lit technology, appearing solid until one of their functions is activated. The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé also features a ‘ribbon of light’ LED high-mounted stop light, which is hidden at the top of the beautifully engineered tailgate. The tailgate, available with powered open/close functionality, is made from composite materials, the boot-volume itself being up to 407-litres*.
Aluminium forms a significant part of Jaguar’s commitment to sustainability with up to half the content of the body coming from recycled metal. In addition, the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé’s structure is exclusively riveted and bonded – this manufacturing process emits up to 80% less CO2 compared to that from welding a comparable steel structure. Jaguar is also rolling out its closed-loop aluminium recycling system to its suppliers, ensuring all offcuts of metal from the manufacturing process are reused.
Jaguar F-TYPE R COUPÉ
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé represents the pinnacle of the Jaguar F-TYPE range. Powered byJaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 all-aluminium engine in 405kW and 680Nm form, the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé achieves headline figures of 0-100km/h in 4.2-seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h, 80-120km/h taking a mere 2.4-seconds. CO2 emissions are 278g/km
“The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé represents the pinnacle of Jaguar’s R Performance range – its power, performance and immediacy of response will reward the most enthusiastic of drivers while, most importantly, we’ve engineered the chassis to provide exploitable handling that inspires confidence. It’s precise, and it’s fast…a true driver’s car.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar
The R Coupé’s supercharged engine delivers not only exhilarating performance but also tremendous efficiency thanks to the technologies incorporated into it, including spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT). The high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminium block is stiffened with cast-iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps, providing refinement to match its power. The four-valve cylinder heads are constructed from high-grade, bespoke aluminium, between them sitting the Roots-type twin vortex supercharger fed by two intercoolers, which feature their own water-cooling circuit to reduce the temperature of the pressurised air, thereby optimising power and efficiency.
The torsional rigidity of the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s aluminium structure has ensured the best possible basis for offering the connected feel, agility and engaging driving experience expected of a Jaguar sports car. Every response, from the steering to the gearchange, throttle, brakes and the all-round double wishbone suspension, has been finely honed to be accurate, involving and immediate.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé is fitted with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system that actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. The system continuously monitors driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, adjusting damper rates accordingly up to 500 times a second to optimise stability. For the Jaguar F-TYPE R, the Adaptive Dynamics controlling software has a bespoke tune, working in tandem with revised spring rates all-round to deliver consistent, progressive and exploitable handling. Spring rates are increased by 4.3% at the front and 3.7% at the rear (compared to Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S Convertible).
Engaging Dynamic mode delivers an even more focused driving experience thanks to enhanced body control through firmer damping rates, increased steering weighting, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response. In the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé, Dynamic mode is configurable as standard via the central 8in touchscreen, allowing the driver to select and save settings according to their preference.
In addition to the fundamental suspension tune changes, the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé features a new second-generation Electronic Active Differential which, for the first time on a Jaguar, works in conjunction with Torque Vectoring by braking. Together, the two systems ensure agility at all speeds and exploitable on-the-limit handling.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s Electronic Active Differential (EAD) builds on the progressive handling advantages of a mechanical limited-slip differential by intelligently controlling the amount of driveline torque fed to each wheel. The EAD utilises an electric motor which operates a multiplate clutch; by rapidly and continuously analysing a range of electronic inputs it is able to immediately vary torque transfer to each driven wheel to maximise traction in any condition.
The EAD system fitted to the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé features a highly sophisticated second-generation controller. It continuously estimates surface friction, comparing that to the driver’s torque demand and delivering accurate locking toque as a result. A new handling controller also means the EAD has the ability to match the car’s response more accurately with the driver’s inputs during both on-power understeer or off-power oversteer conditions. Working in parallel with the Torque Vectoring by braking system, the controller is capable of reacting to the ECU’s torque request – ranging from open to full locking torque – in under 200 milliseconds.
Torque Vectoring by braking – a standard feature on Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé – applies finely metered braking torque individually to the inner wheels as necessary, helping to turn the car into corners more precisely. Using the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s array of electronic sensors, the Torque Vectoring system determines when corner entry speed may induce understeer. It then calculates the level of brake force needed to correct the car’s direction and, via the ABS system, applies that precise braking force to individual inner wheels as necessary. Torque Vectoring by braking works at a subtle level, both correctively and predictively, finely adjusting the trajectory of the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé for optimal handling.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R’s EAD and Torque Vectoring by braking systems – which work together with the car’s Dynamic Stability Control system – complement each other to optimise traction, cornering ability and, most importantly, to maximise steering feel and agility. Torque Vectoring by braking works to fine-tune trajectory around a corner, and as the car is pushed further to its limits, there is a natural, seamless transition to EAD.
As a result, the use of available grip is always optimised, enabling the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé to carry more speed both into, through and out of corners, while delivering precision handling during high-speed manoeuvres.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé uses Jaguar’s Super Performance braking system as standard. This system features 380mm front and 376mm rear discs – with red or black painted calipers. Brake cooling is optimised via under-body channelling of air, the air-flow being derived through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis.
The Jaguar F-TYPE’s eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission has been recalibrated to make the best use of the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s 405kW engine. Its eight, closely-stacked, sporting ratios help to fully exploit the engine’s rev range and ensure that it remains within its optimal power band with every gearchange. Manual control is available to the driver at any time, using either the steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift selector.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s switchable Active Sports Exhaust system – with its signature quad, outboard-mounted tailpipes – takes the aural excitement delivered by the 405kW engine to new levels. It offers an authentic, rich sound, developing to a howling crescendo as the upper limits of the rev range are reached. The system uses electronically controlled bypass valves in the rear section of the exhaust which are mapped to open according to a range of parameters, effectively altering the exhaust gas routing into a free-flowing straight-through arrangement to both reduce back pressure and enhance sound quality. Selecting Dynamic mode also opens the bypass valves, an override button enabling further driver control of the system. This is standard on the R.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s aerodynamic bodywork – gloss black front vanes beneath the shark gills and flat side sill extensions – aid its stability at the very high speeds of which it is capable. As standard the R Coupé’s window finishes are highlighted in bright anodised aluminium along the frames of the side glass, with the grille surround and side air vents in bright chrome, while the optional Black Pack adds gloss black window finishers, gloss black side power air vents and a gloss black grille surround. The front splitter, side power vents, door mirrors casings, bonnet power vents and engine cover are also available in carbon fibre.
20in ‘Gyrodyne’ wheels in silver finish are optional on the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé, while a dark grey and diamond-turned version is standard. As on any Jaguar F-TYPE specified with 20in wheels, the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé is available with optional ultra-high performance tyres which, with a unique tread pattern, offer additional steering precision, and increased levels of grip for the enthusiast driver.
Like all models in the Jaguar F-TYPE range, the R Coupé’s driver-focused cabin clearly conveys the car’s pedigree and sporting prowess, through a combination of taut, technical styling, involving interfaces and premium materials and textures.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s Performance seats have inflatable side-bolstering and prominent wings for support during high-speed cornering. The seats are finished in premium leather, with the ‘R’ logo embossed on the headrest. A pure ‘Jet’ interior colourway is offered with three options of contrast stitching – Ivory, Red or Firesand – on the instrument panels, door casings, grab-handle highlight and cubby box. There are a further three sporting options on the Jet seats – Ivory, Camel or Red duo-tones, each with similarly-matched contrast stitching.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé’s premium trim also includes leather on the instrument panel and binnacle, armrests, door inserts and the centre console. Leather or Suedecloth headlinings are optional. The driver-focused cockpit conveys its sporting intentions with a small-diameter, flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in Jet leather with the R logo. A round wheel is a no-cost option.
A new, full leather and Suedecloth Jet interior (with Cirrus contrast stitch) is also optional on all derivatives. Suedecloth is used on the seat facings, door casings, instrument binnacle pods and headlining – and can also be combined with a Suedecloth steering wheel.
Jaguar F-TYPE COUPÉ AND S COUPÉ
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is also available in two V6-supercharged powered petrol variants, both driving the rear wheels through eight-speed Quickshift transmissions; the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé and the Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé. Featuring the same rigid yet lightweight Coupé bodyshell as the Jaguar F-TYPE R, and combined with a finely tuned focus on ride, handling and performance, both the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé and Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé are true driver’s cars.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 250kW/450Nm tune, and is capable of 0-100km/h in 5.3-seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h. Standard features include Dynamic Mode, sports exhaust – both V6 models use twin, centrally-mounted tailpipes – sports suspension and Jaguar’s Performance Braking system (354/325mm discs front/rear) with silver calipers. The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is fitted as standard with 18-inch Vela wheels, partial leather/Suedecloth sports seats and a leather steering wheel with black paddles.
The Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé, powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 280kW/460Nm tune is capable of 0-100km/h in 4.9-seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 275 km/h. It features Dynamic Mode, Dynamic Launch, Active Sports exhaust, sports suspension with Adaptive Dynamics, Jaguar’s High Performance Braking system (380/325mm discs front/rear) with red calipers and a mechanical limited-slip differential. Both Jaguar’s Super Performance and CCM braking systems are optional. The Jaguar F-TYPE S Coupé is fitted as standard with 19-inch Propeller wheels, full leather sports seats and a leather steering wheel with Ignis paddles.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé model range is available with two audio systems from globally recognised British experts Meridian. These offer either 10 or 12 loudspeakers with outputs of 380W and 770W respectively. The Meridian systems benefit from the company’s huge experience in digital signal processing to create audio reproduction that is second to none. The top of the range offering also features Meridian’s proprietary ‘Trifield’ technology, which delivers an authentic and consistent surround sound to both occupants
[*Maximum boot volume quoted is up to tailgate. For full details see additional technical specifications file]
**CARBON CERAMIC MATRIX BRAKES
The Jaguar F-TYPE R and S Coupé models have an exclusive option of Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes. Vivid yellow monoblock calipers – six-piston at the front and four-piston at the rear – grip 398mm front and 380mm rear brake discs made from a matrix of carbon fibre and ceramic, which is extremely hard and highly resistant to wear. The CCM is also optional on the Jaguar F-TYPE S and V8 S Convertible
The CCM system offers consistent performance and excellent fade resistance even during sustained extreme driving conditions, while retaining the precise pedal feel of the standard system. Reduced wear and tear in day-to-day driving also means extended disc life.
CCM brakes offer considerable weight savings over standard steel brakes – the overall 21kg reduction in unsprung weight further enhancing handling dynamics. As CCM brakes generate more surface temperature than steel brakes, open-air intakes on the bumper and deflectors on the anti-roll bar direct increased airflow to the braking system – the attention to detail even extending to the use of new, heat-resistant valve caps.
CCM brakes feature a pre-fill system function that applies a low brake pressure to all four calipers when the throttle is released – and before the brake pedal is pressed again. The pre-fill system ensures a consistent brake pedal feel, and is tuned for speed proportionality. This means that at higher speeds it will give a consistently sharp, confidence-inspiring response, while at low car park type speeds the system will provide a more comfort-biased pedal feel.
Specify CCM brakes and your Jaguar F-TYPE R or S Coupé will come with 20-inch ‘Storm’ wheels. As standard these are in a satin grey anthracite finish, but an optional, forged version with gloss black/diamond-turned finish is offered.
CCM brakes are now also optional on Jaguar F-TYPE S and V8 S Convertible models.