F-Type S Coupe 3.0 V6 Supercharged
got a glorious Salsa Red coupe
body, runs all the way to 171mph
and hits 62mph in 4.9 seconds.
The iconic Jaguar on its nose says
everything and it turns heads with
a vengeance it can only be the
F-Type S Coupe...
IT'S THE KIND OF CAR would-be lottery winners lust after; yet, surprisingly,
it's a car you don't even need one million pounds to buy
a mere sixty grand would see it on your driveway!
£60,250 buys you 374bhp if you want more, there's always the explosively-quick
542bhp V8 R but for that you'll need to stump up another £25K. Whatever powerplant
is under the contoured bonnet of your F-Type Coupe you'll need to get used to
the envious looks thrown your way wherever you go, as well as being approached
by total strangers who just want to tell you what a great-looking car it is…
Which it most certainly is. Just look at that swept-back cabin-rearward profile
stand next to the Coupe and you can't resist running your fingers
over its shapely shoulders and sublimely swollen rear wheelarches. A cleverly
unadorned and deceptively captivating piece of design.
while the gorgeous looks are seductive enough to sideline even its topless sister,
they're not about beauty per se the fixed-roof bodyshell endows
the two-door coupe with more rigidity than the drop-top version. Proof of this
can be seen by the fact that the Coupe's all-aluminium structure is rigid enough
to accommodate a panoramic glass roof.
Just look at that
stand next to the Coupe
and you cant
running your fingers
over the shapely
shoulders and the
sublimely swollen rear
arches. A cleverly
piece of design...
In fact, the F-Type Coupe is the most torsionally rigid production car Jaguar
has ever built. And the stiffer body has given Jaguar's engineers the opportunity
to finesse the suspension and damping. While it's not visible like the panoramic
roof, it's nevertheless tangible from the very first off.
The moment you pull away the Coupe feels confidently 'planted'
and at the same time palpably more precise and nimble on its gloss black, 20-inch
alloy wheels than the drop-top F. And while the seemingly 'sprayed-on' Pirelli
rubber (255/35s at the front with 295/30s bringing up the rear) indubitably
enhances the grip, it's the accomplished chassis that makes it all happen.
While it looks physically substantial, the Coupe never feels anything other
than as lithe and supple as its big cat name implies. The steering is keen,
accurate, and well-weighted. Much of its 'free spirit' feel is down to the fact
that its pro-active driver aids are as discreet as his lordship's butler; involving
themselves when necessary, but for the most part working discreetly behind the
scenes to the degree that you're rarely aware of their existence.
The Coupe's taut body control is impressive; the fluent manner it maintains
balance and grip as it flows through quick corners, all the while keeping those
huge Pirellis in contact with the road even when racing over bumpy blacktop,
sets it apart from its peers. Refined GT? It plays that role effortlessly; nonchalantly
even. The harder act, that of true-blue sports car, it makes its very own by
serving up a driving experience that's pretty damn flawless.
The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 puts a potent 374bhp backed by 339lb ft at your
command (and pleasure!), delivered to the rear wheels via Jaguar's eight-speed
QuickShift transmission. Press the Start button and the engine fires up with
a pleasing burble that hints strongly at the fun to come.
sounds emanating from the dual exhaust's twin trumpets are absolutely addictive;
so much so that we tended to leave the active sports exhaust switch in it's
'loud' position where even somewhat reined-in acceleration triggers a smile
on your face.
light it up and you'll get the whole enchilada: a full-on banshee howl as you
keep the pedal to the metal; and an intense crackling and popping when you lift
off near the redline that outdoes the Bastille day fireworks at Trocadéro. Once
heard, never forgotten!
Really light it up and
youll get a full-on
banshee howl as you
keep the pedal
to the metal;
and an intense crackling
and popping when
you lift off near the
redline that outdoes the
Bastille day fireworks
Once heard, never
With eight gears and a deliciously tractable 374bhp V6, the Coupe is always
primed for the starter's pistol or in this case, your right foot.
Zero to sixty-two miles-per-hour is very quick. And the fast-acting, seamlessly-shifting
eight-speeder makes it feel even faster.
Make no mistake play hard and this supercharged V6 generates enough
'g' to press you back in your seat (there's even a g-meter fitted to monitor
g-force). Flat out, you'll hit a genuine electronically-limited 171mph.
At any speed the Coupe feels vastly rewarding to drive: smooth and comfortable
as it lopes effortlessly along motorways; invigoratingly playful on twisty back
roads; and at any point, capable of transforming from refined GT to hard-edged
sports car in the blink of an eye.
'Economy' is most definitely not the first word that comes to mind when you
look at this true-blue 171mph sporting machine. The official Combined figure
is 32.1mpg. Given our 28.1mpg average during a full week's enthusiastic driving,
it's likely that some self-restraint could see a real-life extra-urban figure
not far short of the official 42.2mpg and thanks to its 16-gallon
tank, that could mean an impressive 550 miles between forecourt visits when
Complementing the chassis's inherent ability are a number of driver aids that
ratchet-up the Coupe's dynamism and ease-of-use including a limited-slip diff,
traction and stability control systems and, for those who can't wait to get
off the line, launch control.
The QuickShift transmission offers a choice of fully auto or full manual sequential
control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central SportShift lever,
as well as a proper Sport mode. Using the flickable JaguarDrive switch alongside
the joystick selector enables the driver to choose a Winter mode for slippery
road conditions or an even sportier driving style: Dynamic select
both Dynamic and Sport then the autobox is as 'manual' as it gets with no automatic
upshifts even at the rev limit, apart from those made via the paddles.
The driver also has the option of configuring the suspension, steering, throttle
response, and gear shift settings to suit his or her own personal tastes plus
the Dynamic Stability Control button offers two further settings for über-keen
drivers: DSC off and TracDSC which provides an even more dynamic and involving
drive on dry tarmac.
and matching and then exploiting all these settings will keep you entertained
forever... or you could just stick it in Sport and leaving it there.
The snug, low-slung driving position, fab wraparound
heated sports seats with adjustable bolstering and the reflection-free
all-black steering wheel confirm that the Coupes wide cockpit
has been configured with serious driving in mind...
box to tick is that for the switchable active sports exhaust (£350)
this goes one step beyond the standard sports exhaust system to provide a 'loud'
button that liberates the spine-tingling 'call of the wild' soundtrack. So good
it should be illegal but, thankfully, isn't.
Such a hard-charging machine should come with hugely competent and reassuring
brakes it does; they are. Best of all is the fine pedal feel.
Speed is effortlessly wiped off by the four red callipers that come with Jaguar's
High Performance Braking system, stopping the Coupe with pulse-steadying reassurance
even from high three-digit numbers.
Even wired drivers who want trackday responses from their steeds don't necessarily
want stripped-for-action cockpits. The F- Type shines through here
its plush, leather-clad, feel-good cabin is more hedonistic than hardcore. The
power-adjustable steering column moves away automatically for easy entry and
there's a touch of cool showmanship too air vents that glide silently
open when the start button is pressed.
The snug, low-slung driving position, fab 'wraparound' heated sports seats with
inflatable side-bolstering and prominent wings for support during high-speed
cornering, and the reflection-free all-black steering wheel to prevent distracting
reflections confirm that the Coupe's wide, driver-focused cockpit has been configured
with serious driving in mind. The controls are ergonomically spot-on; the joystick-style
SportShift gear selector intuitive to use; and fine visibility down the ridged
bonnet makes for accurate placing on the road.
The cabin's cocooning ambience is brightened by the natural light streaming
through the tinted panoramic glass roof (£1,250 and another easily-justified
options list tick). Headroom is excellent, by the way. And a word to the wise:
go for the heated steering wheel (£250).
Other desirable cabin features include a digital speed readout, idiot-proof
electric park brake (with 'drive through' function), rear spoiler button (if
you really must raise it below its automatic deployment speed of 70mph), CD-feed
in the storage box under the centre armrest, quite a lot of handy cubbies including
a deep bin between the seatbacks in the rear bulkhead, and the unclippable seatbelt-stays
on the seats' outer shoulders. Externally, the 'pop-out' door handles are a
likeably modish touch.
Infotainment system is easy to get around and comes with essential features
such as navigation, a reversing camera, Bluetooth, and DAB radio reception.
The standard-fit 180W hi-fi is fine although the 770W Meridian 12-speaker surround
sound system makes a congenial upgrade (£1,700) for cross-Channel grand touring
The Infotainment system
a reversing camera,
Bluetooth, and DAB
radio. While the 180W
hi-fi is fine, the 12-
surround sound system
makes a congenial
For your £60,250 you get a whole raft of standard kit including sports suspension
with adaptive dampers, limited-slip differential, active sports exhaust (with
centre-mounted twin exhaust pipes), high-performance braking system (with red
callipers), 19-inch alloys (20-inchers are optional), tyre repair system, heated
and power adjustable door mirrors (with auto dimming and approach lamps plus
side repeaters), power windows, bi-function HID Xenon headlamps with LED daytime
running lights and auto levelling, automatic 2-Zone climate control, auto-dimming
rearview mirror, cruise control and speed limiter, leather Sports seats with
power adjustment, multifunction three-spoke steering wheel with paddle-shifters,
power-adjustable steering column, SatNav, Bluetooth, 6-speaker 180W sound system,
tyre pressure monitoring, keyless start and entry, drive-off auto door locking,
rear parking aid, DAB radio, 8-inch colour infotainment touchscreen, USB and
iPod connectivity, launch control, blind spot monitoring, and Pedestrian Contact
Sensing with automatically deployable system.
With its short rear-overhang you might think boot space would be as precious
as that of its drop-top sister. If so you'd be wrong because there's actually
an accommodating 407 litres behind the Coupe's rear bulkhead more
than enough for some serious touring two-up or two sets of golf clubs. Not only
that but beneath the main boot floor you'll find a deep locker to hide away
and thrilling to drive, the F-Type Coupe is one of Jaguar's most capable and
And, like its glamorous spiritual forerunner the E-Type, it's also brilliant
value. So what are you waiting for?
F-Type S Coupe 3.0 V6 Supercharged | £60,250
Maximum speed: 171mph | 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds | Test Average: 28.1mpg
Power: 374bhp | Torque: 339lb ft | CO2 209g/km