First and foremost, the F-Type Coupe is about passion. Both the passion that went into its creation and the passion it evokes in its driver.
In the case of the F-Type Coupe R, that passion is omnipresent. As Marty Padgett noted in Motor Authority’s first drive review, “It all lines up according to gospel here--and gospel truly is the analogue for what the F-Type Coupe R's vocal chops are capable of emoting through its active-exhaust system. We never mind the boggling numbers on tap for a few longish stints while running roughshod through rural Spain, just to listen. Even more so than in the roadster, the V-8 is nearly impossible to ignore. Minus the distractions of sun and breezes and gawkers caught mid-gape, the Coupe fills with the resonating throb of that thundering V-8, even when it's just waking up.”
Beyond the purely emotive side of the F-Type Coupe’s performance, particularly in R form, the hardtop F-Type also brings plenty of appeal in its other aspects, although there are a few compromises.
“What you won't spend a lot of time doing in any F-Type, Coupe or roadster, is packing,” wrote Padgett in his first drive review. “It's an object to be coveted, not to be projected upon with a bunch of futile practical notions. Two golf bags might nestle in longways behind the front seats, but the Coupe R doesn't strike us as the golfing type, anyway. A roll-on bag and two smaller camera bags wholly consumed a cargo hold we'd call shallow to its face.”
That (predictable) sports car caveat aside, the F-Type Coupe has much to offer. A luxurious interior styled in Jaguar’s latest themes means a focused and high-tech look, with substantial-feeling switches and buttons, fine leather upholstery, a driver-centric layout, and surprisingly comfortable seats for a compact sports car.
Ultimately, the F-Type Coupe, and especially the R, build on the the appeal of the F-Type roadster, honing its edge to a much finer point, while retaining all of the luxury and style we loved so much about the soft top.
As we concluded in our first drive, “Now that the F-Type Coupe has finally arrived, it's every bit the sportscar we’d hoped it would be.”
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