Jaguar’s latest sports car, the F-Type Coupè was just introduced to the Malaysian market at Sisma Auto’s new showroom located at the ground floor of Menara Worldwide along Jalan Bukit Bintang. The sports coupè comes in two different flavours, the F-Type S with the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and the range topping F-Type R with the 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
|Name||Jaguar F-Type S Coupè||Jaguar F-Type R Coupè|
2,995cc supercharged V6
5,000cc supercharged V8
|Transmission||Eight-speed Quickshift automatic||Eight-speed Quickshift automatic|
|Max Power||380 PS @ 6,500 rpm||550 PS @ 6,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||460 Nm @ 3,500 – 5,000 rpm||680 Nm @ 2,500 – 5,500 rpm|
|0-100 km/h; Top speed||4.9 seconds; 275 km/h||4.2 seconds; 300 km/h|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM899,888||RM1,158,888|
After 40 long years since Jaguar’s last sports car (the E-Type) was made, the F-Type was made to take on some of Germany’s finest breed of sports cars, such as the Porsche 911. First off, the F-Type is fully constructed of aluminium. Its body is moulded from a single sheet of aluminium, eliminating the need for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. This increases its structural rigidity and improves handling dynamics as well.
Jaguar says the F-TYPE Coupé visual message is defined by three key ‘heartlines’, beginning with the twin ‘shark gill’ openings that sit on both sides of the grille, making the first heartline. The front headlights are accentuated by the LED ‘J-Blade’ styled DRLs. The Coupé’s second heartline begins at the rear edge of the door where lines are muscular, creating a strong visual impression of the rear wheel drive sports car. The third heartline forms the Coupé’s sweeping roof profile that gives it that distinctive silhouette.
Jaguar F-Type R – RM1,158,888
This range topping F-Type Coupé is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine that is made entirely out of aluminium. It makes a whopping 550 PS and 680 Nm of torque, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. The high-tech aluminium engine is also considerably efficient for its displacement, thanks in part to the Spray-Guided Direct Injection (SGDI) and Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing (DIVCT) technologies.
Features exclusive to the F-Type R are the panoramic glass roof, powered tailgate, quad exhaust tailpipes, the 20-inch Gyrodyne wheels, Jaguar’s Super Performance Brakes (380mm front and 376mm rear disc brakes) and Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by braking. The interior colour scheme can be chosen from either the dual tone red and black leather seats with red stitching or plain black leather seats with red stitching.
Jaguar F-Type S – RM899,888
There are two supercharged V6 engines found in the F-Type range, and they can be found in the F-Type and F-Type S. The former however, isn’t brought in by Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia, and it is unclear if they ever will. That aside, the F-Type S gets the more powerful supercharged V6, making 380 PS @ 6,500 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 3,500 to 5,000 rpm. Such numbers are good for a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds while managing an electronically limited top speed of 275 km/h. For comparison’s sake, the F-Type’s V6 makes 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque, gets to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and onto the 260 km/h top speed.
Visual differences that separate the R and the S variants are the 20-inch Tornado wheels, twin exhaust pipes, slightly smaller rear brakes (380mm front discs and 325mm rear discs), a mechanical limited-slip differential and body-coloured roof.
Differences aside, both the F-Types do share quite a number of standard features to suit your likings:
– Active Sports Exhaust (driving modes dictate exhaust sound)
– Dynamic Stability Control with Trac DSC mode
– Bi-function HID xenon headlights
– Deployable door handles and rear spoiler
– Paddle shifters
– Cruise control with speed limiter
– Twin dial instruments with built-in 5-inch display
– 14-way electrically powered seats with memory
– Configurable ambient interior lighting
– 8-inch touch screen display with GPS navigation, USB, Auxiliary and iPod connectivity
– Single slot CD/DVD player
– 380Watt Meridian Sound System
– Front and rear sensors with reverse camera
– Pedestrian contact sensing system
– Roll over protection system
All told, the F-Type Coupes both come with a five-year warranty programme with scheduled servicing and Jaguar’s premium roadside assistance. Both cars are available in three different exterior colours – Polaris White, Salsa Red and Stratus Grey.
So what do you think? About time for the Coventry-based carmaker to build a successor to the iconic E-Type, no?
Jaguar F-Type S Coupè
Jaguar F-Type R Coupè