The much-anticipated Jaguar F-Type Coupe has officially made its global reveal at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The newly launched car is the hard top version of the F-Type roadster revealed in Paris last year. The Coupe is based on the C-X16 concept car penned by Ian Callum that Jaguar revealed in Frankfurt back in 2011.
"Creating a sports Coupe 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 F-TYPE Coupe, I believe we've got it right. The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin of the F-TYPE Coupe inspires me every time I see it," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
The new Jaguar F-Type Coupe is built on a rigid bonded and riveted all-aluminum platform. It has been designed to convey a powerful visual image of a true sports car. The expertise at Jaguar in aluminum vehicle architecture has been essential in enabling both the uncompromised design aesthetic, while delivering the fundamental dynamic attributes - essential to any sports car - of low mass and an extremely rigid body. It is available with either a panoramic glass roof or aluminum roof with identical torsional rigidity. Ample trunk space is evidenced with a capacity of two sets of golf clubs accessed by a power assisted tailgate.
Headlining the new sports coupe from Jaguar is the 'R’ version powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine pushing out 550 PS with an electronically limited top speed of 186mph. The V8 engine gets spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT) technologies and Roots-type twin vortex supercharger. The engine will be mated to a close ratio ZF 8-speed 'quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel mounted paddles or the SportShift lever. An Active Sports Exhaust electronically controls bypass valves depending on preference and driving mode.
The Type R is also fitted with Adaptive Dynamics system that actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. A Dynamic Mode, when dialed in stiffens the suspension further and adjusts steering, shifting and throttle response for spirited driving duties. For stopping duties, it gets the larger Jaguar Super Performance brakes with red calipers. It will be equipped with a new electronic active differential and active torque vectoring to aid in handling the 550 PS beast out of fast corners by optimizing traction and maximizing agility. 20-inch 'Gyrodyne' style wheels in silver are standard.
Inside, the 'R' gets a performance oriented cabin which includes premium leather performance seats with inflatable bolder for better support, more leather can be found on the instrument panel cluster, armrests, door inserts and center console. A small-diameter, flat-bottom steering wheels is also standard performance equipment, but a round wheel is also an available option. In case you get tired of listening to the engine, a top-spec Meridian 770-watt audio system has also been fitted.
The V6 F-Type Coupe models will be powered by 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engines in 380 PS (Type S) and 340 PS (standard) versions. Both engines will also be mated to the 8-speed 'quickshift’ transmission. Both V6 powered models will also be priced lower than their convertible counterparts.
For those who feel the need for more braking, an optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake system is available with 398mm front and 380mm rear brakes with yellow six-pot front and four-pot rear calipers. Included with the brake upgrade are forged 20-inch gloss black/diamond turned 'Storm' wheels.