2017 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review

Friday August 12th, 2016 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

By David Colman

Hypes: Fastest Jag Ever
Gripes: Hard To Fault

This Jaguar is scare yourself to death/go to jail now/do not pass go FAST! Even with the aid of a supercharger, it’s remarkable that Jag engineers have managed to extract 550hp and 502 pound-feet of torque from just 5.0 liters (302 cubic inches) of V8. We’ll take Motor Trend’s word for it when they discovered that the R Type will run the quarter mile in under 12 seconds (11.8 to be exact) with a trap speed of 122.7mph. Sixty miles per hour comes up in 3.6 seconds from a standing start. For sheer speed, the R-Type has very few rivals on the market today, and most of them (Corvette Z-06 excluded) cost twice or thrice the price of this Jag. And comparing this ultra refined, very buttoned down speedster to a Corvette is simply sacrilegious.

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

The first thing you notice when you insert yourself into the Jag’s tight cockpit is the exquisite level of refinement and design. All the dash surfaces sparkle with a metallic cross hatching that is ever so much more beguiling than passé carbon fiber. When you light the ignition, twin ram air scoops rise mysteriously, not from the hood, but from the dash top to provide air conditioning or heat. When you switch off, the vents restore themselves to their receptacles. It’s a welcome bit of British drawing room drama that is simply unforgettable.

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

The twin bucket seats are resplendent in mocha and black stripes which Jag terms its “Camel Duo” complete with contrasting colored “Camel Stitch.” These exceptionally supportive “Performance” seats are 14-way adjustable, manipulated by a bewildering array of chromed control stalks located on each upper door panel. The instrument binnacle contains a bevy of dazzlingly bright TFT instrument faces which keep you apprised of every mechanical function without requiring you to squint. Due to the abbreviated height of the side windows and the near horizontal plane of the back glass, outward vision is somewhat compromised. You need to be extra careful when docking this Jag as the convoluted and vulnerable front spoiler protrudes more than you might anticipate.

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

One of the nicest instrumentation features is the inclusion of a huge white meatball displaying an 80 point digit displaying the gear you have selected. Since 8 ratios are available from the “QuickShift” transmission, gear notification is essential information. Thus informed, you will become expert in managing gear changes with a pair of lovely, cool-to-the-touch, aluminum shift paddles located next to the 3 and 9 o’clock grips of the steering wheel. When you have selected full Manual operation of the gearbox, the illuminated gear choice meatball will flash if you reach redline without up-shifting. The QuickShift will not upshift on its own in Manual mode. Some of you may recall those useless “upshift” lights fitted to cars back in the 1980s to improve EPA fuel consumption test cycle results. Think of Jag’s meatball version as the drag racers’ upshift light

So it’s beyond fast and beautifully appointed. But does this rather ponderous, 3,915 pound British missile handle with the aplomb Jags have long been noted for achieving?

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

Absolutely. Pinned to the tarmac with Pirelli’s best P Zero Nero rubber (255/35/ZR20 front/295/30ZR20 rear), the all-wheel-drive R-Type puts its prodigious power to the pavement with predictable certainty. On decently paved road surfaces, you’ll want to select the Dynamic Mode setting from the transmission-tunnel mounted switch. This choice, noted by a checkered flag display on the instrument panel, snubs shock absorber response, allows higher rpm shift points, and confers a sportier note to the exhaust. The R-Type adheres to the road with leach-like tenacity in Dynamic Mode. There is absolutely no slop in any parameter, and the big Jag scats like a cat in full pursuit of prey. On bumpier secondary roads, you’ll happy dial back some of this knife edge performance in favor of greater comfort and less driver involvement. On a laid-back trip to Wine Country, we left the Jag in Comfort Mode and never took the transmission out of Drive. Without fuss, the R-Type cantered along, happy to provide a GT ride rather than a race experience.

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

Our 2017 test sample, yet to be priced as to MSRP. did come with a Monroney Sticker showing a charge of $12,000 for a “Carbon Ceramic Matrix Braking System” and “20 Storm Alloy Wheels – Forged.” The enormous yellow calipers clamping the carbon discs make a stunning visual counterpoint to the dark tinted Storm alloys. But with these brakes, you need to be extra careful during the warm-up phase, because they require heavy pedal pressure before they reach operating temperature. A couple of experiences taught us quickly that the carbon brakes are initially less responsive than steel rotors. But if you plan to track your cat, there is simply no substitute for carbon during extended hot lap runs.

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

2017 Jaguar XK F-Type R Coupe

  • Engine: 5.0 liter V8, supercharged, aluminum black and heads
  • Horsepower: 550hp@6500rpm
  • Torque: 502lv.-ft.@2500rpm
  • Fuel Consumption: 15MPG City/23MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $124,895 (est.)
  • Star Rating: 10 out of 10 Stars

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2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport Review

Friday October 14th, 2011 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2012 Jaguar XJL Supersport
By David Colman


  • Easily guided missile
  • Caviar paint color
  • Special order only model


  • Mismatch of dog-leg joint on driver’s door
  • Rear-view distortion due to back glass
  • Hidden cruise control “cancel” button

I told my friend who sells Lexus products that his cars are going to have to go some to beat the custom order Jaguar I just drove. The XJL Supersport will dispense with any Lexus on a straight road. And on a curvy road as well. In addition, it has a back seat worthy of a first class ticket on British Airways. Its 512 hp supercharged V8 does 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds. Its front seats not only heat and cool you, but massage you as well. “But they all do that” protested my Lexus friend. I beg to differ. If you want a mobile bank vault, buy a Lexus. If you want a real sporting sedan, buy a Jaguar XJL Supersport.

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2011 Jaguar XFR Review

Thursday July 14th, 2011 at 11:77 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Jaguar XFR
By contributing editor David Colman


  • Prodigious acceleration
  • Effectiveness of Dynamic Mode system


  • Low 57.5 inch roof height
  • Non-adjustable rear seats

The Jaguar XF series marks an epochal advance in appearance, performance and engineering over the fusty sedans formerly produced by this legacy British car maker. Now in its third year of production, the XF is available in 4 distinctive models: 385 hp Base and Premium versions, 470 hp Supercharged offering, and line-topping XFR, with 510 hp. If you’re in the market for a Mercedes AMG 6.3, BMW M5 or Porsche Panamera, you’ll definitely want to cross-shop the XFR because this sports sedan is better looking than the Porsche, more nimble than the BMW and much cheaper than the Benz.

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2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Review – VIP luxury meets racetrack-ready performance

Friday May 6th, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Jaguar XJL

  • Gobs of supercharged V8 power
  • Surprisingly nimble handling
  • Yacht-like interior luxury
  • Sublime B&W sound system


  • Outdated 6 speed transmission
  • Less than roomy interior
  • Sluggish touch screen interface

The days of the lumbering land yacht are over, or so it would seem, after driving the new 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged. Buying a large luxury sedan like the XJL used to mean lots of cushy, roomy opulence, with the priority firmly placed on pampering over performance. Now, with close to 500 hp under the hood and huge, sticky sports car tires at the corners, this big Jag can do VIP duty in the evening and hit the racetrack the following morning.

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2011 Jaguar XJ First Impressions Review – Attitude and Ultra-expensive Watch Not Included

Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Jaguar XJ
By contributing editor David Colman


  • Interior of the Gods
  • Pinball quality gear selected display
  • Silence at cruise speed


  • Too much chrome on air vents and central console
  • Limited headroom front and rear
  • No pass-through from trunk to passenger compartment

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2011 Jaguar XKR First Impressions Review

Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman


  • Drop dead beautiful
  • 510 horsepower raring to go
  • Keeps driver involvement on full boil


  • Hair trigger in the rain
  • Questionable reliability
  • Five grand extra for 20 inch wheels

The “R” version of the XK is the first fully worthy successor to the legendary XKE that Jaguar has produced in the 40 years that have elapsed since the demise of the original model. After the XKE earned worldwide acclaim it became known as the E-Type. The XKR is already good enough to be designated R-Type. The same design and performance elements that elevated the XKE to icon status are all present in the 2011 R-Type: unsurpassed visual beauty allied with stellar speed potential.

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2010 Jaguar XF Premium Review – The big cat strikes back with a bold new design

Tuesday March 2nd, 2010 at 9:33 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2010 Jaguar XF Premium

By Alex Kramer


  • Marvelous 385 hp 5.0 L V8 engine
  • Exceptionally balanced suspension
  • Classy and sophisticated interior
  • Gorgeous exterior design


  • Rear seating is a bit cramped
  • Touchscreen display could be bigger
  • Poor gas mileage, even for a luxury sports sedan


Some might say a car is just a machine, a combination of mechanical parts designed to get us from point A to point B. Although for most people this is the main point of owning a car, luckily for many the automobile embodies much more, capturing the soul through exquisite design and breathtaking performance. Otherwise we’d all be driving Toyotas… well, at least until recently.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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Electric Jaguar On The Way?

Tuesday June 16th, 2009 at 8:66 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Jaguar headlight

Jaguar, a company long known for making very beautiful, very fast cars seems to be turning its eye towards a green other than its traditional British Racing Green. Reports indicate that not only will Jag soon be building a hybrid, but they are also seriously looking at, if not already committed to building an all-electric model. And this electric will be a two-seater convertible.

Dubbed the XE roadster, the news suggests that it will have a very novel drivetrain similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt. The engine will be a three cylinder that will drive an electric generator (at least that’s what Motor Trend says), the genny will charge the batteries, and off you go. Sort of like a diesel/electric train. MT states that it’s just a concept, and is not definitely slated for production, but it IS a very interesting idea. Dubbed the Jaguar XE-EREV, it will likely debut at the 2011 Geneva show.

Just to make things more confusing, it’s not clear whether the electric Jag would be the only electric Jaguar, or if it would be in addition to the XJ range-extended electric car Jaguar says it will roll out in 2011. The XJ would have an all electric range of 30 miles and get 57 mpg, which are very impressive numbers for a car that big. Also, the CO2 emissions would be on par with a Honda Civic Hybrid. To make the XJ, and possibly the roadster a reality, Jaguar is counting on a more than $407 million loan from the European Investment Bank to help develop the car.

Pass the popcorn.

Source: Wired Autopia

Photo from Flickr user xmatt

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Jaguar and Land Rover To Debut In Indian Market

Wednesday May 6th, 2009 at 10:55 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Jaguar and Land Rover

Believe it or not, Jaguar and Land Rovers have never been officially sold in the Indian market. That’s about to change, officially, and it has everything to do with the fact that, business-wise, Jag and Landy are now Indian brands. As most of you know, Jaguar and Land Rover were acquired not to long ago by Tata, one of India’s largest automakers. Dubbed the “Jaguar Land Rover” premiere car group, they will enter the Indian market for the first time later this year. The first showroom scheduled to be open in Worli, Mumbai, in June this year. Initially only the Jaguar XF and XK, and the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover models will be offered.

“We are delighted to be formally entering the Indian market, an economy which is still growing appreciably, and able to offer our premium products to a whole new group of customers. It is an important strategic move for Jaguar Land Rover and will enable us to realize our competitive potential in this significant market,” said David Smith, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.

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