Gorgeous, isn’t it? Designed under the watchful eye of chief designer Ian Callum, the tapered fastback hardtop sits perfectly on the F-Type’s strong haunches, complementing the car’s dynamic and aggressive design. The curvaceous rear quarter panel and roof pillars are all pressed from a single piece of aluminium, eliminating the need for multiple panels and cosmetic joints.
Under the skin, the coupe’s all-aluminium bodyshell features the highest torsional rigidity of any production Jaguar ever made – despite the lack of B-pillars – thanks to a high-strength hydro-formed aluminium alloy beam that runs all the way from the base of the A-pillar to the back of the D-pillar. Suspension is double wishbones all-round with Adaptive Dynamics damping.
The strong chassis and lightweight construction goes hand-in-hand with the muscle under the bonnet. Only two variants are available (skipping the 335 hp/450 Nm base model), starting with the F-Type S that draws 375 hp and 460 Nm from a 3.0 litre supercharged V6. The 0-100 km/h sprint takes 4.9 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 275 km/h.
Stepping up to the F-Type R nets you Jaguar’s venerable 5.0 litre supercharged V8 that develops 542 hp and a heady 680 Nm. So equipped, the coupe rockets to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, and the max speed net is raised to 300 km/h.
Both models send power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission, but only the R gets an Electronic Active Differential (EAD) with torque vectoring by braking. The top model is also differentiated by stiffer spring rates, a bespoke tune for Adaptive Dynamics damping as well as standard Super Performance Braking system compared to the High Performance Braking setup on the S.
Elsewhere, the F-Type R is marked out with 20-inch Gyrodyne wheels (the S gets 20-inch Tornado items), quad exhaust tips (Active Sports Exhaust is standard across the range), a powered tailgate, a panoramic roof and winged Performance seats with inflatable side bolsters.
Now, brace yourself for the prices – RM899,888 for the F-Type S Coupe and a cool RM1,158,888 for the F-Type R Coupe, both on-the-road excluding insurance. Three colours are available for both models – Polaris White, Salsa Red and Stratus Grey.
Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia also took the opportunity to open the doors to Sisma Auto Kuala Lumpur, a 6,500 sq foot dual-brand showroom at Menara Worldwide on Jalan Bukit Bintang. The company also announced that Jaguar Land Rover Glenmarie will be expanded by one acre to house a 12-car showroom as well as a 16-bay service centre complete with an aluminium body repair shop.