There are moments in one’s life when something truly special comes along, leaving you spellbound. I encountered such a moment during a short journey in the Jaguar F-Type R that we used in our unconventional road safety PSA video. This is the definitive sports car from Jaguar, make no mistake about it.
It’s powered by a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 that churns out 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque, which guarantees sheer unadulterated performance, and this is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It does the century sprint in 4.2 seconds, and with the Coupe’s extremely rigid body shell, it offers best-in-class power and torque as well as best power-to-weight and torque-to-weight performance. It has a top speed of 299 km/h and its CO2 emissions are rated at 255g/km
It looks sexy as hell, with bright red calipers that stand out as part of the Jaguar Super Performance Braking System sitting within the confines of the 20-inch Gyrodyne alloy wheels. An electronic active differential with torque vectoring by braking gives an unprecedented level of handling too.
Inside, the flat-bottomed leather ‘R’ sports steering wheel is an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) one, while the real highlight of the car is the Switchable Active Sports Exhaust system that is paired to its quad exhaust pipes. It also has a deployable rear spoiler that rises at higher speeds to reduce lift by up to 120 kg. Even the door handles retract when not required, as their flush design creates an uninterrupted airflow pattern along the flanks.
The exhaust note is just amazing, as it snaps, snarls, crackles, growls and gurgles along the way. It makes the car feel truly alive. With the active exhaust system activated during spirited driving, the bypass valves are opened fully and what you get is a truly angry Jaguar. The F-Type R was designed for maximum driving pleasure, and this truly is a Jaguar like no other.
In the cockpit, an Intelligent Venting System, which is part of the advanced climate control system, hides the twin central air vents, which automatically deploys when required. The performance seat, premium leather interior with twin needle stitching are standard in the F-Type R.
The steering wheel has gearshift paddles that provide manual control without taking your hands of the wheel. On the centre console, the gearbox has a Sportshift selector that offers full Auto mode, Sports mode and Manual operation. There is also an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen that offers simple control of the car’s features such as navigation, infotainment and of course the dual mode rotary switches that control the climate control system.
Prices for the Jaguar F-Type R start at a cool RM 1,158,888, on-the-road excluding insurance. It is available in three colours, specifically Polaris White, Salsa Red and Stratus Grey.
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Posted by Paul Tan's Automotive News on Wednesday, July 15, 2015