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29 Oct 2014 | Text by Regan Ong, Photos by Low Fai Ming

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Beauty and the Beast

The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe R is one of those cars that garners as much attention when it is parked as it does driving down the street.


While most automakers launch a coupe first and then a convertible, Jaguar did the opposite.

Introduced at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show, the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe is the next chapter in the British marque's sports car renaissance, following less than a year after the successful debut of its convertible version.

We spent some quality time with the F-TYPE Convertible last year, and while that car in both V6 S and V8 S flavours delivered some pretty divine open-top motoring that sought to define future Jaguar cars, we were anxious to get behind the wheel of a F-TYPE Coupe to see if the hard-top's added rigidity will translate to a substantially more capable car.

Quadruple tailpipes hint at the orchestra inside the engine bay

Exterior


If the F-TYPE Coupe was female, it would quite possibly take the crown of the most beautiful and vivacious woman of 2014.

Taking nothing away from the lovely F-TYPE Convertible, the coupe's plunging roofline - accentuated by the beautifully drawn rear glass - and flared hips offer a testosterone boost.


Thanks to a nifty piece of engineering work that makes the roof pillars structural, the F-TYPE Coupe also gets a beautiful unbroken profile.

Complemented by delicate and ravishing lines, this car is extremely capable of grabbing anyone's attention, be it rolling to a stop at the lights or cruising along the streets.

Massive 20-inch wheels sum up the overall sporty package

Measuring 4,470mm x 2,042mm x 1,321mm (L x W x H), the range-topping F-TYPE Coupe R here is 119mm wider and 13mm taller than its equivalent soft-top brethren.

The added dimensions allow the coupe to look more muscular and aggressive yet elegant at the same time, achieving more road presence than the convertible.
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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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V8 Supercharged

Engine Cap

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5000cc

Horsepower

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405kW (543 bhp) / 6500 rpm

Torque

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680 Nm / 3500 rpm

Transmission

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8-speed (A) Quickshift

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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4.2sec

Top Speed

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300km/h

Fuel consumption

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9 km/L

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