Back in June, I got the opportunity to test the Jaguar F-type V6s Convertible and I titled the review as “The unforgettable drive” simply because it was an incredible machine that was perfectly balanced, sounded brilliant, drove like a dream and looked stunning.
In my mind, the only car that could beat the F-Type Convertible in its segment would either be the Porsche Cayman GTS or the F-Type itself, but not just any F-Type, the Coupe.
Huge thanks to Jaguar & Weber Shandwick for this amazing weekend ride.
A lot of the core elements surely carry over, it is the same car after all, but there are some key differences between the convertible and coupe versions of the F-Type. To top the list would be the fact that although the convertible was an epic drive, the coupe makes it feel like a beta version.
Jaguar F-Type V6 Coupe Introduction
The V6 in the test car is not as powerful as on the v6s as it delivers only 340 horsepower from the supercharged 3 litre v6 engine, compared to the 380 horsepower in the v6s. With the reduced power, the 0-100kmph time rises to 5.3 seconds and top speed falls to 260kmph. Under any circumstance, this is hardly what anyone will call slow.
Power shoots to the rear wheels via the 8-speed Jaguar Quickshift automatic transmission and shift times are lightning quick on both upshifts and downshifts. The v6 also sits on 18 inch Vela alloy wheels housing smaller performance brakes sized at 354mm front and 325mm rear discs with standard silver colored calipers.
As with the convertible, the car is still strictly a two-seater with plenty of room, even with a solid roof and still unchanged is the extremely maneuverable 4.47 meters long, 2.04 meters wide and 1.3 meters tall body.
The Exterior Differences
You may think the only difference would be the roof, but you would be mistaken! For the untrained eye, these two cars are quite different.
First of all, the V6 model of the F-Type has all the “S” badges eliminated all around the car. Personally, although it does signify the upgrade, I never liked the badge and I think this has a cleaner look.
The 18 inch Vela wheels are not as sexy as the 19 inch centrifuge wheels, but they are still very well suited to the car.
At this point, I want to shoot pass the external elements and the roof to talk about how the car drives, but we’ll get there soon enough!
The coupe has all the beauty elements from before; Deployable door handles, LED daylight running light with Bi-Xenon headlamps, Sports suspension, Performance Brakes and more but one distinct feature, aside from the roof is the rear spoiler.
As the coupe has less trunk lid space, the trunk is completely redesigned and now, there is a full-on large deployable rear spoiler that raises when the car hits 100kmph to reduce lift when over 120kmph. The spoiler will fold back down when under 65kmph and of course, can be manually adjusted. It just makes the car look handsome.
Lets talk roof. The coupe is roughly 35kgs lighter than the convertible, has more trunk space and my goodness does it look better too! I did not want to say this, but I simply cannot justify an Aston Martin Vantage.
The convertible is a fantastic option if you love the drop-top experience and it folds down in a matter of seconds, but the coupe just sings to my heart.
The roofline is not too low and I did not feel any difference getting in or out of the car and there is plenty of headroom.
The rear trunk lifts along with the rear window to access the trunk, which is now a tad bit more spacious without a fabric roof to cater for. Both v6 and v6s models stick with the same dual-tip center exhaust system. The only difference is that the v6s had an active exhaust and the v6 has standard sports exhausts, but don’t let that fool you, these are pretty loud, shouty and sound like automotive music.
The Interior Differences
Even less has changed on the inside, but there are some significant differences to remind you, you should have got the upgraded “S” model
Before it starts to sound like the F-Type v6 is not a great car, let me remind you that the interior has incredible quality! Soft touch materials, beautiful leathers and epic interior design.
The key element that is not on this car is the bronze color on the paddle-shifters, starter button and the drive mode selector. This car is not fitted with active exhausts so that is gone too. Aside from that, I could hardly tell there was any difference at all! In fact, the v6 has contrast stitching which was nicer than on the v6s.
Entering and exiting the coupe is no different than on the convertible, with a nice high roof (relatively low for the car though) for easy in-and-out action. Stunning comfortable seats, with limited space and adjustability if you’re a tall guy as before.
How the F-Type Coupe Drives
The moment I have been waiting for. Just me, the F-Type.. and the road.
Driving the Jaguar F-Type is nothing short of phenomenal, but unlike the convertible, the car is even more composed, agile and direct. Oh and fun, how can I forget fun!
The whole chassis and body is stiffer, more manageable and the driver definitely knows everything that is happening from the wheels up at all times.
The v6 does not have as much punch as the v6s, but with the stiffer ride and more composed driving dynamics, I didn’t even care. Coming out of corners in full throttle, feeling the rear end slip and adjusting the wheel to point you in the right direction is sensational. The traction control keeps trouble away while you have fun enjoying your beautiful work of art.
The tires have sufficient grip, but pull away at full throttle and they will find away to screech and cause drama, and the exhausts compliments the noise with their roar, the Jaguar F-Type is a dramatic machine that drives like a dream.
Although the v6 has standard performance brakes, the braking power varies only slightly compared to the larger ones on the v6s, and I can’t complain, they both work brilliantly. I did end up with a lot of brake dust on the rims, not too sure how hard I had pressured them.. no sign of fade though!
I spent an incredible extended weekend with the Jaguar F-Type and I don’t think I had this much fun with a car before.. well, the convertible was almost as good.
With a car like this, you do not care about horse power, doors, price, or even fuel economy because the car is such a light-hearted, friendly and fun mate that compliments every journey.
Speaking of fuel economy, being that it is a 3 litre supercharged v6, I managed to get 14MPG on average and an approximate range of 275kms on a full tank – do bare in mind, I was having a lot of fun!
This car is to die for, and I am definitely considering a Jaguar Coupe for myself, but with the “S” badge for the extra punch.
This is definitely the most fun I have had behind a wheel, and I cannot wait to see what other brands like Porsche can do to compete!