A guide to the 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

Clearly taking winning traits from the E-TYPE sports car of the 1960's, the F-TYPE is already well on its way to becoming a classic.

The launch of the Jaguar F-TYPE model saw it enter the limelight as a convertible model, accompanied by a range of powerful engines and an array of quirky advertisement campaigns.

Now following in the footsteps of its drop top sibling, the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe is expected to take the market by storm when it is launched in spring 2014. With a price tag of £51,235, the F-TYPE Coupe will also be competitively priced upon its release.

To assist budding F-TYPE Coupe owners, we have compiled a guide to the new model, helping you choose the right gas-guzzling model for you.

Appeal

The F-TYPE Coupe is pretty much unchanged from the convertible model - except, of course, for the addition of a roof. This means it retains its curvy shape and gaping front-grille - which is clearly inspired by the C-X16 concept car.

For those who want a down and out sports car, the F-TYPE Coupe will not disappoint as its relatively snug dimensions and sculpted design make it stand out from other sports cars on the market.

Practicality

Although practicality may not be on your mind when thinking about a sports car, you will be pleasantly surprised to hear that the F-TYPE Coupe has enough space to fit two sets of golf clubs in.

With 407 litres of boot space, the F-TYPE Coupe is much more practical than most family hatchbacks - which for a car of its stature is amazing.

Engines and trim

There are three different models available in the F-TYPE Coupe line-up, each accompanied by a unique engine and a range of different equipment. The three available models include F-TYPE Coupe, F-TYPE S Coupe and F-TYPE R Coupe.

The F-TYPE Coupe (£51,235) 'entry level' model is far from lacklustre. Fitted with a 3.0-litre V6 that produces a huge 335bhp, the base F-TYPE Coupe model is still likely to challenge many of its rivals. The V6 in this model can thrust it to 60mph in just 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 161mph.

Next in the range is the F-TYPE S Coupe (£60,235). This model comes fitted with an even punchier version of the 3.0-litre V6 petrol featured on the entry F-TYPE Coupe, as it produces 375bhp and can complete the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 171mph.

Sitting at the top of the range is the F-TYPE R Coupe (£85,000) range is a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 monster. Capable of producing a more than supercar-worthy 542bhp, this V8 powertrain can reach the 60mph mark in just 4.0 seconds. It also tops out at a speed of 186mph.

With these performance figures, the F-TYPE R Coupe model is the powerful in the entire F-TYPE line-up - including all variants in the convertible range.

The F-TYPE R Coupe model is also accompanied by a long list of premium interior features. These include leather performance seats, 'R' logo embossed headrest, flat-bottomed steering wheel and highly driver-orientated controls - complete with an easy to use Jaguar SportShift Selector.

Optional packs

Design pack

The Design Pack is available on the F-TYPE Coupe and F-TYPE S Coupe models, adding front splitters, a redesigned rear bumper venturi and body-coloured sill extensions.

Black pack

This pack adds exterior enhancements, with a Gloss Black finish to the bumper beam, front splitter, front grille, side vents and roll over protection bars.

Design pack with black pack

This pack does exactly what it says it does and is available on all models in the Coupe range. It combines the features of both the Design and Black packs.

Carbon fibre pack

The Carbon Fibre Pack adds carbon fibre roll over protection, side vents and mirror covers. Adding carbon fibre highlights to the F-TYPE really give it a sporty edge. This pack is also available across all models in the Coupe range.

Perrys pick

For our pick, we choose the not so 'entry level' F-TYPE Coupe (£51,235) model. Even though there are more powerful variants on offer, the F-TYPE Coupe model offers more than enough power to play around with - with 335bhp on tap.

There is also an abundance of tech on board to enhance driving dynamics - including Electronic Active Differential (EAD) and a sophisticated Torque Vectoring by braking system.


The new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe should be on the radar of every sports car enthusiast for next year.