We attended a very hip party at the Red Dot Museum in Singapore last weekend to commemorate the launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe in the region, and we got some pretty interesting insights about the model from Jaguar's top brass. But here's what you need to know first: The F-Type Coupe is offered in the following versions: the standard F-Type guise; the F-Type S, with more performance and features; and the F-Type R, the pinnacle of the range.
The F-Type design philosophy is all about "great proportions, pure surfacing, and beautiful lines." The model is indeed stunning in the metal. But this model wasn't created to just look amazing--it has to drive great as well. To achieve this, all variants share a very stiff and lightweight chassis, thanks to an all-aluminum unibody construction. And each has an eight-speed automatic transmission. But there are more toys available the higher up the model range you go.
The base F-Type packs a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 under its long and sloping hood. Maximum output is 335hp, and 0-100kph happens in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 260kph.
The F-Type S takes things up a notch. Its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 develops 375hp, and 0-100kph is quicker at 4.8 seconds. Available in the F-Type S are adaptive dynamics, a limited-slip differential, and an active exhaust system. Top speed is electronically limited to 275kph.
The range-topping F-Type R packs a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 motor, and output is a staggering 542hp. Going from zero to 100kph takes a face-melting 4.0 seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 300kph. You also get an active differential, torque vectoring by braking, and carbon-ceramic brakes. It is said that this car will flatter even the most inexperienced driver, but still deliver a satisfying experience to those who know what they are doing. There's an almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution, too. These figures are sure to make you feel alive from behind the wheel.
Why Singapore for the launch?
"If you look at actual volume and number of cars sold, Singapore is the market that sells the most Jaguars," said Russell Anderson, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific. "But emerging markets in ASEAN are growing very strongly. We are seeing growth across all markets, and as we introduce more vehicles, this will be a natural springboard to grow even further."
Things are looking up for the industry, and we can't wait to see what's next from Jaguar.
|Variant||Engine||Output (hp)||0-100kph (seconds)||Top speed (kph)||Other features|
|F-Type||3.0-liter V6||335||5.1||260||standard features|
|F-Type S||3.0-liter V6||375||4.8||275||adaptive dynamics, limited-slip differential, active exhaust system|
|F-Type R||5.0-liter V8||542||4.0||300||active differential, torque vectoring by
braking, carbon-ceramic brakes
Photos by Paulo Rafael Subido