After seeing the host of official photos of the new F-Type Coupe, we can confidently say that Jaguar has impressed us with its latest creation, even more so than the already available roadster version of the series that was previewed with the C-X16 concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Set for a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, Jaguar’s new coupe model will go on sale in spring 2014, offering buyers a choice of three powertrains, including a range-topping “R” model, with prices starting from $65,000, excluding an $895 destination and handling fee, or $4,000 less than the roadster.
The base version utilizes a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 pushing out 335HP (340PS) for a 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint in a competitive 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 161mph (259km/h).
For $77,000 (sans D&H), you can step in the “S” model that draws power from a tweaked version of the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 putting out 375HP (380PS). This version reaches 60mph (96km/h) in 4.8 seconds and tops out at 171mph (275km/h).
Whereas the top Roadster model gets a 488HP (495PS) supercharged V8, the Coupe gains a high-performance “R” variant priced from $99,000 and equipped with the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine found in the XKR-S and XKR-S GT that’s rated at 542hp (550PS). It can go from zero to 60mph in just 4.0 seconds, reaching an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (299km/h).
All three engines are paired to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with full manual sequential control that drives the rear wheels.
A couple of other things that caught our attention from Jaguar’s press release include the availability of either aluminum or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure, with torsional rigidity remaining identical regardless of which roof is fitted to the car, and an optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system with 398/380mm (15.7/15-inch) discs front/rear that will be available after introduction.
Jaguar also noted that the two-seater model offers “trunk space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – with an available power assisted tailgate”.