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Old 06-07-14, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default Jaguar F-Type: Wow, just WOW!

I was on my way back from getting a much needed haircut this morning, dressed down very casually (jeans, football jersey) when I decided to stop by a Jaguar dealership. A lot of luxury dealership sales people act like snobs and ignore you unless you're dressed a certain way (or look a certain way). Everyone in this dealership ignored me except one guy. He saw my clothes, then saw my gorgeous GS350 and decided maybe I was worth talking to.

Anyway, "Mike" immediately offered me a test drive in the only car with a Jaguar nameplate that is of the slightest interest to me - my dream car - the new Jaguar F-Type Coupe. They didn't have a Type R on the lot but they did have a Type S.

Wow, what a car! This thing beats the hell out of Vette, and I like it more than Porsche. I got it out on the road and dropped into "Dynamic mode." Holy Cow! The steering stiffened. it was glued to the road. And you can hear the growl a mile away. It's an arrogant sounding, "I'm badass and you aren't" type of growl. RWD only. I haven't driven a RWD car in decades (I'm mostly an AWD type guy). This machine was awesome, and it was the middle level of the new 2015 F-Type Coupe. They have the base model, the S and the R, in the coupe. I would never go for the convertible. The Coupe is much stiffer than the convertible. The former is a sports car; the latter a roadster.

Sigh! It stickered at 92K. Oh well. I can dream.
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Old 06-07-14, 04:06 PM   #2
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Fun car YES. Overpriced versus Corvette if you want bang for your buck. BUT way better looking coupe. Love the tuned exhaust too. But I will take a GS F.... someday
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Historically, Jags have always had electrical and wiring issues. I wonder if that continues today?
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Old 06-08-14, 02:59 AM   #4
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RC-F anyone?
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Fun car YES. Overpriced versus Corvette if you want bang for your buck. BUT way better looking coupe. Love the tuned exhaust too. But I will take a GS F.... someday
Maybe so, but for me Corvette lacks head-turning panache. Corvette is Chevrolet. Chevrolet is what every poor, blue collar kid aspires to. I know because I was a poor kid who grew up in a blue collar home and drove cheap, used Chevys as a teen. No shame in that, but it's too common. No international cachet. We'll see 20 of those on the road for every Jaguar F-Type Coupe, maybe 50. The price of the Jag keeps it from becoming as common. And I don't think the Vette sounds like the new Jag.
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Old 06-08-14, 06:23 AM   #6
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A Corvette common and not a head turner? I think that's a stretch lol.
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Old 06-08-14, 07:31 AM   #7
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The Jag F-type is amazing and the exhaust note on the V-8 is numbing....Amazing vehicle.... I also do feel the pricing is quite high but they pitch it as a 911 competitor..
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If you want to WOW then drive the GTR
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This thread deserves a pic of this gorgeous vehicle! But, interior is weak-looking from a design and materials standpoint. Looks and feels more Corvette/Viper than high-end premium GT.





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It's waaay too expensive. Should be $70k decently loaded.
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I dont understand the interior. Does Jaguar think that the passengers are blind and don't need visuals of the HVAC and nav?
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It's actually not hard to understand at all. All the information is contained within the screens in the dials. I like it and doesn't bother me at all when I drive it. You also have a climate screen in the touchscreen system.

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F-Type doesn't get enough love mainly because of the price tag and stigma of Jaguar reliability. Otherwise its a fantastic coupe/roadster based on its looks, drive and feeling it gives the driver.

CL moderator Brociouz's dad recently purchased F-Type V8 S Convertible in Firesand Metallic. What a hoot

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It's actually not hard to understand at all. All the information is contained within the screens in the dials. I like it and doesn't bother me at all when I drive it. You also have a climate screen in the touchscreen system.

I think he's talking about that grab handle blocking the passenger's view of the center stack. I agree it looks like a bad idea.
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Sigh! It stickered at 92K. Oh well. I can dream.
So I guess they were right to ignore you then..

Just kidding Sounds like it was a nice test drive though. Love all the new Jags. Most luxurious looking cars on the road IMO
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