Jaguar F-Type Coupé

Production Cars 20 Nov 2013
Jaguar F-Type Coupé

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Jaguar has presented the F-Type Coupé, the most performance-focused production Jaguar.



Following the launch of the F-Type convertible version, the all-aluminum F-Type Coupé proposes the original design vision, first introduced with the C-X16 Concept coupé.

Jaguar C-X16 Concept and F-Type Comparison

The C-X16 Concept (top) and the new F-Type Coupé

The design of the concept has been maintained practically identical: the coupé variant enhances the sporty, classic proportions of the F-Type, with the long hood and the set-back cabin, and the arched, stretched roofline that flows into the sleek rear end – perhaps the most successful and distinctive view of the car – with the slim wrap-around LED tail lamps.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

One of the body technical highlights is the side made from single-piece aluminium pressing – defined by  Jaguar as “the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side in the automotive industry” – which  eliminates the requirement for multiple panels and cosmetic joints.

Jaguar F-Type S Coupe

The roof panel is available in either aluminium or panoramic glass form, while a deployable rear spoiler sits within the tapered shut-line.

Jaguar F-Type S Coupe

The overall torsional rigidity of the aluminum structure is 33,000 Nm/degree which makes the F-Type the most rigid production Jaguar ever.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - Front end Jaguar F-Type S Coupe - Wheel and side vent

The announced line-up includes three models: the standard F-Type Coupé, the S Coupé and the R Coupé.

The first two are equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine delivering 380PS/460Nm and 340PS/450Nm respectively, giving 0-60mph in 4.8/5.1-seconds and top speeds of 171/161mph.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe Line-up

The top-of-the-line R Coupé is powered by a 550PS/680Nm 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine enabling acceleration from 0-60mph in 4.0-seconds, and a top speed limited to 186mph.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The R Coupé also features the Electronic Active Differential and a new Torque Vectoring by braking system which applies finely metered braking torque individually to the inner wheels as necessary, helping to turn the car into corners more precisely.

The Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm discs front/rear – is optional on both F-Type R and F-Type S Coupé models.

The announced prices for the UK market are £51,235 for the F-Type Coupé, £60,235 for the F-Type S Coupé and £85,000 for the R Type.

Check the full gallery or read on the official design details from Jaguar’s press release.

Design

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, comments: “Creating a sports Coupé is the purest of design tasks, and also the most challenging; get it right and aesthetically the result will be as dynamic as the car should be rewarding to drive. In F-Type Coupé, I believe we’ve got it right.

The purity of the C-X16 concept has been retained without compromise; the F-Type Coupé’s long bonnet, low roofline and tapering cabin inspire me every time I see it.”

The F-Type Coupé visual message is defined by three key ‘heartlines’, that visual message beginning with the formidable grille. It is from the twin ‘shark gill’ openings that sit either side of the grille that the essential first heartline – which mirrors the design of the F-Type Convertible – flows and begins to take shape. Running up through the headlamp, and accentuated by the LED ‘J blade’ daylight running lamps, the line then arcs up over the front wheelarch before dropping elegantly as it runs through the door, washing out into the muscular rear haunch.

The Coupé’s second heartline, also shared with the Convertible, begins at the rear edge of the door, swelling outwards and upwards to create a visually strong wheelarch, emphasising the car’s rear-wheel drive layout, before dropping vertically through the tail lamp.

The third heartline forms the Coupé’s dramatic, cabin-rearward, sweeping roof profile. Providing an unbroken silhouette, it highlights the visual drama of the tapered cabin nestled between the powerful rear haunches. The distinctive side window graphic, finished as standard in bright aluminium, accentuates both the compactness of the car and the roof profile.

Jaguar’s expertise in aluminium vehicle architecture has been essential in enabling both the F-Type Coupé’s uncompromised design aesthetic, while delivering the fundamental dynamic attributes – essential to any sports car – of low mass and an extremely rigid body. Measuring 33,000 Nm/degree, the F-Type Coupé is the most torsionally rigid production car Jaguar has ever built.

A fundamental requirement for excellent dynamic attributes, delivering that rigidity figure required some innovative engineering solutions in order to maximise strength without impacting on the design vision. Due to the lack of B-pillars, Jaguar’s engineers were presented with the challenge of keeping the design’s sleek, pillarless, low roofline – combined with the need to create the optimum amount of interior space – while still achieving the necessary rigidity and strength targets. The solution was a high-strength, hydro-formed aluminium alloy beam which runs from the front of the A-pillar through to the back of the D-pillar, through the door opening line and back to the rear quarter window.

The F-Type Coupé is available with either aluminium or panoramic glass roof panels that are bonded into the main roof structure – torsional rigidity is identical regardless of which roof is fitted.

The F-Type Coupé’s dramatic body sides are single-piece aluminium pressings – probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side outer panels in the automotive industry. These exceptionally deep-draw aluminium pressings have totally eliminated the requirement for joints in the panel surface. The body side panel is fabricated from high-strength and formable AC600 aluminium, which has also been used for structural reinforcement – both engineering firsts for Jaguar. The use of AC300 T61 aluminium in the body structure of the car provides additional strength thanks to its energy absorbing properties, ensuring maximum occupant protection.

In order to achieve the required aesthetic at the rear of the car, the F-Type Coupé features a hidden rear spoiler that sits within the tapered shut-line of the tailgate, and rises at speed in order to balance front and rear lift. The spoiler automatically rises at 70mph and lowers when the speed drops below 50mph, reducing lift by up to 120kg.

The width of the tail is emphasised by the slim, full-LED lamps that wrap all the way around the wings almost to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarches. These lamps feature hidden-until-lit technology, appearing solid until one of their functions is activated. The F-Type Coupé also features a ‘ribbon of light’ LED high-mounted stop light, which is hidden at the top of the beautifully engineered tailgate. The tailgate, available with powered open/close functionality, is made from composite materials, the boot-volume itself being up to 407-litres*.

Aluminium forms a significant part of Jaguar’s commitment to sustainability with up to half the content of the body coming from recycled metal. In addition, the F-Type Coupé’s structure is exclusively riveted and bonded – this manufacturing process emits up to 80% less CO2 compared to that from welding a comparable steel structure. Jaguar is also rolling out its closed-loop aluminium recycling system to its suppliers, ensuring all offcuts of metal from the manufacturing process are reused.

Interior Design

The F-Type R Coupé’s Performance seats have inflatable side-bolstering and prominent wings for support during high-speed cornering. The seats are finished in premium leather, with the ‘R’ logo embossed on the headrest. A pure ‘Jet’ interior colourway is offered with three options of contrast stitching – Ivory, Red or Firesand – on the instrument panels, door casings, grab-handle highlight and cubby box. There are a further three sporting options on the Jet seats – Ivory, Camel or Red duo-tones, each with similarly-matched contrast stitching.

The F-Type R Coupé’s premium trim also includes leather on the instrument panel and binnacle, armrests, door inserts and the centre console. Leather or Suedecloth headlinings are optional. The driver-focused cockpit conveys its sporting intentions with a small-diameter, flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in Jet leather with the R logo. A round wheel is a no-cost option.

A new, full leather and Suedecloth Jet interior (with Cirrus contrast stitch) is also optional on all derivatives. Suedecloth is used on the seat facings, door casings, instrument binnacle pods and headlining – and can also be combined with a Suedecloth steering wheel.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions

  • Length (mm) 4470
  • Width excl. mirrors (mm) 1923
  • Height (mm) 1309
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2622
  • Front track (mm) 1586-1597
  • Rear track (mm) 1628 -1649
  • Trunk (litres, up to tailgate) 407
  • Fuel tank capacity (litres) 72
  • Weight from (kg) 1577-1650

(Source: Jaguar)

Image Gallery

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