2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review: British Beauty & Brawn

Jaguar's design masterpiece and their prettiest coupe in decades, the F-Type Coupe, has been around for a few years now, doing battle with other premium sports coupes in various guises. The first model in the lineup with a V8 engine, the 5.0-liter R is a raucous, 550-horsepower supercharged V8 monster with 502 lb-ft of torque. Breathtakingly gorgeous, the Jag's looks and dynamic handling help offset its negative qualities, most notably a slightly cramped cabin and permanent noise from the engine, tires, and road. Its rivals include one from its own family, the relatively new SVR version of the same coupe, and the outstanding Corvette Z06. But it also vies for honors against more esteemed competition - the Porsche 911, and to a degree, even the Aston Martin Vantage. Nearly a decade since its release, age is becoming the F-Type's worst enemy.

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2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 F-Type R Coupe?

2019 models are lightly refreshed, with no aesthetic changes. The big updates are inside, with the debut of a new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system being a welcome improvement. Sadly, AppleCarPlay and Android Auto are not included with this update. Instead, more safety features have been added, with the coupe now including lane-keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition as standard.

Pros and Cons

  • Insane supercharged V8 soundtrack
  • Great handling and sharp steering
  • More standard safety tech added for 2019 model
  • Blistering acceleration
  • Absolutely stunning design
  • Excessive noise, all the time
  • Cramped interior
  • Minimal practicality
  • Exorbitant price

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2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
R Coupe
5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$100,750
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2019 F-Type R Coupe Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 176.5 in
  • Wheelbase 103.2 in
  • Height 51.6 in
  • Max Width 75.7 in
  • Front Width 62.4 in
  • Rear Width 64.1 in
  • Curb Weight 3,814.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Carpathian Grey +$920
  • Silicon Silver +$920
  • Narvik Black
  • Fuji White
  • Caldera Red
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Corris Grey Metallic
  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • British Racing Green Metallic
  • Loire Blue Metallic
  • Ultra Blue Metallic

2019 F-Type R Coupe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    5.0L Supercharged V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

With all-wheel drive controlling power at all times, the F-Type R never feels too lairy to get heavy-handed with. Thanks to its huge brakes, it stops on a dime too, although the brakes can take a bit of getting used to at lower speeds with a bit too much bite when coming to a stop. However, this car is built to be driven hard, and low-speed smoothness is sacrificed at the altar of ultimate performance.

With such a high curb weight, one would expect less agility from the R coupe, but it is pleasantly surprising here. Unfortunately, that is made possible through excessively stiff suspension that doesn't get much more compliant in comfort mode. Switch the adaptive dampers to their stiffest setting, and you'd better have a great chiropractor or be driving on glass. What it gives up in comfort, the R makes up for in ability, its weight and suspension helping to keep it from skittering across the road when bumps are encountered. The steering too is sharp and direct, but again, as with most other electrically assisted power-steering setups, is missing true feel. The road noise and that mad motor will also be difficult to live with on a daily basis, the noises emanating from them being a constant reminder of the performance focus of the F-Type R.

2019 F-Type R Coupe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.8 in
  • Front Head Room 36.8 in

2019 F-Type R Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 F-Type R Coupe Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe a good car?

The F-Type is single-minded in purpose, with very little about it compromising its performance for greater ergonomics. It's uncomfortable on longer journeys, ridiculously loud all the time, and not exactly a class-leader when it comes to creature comforts. Hardcore and focused, the F-Type R is particularly deft at handling tight corners as well as fast bends, just not corrugated tarmac. But just look at it. Yes, it's cramped inside, impractical, and very difficult to see out of, but it is just gorgeous, and with the adaptive exhaust, makes a fairly reasonable attempt at being civilized. The price is rather high for something not truly exotic, and there are certainly faster, more comfortable, and even more exciting cars that will cost about the same or less - but very few that look the way this one does. If the looks mean nothing to you, then a Porsche 911 is arguably a better choice in almost every respect; but then again, everybody's got one, while the F-Type stands out from the crowd.

2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Comparisons

Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe Jaguar
Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe575 hp16/24 mpg$103,200
Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe 575 hp16/24 mpg$123,600
Porsche 911 Carrera 379 hp18/24 mpg$101,200

2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe vs Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe

The R is not the top model in Jaguar's F-Type lineup. Instead, that honor goes to the F-Type SVR, which is also powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8, but in this application has been tuned to develop even more power at 575 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. This sends it from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a higher top speed of 200 mph. As a sort of halo car for the range, the SVR is obviously even more expensive. The extra $22,000 you need to fork out for this car earns you a carbon fiber rear wing, aluminum shift paddles, upgraded interior trim, front parking sensors, and a heated steering wheel as standard. So is it better than the R? Well, at that kind of money, one would expect supercar performance, which the SVR delivers, but the foibles of the regular R are still present and problems like noise and discomfort are amplified. We'd be happy with the regular R, but if you're a regular track-rat, then the SVR will shave seconds off your lap times.

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2019 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe vs Porsche 911 Carrera

The Jaguar's price pits it against some pretty special metal. Porsche's 911 has always been the benchmark of sportscars, with handling and feel that are simply out of this world. Add all-wheel-drive to the mix, and you have a sports car capable of obliterating just about anything on track or on a twisty mountain road. The F-Type too has great handling but, of course, can't match the 911 for driving feedback and raw feel. The Porsche also one-ups the Jag in the interior stakes, with a far higher level of quality and a classy feel that doesn't appear to be trying as hard as when you step into the Jag, all while offering semi-usable rear seats and practical storage. Yes, the Porsche is expensive and gets ridiculous when you go too crazy on the options list, but there will always be a willing buyer for it on the secondhand market, and it's likely to be far more reliable too. In just about every measurable facet, the Porsche is the better car and always will be.

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