Jaguar F-Type R Convertible (2015)

Jaguar F-Type R Convertible (2015)

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  • Pros

  • Looks.  This is an exotic, expensive-looking sports car.  It’s rare — they don’t sell very many of these.  So people will turn their heads when you drive by in one.  It’s wide and low and muscular and fast-looking.
  • Stupid fast.  This R version of the F-Type has something like 550 horsepower.  It has a supercharged 5-liter V8 engine.  If you’ve been lamenting that your 70 to110 mph times are a little unimpressive in your current ride, this could be the car for you.   
  • Excellent cornering.  As you would expect from a car this low and wide, there’s no body lean, almost no matter what the speed.  This rear-wheel-drive car has real sports car credentials.
  • Versatile, at least on paper.  It’s an exotic sports car.  It’s a convertible.  It’s all-wheel drive for the winter.  What can’t you do with this car?  (see column to the right)
  • Even though the convertible top is made of cloth, the top is not noisy or loose in any way.  
  • Comfortable seats, once you’ve lowered yourself into them.
  • Cons

  • This car is almost the definition of a phallus extension.  Driving it, we instantly felt like 55-year-old, just-divorced dentists, cruising for trophy second-wives.   By the way, we did meet a prospect or two.  Thanks, Jaguar!
  • Really, really, really showy.  If you don’t want a lot of attention, don’t go anywhere near the F-Type R.  It’s not just the looks, it’s the sound. The car is loud.  And whenever you start it up, the throttle automatically blips up to 4,000-5,000 rpm, before going to idle.  Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!    If you think your neighbors hate you now, wait 'til they think you’re doing that on purpose every morning at 7:30.  By the way, if that’s not enough exhaust noise for you, there’s a button on the console that makes the exhaust even louder.  
  • Not a comfortable car to get in and out of.  You fall into it and winch out of it.
  • You can’t see a blessed thing out of it, except what’s directly in front of you.  Seeing out the back is a joke.  The rear window is, literally, six inches high, and practically above your bald spot.  Backing up is solely done by using the optional(!), though very good rear-view camera (which, we’re guessing, warns you to look behind you and not rely on the camera).  But, when using the backup camera, you can’t see what’s coming at you from the side.   Maneuvering this car backwards, in parking situations, is disconcerting.    
  • Very little storage.  So, while versatile in terms of when it can be driven, and in what kind of weather, it’s limited in where it can be driven.  Of course, if you’re a 58-year-old dentist going away for the weekend with a 32-year-old hygienist, and you need to bring a couple of overnight bags, you can always take her 2001 Corolla.  
  • This is not the smooth, powerful, yet refined Jaguar that comes to mind when the brand is mentioned.  This is more the raw, harsh, very powerful Jaguar that will only appeal to a small subset of customers.  And almost certainly not as an everyday car.
  • It’s $120,000.  According to our calculations, that’s about three-and-a-half Miatas.  But it also has about the combined horsepower of three-and-a-half Miatas, so I guess it’s fairly priced!
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