Los Angeles 2014: Jaguar F-Type Coupe R AWD Unveiled In South Africa

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Deciding two wheels weren’t enough, Jaguar unveiled its 2016 F-Type Coupe R in South Africa, which puts all four on the floor instead of just the two in the back.

AutoGuide reports the sports car is able to charge from the starting grid to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, hitting the speed wall at 186 mph. The AWD R will be just one of 12 options available to F-Type shoppers by 2016, expanding from just six at present. The expansion is due to the introduction of AWD.

The F-Type Coupe R was also used to help establish communications protocol between the pilot behind the Bloodhound SSC — who will break the sound barrier on the ground on its way to over 1,000 mph — and the vehicle’s team, radioing a jet flying 50 feet above the ground at 500 mph over the Hakskeen Pan.

More details and photos will come next week, when the AWD F-Type Coupe R rolls down the ramp at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Lie2me Lie2me on Nov 10, 2014

    Smart move by Jaguar, the R Coupe needs AWD to travel comfortably across the Serengeti

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    • ...m... ...m... on Nov 11, 2014

      @VoGo ...looks like a solstice coupé: too bad jaguar didn't put a targa roof on it...

  • Spartan Spartan on Nov 10, 2014

    Those who remember the Integra from years past have since graduated from such cars. We drive midsize sedans and crossovers now because we have families and much different priorities. We aren't teenagers or college students any longer. We're all in our late 20s and early 30s these days. Of course an Integra doesn't excite us! I had a Honda Prelude during my teenage through college years (2001 - 2006). If Honda said, "In 2016, the Prelude will return.", I wouldn't care. I have a wife and kid on the way. A 2 door sport coupe couldn't be further from my mind. Now, if you told me Acura was building a longitudinal FWD/AWD layout and the Legend name was revived, you'd have my attention. Maybe not a sale, but that would at least interest me. Sometimes it pays for a brand to revisit its roots. However, at the root of it all for Acura, the Integra may as well have been a dressed up Honda Civic. It was a lightweight FWD sporty car with a high revving 4 cylinder motor. There's far more exciting cars on the market than that.

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    • Spartan Spartan on Nov 11, 2014

      @Lie2me Wow, this was totally meant for another thread. Nothing to see here folks, moving right along.

  • Hubcap Hubcap on Nov 10, 2014

    Good looking car. I find it curious that knowing how weight affects performance and how the commentariat here eschews such things and is not shy in making their feelings known, especially when it comes to the Corvette, that the RWD F-Type R coupe weighs 3917#. Yes Three Thousand... Nine Hundred... Seventeen. Let's place that number into perspective. The mighty ZL1 weighs 4120#. Just 203 pounds more than this car. The upcoming Z06, according to Chevy, will weigh 3524#. A difference of 393#. Why is is that when certain cars are perceived as heavy they get called to the carpet yet others barely get a mention?

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    • ...m... ...m... on Nov 11, 2014

      @James2 ...i'm pretty sure all the modern jaguar and aston martin sportcars are descended from lotus' VVA extruded-aluminum chassis, which despite its flyweight elise forebear also gave us the three-thousand-pound big-boned evora...for some reason, all these lotus-chassis GTs have come to the curb extremely heavy: maybe it's the redundant metal bodywork?..

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Nov 10, 2014

    Pretty car. I hope they did not let South Africans drive it... Salt pan, powerful car... Jaguar will get the car back when the wheels come off because "Give it horns, Boet!"