Los Angeles 2014: Jaguar F-Type Coupe R AWD Unveiled In South Africa
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.
Smart move by Jaguar, the R Coupe needs AWD to travel comfortably across the Serengeti
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.
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?
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!"