Three supercharged petrol engines are available. The entry-level (335bhp) V6 car is quick, and the V6 S (375bhp) and V8 R (543bhp) are both seriously fast. The V6 S needs to be revved hard to get the best from it, whereas the R is rabidly fast even from low revs. The eight-speed automatic gearbox can be lazy to change in full automatic mode, but it responds quickly when you use the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe ride & handling
Both the S and R models have adaptive dampers; these are effective at softening off sharp-edged bumps, and the F-Type Coupe stays relatively settled over patched-up surfaces. The R is particularly grippy and willing to stick to a tight line through fast corners, but even the S has lots of grip and similarly poised handling. Both have natural-feeling, predictable steering and are a joy to drive quickly – even down challenging roads.
Jaguar F-Type Coupe refinement
The engines are quiet enough at low revs and with the switchable sports exhaust (optional on the S; standard on the R) turned off, although wind and road noise are noticeable on the motorway. Even so, the F-Type Coupe is a hushed enough cruiser, and both the S and R models sound fantastic when you turn the switchable exhaust on by pressing a button on the centre console.