Jaguar Magazine|Issue 201
We are all familiar with the F-TYPE which comes with everything including an appealing four-cylinder variant, so exactly what does this R Convertible bring to the party to make this car a civilised beast? More power alone won’t cut it with the discerning collector, they want a little fairy dust such as bespoke materials, a different sound system and more.
The supercharged 5.0 litre V8 develops 420kW (564bhp) and 516lb ft of torque, the latter figure is too much for a manual transmission. That is why it’s mated to an eight-speed auto gearbox. It’s enough to give this F-TYPE supercar territory performance figures.
And as for the four-wheel-drive system which can accompany this F-TYPE, purists need not fear; it’s still rear-wheel drive mostly, with power sent to the front wheels when needed as part of an adaptive-dynamics system.
The titanium quad exhausts, with valves that open at 2500 rpm to enhance the noise, emit a brilliant sound more akin to splintering metal than what you might anticipate.
The blindingly quick shift gear changes do as the name suggests, especially with the aluminium paddles behind the steering wheel. The car’s steering actions are precise and the aerodynamic latest bumper, front splitter, flat underfloor, rear diffuser and active rear wing which springs up automatically above 113 km/h (70 mph), all help to push you flat to the road through the corners.
What about that fairy dust? Now retired Design Director Ian Callum and his team kept the exterior design changes to muscular aerodynamic additions. The interior consists of quilted leather on doors and seats, an up-dated steering wheel and those aluminium paddle shifters plus accelerator.
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