We’ve simply spent the final three days highway testing the brand new 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe launch in Spain. This new vary enhances the prevailing 2013 ‘World Automotive Design of the Yr’ award profitable F-TYPE convertible mannequin. The three days concerned highway testing, monitoring testing and a dealing with observe… and a bit of style of dwelling a luxurious life-style too.
Jaguar is at present the #1 quickest rising premium model and with this new automotive they’re hoping to draw an additional and bold 90% new buyer base predominantly throughout the US and right here within the UK. You might need seen their star packed ‘British Villains’ advert which aired on the latest Tremendous Bowl. So from £51okay as much as £81okay (F-TYPE Coupe, S Coupe and R Coupe), what are you getting? Learn on as we discover out.
Once you personal the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe, not solely do you get a singular sports activities automotive expertise, however you additionally purchase into the Jaguar life-style. We had been fortunate sufficient to peek by the lavish window of this very life-style and expertise it for ourselves (Pictures through our Instagram). From resort rooms at Barcelona’s Mandarin Oriental to constitution flights to Lleida the place our new automobiles for the 2 days had been ready on the runway just some metres from the very aeroplane we had been stepping out of. Then there’s driving by a few of the finest countryside roads, by winding hills, rocky mountains and stopping off on the mesmerising Ferrer Bobet Winery.
In Lleida Spain, positioned in a neighborhood city which has a historical past of touring automotive races, you’ll discover a F1 authorized three.32 miles racetrack known as Motorland. This was our dwelling for the day the place we had been in a position to actually push this automotive to its limits. Particularly on the 1km straight adopted by a pointy left nook flip. Then it was over to a dealing with observe which was geared up with water sprinklers. Sliding round corners at nice speeds on a moist observe is plenty of enjoyable! We had been in good secure arms with members of the Jaguar engineering workforce, and while on the observe we got (For these of us that wanted it) nice driving ideas and steerage (see video under for a clip of MWS Craig on the circuit).
The highway testing concerned 2 full days of driving throughout the gorgeous Spanish countryside hills on roads that appear like they had been designed by a racing fanatic. On our tour we handed by a number of picturesque villages and attention-grabbing locations that had been both sleepy or deserted as a result of recession. Both method, they had been all wonderful locations to drive by and the dealing with and really feel of the automotive was high class. It didn’t take lengthy to develop into acquainted and chill out at speeds, taking corners on unknown highway routes.
Driving the Jaguar F-TYPE makes you’re feeling such as you’re really dwelling the posh life. Nothing has been spared. There is no shortcuts. From the outside-in, and from the way in which it drives, sounds and feels, it’s a really particular automotive. Ian Callum and his workforce at Jaguar have executed such an excellent job. It’s a automotive that actually has the wow issue.
The lengthy elegant but masculine arch from entrance to again (a nostalgic nod to the E-TYPE), the way in which the spoiler mechanically rises at 70mph, and the roar of the engine simply HAS to be heard to be totally appreciated! The one hiccup we skilled was just a few comedy moments with the Sat Nav on new roads, however once you’re misplaced within the Spanish countryside with a sports activities automotive like this and a tank filled with gasoline… who’s complaining!?