Jaguar isn't the first automaker that comes to mind when it comes to sexy, sporty rides. Sure, they've had a few models that straddled that line in the last few years, but it's not exactly what the badge has been about. Maybe they're looking to change that because the new Jaguar F-Type Coupe is simply all sorts of heart-attack-inducing.
Based on the company's C-X16 concept, the sports coupe brings a seriously gorgeous design: long bonnet, low roofline, tapering cabin, twin "shark gill" openings on the grille, and a muscular rear haunch, among other eye-catching elements. It's so pretty, in fact, that Jaguar director of design, Ian Callum, calls it "the car I've wanted to design since I joined Jaguar 15 years ago."
Three models of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe will hit showrooms: the base model, F-Type S, and F-Type R. The first one gets a 3-liter V6, pumping out 340 horsepower for a top speed of 161 mph and a 0 to 60 of 5.1 seconds; the Type S houses a 380-horsepower supercharged V6, pushing it to max runs of 171 mph and a 0 to 60 of 4.8 seconds; the headlining F-Type R steps it up with a 550-horsepower 5-liter supercharged V8, hitting top speeds of 186 mph and clearing a 0 to 60 in just 4 seconds.
All three are built on a bonded and riveted all-aluminum platform that boasts serious rigidity. Notable features include ZF 8-speed transmission, second-generation Electronic Active Differential, torque vectoring, a 380-watt 10-speaker audio system, and plenty of available options (glass roof, power rear hatch, and CCM ceramic braking system, among others).
Pricing for the Jaguar F-Type Coupe starts at $65,000 for the base model, $77,000 for the S Coupe, and $99,000 for the R Coupe.