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Jaguar F-Type Long-Term Update 4: 2015 F-Type R Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/3/2014 Jonny Lieberman, Michael Shaffer

It proved to be an auspicious phone call. Jaguar's on the line. Favor to ask me. Is there any way it could have its F-Type back? You know, that sweet, Italian Racing Red V-6 S that I've been running around California in for the past six months, racking up more than 11,000 miles in the process. Thing is, while F-Type sales in the U.S. are red hot -- about 5000 units in the past 12 months -- the bulk of those the V8 S model. Americans, it seems, are willing to pay more for the extra cylinders and power. As such, Jaguar's just not sending many six-cylinder convertibles across the pond, and "mine" is needed back at the mother ship for some sort of marketing purpose.

No, I explained. You can't have it back. Here at Motor Trend we always try to hang on to our long-term cars for at least one full calendar year, if not a little longer. Many reasons why, but the big one is the name: long term. That's kind of the whole point. When we rejiggered our long-term Garage to make it one man/woman in one car for one year, the thinking was that having a single primary "owner" would yield more valuable and useful insights than what we'd been doing (and what our competitors still do): essentially a never-ending series of first impressions. And selfishly, I'd really grown fond of the V-6 S. I really wanted six more months.

2015 Jaguar F Type R Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Jaguar F Type R Coupe "What if we replaced it with an R Coupe?" I wish someone had been filming my end of the phone call because I would've loved to see how big my eyes got. I'm a pretty decent poker player, but, man, oh man, that was a tell. Well, I responded, I'll have to check with Ron Kiino because he runs our long-term fleet. He has final say in matters like these. This is a pretty unusual request; I don't know what we can do. Ahem.

I called Ron and he said, "Fudge yeah!" Only he didn't say fudge. That's how Motor Trend 's shrieking, topless 375-horsepower F-Type turned into our maniacally bellowing, Salsa Red, 550-hp fixed-roof bludgeon.

Quick observations: Burnouts are more satisfying, and the trunk seems at least twice as spacious. Aside from that? Not very much because one of my co-workers snatched it for a two-week, 3000-plus-mile summer vacation. Then, before I got a chance to do anything with fun with the R Coupe, some [CENSORED] rear-ended the poor thing! As I type, "my" new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is at the shop getting her derriere put back together. I've barely even seen the new Jag, let alone driven it. Luckily, she's ours for the long term. Or at least half of it. Stay tuned.

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