The motor industry operates
by a strange set of rules, some
of which make very little sense
when held up to rational
scrutiny. One of the daftest
is that, with a few exceptions,
roadsters cost more than the coupe model
that they are spun o , usually carrying
a sizeable supplement that can't really
be justi ed by the extra cost of their
Yet the new F-Type Coupe con rms that
the reverse is true as well. This new, metalroofed
F-Type is being sold at a substantial
discount compared with the existing
Roadster, costing around £7,000 less specfor-spec.
Given that the Coupe is better to
drive, live with and, arguably, even to look
at, that makes it something of a bargain.
The metal roof means the Coupe's body is
sti er than the Roadster's - indeed, it's the
most rigid road car Jaguar has produced.
That means the chassis has been made
slightly rmer and the steering has been
sharpened up. There's nothing wrong with
the way the F-Type Roadster drives, but the
Coupe feels noticeably more responsive.
The Coupe also comes with a rangetopping
'R' variant, currently unavailable
on the Roadster. This has an even more
powerful version of the twin-turbocharged
5.0-litre V8 that's in the V8S, producing a
dizzying 542bhp. That's enough for epic
performance, the R's
by the way it slips and
slithers as the rear
wheels try to deliver all
that urge to the tarmac.
The Coupe redresses
the Roadster's big minus
- its lack of space. The
open-topped F-Type's boot is so small you'll
struggle to get more than a squashy bag
into it; the Coupe has a hatchback with a
in luggage room.
You can't fold its roof
to get the wind in your
hair, but in every other
regard the Coupe is
better than the Roadster.
Best bits: Looks great.
Cheaper and more
practical than the Roadster.
Worst bits: Still expensive compared
with some of its rivals.
JAGUAR F�TYPE COUPE
Adding a roof to the Jaguar F-Type has created
a car that's both cheaper and better
The Coupe is better than the Roadster to
drive, live with and, arguably, look at
JAGUAR F�TYPE COUPE
Price: £85,000 (Coupe R)
Engine: 5.0-litre V8,
0-62mph: 4.1 seconds
Top speed: 186mph
COMING SOON: BMW M4
BMW has long reserved its 'M' badge for the most driver-focused models in its range,
and the new M4 will be no exception. The M4 replaces the old M3 Coupe, the
numerical increment being because it's based on the 4-Series Coupe.
The M3 badge will now be used only for the saloon version.
Power will come from a new 3.0-litre
engine in place of the
4.0-litre V8 of the previous
car. It will cost £56,635
when it goes on sale in
the UK later this year.
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