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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Fast and sexy but with some compromises

The F-Type, Jaguar's first two-seat sports car since the early 1970s, has been a global success for the British automaker. Since the F-Type's 2012 launch, Jaguar has been expanding the lineup with more engine options, trim packages and a new hardtop coupe. Here are a few snippets from recent reviews of the F-Type R Coupe, the latest -- and fastest -- iteration.

"On 20-inch wheels, the R coupe shouldn't ride nearly as well as it does. The coupe's structure is utterly without flex. … Even with short-sidewall tires, the car is unflustered by high-frequency road chop. And that's wearing stiffer springs and dampers than those in the V-8-powered F-type roadster. You could easily putter around feeling quite content and comfortable in the standard suspension setting. Only the car's snug cabin and gloriously nasty exhaust note would suggest the R coupe's more delinquent leanings. Even in dynamic mode, the ride is far from harsh; it is merely less yielding to larger heaves in the road."

Article: Sort of like an AMG GT S, but even better-looking

 -- Car and Driver

"One year into its run, the F-Type's cabin looks and feels even more like a pretender. Coupe or convertible, the Jaguar is like a star architect's big-city hotel: The facade is eye-popping, but inside the actual room there are bare walls and a warm Diet Coke in the minibar.

"Stitched leather on the dash hits the right luxury note, as do sport seats with integrated headrests and cool, clear-lensed climate-control knobs.

"But other materials and switches give off a plasticky, rubbery vibe. Two of a sports car's most crucial elements seem like compromises: the bland driver's gauges and the automatic shifter, a stubby rectangle whose touch yields no pleasure."

Article: Fast, Sexy, but Not So Silent

 -- The New York Times

"As for performance, that's a very good reason to purchase the F-Type R Coupe because she's a bruiser. The classic American test of a car's metal -- 0-60 mph -- happens in just 3.6 seconds, exceptionally quick for a rear-wheel drive machine. The quarter-mile takes 11.8 seconds with a trap speed of 122.3 mph."

Article: The Scrumptious Sound of Ferocious Fury

 -- Motor Trend

"You'd be hard-pressed to find a faster, better-looking or more comfortable beast in which to fly. The R's adaptive damping tuning is set up to work in tandem with the model's revised spring rates. Specifically, the R's springs are 4.3 percent stiffer in front and 3.7 percent in the rear. You can further personalize your car through the My Dynamics setup on the center screen."

Article: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe drive review

 -- Autoweek

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