Where celebrities hanker to be seen in Los Angeles, Jaguar introduced the new Coupe version of the F-TYPE so they can't be seen as easily as in a convertible. The spiritual successor to the E-Type and C-X16 concept-inspired Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe is lighter, faster, $4,000 less, has more cargo area and looks better than the F-TYPE Roadster top-up. We're guessing the F-TYPE Roadster will likely remain the better seller, based on the XK going about 9:1 the last time we looked.
With a seductive sleek roofline, Aston-like side windows and haunches, and tailpipes upswept like a boxer's jaw, the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe certainly looks an English sports GT car. The roof panel is aluminum or glass, and the vertical-opening hatch conceals a lifting spoiler at the trailing end. Front fender vents echo those on the hood, and the Roadster.
Like the Roadster, the F-TYPE Coupe structure is all-aluminum and quite rigid. Although the Coupe is about 45 pounds lighter than the Roadster it is still heavier than competitors such as Porsche's Cayman and 911 and the Corvette Stingray.
The sloping roofline of the F-TYPE Coupe hides surprising headroom and luggage capacity, 50-percent more than the Roadster. Remove the parcel shelf, and the Coupe can carry twice as much cargo as the Roadster.
In other respects, the driver-centric cockpit mirrors the Roadster's. The Coupe has a nicer headliner and, of course, has no power-top switch. Leather and suede cover sport seats; R versions add inflatable side bolsters and two-tone leather options.
Engine choices for the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe are similar to those of the Roadster, with a 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6, 380-hp version of the same engine in the V6 S, and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Each is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission (with manual sequential control) driving the rear wheels.
However, in the F-TYPE Coupe the V8 carries the R badge rather than V8 S, and gets 550 hp rather than 495. Jaguar claims 0-60 mph in 4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 161, 171 and 186 mph, respectively. S and R models may be equipped with carbon ceramic brakes.
The F-TYPE R also gets some slinky wheels, active exhaust, recalibration of its adaptive dynamics system, stiffer springs, torque vectoring braking electronic active differential, flat-bottom sports steering wheel (round is available), and additional leather cabin trim.
Most Roadster features migrate to the Coupe. Standards include bi-xenon headlamps, automatic start/stop, flush door handles, 10-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system, and navigation. Wheel sizes and features grow with horsepower, adding dual-zone climate control, keyless entry/start, power folding mirrors, configurable ambient lighting, blind-spot warning, glass roof with shade, and 12-speaker 770-watt sound system.
Prices had not been announced when this was written, but we are guessing the F-TYPE Coupe will retail between $66,000 and $110,000, depending on the model. The F-TYPE Coupe is expected to go on sale late spring 2014 as a 2014 model.