2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R

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2019 MODEL
$100,750
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2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

In the company of the list of F-Types, the Type R is an enthralling piece of machinery with the prowess of a sports powertrain under its hood and a curvaceous styling. Housing the grandeur of Jaguar in its cabin alongside an athletic driving experience, the feline ups its ante with the pops and burbles grumbling under its front-engined layout and at the same time, poses few questios as to why it shouldn’t be your favourite sports car.

The F-type’s R doesn’t sit resting. Indeed, it belongs right in the thick of rivalry with the likes of Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the Porsche 911. Read on to see how the Jaguar fares.

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Pros

Brawny V8 performance

Enthusiastic ride with responsive steering

Exceptionally good interior quality and trim

Cons

Substandard interior and cargo space

Fuel guzzler

Poor outward visibility

What's New?

The 2019 F-Type offers large screen in the infotainment system with better graphics


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$100750

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

305 cu. in.

horsepower

550 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

502 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.2 in.

length

176 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

51.6 in.

curb weight

3814 lbs.

ground clearance

3.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

41.7 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/23 mpg

highway range

425.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Ratings

Features

6.3

Interior

6.5

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Base

Base

power
550 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$100,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (5.0L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $100,750 MSRP (15/18/23) 550 hp @ 6500 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 2   Velocity SVO Ultra Metallic Gloss
  Velocity SVO Ultra Metallic Satin Matte
  Valloire White Pearl Satin Matte
  Loire Blue Metallic
  Indus Silver Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 4, 2019

6.8

Overall Rating


The 2019 Jaguar F-type R Coupe costs a whopping $101,745. It is powered by a brawny 5.0L V8 boasting 550 horses and 502 pulling force mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, powering all wheels of the coupe. The Type R is fully kitted with R-branded seats and steering wheel alongside technical upgrades. It fuses luxury with athleticism and is the penultimate highest trim of the F-Type, just below the fully loaded, SVR.


6.3/10
Features

 
 
 

6.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Features

6.3/10

Coming in 5 different trim levels in coupe and convertible style P300, P340, P380 R-Dynamic, R, and SVR - each further divide into 24 cars, Jaguar has a big convoy. Each trim also offers an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Starting at $60,750, the P300 is the only trim to features a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 cylinder mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. With the P340, P380 and R-Dynamic variants, the trims feature a supercharged 3.0L V6 engine with the engine boasting 340 hp for P340 while 380 horses on the other two configurations.

The R-Dynamic is basically a P380 but comes standard with few extra features to bridge the gap to the R trim. The R and SVR include a 5.0L V8 with 550 horses on the former and an increased output of 580 horses on the latter. These two configurations are the sportiest of the lot and come with a host of intended features alongside the manufacturer's prestigious luxury and opulence.

Trim

F-Type R

MSRP (AWD)

$100,750

Key Features

5.0L V8 Supercharged engine (550 hp, 502 lb.-ft.)
  Electronic Active Differential with torque vectoring
  20" alloy wheels
  Leather interior
  R-Branted leather steering wheel and seats 
  Linear Vee Aluminum center console with R-branding

We recommend

The right F-Type is purely a personal choice for the difference between various configurations it offers boils down to your driving preference. Even the inline-4 is a good choice. Having said that, we'd recommend the R-Dynamic trim for it gives a sweet mix of a V6 under the hood along with extra additions of features in the bag.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Engine

"The 2019 Jaguar F-Type delights in every configuration, even if some rivals are more precise." -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Powering this beautiful 2-seater is a beefy 5.0L Supercharged V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Propelling all wheels of the coupe, the engine has a coarse overtone with rumbling pops and crackles which grossly corresponds with the performance that kicks with each rise in its sonorous revs. It performs with incredible smoothness and swiftly while the acceleration is brisk thanks to its mighty torque. The F-Type's responsive gearbox is controlled via paddle-shifters and each clink and clank while the motors roar up is greatly tuned to providing excellent performance.

The Jaguar's rivals stop it from having the last word; take the Corvette ZR1 for instance this monstrous sports coupe thrashes the competitors with its mighty power unit. Then comes the Nissan GTR alongside the feline coupe. The 6-cylinders of the Porsche 911 produces less output than the competition but is still as quick.

Models

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

MSRP

$100,750

$93,325

$120,700

$118,900

$99,990

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

7 speed manual

7-speed M/T

6 Speed dual clutch

Horsepower

550 hp@ 6500rpm

471 hp@ 7100rpm

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

565 hp@ 6800rpm

Torque

502 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

398 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

405 @ 2150 rpm

715 hp @ 4400 rpm

467 ft-lbs@ 3300rpm

Acceleration

The V8 under the Type R is a roaring rocket and that translates on the tarmac as well. All that power from the 8-cylinders churns out excellent performance, taking 3.4s from naught to 60 miles per hour. On the quarter mile, the motor zips the coupe in 11.7s. The quickest-crown of the lot belongs to the Nissan GTR while the Corvette ZR1 and Jaguar trail each other by merely a margin.

Models

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

0-60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.4 sec

3.9 sec

3.1

2.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.7 sec

13.8 sec

12.3 sec

10.94

11.2 sec

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

9.3

NA

N/A

9.8

Handling and Braking

The sportiest variant, F-Type R, is also built keeping in mind comfort and athleticism and does exhibit ride quality of a luxury coupe and an athletic 4-wheeler. With adaptive suspension aiding its balanced and stable but firm ride, the coupe glides over bumps and potholes but jumps more than normal when hovering over them. There also exists minor jostling once on extremely undulated tarmac curtailing confidence. Yet its precise and responsive steering only elevates its entertaining ride while also staying exciting.

The Type R's body roll is readily limited and handling around chicanes feels fun and spirited. Soldered to the roadway and barely comes across as a weakling, tame it the way you want and this brute of a coupe is not the one to step down; whether that's cruising down the highway or a visit to your nearest groceries.

The large upgraded 15" brakes on the front and rear are impressive enough to earn the coupe a commendable spot in its competition. Neither mushy nor undulated, the pedals dispense with sensitive braking that are extremely strong, reliable, and stable.

Model

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Brake Front (in.)

15

15.7

13.7

15.5

15.3

Brake Rear (in.)

14.8

14.1

12.9

15.3

15

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3814

4280

3197

3584

3929

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

105

NA

88

N/A

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Fuel Economy

No, not everything about the Jaguar checks the right boxes. The 5.0L powertrain under the hood is a fuel guzzler, drinking 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles on the highway. Moving towards the German make, the Porsche 911 gulps lesser gas albeit holding a 6-cylinder. The other V8's in the competition run parallel to the Jaguar where only the LC 500 performs a tad better.

Model

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

MPG (city)

15

16

18

19

16

MPG (highway)

23

25

26

13

22

MPG (combined)

18

19

21

15

18

Range (miles) (city/highway)

278/426

347/543

N/A

15.4

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

21.7

16.9

N/A

19.5

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Interior

6.5/10

"The F-Type's interior is attractive and user-friendly, but outward visibility is limited all around. Climbing in and out of the cabin can be an issue for taller drivers, and wider folks will feel a bit confined once inside. Most cars in this class are easier to live with." -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside the F-Type R, space is a compromise you will have to make while aesthetically paralleling luxury and sport. Sewn R performance leather seats alongside R-branded leather steering wheel with leather trim and quality finish make up the cabin. Seating 2, the coupe is anything but your family car or let's say, cosy; the posh seats are comfortable but headspace and legroom confine tall or pasengers of larger stature to a restricted enclosure.

The low-build of the coupe poses a problem for tall passengers to get in or out, and the confined space inside it would cause a bit of discomfort for someone like Terry Crews. The enclosed structure next to the thick front pillars and high-mounted rear windows, alongside a drop in the front nose, all combine to induce another issue - poor outward visibility.

Model

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Passenger capacity

2

4

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/56.5/43.0

37.2/56.5/42.0

-

37.9/55.2/43

38.1/54.3/44.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

32.2/49.0/32.5

-

-/-/-

33.5/50/26.4

Interior Features

The list of interior features in the Jaguar include

  • 12-way electric front seats with memory
  • Deployable front air vents
  • R-branded leather steering wheel
  • R performance leather seats
  • Single-zone Climate Control
  • Overhead lighting console
  • Interior lighting
  • Electrically adjustable steering column with memory

Infotainment System

While seemingly reasonable cabin gives way to a decent interior, the infotainment system on the Jaguar R is another case altogether. The latest 10" touchscreen with navigation system is an upgrade from the previous year, but is still not the coupe's forte resulting in mediocre performance and user interface. Also, another big downfall is that the trim doesn't include voice recognition. Adding to the dismay, the technology of the system feels inferior to its rivals. Some standard features include

  • Sirius XM Satellite radio & HD radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Navigation Pro system
  • Meridian Sound System

 Cargo Volume

Practicality is not really the F-Type's forte. Welcome a paltry 7.3 cubic feet for storage in the back while its rivals such as the AMG E 53 offers 10 relatively better but just not good enough for a coupe. The GTS holds a decent 9.7 cubic feet that rivals podium spot with the E 53. The Stingray has an excellent cargo space at 15 cubic feet, taking the top spot for the most commodious coupe in the field.

Model

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.3

5.4

9.7

15

8.8

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Exterior

"We hope to age as well as the 2019 Jaguar F-Type." -thecarconnection

Dimension and weight

The new F-Type comes virtually unchanged from its previous iteration. Sat alongside 4 20" 5 spoke wheels, the coupe is a modern design infused with classic touch. The feline coupe's advanced craftsmanship is delicately moulded with smooth character lines, sporty bumpers and side skirts along with subtle detail, all culminating to the elegance of the aerodynamic sculpture of the coupe.

When viewed from any angle, the sleek and sexiness is tasteful and profound. Measuring 176" in length, the coupe perches 4" from the ground, shorter than most coupe's in the competition. It weighs 3800 pounds, again beaten by the Cayman by almost 500 pounds.

Model

Jaguar F Type R coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Curb weight (lbs.)

3814

4280

3197

3584

3929

Length(in)

176.0

187.4

178.3

179.8

185.4

Width(in)

74.2

75.6

72.9

77.4

74.6

Height(in)

51.6

53.0

50.6

48.5

53.9

Ground clearance (in)

3.9

5.2

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

103.2

113.0

96.5

106.7

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.4/64.1

64.2/64.4

60.7/60.8

64.4/63.6

62.6/63

Exterior Features

The list of exterior features include

  • Chrome-accented grille
  • 20" 5 spoke wheels
  • Quad Outboard Mounted Exhaust Pipes
  • Infrared reflective windshield
  • LED Headlights with Signature DRL & LED Tail Lights
  • R Badge
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Safety

Offered with aplenty safety equipments alongside technology, the coupe makes sure to keep the driver as well as its passengers protected. The manufacture has kitted the F-Type R with affluent and advanced standard safety features such as

  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Rearview Camera
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Rearview Camera
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-theft alarm system

NHTSA and IIHS are yet to rate the 2019 Jaguar F-Type.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Competition

Jaguar F-Type vs Chevrolet Corvette

Monstrosity seems to favour the Chevrolet Corvette more than the F-Type loud and bashing engine squealing the tires on the track with roaring exhaust rumble. The Corvette pulls many tricks up its sleeve when it comes to performance and hands down has the best interior yet. However the Jaguar is an English snob with pops and rumbles of its own but just not as quick or zippy as the Corvette.

What it does exceedingly better is show what opulence and luxurious the interior can be, something the Amercian lags behind. All in all, the Corvette is your go-to if performance over luxury matters. Else, the Jaguar is a rather refined Englishman.

Jaguar F-Type vs Porsche 911

A multifaceted coupe, the Porsche 911 is the Jaguar F-Type if the English feline got its handling refined and interior further more polished. The F-Type is basically a more affordable alternate to the 911 and it has no issue showing that off. They both house similar powertrains, and sport-luxury features. However the Jaguar is still an excellent performer, houses beautiful interior and a gorgeous exterior design. Want a 911 but can't afford the additional bills? The F-Type is your car.

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R Final Verdict

Getting right down to business is the sexy head-turning feline growing through its exhausts on a loud and throaty note. Its mighty powertrain alongside a grand list of luxurious features make it a worthy competitor, if not, a notable buy. However, its lavish gulping of fuel, substandard trunk space and a subpar infotainment system seem like a let down. Yet, considering its exotic design and a commendable driving experience, it does give its rivals a run for their money.