AWD Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Clocks 60 MPH in 3.9 Seconds

After our spy photographers caught the AWD F-Type trailered on British roads in October, Jaguar let the cat out of the bag - the enhanced F-Type Coupe R with its new all-wheel drive system will make its debut at the LA Auto Show on the 19th of November.
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Thanks to a supercharged 5-liter V8 that produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft (681 Nm) of torque, the rear-wheel drive F-Type Coupe R is not what you’d call a slouch. With 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) hit in 4 seconds, the rear-wheel drive variant of the most potent F-Type with a fixed roof is pretty brisk too.
The all-wheel drive is even faster than that. According to the British sportscar marque, 0 to 60 mph is now dealt with in 3.9 seconds. I know what you’re thinking right now. Only a tenth of a second faster than the RWD F-Type Coupe R? That’s not nearly enough to call it a true performance enhancement.

Developed in-house by the Jaguar Land Rover consortium

For comparison’s sake, remember that the Mercedes-Benz E63 sedan in rear-wheel drive guise gets to 60 mph in 4 seconds dead, while the blistering fast 4Matic all-wheel drive variant of the German luxobarge cuts the acceleration run’s time to a scarcely believable 3.5 seconds. That half a second is a tangible improvement, a thing that can’t really be said about the all-new AWD Jaguar F-Type Coupe R.

Nitpicking aside, we deem necessary to point out how Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director, explained the new system. "Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-Type was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that's so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability. The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions."

If those words hold water and the AWD Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is still as tail happy as before, then all is well in our book. Let’s just hope the extra capability won’t add too much money to the already steep sticker price of the F-Type R Coupe ($99,000 vs $100,600 for an E63 AMG S-Model 4Matic sedan).

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