Chris Wilde; Jaguar Land Rover Brand Director and Helal Omar; General Manager of Premier Motors Unveil the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe
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Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automobile dealerships and the official importer-dealer for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, and Premier Motors, the official dealer in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, have become the first in the Middle East to launch the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé.
The new F-TYPE Coupé is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever. The launch of the car comes amidst strong sales figures being recorded by Al Tayer Motors in the UAE.
“Jaguar sales in the UAE in Q1 2014 have increased by 52% compared to Q1 2013, and by 19% when compared with Q4 2013. With the launch of the exciting Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, we expect this strong performance to continue through the rest of the year and into 2015,” said Helal Omar, General Manager, Premier Motors.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé with a starting price of AED 289,000/- is available to book through Al Tayer Motors Jaguar showrooms in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Premier Motors Jaguar showrooms in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Speaking at the event, Chris Wilde, Jaguar Land Rover Brand Director said: “The all-aluminium Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe is a sports car that has been engineered and designed without compromise, making it the most dynamic production Jaguar ever made. It has garnered an incredible amount of attention since its global debut at the LA Auto Show last year and I’m confident that there is just as much anticipation amongst customers in the UAE.”
Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé
The all-aluminium F-TYPE Coupé is available in three versions - F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE.
The range-topping F-TYPE R Coupé is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm tune, delivering acceleration to 60mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 300Kms (electronically limited).
The F-TYPE S Coupé and F-TYPE Coupé are powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engines in 380PS/460Nm and 340PS/450Nm forms respectively, giving 0-60mph in 4.8/5.1- seconds and top speeds of 275/260Kms.
The F-TYPE Coupé embodies the uncompromised design vision of the stunning Jaguar C-X16 concept sports Coupé that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, its dramatic cabin-rearward stance being defined by three heartlines. The first two heartlines – shared with F-TYPE Convertible – form the muscular front and rear wings, the third heartline being the sweeping Coupé roof profile which provides an unbroken silhouette while emphasising the visual drama of the tapered cabin sitting between powerful rear haunches.
Jaguar’s expertise in aluminium technology has enabled the design vision for the F-TYPE Coupé to be delivered in a lightweight yet extremely strong bodyshell. Torsional rigidity for all F-TYPE Coupé variants is 33,000 Nm/degree – greater than in any previous production Jaguar – this rigidity providing the basis for excellent dynamic attributes.
The F-TYPE Coupé’s body side is made from a single piece aluminium pressing, probably the most extreme cold-formed aluminium body side in the automotive industry, eliminating the requirement for multiple panels and cosmetic joints. The roof panel itself is available in either aluminium or panoramic glass form.
A deployable rear spoiler sits within the tapered shut-line of the F-TYPE Coupé, while slim, wrap-around LED lamps flank a beautifully engineered tailgate, with optional powered open/close functionality.
To deliver assured, progressive handling in line with its 550PS output, the range-topping F-TYPE R Coupé features a bespoke suspension set-up and new dynamic technologies. These include a second-generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD) and – for the first time on a Jaguar – Torque Vectoring by braking, these systems working in parallel to provide immediacy of response and exploitable handling. The EAD system automatically redistributes engine torque between the rear wheels to ensure excellent on-the-limit control, while Torque Vectoring by braking intelligently applies precisely metered braking force to the inner wheels as necessary during cornering to enhance agility. Sports suspension with Adaptive Dynamics damping and Configurable Dynamic Mode further enhance the F-TYPE R’s immediacy of response, providing an exhilarating and involving driving experience.
F-TYPE R and F-TYPE S Coupé models also have the option of Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes which offer absolute consistency of performance and excellent fade resistance, as well as a total unsprung-weight saving of 21kg.
Every F-TYPE Coupé model utilises Jaguar’s eight-speed close-ratio Quickshift transmission which is optimised for sporting performance, with full manual sequential control from the central SportShift selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The F-TYPE Coupé range complements the existing three-car F-TYPE Convertible model line-up; the V6-engined F-TYPE (340PS) and F-TYPE S (380PS), and the 495PS F-TYPE V8 S.