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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
Jaguar F-Type Coupe

What is it? Following on the heels of the stunning-looking F-Type convertible is a coupe version that carries over all of the design cues and vehicle attributes, but with a fixed roof. If you are looking for a modern-day link to the hallowed E-Type coupe of the 1960s, this is it.

What's new or notable? The coupe line features the same drivetrains as those found in the soft-top version: supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 engines in the base (340 hp) and S (380-hp) trims, and available 5.0-liter V8 (495-hp).

The biggest news about the coupe is the range-topping F-Type R version, which features a 550-hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that is exclusive to the hardtop car. So equipped, the top cat can roar it to a limited top speed of 186 mph.

All of the engines drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers steering-wheel-mounted paddles for shifting when in sport mode. Jaguar’s stop/start system, which shuts the engine down when the car comes to a stop in an effort to improve fuel economy, is featured on all versions of the F-Type.

In keeping up with the Joneses, such as the Porsche 911, carbon-ceramic brakes will be optional on the R and S trims, promising repeated fade-free braking from speeds in excess of 100 mph.

CR’s take: Like the convertible we sampled, the F-Type coupe is likely to offer entertaining, tail-happy performance in the hands of the right driver. It has stunning looks, blistering performance... and likely a price tag to match.

When will it be available? Spring 2014.

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