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Jaguar F-type S Coupe is beautiful and impracticalWith stunning lines and sharp handling, the F-type S Coupe is an excellent sports car, and as impractical as a true sports car should be.
[MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] If you're looking to buy a Jaguar F-TYPE coupe and want save $1,500, you can now get this cheaper version with a manual transmission. Of course Jaguar did not include that manual transmission to save you money. They did it for the sports car enthusiast who demand a three pedal driving experience. [MUSIC] In this 2016 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe is more sports car than most. It's an absolutely gorgeous looking car with big rear haunches, a low cabin, and a long nose. For the F-Type, I'm pretty sure Jaguar told its chief designers Don't worry about demographics, price, or anything, other than coming up with the best looking car you can think of. And sports cars, like art, should be kind of impractical. And this Jaguar S-Type certainly is. It's only got two seats, there's no rear seats here. We do have a little bit of cargo space, but it's just enough to hold about $100 worth of groceries from Whole Foods. And this S Type S coupe has more power than it reasonably needs. Under the hood, we've got a three liter V6 engine, supercharged. That means a blower pushing air into the cylinders, making 380 horsepower, 339 pound feet of torque. Now, you might think a manual transmission is a pretty simple thing. It's just a box full of gears. You use the shifter to select the right one for your driving Situation and mood, but this one's something special. Jaeger describes it as semi-dry sump, so that means a pump that sprays oil on the gears just when it needs it. That helps reduce friction. The thing has really short throws, and it pops into each gear really neatly. It's really easy to rope through all six gears and get in the precise It's one you want. But I think manual driving enthusiasts will like this. What I really love about this car is the handling. I took it over an undulating, curvy road, and it was just amazing how well the car handled it. It showed flat rotation on the corners and it just damped out those bumps and just forgot about them, The median. With the [UNKNOWN] you get an adaptive suspension standard. So I push the little checkered flag button on the console, and that cycles between comfort and dynamic mode. [UNKNOWN] Is an amazing sports car. It also comes with a little bit of a practical side. The standard is this infotainment system in the dash, this touch screen. The navigation system looks pretty good. It includes traffic information and routes around traffic jams. I like that. But what I don't really see here is an online destination feature in the destination options and it should have that, especially at this price point. Things getting interesting with the app integration. I've actually got my iPhone cabled to the car's USB port running the InControl apps and that actually enables a few different third party apps on the screen here. Music in this car plays through a standard Meridian audio system. That's 770 watts 12 speakers. That's such a big sound system for this small cabin. I absolutely love it, it sounds fantastic. [MUSIC] Now the bad news, the Jaguar F5 Coupe maybe one of the smaller cars in Jaguar's line-up but it is not cheap. The F5 Coupe goes for $78,295 base and remember, you're saving $1500 by getting the manual. This example here has two options [MUSIC] bringing the total to $95,595. The Jaguar S-type Coupe is such a beautiful car that I think it's an instant classic. I can't really decided whether I like the handling or the look better. [SOUND] Taking that manual transmission Transmission means 0.4 seconds slower to 60 miles per hour than with the automatic, but I can live with that. The manual transmission gives an engagement in the driving experience that's perfect for the Jaguar's legacy and perfect for the F-TYPE coupe. [MUSIC]