After spending only a few hours with the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, all I can say is wow. I’m so overwhelmed by the brute force, awesome F1-like exhaust note and luxurious interior, it really is total sensory experience.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
I took the F-Type coupe up to the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

With 550 HP delivered to the ground from a 5.0L supercharged V8 via an 8-speed Quickshift transmission, it gets you where you’re going in style and very, very quickly. On the freeway or in the canyons, the F-Type R Coupe just adjusts perfectly to any condition. And when you need some rest, in full auto and in full eco mode, the car can be quite docile. The eco mode offers engine-shut off for some fuel economy in this English supercar. The whole package puts this beyond luxury into the supercar category, competing with Ferrari and Lamborghini more so than Mercedes or Audi.

Jaguar brake calipers
The optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix braking system

My first time in a recent Jaguar, I am also finding the controls easy to use and intuitive to learn. Basic things like turning on the lights are easily done, as was linking up a Galaxy S5 to the Bluetooth system.

I’ll be taking the F-Type Coupe on a California luxury weekend getaway and you can follow along with my adventure right here and on my YouTube channel. I’ll be driving up the coast from Los Angeles, first all the way to San Francisco to the iconic InterContinental Mark Hopkins, atop Nob Hill. I am especially looking forward to enjoying Sunday brunch at the Top of the Mark with its incredible views across th city. I haven’t been to San Francisco in a long time, but used to come every year with my dad to the MacWorld conventions. We would always stay at The Fairmont, right across the street from the Mark Hopkins. In doing research before my trip, I learned although managed by different companies, both properties are now owned by the same company.


The stylish interior

The F-Type R Coupe comes standard with an 8-speed QuickShift transmission, with paddle shifters for full manual mode. There’s an adaptive dynamics suspension and an Active Exhaust System which just sounds sick, like a race car. When not listening to the exhaust, I will be listening to the 770 watt Meridian sound system. This car is finished in British Racing Green (of course) with a “Suedecloth” interior, black with cirrus stitching. The interior is sporty yet luxurious and comfortable, with 14-way adjustable seats. I like how the passenger seat also has three memory settings.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in Green
Finished in British Racing Green, of course

This is the “R” model, Jaguar’s high performance designation, like Mercedes’ AMG or Audi’s S line. From the performance to the engine to the interior, it really lives up to its badging.

Jaguar F-TYpe R Coupe
The F-Type R has subtle badging

After San Francisco, I’ll head back south, but not too far, stopping for a visit at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. I’ve been there before, having visited a few months ago on a Harley getaway. It’s a spectacular, ocean-side property with great Ritz-Carlton luxury and service. They also have a hot chocolate bar and in-room s’more kits for the rooms that feature a little patio and firepit.

After Half Moon Bay, it’s back south to Santa Barbara for visit to the Belmond El Encanto, a luxury retreat overlooking the city. Part of the amazing Belmond collection of properties, it will be my first visit to this special place.

I’m really looking forward to putting the Jag through its paces while exploring the beautiful coastline of the Golden State.

Jaguar F Type R Coupe
The F-Type looks good from every angle