I’ve been anticipating the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe ever since AUTOart made the announcement. The lines and sound of the car are just thrilling, and once I saw the beast featured on Top Gear, I just had to have one in my collection. Of course AUTOart saves the best colour for last, which is Firesand Metallic/Orange, which I believe is the original release colour. On to the model review…
I was bit concerned that AUTOart had issues with paint on their new composite direction models. Most of products to date that have made it to market were completed in Matte finishes or the boring basic colour stream. Well I’m happy to say the Firesand Metallic/Orange is just gorgeous in person. Paint is flawless from all directions and angles. Panel gaps and shutlines lines are excellent – the photos will highlight more. Though not an error, but a decision on AUTOart’s part to not move forward with the black roof/moon-roof. Come on AUTOart this is the “R” version, for the coolest fact alone this should have been standard equipment.
Overall the body lines of the original appear to be captured well, though I believe the front nose is either a little short or the pitch is slightly off – not a huge oversight for sure. Ride stance is a little high for my liking – a more romanticized approach would have been preferred.
Moving to the front, the fascia of the F-Type R Coupe is nicely executed. Perforated grilles are found in all areas and the badge work is nicely executed too. On the flip side I believe the headlights could have used a little more work. Improved materials for the headlight lenses and internal workings would have worked been better.
The rear is much like the front, excellent execution on all fronts. Major plus goes to the life-like exhaust tips and raised centre Jaguar emblem. The rear storage is also accessible on this model. It features a moveable shelf and fully carpeted surround. Where it fails is AUTOart deleted the hatch strut supports. This is definitely a cost cutting measure. Boo!
Thanks to user feedback I missed the biggest elephant in the room, the missing reverse lights. How do you explain the inserts without the clear covers? Also this was the last colour in the schedule, how do you not correct the error prior to production? AUTOart?
** UPDATE ** So I emailed AUTOart Germany for their perspective on this miss. Here’s their response: “The reverse lights were missed to be made by our engineers and the licensor ( Jaguar ) didn’t mention about the missing lights when they got a sample for approval.” This doesn’t make sense, I’m sure the miss was identified by collectors during the pre-production stage.
The F-Type R Coupe is powered by 5.0 litre V8 550PS supercharged engine with 680Nm of torque, 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, impressive! AUTOart version is surprisingly in good form when compared to the original. Most, if not all, the detail is mirrored nicely. Hood operation is completed with a simple two hinge method. Operation here is flawless. Where the model fail once again is the absence of the strut supports. Funny thing the pre-production sample models did have them in place. Oh AUTOart!
Back to the exterior, we look at the wheels, and here AUTOart went with the standard 20″ rollers. Well in my opinion the overall size is off. Also with the overwhelming wheel options available from Jaguar and the ‘R’ badge designation they should have chosen an optional wheel choice that better serves the race branding. I kept telling them via their Facebook posts, but like usual all fell onto deaf ears. Getting back to the standard wheels, the package, in usual AUTOart form, is delicious and well crafted – chrome finish is reminiscent of their old Dodge Viper.
The underbelly of the F-Type R Coupe was a surprise. There is much going on here as the photos will show – suspension, exhaust and mid-muffler are will represented. A nice touch based on price point.
The interior is completed in all Black with the Orange exterior it is fitting. All areas on the interior are appointed well and mirrors the original for the most part. Decals, painted detail complete the package. There are also fabric seat-belts and fully carpeted interior to boot. Well done AUTOart.
I’ll be honest with you, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe from AUTOart impressed me more than I thought based on the initial images. The paint and overall detail is very impressive, other than the short-coming of the wheels I really enjoyed this model. Their immediate competition in 1:18 scale at the moment is the TopSpeed release of the same, though a difference in price of $40 (AUTOart being more). The AUTOart excels in the opening parts department, and to me that is paramount and worth the extra bucks. Enjoy the pics!