The Jaguar F-type Coupe is one of the key performance cars of 2014, so naturally we’ve been gagging to drive for some time.

The R version of the Coupe tops the whole F-type range (for now, at least), with the rear wheels driven by the same 404kW supercharged 5-litre V8 engine that powers the XKR-S and XFR-S. There are key electronic and mechanical developments here, though, not least a structure that’s 80 per cent stiffer than that seen in the F-type Convertible.

In the video below, Jethro Bovingdon gets to grips with the $219,600 F-type Coupe R on road and track and delivers his verdict. With the Porsche 911, Aston V8 Vantage and Audi R8 all within touching distance, the Jag won’t have life easy. And neither do its rear tyres when Jethro has a go…

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