The 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R was made available for test drives during the Orange County International Auto Show and iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to get behind the wheel.

Not only did Professor Quan test drive the vehicle but he was allowed rare, off-course, access giving him the chance to let the kitty-cat-car purr!

We hope you have as much fun listening to this iDriveSoCal Podcast as we had recording it and maybe even as much fun as the Professor had doing the test drive for it.  Click play below and enjoy!

Black 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R parked outside the Orange County International Auto Show with iDriveSoCal's Professor, Clinton Quan, standing next to it as part of the iDSC134 Test Drive Podcast banner

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Recorded October 7, 2018, in Anaheim, CA

2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R

Clinton Quan: This would definitely be considered a high-level performance sports car, a supercar in pretty much any category. And this is an incredible car, especially for the money. You’re talking about a car with 550 horsepower for 100,000.

It’s hard to find a car with that much horsepower and this type of luxury. Five-liter V8 supercharged. And I love the sound of the exhaust. Downshifting, it… it is a beautiful sound.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here at the Orange County International Auto Show last day of the show with the good Professor. Mr. Clinton Quan. Say, Hello Clinton.

Clinton Quan: Hi Tom.

Tom Smith: Hello. My friend. This podcast is another vehicle review. The Orange County International Auto Show is very big on test drives, and the Professor has been busting at the seams test driving absolutely to his heart’s desire, so to speak. And this one is the 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R correct?

“…this is an incredible car, especially for the money… 550- horsepower for $100,000. It’s hard to find a car with that much horsepower and this type of luxury.”

Clinton Quan: Yes. F-TYPE R.

Tom Smith: Okay. And I saw some pictures of this one. Is it Jag’s top of the line sports car? Did they have anything more performance oriented?

Clinton Quan: Yes, they do an SVR, which pumps out 575 horsepower.

Tom Smith: Okay. Is that like a supercar kind of level for Jag?

Clinton Quan: Well this would definitely be considered a high-level performance sports car, a supercar in pretty much any category. That would be comparable to the McLaren 570s-

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Which I recently test drove [inaudible 00:01:28] Porsche 911 turbo s-

Tom Smith: But you didn’t test drive that one.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. But this one’s pretty close. It’s got 550. That one’s only 25 more horsepower-

The Art of Performance Tour by Jaguar

Tom Smith: Wow.

Clinton Quan: Out of… It’s not a big jump from 550 to 575.

Tom Smith: So, the 2019 Jaguar F-type R is a new vehicle, refresh vehicle. What’s the status there?

Clinton Quan: It’s a current vehicle. It’s not a new vehicle.

Tom Smith: Okay.

“I got an extended test drive. I actually got to drive it on the freeway, which wasn’t part of the normal route.”

Clinton Quan: It’s not really refreshed. It’s been around.

Tom Smith: Okay. Though It’s the 2019.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, it’s the 2019.

Tom Smith: And you got to test drive it so.

Driver-side profile view of a black 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R parked outside the Orange County International Auto Show with

Clinton Quan: Yes. So this was the…

Tom Smith: Professor.

Clinton Quan: This is called, The Art of Performance Tour by Jaguar. And this is an incredible car, especially for the money. You’re talking about a car with 550 horsepower for 100,000. It’s hard to find a car with that much horsepower and this type of luxury.

Tom Smith: Almost as hard as it is to find a buyer with 100,000.

“Five-liter V8 supercharged. And I love the sound of the exhaust. Downshifting, it. It is a beautiful sound.”

Clinton Quan: Yeah. But there’s not a lot of other cars out there that would have this much horsepower and the level of luxury for that price.

Tom Smith: I get what you’re saying.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: It is an impressive looking. “I didn’t drive it obviously.” But the luxury and sports aspect-

Clinton Quan: Five-liter V8 supercharged. And I love the sound of the exhaust-

Tom Smith: I was just going to ask you, what is that sound like?

Clinton Quan: Downshifting, it. It is a beautiful sound. And if you’re here at the … If you’re attending the show you got, to experience this it’s fantastic.

Tom Smith: So, all of the manufacturers here for the test drives have certain routes that they take you on.

Letting the Jaguar Purr

The Professor goes on so many test drives at so many automotive shows for so many years that the representative that drove with him knew him from previous test drives and previous auto shows. So they actually went out a kind of off the reservation, so to speak.

Clinton Quan: Yes. I got an extended test drive. I actually got to drive it on the freeway, which wasn’t part of the normal route.

Tom Smith: And stayed well within the speed limits. I’m sure, right?

Clinton Quan: On certain parts of the test drive. Yes.

Tom Smith: Right. We got to the speed limit really quick. Every now and then we blew right by it.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

“…no need to make any changes. It is a beautiful car.”

Tom Smith: Okay. Carry on.

Clinton Quan: So yeah, I got to drive it on the five and the 22. The garden grow freeway and this car is such a blast to drive. Really, really enjoyed it.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Especially the sound of that exhaust and it’s just fun stepping on the gas.

Tom Smith: Yeah. All right. Take us around the outside and let’s get inside and.

Clinton Quan: Well, it has a beautiful modern, clean, contemporary design. I think it’s one of the most beautiful production cars out there on the road share now.

Tom Smith: Sure.

Clinton Quan: And if you read any of the automotive reviews, that’s one of the first things they’ll say it’s that “this is one of the most attractive looking vehicles on the market.”

Tom Smith: Yeah. Sports Class I think is sports meaning sporty, but very sporty, but also very classy too.

F-TYPE R – Beauty & Beast Combined

Clinton Quan: Yes. In fact, I remember attending the Jaguar launch event for the F-TYPE, which was about, it was actually, it was almost five years ago that I attended the launch event for the vehicle. So it’s hard to believe that it’s already been out there for five years.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: And I remember how I was just blown away by the beauty of this vehicle as soon as I saw it.

Tom Smith: Okay. So-

Clinton Quan: It really is a gorgeous vehicle.

“Another distinctive feature is that grab bar for the passenger.”

Tom Smith: As far as the styling goes. No major changes. So it still has that beautiful Jaguar look that we’ve been used to seeing the last number of years and really used to seeing forever. But as far as there’s no massive changes since the last couple of years on anything that we’ve seen out there.

Clinton Quan: Correct.

Tom Smith: This is 2019.

Clinton Quan: Yes and no need to make any changes. It is a beautiful car.

Tom Smith: And so inside the inside’s gorgeous as we understand as well. But give some specifics.

Clinton Quan: Well the interior, It has a more driver-oriented cockpit. I like how they have a traditional shifter. Jaguar has moved to a knob on some of their vehicles.

Tom Smith: Yeah, yeah.

Clinton Quan: Which I’m not necessarily a fan of. It does take some getting used to.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: But I like how, for their sports car they decided “we’re going to stick with that traditional gear shifter,” which is definitely appropriate for the F-TYPE.

Control & Creature Comforts

Tom Smith: And can you manually shift that as well?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Or is it Paddle shifters or both?

Clinton Quan: Yes. There are paddle shifters.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: So, you have that manual mode as well.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Driver-side profile view of a black 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R with Clinton,

Clinton Quan: Another distinctive feature is that grab bar for the passenger.

Tom Smith: They have one of those?

Clinton Quan: Yes. That is so cool. I love that.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: So, if you go on a ride with me, you’ll want to hold onto that.

Tom Smith: The “Oh something bar.”

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: All right. Excellent. Excellent.

Clinton Quan: It’s got a three-spoke steering wheel, large circular gauges.

Tom Smith: Flat on the bottom?

Clinton Quan: No, this is not a flat-

Tom Smith: Really?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Not a flat bottom Jaguar doesn’t have that.

“There’s a number of variations. And the one I test drove was the R, which is one of the highest performing.”

Tom Smith: That’s interesting, okay.

Clinton Quan: Yup.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: But still very well designed.

Tom Smith: Okay. What about the Tech.

Clinton Quan: Well, being a British car, it doesn’t have the same type of tech that you would see in, say a German car or a Japanese car.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: I mean this is all about performance, so you’re not going to worry about the tech.

Tom Smith: Okay. But you’re going to have a heck of a lot of fun driving it. Everybody’s going to know and hear when you’re in town.

Clinton Quan: You’re going to love the sound of this car.

Tom Smith: Yeah. All right.

Clinton Quan: Especially with a V8 supercharged.

Tom Smith: Okay. So this was the F-TYPE R, is that really a vehicle all of its own or are there any trim levels involved?

F-TYPE Trim Options

Clinton Quan: Well there are-

Tom Smith: Because the F-TYPE, the “R” is the trim level.

Clinton Quan: Oh yeah. So “R” is the trim.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And then as I mentioned earlier, there’s the SVR, which is their very top line trim. And that one has a little bit more horsepower, 575 horsepower. The price on that one is a little bit over…

Tom Smith: Oh I thought that was a completely different model. I thought that was a completely different model vehicle?

Clinton Quan: No.

Tom Smith: That’s just another trim level that you were talking about?

“I can get an F-TYPE with anything from under 300 horsepower to almost 600 horsepower?”

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yes. So “R” is the trim and then you have to SVR.

Tom Smith: Okay. So what I was asking earlier was, is this the sports car for Jag?

Clinton Quan: Correct.

Tom Smith: Okay. And then the SVR is the top trim level-

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Of the sports car for Jag.

Clinton Quan: Correct. Think of it as a Porsche 911, right? You have GTS, you have a GT3, you have a Turbo, you have a Turbo S. You have all these different variations of the 911. Same thing with the Jaguar. There’s a number of variations. And the one I test drove was the R, which is one of the highest performing.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Performers.

Tom Smith: So in the F-TYPE, how many trims are there and what are we talking?

Clinton Quan: Oh, there’s quite-

Tom Smith: Entry level for each one.

Wide-Ranging Horsepower

Clinton Quan: Quite a few trims. Well, they recently introduced a new trim. The entry-level trim which has a two liter inline four. It’s interesting that it has-

Tom Smith: A two-liter inline four?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Putting out what?

Clinton Quan: 296 horsepower. I was talking to the-

Tom Smith: Wait a minute, wait a minute, hold on just one second. Hold that thought. But I can get an F-TYPE with anything from under 300 horsepower to almost 600 horsepower?

Clinton Quan: That is correct.

Tom Smith: Okay. I just wanted to make sure I had that right.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: And what were you going to say?

“They also have a version that has 380-horsepower, roughly about 296 380, 550 and 575.”

Clinton Quan: Well, I thought it was just interesting that they didn’t just crank it up a little bit more and make it an even 300 horsepower as opposed to 296.

Tom Smith: Yeah, okay.

Clinton Quan: And I was talking to the reps at Jaguar and they thought it was kind of. I don’t know why they did that as well.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: But they-

Tom Smith: Professor’s quizzing the reps like, “Why wouldn’t they do this?” And the reps are like, “I don’t know.”

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: It’s like, “Why are you asking me this question?” “Because I’m the Professor. That’s why.” Because I do that.” No, that’s cool.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: And obviously all those enthusiasts have those same questions.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: And it’s cool to be able to get the opportunity to ask the people that might know.

Clinton Quan: So that’s the newest one. So that’s the big change there.

Price-Per-Horses

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And that’s also going into some of their sedans as well. And that would be the XF. They also have a version that has 380 horsepower, roughly about 296 380, 550 and 575. Interestingly, they don’t have anything in the 400 horsepower range.

Tom Smith: Yeah. I was going to say that that jump is kind of like…

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Wow.

Tom Smith: It’s a big drag.

Clinton Quan: They should have… I think what they should do is crank up the one that has 380 to an even 400.

Tom Smith: Right.

“This could be an everyday driver… very luxurious.”

Clinton Quan: And crank up the one that’s 296 to 300.

Tom Smith: Well I would venture to guess that the price points reflect the horsepower.

Clinton Quan: Yes, correct.

Tom Smith: So.

Clinton Quan: It starts around 70,000.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Front-driver-side view of a black 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE R with Clinton,

Clinton Quan: And then goes all the way up to a little over 125,000.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: That’s the R.

Tom Smith: All right. And therein lies your horsepower.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Performance.

Clinton Quan: So even for 575, that’s a bargain because everything else in that with that horsepower

Tom Smith: With that kind of horsepower.

Clinton Quan: You’re looking at well over 150,000.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: Easily.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Exotic Everyday Driver

Tom Smith: Well should you have the extra 100k lying around and I guess some people would be able to use this as an everyday driver. Right? I mean it’s an exotic everyday driver.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. This could be an everyday driver.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: But it’s, very luxurious.

Tom Smith: You know.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: You’re only dropping one kid off at school or taking multiple trips, right? Because there’s no back seat.

“…even with the Art of Performance painted on the side of the car, it still looks pretty darn awesome.”

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, it’s a true sports car. Unlike the Jaguar XK, which was a grand touring luxury coupe.

Tom Smith: And that did have a little back seat.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, that was a much bigger car and that’s not in production anymore. That is no longer in production.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Professor, anything else about the Jag F-TYPE R before we get to the top three?

Clinton Quan: I think we can move on to the top three.

Top-3 Favorites

Tom Smith: All right, my friend, top three.

Clinton Quan: Well, this one I have to go with the exterior styling again.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: I love that design unmistakably a Jaguar.

Tom Smith: It is a good… I saw the pictures, we’ll post the pictures on iDriveSoCal.com as we always do. But even with the, what’s the name of the tour?

Clinton Quan: The Art of Performance.

Tom Smith: The Art of Performance. So even with the Art of Performance painted on the side of the car, it still looks pretty damn awesome. Okay so exterior styling, number one.

Clinton Quan: Number two, I’ll have to go with the sound of the exhaust. I love the sound-

Tom Smith: The sound of the- That’s the first time that I’ve heard you use the sound of an exhaust as a top three.

Professor’s Top-3
1. Exterior styling – unmistakenly Jaguar
2. Exhaust – Intoxicating Jaguar purr
3. Interior design – sophisticated sports

Clinton Quan: What a great sound.

Tom Smith: It does sound good though.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: I agree. And the third.

Clinton Quan: And the third, I’m going to have to go with the interior. I really, really liked the interior of the car.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan:    Very well designed for a sports car.

Tom Smith: Exterior styling, sound of the exhaust, and interior.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: All right. That is a different top three. We’ve definitely not had that top three in the past.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Professor, as always, my thanks for another well-delivered vehicle review analysis so to speak, from the Professor for iDriveSoCal from the Orange County International Auto Show. I am Tom Smith. Thank you as always, for tuning in. We’ll talk to you soon.