- New Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé begins series production at Jaguar’s manufacturing facility in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
- Two Jaguar manufacturing employees present José Mourinho with first UK customer-specification F-TYPE R Coupé
- Jaguar launches a network of 20 specialist R Performance Centres at selected UK Jaguar dealers
Series production of the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé is now underway at the company’s Castle Bromwich manufacturing facility. New Jaguar UK ambassador and sporting icon José Mourinho has now taken delivery of the first F-TYPE R Coupé to be specified for a UK customer, which was presented by two Jaguar manufacturing employees at a private event in London.
José Mourinho’s new F-TYPE R Coupé was personalised according to the exacting tastes of football’s master tactician. Specification highlights of Mourinho’s F-TYPE R Coupé include Stratus Grey Metallic exterior paint, 20-inch Gyrodyne Black and Diamond Turned Wheels with Red brake calipers, Panoramic Glass Roof and a 12-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System.
Speaking at the handover event, José Mourinho said: “I am very proud to now own the new F-TYPE R Coupé. It was an honour to receive this spectacular sports car from the gentlemen responsible for building it and I would like to thank the Jaguar team at Castle Bromwich for producing such a wonderful car.”
Two members of the Castle Bromwich manufacturing team, Gary Johnson and Steven Gaut, were invited to present the car to José Mourinho. Steven Gaut was given the opportunity in recognition of his exemplary contribution at Castle Bromwich, and his tireless support of local charities for whom he has raised over £60,000 in recent years. He was joined in presenting the car by Plant Quality Manager Gary Johnson.
Steven Gaut said: “It was exciting to deliver a vehicle that I have personally had a hand in producing to Mr. Mourinho. We take immense pride in building Jaguar cars at Castle Bromwich, and this has been a special reward for producing some of the most beautiful and capable cars in the world.”
Jaguar launches network of R Performance Centres across the UK
The new F-TYPE R Coupé is the ultimate expression of Jaguar sports car DNA, and joins a Jaguar product line-up which now features R or R-S-branded products across every nameplate in the Jaguar model range.* To mark the first deliveries to customers of the new F-TYPE R Coupé, Jaguar has launched a network of 20 specialist R Performance Centres at selected dealerships across the UK.** Jaguar dealerships throughout England, Scotland and Wales now offer customers specialist product knowledge and aftersales care, dedicated to Jaguar cars wearing the famous ‘R’ badge.
Jaguar customers will be able to drive the cars on test routes designed by professional drivers, giving them the opportunity comprehensively experience the dynamic attributes of the exciting Jaguar ‘R’ model range. Every new Jaguar R Performance Centre will soon be equipped with iPads loaded with applications that offer users access to technical information, performance data and interactive media covering every ‘R’ model in the Jaguar range.
Jaguar dealers in the UK are also able to offer expert guidance to the recently-launched R-Sport trim option, which is available across the XF range. The R-Sport package of design and performance enhancements is now available to order with a highly efficient version of Jaguar’s 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which produces just 129 g/km CO2.
Jaguar UK Marketing Director Ken Forbes said: “The Jaguar R brand is iconic, having shot to fame when XJR-9 won the Le Mans 24 hours race in 1988. Now we have a full range of visually dramatic, dynamically rewarding performance cars and a specialist network of retailers to bring customers closer to these products.
“As well as offering outstanding support to buyers and owners, later this year we’ll be introducing a selection of circuit-based driving activities for Jaguar ‘R’ product customers, meaning they will be able to explore the limits of their car and driving skills in a safe and exhilarating environment.”
Details of the new network of Jaguar R Performance Centres are available to view here: www.jaguar.co.uk/experience-jaguar/r-performance-centres.html.