Month: July, 2014
The latest Jaguar F-Type R lineup offers power-hungry vehicles that handle smoothly and offer luxurious interiors to boot. Jaguar has enhanced the body of one of their more powerful sports cars, to provide an even more enjoyable driving experience than before.
Each of the F-Type Jaguar options are very fast, but they range in power starting with the standard V6 at 337 HP, to the V6S at 376 HP and finishing off with the massive V8 engine that offers an intimidating 542 HP that makes the vehicle very fun to drive.
The V8 option sprints from 0 to 60 in just 4.0 seconds and achieves a top speed of 186 MPH making this vehicle feel at home on any race track in your area. To rein in all this speed the vehicle is fitted with highly-effective carbon-ceramic brake pads. These massive steel brake systems offer improved stopping power and reliable performance over time which is something you need when you cram an engine this large into a sports car.
The additional rigidity offered by the enhanced Jaguar frame gave engineers room to enhance the overall drive quality of the vehicle by altering the springs. They increased the spring rates in both the front and back of the vehicle giving it a more dynamic feel without compromising on comfort or smoothness. These simple changes give the vehicle more agility than it had previously. It will also steer more precisely and offer a higher level of control to the driver.
The F-Type is designed to glide smoothly down the road, but it doesn’t feel mushy like some of the sports cars out there. You can still feel the road under you as you travel, and the steering is highly responsive. Dynamic stability helps keep this overpowered car firmly planted on the road even around sharp corners, but you have the option of turning off this electrical aid if you want to really test the limits of this beauty. The car oversteers easily, and swings around sharp corners with glee. It’s well balanced and has a polish that stands out even among luxury cars. Looking around the interior it would be difficult to pick out anything that needed to be changed, and it’s rare to find that in a car today.
The base F-type offers plenty of power and a luxurious interior, but the F-Type R provides even more power for the true racecar experience. It doesn’t matter which version of this powerhouse you decide on, their all a blast to drive, and they are all built with that attention to detail that separates a Jaguar from your average run of the mill sedan.
Blind spot monitoring systems have been developed to make driving safer by giving you more information while you travel down the road. As you are driving your vehicle you will be given warnings letting you know when drivers are approaching in your blind spot. By checking these warnings you can easily avoid colliding with other drivers when changing lanes out on the road. Although these systems are beneficial they do take a bit of getting used to and you will have to spend a bit of time learning how they work.
Sensors Become Active
The monitoring system doesn’t activate until after you have surpasses six miles per hour. At that point the small sensors will pick up drivers in other lanes and provide you with information when they enter your blind spots.
Keep Sensor Clear and Clean
The blind spot sensors are located at the outside of either side of the bumper of the vehicle. In order to make sure that they function properly they should be kept clean, and free from any debris. Be careful not to place any stickers over them or the monitoring system will stop working effectively.
Blind Spot Monitor Not Available
If either of the two sensors fails a message will display on the instrument display panel saying Blind Spot Monitor Not Available. If this happens you should have the vehicle serviced and the problem corrected right away to get the functionality back.
Disable the System
If you would like to disable the monitoring system you can do so easily. Press the Menu button on the left side of the steering wheel. Press OK to select the Driving Features setting. Now press the down arrow to scroll down to Blind Spot Monitor and press OK to uncheck the box. If you would like to turn the system back on you simply follow the procedure and check the box once again.
This system is simple to use and it can help improve your driving ability but it does not take care of driving for you. It’s important to use cautious driving practices while travelling down the road, and to only count on the system as an additional tool to help you drive your Jaguar vehicle safely.
Many of the Jaguar vehicles come with a Dynamic Mode feature that allows drivers to alter how their vehicle handles. They can adjust the steering, suspension, gear shift, and engine performance all with a couple button presses. This gives the driver a new level of control over the vehicle, and just makes it more enjoyable to use overall. Learning how to use this technology isn’t too difficult, but you will have to spend a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the menu’s as well as the different settings before changing things around.
Turning on Dynamic Mode
If you want to benefit from the Dynamic Mode feature that comes with many Jaguar vehicles it’s important to know how to turn it on. There is a small toggle switch next to the shifter that depicts a race-flag. Simply toggle this to the “On” position by lightly pulling it down away from the dash. Now you can begin setting the Dynamic Mode settings.
Setting Up Dynamic Mode
The best part about the dynamic mode feature offered in many Jaguar vehicles is being able to set your car to perform just the way you want it to. Enter the dynamic mode settings by tapping “Extra Features” on the home screen and the choosing “Dynamic-I”.
By default the vehicle is set to the Factory setup, but you can change it to a personal setup by simply tapping any one of the four different setting boxes around the car icon. These are “Gear Shift”, “Engine”, “Steering” and “Suspension”. By tapping each of these settings you can choose the configuration that you want.
After you have all of the settings where you want them you can test them out by driving around. If you decide that you don’t like something you can enter the same menu and simply set “Factory setup” to “On”. To switch back to your custom settings again set “My setup” to “On” instead.
Further Setting Testing
The Dynamic Drive feature also comes with a set of additional features for testing your configuration to see if it is optimal. From the Dynamic Drive menu you used to change your settings around you can access a stop watch, a G-Meter and a Pedal Graph. The stop watch is the clock icon and can be used for generating split times as you drive around. The G-Meter gives you information about how many G-forces are being put on the vehicle from each angle as you drive. The Pedal Graph gives you a quick look at both acceleration and braking. You can use these settings to see how power and performance have been improved, and they’re just fun to play with.