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Jaguar unveiled its F-Type Coupe at the Tokyo and LA motor shows last week – and it’s a bit of a stunner.


What really surprised us was the price: £51,235 – over £7,000 cheaper than the convertible.

But nobody actually pays that, right? Right. Question is, how cheap can you get an F-Type Coupe with all the bits you really need added on?

Sounds like the perfect car for the second of our ‘how much does it cost to sensibly spec a…’ series: let’s find out how much the F-Type Coupe costs with a few level-headed options.

Engine

Buyers get a choice of three engines: the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 340hp; the same V6 cranked up to 380hp; or the 5.0-litre 550hp V8 R.

As we’re trying to keep costs down, let’s stick to the 340hp 3.0-litre. The base-spec model has a 0-60mph time of 5.1 seconds and top speed of 161mph – that’ll do.

That gives us a starting price of £51,235. Or, just a little more than the £50,705 Porsche Cayman S with the semi-automatic PDK ‘box.

Colour

Usually we advise, for resale reasons, to opt for a neutral colour – grey, silver and black are all good. However, we think the F-Type Coupe looks fantastic in its bright Salsa Red launch colour. Given the market’s preference for metallic, we’re taking a bit of a risk here, but we’d save £1,250 for opting for the free solid red paint.

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Wheels

As standard the F-Type comes with 18-inch alloys. Small wheels never look right on premium cars – therefore, we think it’d be well worth splashing a bit of cash on some 19-inchers. The Orbit wheels should contrast well with the red paint, and are decent value at £1,750. That takes the cost up to £52,985.

Seats

The F-Type comes with sports seats that are half leather, half suede. Perhaps not as practical as full leather if you’re thinking about carrying children – but this is a sports car, not an SUV. Save some money and stick to the standard seats – we think they look good.

Trim

You get a choice of three colours for the interior: ‘jet’ (black), ‘mineral’ (grey) and ‘cirrus’ (white). Stick with black… you’ll thank us when you come to sell.

It’s a similar story for the centre console. You get a choice of silver, black or, erm, grey. The latter costs £300 while the others are free – so we’d go for black. Silver is so early-noughties.

The headlining also comes in a choice of colours/materials. As we’ve gone for the half suede seats we’d go for the matching headlining – it gives the interior a nice, sporting touch. It’s a no-cost option, too.

At £550 the suede steering wheel would look fantastic – but no, we’re going to be sensible here. It’ll be the standard 3-spoke leather wheel for us.

Extras

The carbon fibre engine cover (£1,975) is tempting, but we’ll miss on this occasion. Your friendly Jaguar dealer might not be persuaded to chuck in mats and flaps – so pay £115.20 for the sports carpet mats to keep the interior looking tidy.

Technology is always nice on a new car, and not only will cruise control (with speed limiter) help keep those pesky points off your licence, it should be desirable to used buyers too. And at £350, the price isn’t disastrous either.

The must-have sat nav? It is indeed: it’s standard, even on the base car. Another saving.

Total

That brings us to a total of £53,450.20. Yes, we’ve scrimped a bit, but that’s a decent price for, dare we say it, the most desirable Jag since the E-Type.

Would you spend more than £2,215 on options? Is solid paint going too far? Have a go at building your own and let us know how you get on.