Source : Jaguar Land Rover Ltd UK
- 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
(Whitley, Coventry – 16/04/2014). 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: http://www.jaguar.co.uk/experience-jaguar/r-performance-centres.html.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The F-TYPE is designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain and its creation led to supplier contracts worth in excess of £1.5 billion being placed with companies across the UK. Approximately 75% of Jaguar F-TYPE vehicles produced are exported. The USA is one of the largest markets with almost half of all sales, closely followed by the UK and Germany.
*Jaguar R Performance products include the following models:
- XKR Dynamic
- F-TYPE R Coupé
**Please note: Jaguar dealers without an R Performance Centre will continue to sell and service R and R-S products in the Jaguar model range. Jaguar R Performance Centres in the UK:
- Grange Brentwood
CM14 5LU / 0127 724 9500
- Grange Exeter
EX2 8LB / 0139 220 2202
- Guy Salmon Coventry
CV4 9XH / 0247 667 2999
- Guy Salmon Thames Ditton
KT7 0TA / 0208 398 4222
- H.A.FOX Leeds
LS7 4AB / 0845 128 8626
- Hadley Green Barnet
EN5 5TA / 0208 440 8252
- Harwoods Chichester
PO19 8TX / 0124 383 6500
- Hatfields Liverpool
L3 4ED / 0151 728 2000
- Lancaster Amersham
HP7 9DD / 0149 472 5911
- Lancaster Sevenoaks
TN13 2DN / 0173 245 6300
- Lookers Park Royal
W3 0SL / 0208 992 2299
- Marshall Peterborough
PE1 5AU / 0173 331 3335
- Pentland Edinburgh
EH12 8LH / 0131 334 9753
- Peter Vardy Abderdeen
AB16 6LA / 0122 466 6411
- Ridgeway Oxford
OX2 9PL / 0186 586 5100
- Royles Wilmslow
SK9 1BZ / 0162 554 6200
- Stratstone Cardiff
CF23 8HE / 0292 054 6700
- Stratstone Mayfair
W1J 8NF / 0207 629 4404
- Sturgess Leicester
LE3 2RE / 0116 282 6868
- Taggarts Glasgow
G20 7YD / 0141 332 7777
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