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I am on the market for a base F-Type Coupe. The dealer just had an F-Type R to test drive, which really is a bit out of my price range. However, I thought it would be good to see how the car felt and drove. I loved the car, and it did a great job of putting down the power. However, I felt that the ride was too rough for a daily driver for me, anyway. In my work, I often put on 200 miles in a day. The reviews I have read say that the ride for the F-Type in general is on the rougher side. I saw some posts on here that the base suspension is even rougher that the adjustable suspension in the R-Dynamic.

I have to say, I am a bit disappointed. Perhaps someday, they will offer two suspension options.
 
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In the world of sports cars, the base suspension is hardly considered harsh. It's a Jaguar, and you can most definitely tell. That being said, why not go for a "softer" car like an XK or even a BMW 4 Series or Merc E-Class coupe?
 
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Sounds like you haven't driven the base coupe. You should. And since ride comfort is a factor for you, try to find one with the 18"s. I like crisp handling with a firm but not punishing ride and for me the base is tuned just right, with a nice balance of both.
 

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I'd say my R ride is "firm" but not uncomfortable, and I can drive distances without discomfort. Was the R you drove in dynamic mode? The would firm up the ride more.
 
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The ride gets much softer as the seats soften up with use. At about 20000km mine is quite nice even on 21's.

but you need adaptive suspension as the base suspension is very hard, I thought.
 
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I previously owned a base and now own an R. The ride on the R is much more forgiving than the base due to the adaptive dynamic suspension. I find it firm but comfortable. It could easily be driven daily on most roads.

One thing that is important to note is that the tire pressures out of the factory are set around 45 lbs. for shipping. Dealers almost never adjust them when the car comes in. When I took delivery of my last 4 cars, including the F Types, the tire pressures have been around 45 lbs. on all. This is enough to make the ride seem very harsh and bouncey particularly when they should be around 35lbs.

You should give it another shot and check the tire pressures before you test drive.
 
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Try Mercedes SL, probably one of the more comfortable rides of any roadster. Just don't buy one out of warranty.
 
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I appreciate everyone's feedback. My reference is a Corvette with Z51 suspension, so it's not like I am use to plush riding cars. The salesperson did check the driving mode after the drive, and said it was in normal vs. "Dynamic" mode. That was my first thought, too. I wouldn't say the car was crashing over bumps, but it was just very jittery, even on smooth roads. It never settled down, and I felt every imperfection. Perhaps the tire pressures were up too high. This was the only thing that marred an otherwise beautifully driving car. I immediately felt at home in it, and it was easy to drive fast (well, as fast as you dare go on a test drive).
 
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As scm stated, my R also has a firm ride in its normal configuration and more so in dynamic, car companies that produce cars with sporting pretensions often firm up their suspensions to control body movements during more aggressive driving. An exception would be Lotus, who discovered decades ago how to make cars handle exceptionally without the buck board ride some manufacturers still revert to.
As far as the Rs ride, I don’t find it objectionable on long trips as the seats are very comfortable, but that is a personal observation
 
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Perhaps the tire pressures were up too high.
Was the car essentially brand new? If the dealer didn't prep the car properly, the tire pressure could still be at the shipping pressures of 50 PSI+. The F-type is one of the more comfortable sports cars I've driven, so i'm really surprised you had a complaint vs. a corvette.
 
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Originally Posted by Michael2000 View Post
I appreciate everyone's feedback. My reference is a Corvette with Z51 suspension, so it's not like I am use to plush riding cars. The salesperson did check the driving mode after the drive, and said it was in normal vs. "Dynamic" mode. That was my first thought, too. I wouldn't say the car was crashing over bumps, but it was just very jittery, even on smooth roads. It never settled down, and I felt every imperfection. Perhaps the tire pressures were up too high. This was the only thing that marred an otherwise beautifully driving car. I immediately felt at home in it, and it was easy to drive fast (well, as fast as you dare go on a test drive).
If your reference point is a Corvette Z51, then you're correct, IMO-the ride is going to be pretty harsh. I have the base F-Type and I don't hate the suspension, but if it doesn't appeal to you, you might look at a used XKR, which will be a lot closer to what you're used to.
 
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IFor my Ď16 R, I found I preferred the not-upgraded seats due to their being a bit more comfortable than the sportier, upgraded seats. And for normal, daily driving, I usually donít switch to dynamic mode, also for the sake of a more comfortable ride. That ride is great. It is a sports car ride, not an isolation-from-the-road ride, but no bench butt at all. (And I use the gearbox in sport; and I find myself switching the exhaust to loud and back more than once on most drives.I find that as fun as dynamic mode for all but the most spirited drives. Then Dynamic mode is for the especially spirited drives. Fine ride. Fun ride.)
 
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I've noticed when I start my ride it's very stiff and firm. However after 15-20 miles the tires and/or shocks start to break in and the ride is smoother and more comfortable. Kind of reminds me of the old polyester ply tires that would have flat spots after sitting, but would smooth out after driving for awhile.
 
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For me, F-type suspension is on a soft side of acceptable parameters for a sport car. Any softer and it would detract from performance.

Take Mercedes SL for example. They are very roomy and comfortable. Hydraulic suspension, when it works, makes it really comfortable ride. However, as a result SLs are monstrously heavy cars.

Unfortunately, comfort vs. performance is a trade-off. You can't really have both, not even if you have unlimited budget.
 
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I drove the R, The S etc. For me the best all around ride was the base with the 18" wheels. I did drive a corvette with the Z51, much to rough and jittery/bouncy for me.
 
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Originally Posted by Noshame View Post
I drove the R, The S etc. For me the best all around ride was the base with the 18" wheels. I did drive a corvette with the Z51, much to rough and jittery/bouncy for me.
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Likewise, before I ordered my 2013 XF I test drove cars with 18", 19" and 20" wheels. To be honest after coming from an XJ6 and an XJ8 I would not have considered the XF on 19" or 20" wheels.
All is personal preference, but I'm way past the age of tracking my car or even driving like the maniac I was in my yute so comfort is more important these days.
 
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I don't believe it is my imagination, but the Michelin tires made the ride noticeably smoother/softer compared to the Pirellis.

Especially in cooler weather. The Pirellis turn into hard plastic donuts.
 

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OP, I traded my Corvette Z51 vert for my current R vert.
Both my wife & I agreed that the Jag is a softer ride than the Vette.
I'm always on Dynamic mode, with softer programmable suspension setting.
Think it'll get softer with more miles & change to Michellins soon.
 
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Originally Posted by Michael2000 View Post
I appreciate everyone's feedback. My reference is a Corvette with Z51 suspension, so it's not like I am use to plush riding cars. The salesperson did check the driving mode after the drive, and said it was in normal vs. "Dynamic" mode. That was my first thought, too. I wouldn't say the car was crashing over bumps, but it was just very jittery, even on smooth roads. It never settled down, and I felt every imperfection. Perhaps the tire pressures were up too high. This was the only thing that marred an otherwise beautifully driving car. I immediately felt at home in it, and it was easy to drive fast (well, as fast as you dare go on a test drive).
Not sure what you were driving but it wasn't a "normal" Jag F-Type if it was "jittery" in ANY way. As a prior Vette owner myself I can confirm that my '17 F-Type R is a "softer" ride than my older vette was by a LONG shot and due to modern tech, it also handles FAR better even with that softer ride. Now, it's not a Lexus either so there is a balance. If the steering on the one you drove was in ANY way "jittery" then it sounds like there was something wrong with either the alignment or the tire pressure.
 
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Originally Posted by Michael2000 View Post
I appreciate everyone's feedback. My reference is a Corvette with Z51 suspension, so it's not like I am use to plush riding cars. The salesperson did check the driving mode after the drive, and said it was in normal vs. "Dynamic" mode. That was my first thought, too. I wouldn't say the car was crashing over bumps, but it was just very jittery, even on smooth roads. It never settled down, and I felt every imperfection. Perhaps the tire pressures were up too high. This was the only thing that marred an otherwise beautifully driving car. I immediately felt at home in it, and it was easy to drive fast (well, as fast as you dare go on a test drive).
I got a ticket on my test drive. It was worth it.
 
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