Jaguar is planning to reintroduce manual gearboxes, but not for at least 12 months.
Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for the firm, says that the company recognises the “cost and fun” benefits of manual gearboxes. As a result, they are most likely to be launched on the forthcoming F-type two-seat sports car, but they could also be engineered for saloons such as the XF.
“Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility,” said Hallmark. However, he said he “can’t imagine” a manual XJ, and “the XF is the biggest format we could move to for a manual”. Hallmark said Jaguar is investigating manual gearboxes with a “minimum of six speeds”.
He also confirmed that Jaguar and Land Rover will use the next-generation of ZF’s class-leading automatic gearbox, which features nine speeds in place of eight.