The Jaguar F-type is the front runner to receive Jaguar's forthcoming manual gearboxes.
8 November 2012

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.

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8 November 2012

Are we starting to see a change in public opinion about auto and semi auto gearboxes?

I can understand Jaguar wanting to fit the F Type with one but to consider fitting it to the XF....

Not that I'm complaining mind!  The idea of a XF estate with a manual box does have a big appeal!



It's all about the twisties........

8 November 2012

Wonderful. Hopefully it wont be restricted to just the cheapest models either. 90% or more of their sales might be Autos, but with a Manual gearbox attached to a petrol engine i would seriously consider a Jaguar.

I am not convinced a manual needs more than 6 gears though.

Its a shame the naturally aspirated V8 will have been replaced by the supercharged V6 before the Manuals come on stream, that sounds an ideal package for most Jaguar models to me.



8 November 2012

Stuart Milne wrote:

“Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility,” said Hallmark.

Try telling that to Ferrari.

8 November 2012

Funny, but I thought we were living in the 21st century?? ...

8 November 2012

Suzuki QT wrote:

Funny, but I thought we were living in the 21st century?? ...

Fine, don't buy it.  You will never know how a manual transmission adapts to the driver's mood so much more readily and completely than any auto.  Unless the gremlins allow it, you will never hear the deep roar of an engine pulling hard from very low revs or the change in music as you floor it at 15mph in third and go all the way to 100mph.  You will never experience the pleasure of getting your double declutch downchange to match revs perfectly.  You will however have a transmission better adapted for driving in traffic jams - enjoy!

8 November 2012

Sounds promising, but I am sure there is fine print attached saying it's only for the 4cylinder models, or something akin to that... Lets wait and see, but definitely a move in the right direction for enthusiasts. 

8 November 2012

Title says it all...


8 November 2012

Unless there was something unique about it e.g seamless shift type of affair I'd not bother. Still with all those profits burning a whole in their pockets I feel we should write a Xmas list: sensible pricing for UK please, a step on the 272 diesel to shut up the competition, the new small Jag (see first point), better nav, interchangeable cabin finishes at less than a grand for those that do not like laminate. A bit less weight in the XF. That about it.

8 November 2012

Really make me thinking of Jaguar F-type for my next car. Initially considered only a second hand 997 manual. (and no convertible Evora yet, so can't even think about Lotus).

8 November 2012

Finally someone has realised that if you want to try to create a car to compete with the 911 it needs to have the option of a manual gearbox.

I wonder if Mercedes will ever wake up to this?


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