AWD version of Jaguar's F-type sports car is revealed alongside the option of a new manual transmission at the LA motor show
19 November 2014

Jaguar has released further details of the new 14-model 2016 F-type line-up, which will include the option of a manual transmission and an all-wheel-drive model for the first time. 

The manual is the first to be fitted to a Jaguar sports car since the E-type, and the new six-speed gearbox is called Quickshift and will be available only in conjunction with the F-type’s supercharged V6 engine. The “short-travel” gearlever is said to have a throw of just 45mm and “closely spaced ratios”.

Read the 2015 Jagguar F-type R AWD Coupe review here

Jaguar says the gearbox was developed in association with ZF and uses an aluminium casing and “innovative semi-dry sump lubrication system”. The ’box has a rod linkage between the lever and selector forks for “the most direct connection”.

The F-type’s centre console has been reshaped to allow the driver’s arm the maximum amount of free movement.

Jaguar says that rather than “the usual splash lubrication”, the new gearbox gets a compact mechanical pump that is driven off the layshaft and sprays oil on to the gear teeth, bearings and synchroniser rings. This has reduced oil capacity to just 1.2 litres, which, in turn, has allowed a small ’box casing. 

The new manual ’box will be offered with the V6 in both 335bhp and 375bhp forms.

The 2016 F-type will also switch to electrically assisted power steering from hydraulic assistance, a first for a Jaguar. The company says the new system is the first that, its engineers feel, outperforms its existing steering systems. It is also responsible for a CO2 reduction of 4g/km.

Jaguar has also confirmed that it will bring an all-wheel-drive variant of the F-type sports car to market for the first time.

In top-end R coupé form, the AWD F-type is capable of reaching 60mph in 3.9sec – an improvement of 0.2sec on the standard rear-wheel-drive car – while keeping the same 186mph top speed. 

The expanded F-type range will include the current standard, S and R-badged models in both coupé and convertible forms. The updates see the convertible get a V8 R version for the first time. It gets the same 3.9sec 0-60mph time as the coupe, despite the increased weight of the folding roof.

The F-type will also get a torque vectoring system as standard. It will improve the car's agility by reducing the power to a wheel in case of a loss of traction.

A new version, powered by a high-performance four-cylinder petrol engine from Jaguar Land Rover's new Ingenium range, is also likely. 

Jaguar officials had previously been coy about the prospect of introducing an AWD version of the F-type, but such versions of the existing XF and XJ models have been a sales success in the US market.

Jaguar vehicle line director Ian Hoban said: "Our target with engineering the all-wheel-drive F-type was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability. 

"The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions."

Prices for the manual F-type start at £51,250 for the standard V6-powered car in coupé form, while AWD options stars at £66,900 for the V6 S coupé.

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Our Verdict

Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type has given the big cat back its roar, but can the 2017 updates keep at bay its closest rivals including the masterful Porsche 911?

6 November 2014
Just as Merc is about to challenge this area of the market with the AMG GT cars, Jag has a new weapon to differentiate it from the competition- I know Porsche has AWD but every little bit helps. I am very curious as to how the handling will be affected with the AWD. Hopefully the R type will not be as "uncontrollable" with the new tech.

GeToD

 

6 November 2014
Excellent! Good to see they are opening up to new markets with the F-Type. I'd buy a V6S with RWD mind you

6 November 2014
In the first photo, is the amount of dirt being “kicked-up” indicative of the relative amount of torque apportioned to each “axle” ?!

6 November 2014
Unlikely. Any dust kicked up by the front wheels will be behind the car in a fraction of a second.

6 November 2014
There's appeal aplenty in AWD cars. Firstly not everyone hankers after RWD. Secondly a car that can be driven in all weathers has an edge.

6 November 2014
Indeed Excellent! So far M-AMG has missed the boat in not bringing 4Matic for the new GT and C63,pity as the new engine looks so good.Sure P has the C4S and C4GTS [Nice!] and Audi always had the R8 [though arguably in a different price bracket,like P Turbo]The design of FWD in a sports coupe just gives such better practicality with the main luggage compartment at the back with a hatch,unlike 911.The enemy here for Jag is weight,as a TTRS DSG at 3.6 sec 0-60 will knock spots off it,and in handling too,and it has occasional seats in the back.IMHO that is the BBFTB [best bang for the buck] in this segment[4WD sports coupes]+ there is a new faster version coming!
But good for Jaguar,I will definitely be trying it out when it comes to Canada.

Madmac

6 November 2014
madmac wrote:

The enemy here for Jag is weight,as a TTRS DSG at 3.6 sec 0-60 will knock spots off it,and in handling too.

The TT might be quicker 0-60, but I doubt very much it will beat the F-Type for handling, Jaguar proved it can make a far better AWD vehicle than Audi years ago with the AWD X-Type, and Audis are not exactly well known for their handling prowess anyway.

20 November 2014
Citytiger wrote:
madmac wrote:

The enemy here for Jag is weight,as a TTRS DSG at 3.6 sec 0-60 will knock spots off it,and in handling too.

The TT might be quicker 0-60, but I doubt very much it will beat the F-Type for handling, Jaguar proved it can make a far better AWD vehicle than Audi years ago with the AWD X-Type, and Audis are not exactly well known for their handling prowess anyway.

As I said I look forward to trying both,and perhaps a C4GTS as well,though it is pricey.Would love to see a multiple way comparison of AWD/4WD/Quattro/4Matic sports coupe's,which are of more practical interest to us here,and I suspect,in Winter Highland Scotland,Wales ,Pennines!

Madmac

6 November 2014
Still want a Cayman more though.

6 November 2014
Jag do have a visual asthethic appeal going for it and quite a unique exclusive brand, which is why I'd choose them in a flash AWD or not. i'm not putting jag down for it but technically it needs to set better targets against competition and i do hope with the investments they are making, that won't be far off. i do personally find porsche lineup compared to the F-type to be technically superior and the technical spec of the XE did disappoint despite extensive use of aluminium but only a test drive by various journalists will prove how good it really is.

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