The 2016 MY Jaguar F-Type Coupé and Convertible range that made its global at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show will surely turn heads. The new powertrain and driveline options include the addition of all-wheel drive and manual transmission models, plus the introduction of an F-Type R Convertible to broaden the F-Type range from six to 14 derivatives.
According to Phil Popham, group marketing director for Jaguar-Land Rover, “The F-Type Coupé and Convertible already represent everything you’d expect from a Jaguar sports car: seductive design, stunning performance and amazing agility. The addition of all-wheel drive and manual transmission options to the range will further enhance the F-Type’s dynamic capability and offer even greater driver rewards, broadening its appeal to sports car enthusiasts worldwide.”
The addition of AWD with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics further extends the F-Type’s performance capabilities with 550PS and 680Nm from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. Both the AWD F-Type R Coupé and Convertible are capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph (limited). The AWD option is also available on F-Type S Coupé and Convertible models.
To meet the demands of those enthusiast sports car drivers who want the satisfaction of changing gears manually, Jaguar has engineered a six-speed manual transmission option for the F-Type. Exclusively mated to Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine in rear-wheel drive configuration, the manual transmission will be optional on both 340 PS and 380 PS F-Type and F-Type S Coupé and Convertible models.
The F-Type, Jaguar’s all-aluminium sports car, will in 2015 set new standards for dynamics and driver involvement with the addition of intelligent AWD and six-speed manual transmission options, and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) standard across the range.
The fundamentals remain true to Jaguar’s core DNA of lightweight construction, refined power, perfect proportions and outstanding design, but now the F-Type Coupé and Convertible models deliver an even more rewarding, intuitive drive across a broader range now spanning 14 derivatives. The latest driveline and chassis technologies heighten the sense of connection between car and driver and enable the F-Type to provide an even greater breadth of dynamic capability.
“Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-Type was to maintain that engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports car DNA, yet offer even greater dynamic capability. The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions. With the manual transmission option for the V6 F-Types, we’ve gone to intricate lengths to engineer a very precise, technical and responsive level of interaction between the driver, the clutch and the transmission shift mechanism. It’s one for the driving purists, and I count myself as one of them,” said Ian Hoban, vehicle line director of Jaguar.
..... Jaguar Press