Jaguar is one such that commands and hold respect from anyone and everyone around the globe. And one of the main reasons for that is the Gorgeous F-Type. Ever since its launch, F-Type is making people fall in love with here and you simply can't hate her. The only problem with this voluptuous car was that it came only with an automatic transmission, which many felt, takes the fun of driving away. And its like Jaguar has just listened to the plea of enthusiasts, offering a manual transmission in the 2016 F-Type.
Not only did Jaguar revealed the F-Type with a manual transmission, the new model will also come with an All Wheel Drive transmission and an F-Type R convertible. The transmission will be a new six-speed ZF manual for V6-equipped rear-wheel-drive models. Also, the AWD system will send all the power to the rear wheels by default, to maintain the F-Type's balance and feel, but half of it can be directed to the front wheels when required.
According to Russ Varney, F-Type Vehicle Program Director,"These things [transmissions] don't come cheap, but if you want to establish a credible car, then there are certain things that you have to go and execute. In the sports car world, you have to have performance, and, frankly, you have to have a manual transmission." Looks like we are not the only ones who were bothered by the lack of a manual transmission!
Another addition to the long list of announcements from Jaguar included a convertible variant to its F-Type R Coupe. The 2015 model year F-Type R Coupe produces 550 hp of power and 680 Nm of torque as against the traditional 495 hp, 623 V8 motor. The R-Type will also get the AWD as standard (S models will have optional AWD), enabling it to go from 0-100kmph in 3.9 seconds, at a maximum speed of 290kmph.
On the design front, though, he only visible and noticeable change is the addition of an AWD F badge. The hood too is redesigned, though very minute, with new vents and body-color side sills. On the inside, the car will get an upgraded infotainment system with improved smartphone and app integration. For the audiophile, the 770-watt Meridian audio system will come as a standard across the range, now.
So now Jaguar has added quite a few models to the list (total of 14 now), what'll be the next addition? Varney says, "I think we always say 'Never say never.' It's a bit of a challenge, but there's a lot of things in this car that have been a challenge, and we've risen to those.