As revealed earlier this month, various F-Type models are now available with a torque-on-demand all-wheel-drive system; and Jaguar has even revised its bonnet designed to distinguish AWD models.
The carmaker has also whet the appetites of driving enthusiasts the world over by adding a ‘proper’ six-speed manual transmission option to its RWD supercharged V6 variants.
With the AWD system, the 404kW F-Type R Coupe is fractionally faster to 100km/h from rest with a time of 4.1 seconds; an improvement of 0.1 seconds.
But Jaguar has focused its AWD system on improving on-road dynamics, rather than better launches for drag racing from traffic lights.
The F-Type’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control system has been tweaked to offer what Jaguar says is a car with ‘AWD traction and a RWD feel’.
The Coupe’s 404kW supercharged V8 is now available in the F-Type R Convertible with both rear- and all-wheel-drive, while the R’s Torque Vectoring By Braking system is now on the options list for V6 models.
Those driving enthusiasts mentioned earlier might be disappointed to learn that electronic power steering is now standard across the range.
Jaguar insists that the system is worthy of use in the F-Type, having been under development since 2008. It also cuts CO2 emissions by a marginal 4g/km.
Sport Design Packs are available for both Coupe and Convertible models to “enhance exterior styling and enable greater personalisation”.
“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,” Jaguar’s Ian Hoban said.
“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.”
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type will arrive in overseas showrooms in the middle of next year. The line-up for Australia and when it may arrive are both unclear at this stage.
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