Jaguar has confirmed it will launch a new all-wheel-drive version of its hero F-Type coupe this month.
Available exclusively in top-shelf R Coupe form, the all-wheel-drive F-Type promises to hit 60mph (96km/h) in 3.9 seconds, bettering its rear-driven counterpart by just 0.2 seconds.
Of course, as with any all-wheel-drive performance car, the upgrade is likely to be focused on overall handling and capability rather than straight-line speed.
News of the AWD F-Type R’s coming is joined by the announcement that Jaguar has partnered with the Bloodhound SSC world land speed record team that hopes to rocket through the 1000mph (1609km/h) barrier next year.
The all-paw F-Type R has already been involved with the project, taking part in high-speed communications testing with the Bloodhound team in South Africa this week.
The long-expected model will make its debut at the LA Auto Show on November 18 as part of a growing F-Type line-up that will expand from six to 14 variants over the coming year.
Jaguar has yet to reveal what we can expect from those additional models, although it is believed that new manual transmission-equipped options will star.
Watch for the all-wheel-drive F-Type to hit Australia in 2015.