2016 Jaguar F-Type Adds Manual Transmission, AWD

F-Type convertible now has 550-hp R model.

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The Jaguar F-Type coupe and convertible will offer a manual transmission and all-wheel drive -- though not at the same time -- from the 2016 model year. In addition, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S convertible vanishes in favor of a more powerful F-Type R convertible.

Row Your Own

A six-speed manual transmission will be offered on versions of the 2016 Jaguar F-Type with a six-cylinder engine, meaning either the base 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 or the 380-hp version of that engine in the F-Type S. Jaguar notes that stick-shift F-Types are actually slower, but says it offered the transmission because, "there will always be a select group of enthusiasts who want the satisfaction which comes from changing gear manually." The 2016 Jaguar F-Type takes 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, 0.4 second slower than with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, while the manual F-Type S is 0.5 second slower than the automatic, requiring 5.3 seconds to reach the benchmark speed.

More Driven Wheels

As was announced previously, the 2016 Jaguar F-Type also adds all-wheel drive. It's now standard on the 550-hp F-Type R models -- no more lurid burnouts -- and optional on the Jaguar F-Type S when equipped with an automatic transmission. The AWD system normally sends all of the engine's power to the rear wheels, but can direct as much as 50 percent of available torque to the front axles if necessary. When the car is set to Rain/ice/snow mode, the F-Type's computer shifts power to the front wheels more of the time for improved grip, while in Dynamic mode the Jaguar mostly performs like a rear-wheel-drive car.

Although its top speed remains 186 mph, the 2016 Jaguar F-Type R now sprints to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, saving 0.1 second versus the outgoing rear-wheel-drive model. As for the F-Type S, its 0-to-60-mph time increases from 4.8 to 4.9 seconds with the addition of AWD. All-wheel-drive versions of the 2016 Jaguar F-Type have slightly different bodywork, with a reshaped hood and new vents necessary to accommodate the AWD components.

The R powertrain is now also available on the 2016 Jaguar F-Type convertible. Previously the hottest droptop was the F-Type V8S, which extracted only 495 hp from the car's 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 versus the 550 hp on offer in the F-Type R coupe. For 2016, the V8S trim vanishes, giving the convertible even more power.

On all versions of the car, electric power steering becomes standard instead of hydraulic steering. Though switching to electric assistance has often disappointed car enthusiasts, Jaguar says, "the technology is now mature enough to deliver the expected response and feel," while also slightly reducing fuel consumption.

Additional Equipment

In addition to the many powertrain changes, the 2016 Jaguar F-Type also receives more standard equipment. A 770-watt Meridian sound system, 14-way power seats, and passive unlocking are now standard. The F-Type coupe add a panoramic glass roof as standard, R coupe models gain a standard power trunk, and all F-Type S models add Configurable Dynamic Mode, a racy flat-bottom steering wheel, and a switchable sports exhaust as standard.

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type goes on sale in spring 2015, with pricing and fuel economy details to be announced closer to that time.

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