Los Angeles 2014: Jaguar Adds Manual, AWD F-Type Options

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Big news for fans of the Jaguar F-Type (i.e. me). You can now row your own gears.

V6 rear-drive versions of the F-Types can be speced with a 6-speed manual gearbox. No manual will be available for the V8, but that’s ok, since the V6 is, in my opinion, the pick of the range.

V8 versions will have standard all-wheel drive to help tame all 550 horsepower. AWD will be optional on the V6. The 911 Carrera 4 may have just met its match.

Apparently, the manual comes at the expense of the hydraulic steering system, which will be replaced with electric steering. So, manual and EPAS, or a current automatic car with hydraulic assist?

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  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Nov 19, 2014

    Im shuddering thinking about the curb weight of the AWD F-Type R XJ's AWD system adds ~300lbs to its curb weight........ FTR weighs ~3650lbs. So in the end this thing might be a car as small as a 911 that weighs as much as a Panamera Isnt this thing made out of aluminum too? Why is this car so heavy?

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    • Ellomdian Ellomdian on Nov 20, 2014

      @sportyaccordy "and better sorted dynamically" According to who, for what purpose? I'd rather have the 911 when I need to go quickly around a track, but I wouldn't want to spend more than 15 mins in one as a DD if I had the F-Type next to it.

  • Fred Fred on Nov 19, 2014

    Driver seems to be staring at that big center console. Really am I the only one left who isn't impressed by all this infotainment jazz?

  • Stuki Stuki on Nov 19, 2014

    I'm beginning to like all these manual announcements....

  • Smartascii Smartascii on Nov 19, 2014

    I'm still hung up on the fact that the gearbox has something to do with the power steering assist system. Why on earth would a third pedal have anything to do with it?

    • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Nov 20, 2014

      I'm guessing the hydraulic steering wouldn't fit with the manual, at least not without design changes that would add even more cost to offering the manual. Maybe a logistics/engineering reason? It is an obvious question. If only someone at the show would ask when given the news :)