Jaguar is building on its successful return to the sports car market by expanding the powertrain options in the F-Type coupe and convertible.
The 2016 models arriving next spring will offer all-wheel drive, a manual transmission on V-6 models, electric power steering and other improvements.
Jaguar detailed the changes to the F-Type at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The V-8 powered F-Type R, the two-seater’s highest trim level, will get standard awd, enabling the aluminum-bodied coupe or convertible to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed is limited to 186 mph. Awd will be optional on S models.
The manual transmission, the first available in a Jaguar sports car since the early 1970s, will be available in the rear-wheel-drive V-6 F-Type. Jaguar engineers developed the gearbox with transmission supplier ZF. Jaguar engineers paid close attention to shift quality.
“The short throw of the gear lever, the mechanical quality of the shift, pedal spacing ideally suited to heel-and-toe changes, the tune of the V-6 supercharged engine itself -- all have been subject to detailed scrutiny to ensure driving a manual F-Type is as fun as it is fast,” said Mike Cross, chief engineer for vehicle integrity.
The other big change under the hood is the new electric power assisted steering system, which replaces the hydraulic unit. The move reduces underhood clutter by eliminating the power steering pump and hoses. It also improves the car’s efficiency because unless the steering wheel is turned, the steering system uses no energy.
Other changes for 2016 include a 770-watt stereo system in all models. Connectivity is also improved with a new Jaguar InControl suite of telematics. Through October of this year, U.S. sales of the F-Type have climbed 78 percent from the year-earlier period to 3,287 vehicles.