Now Jaguar builds an all-wheel-drive F-Type
Jaguar is targeting the Porsche 911 with its new AWD model
JAGUAR has confirmed that the all-wheel-drive version of its F-Type R Coupé sports flagship will premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this month.
And that’s just one of the “performance enhancements'' – Jaguar’s words, not ours – that will take the F-Type range from the current six derivatives to 14, when the 2016 range goes on sale in the third quarter of 2015.
All of which dovetails neatly with the company’s stated intention of challenging the Porsche 911 on its own turf. Expect to see all-wheel drive available on all the V8 variants and possibly the top V6s as well, and a six-speed manual ‘box as an option on V6 models, which would also make possible a new entry-level version.
The quoted power of the 5-litre V8 is unchanged at 405kW, as is its (electronically limited) top speed of 300km/h, while its claimed 0100km/h sprint is down from four seconds flat to 3.9, thanks to improved traction.
Jaguar has also been very careful not to mess up the F-Type’s poised handling with typical allwheel-drive clumsiness and understeer. Vehicle line director Ian Hoban insisted: “Our target with the all-wheel-drive F-Type was to maintain the rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, but with more dynamic capa- bility.” The first official photographs of the AWD F-Type that Jaguar has released were in fact taken at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape, where it was roped in to help in testing the radio set-up that will be used to link driver Andy Green and his Bloodhound team during next year’s world land-speed record attempt. – motoring.co.za
Jaguar’s sleek F-Type model will soon be getting all-wheel-drive options.