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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2016 Jaguar F-Type revealed with all-wheel drive and a stick


2016 Jaguar F-Type
If there's one thing missing from the stunning Jaguar F-Type it would be a proper manual transmission. Sure, rowing your own gears is so pre-millenium, and bean-counters throughout the universe will tell you what a lousy idea they are for your bottom line. But every now and then an automaker will ignore the men in buttoned-up suits and polished shoes and offer one anyway.

Because they like cars, and like us, they like to have fun.
That's what Jaguar has done with its 2016 F-Type. The cries have been heard, and now, finally, you can option your British sports car with a glorious 6-speed manual gearbox. But only the V-6 version. Because they didn't lose their minds entirely.
Also on the menu for 2016 is all-wheel drive, which will now become your standard layout in the U.S. for the 550-hp F-Type R models, and feature minor bodywork tweaks to distinguish itself.

Unlike the manual, this does make sense to the bean-counters, as increasingly Americans demand power routed to all four of their wheels, whether they live in northern states or not. It also means you can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Which is nice.
One thing enthusiasts may not think is so nice is the switch from hydraulic power steering to electric, but given Jag has a solid electric system already in production, the transition should be seamless.

 Jaguar says more equipment will arrives as standard in all models, but beyond that, not much else has changed for 2016, which isn't a bad thing at all. We'll have to wait until a later date to discover if the price has changed, however, but with the news of a stick on offer, most enthusiasts will be happy regardless. Even if they don't actually buy one.