If this news does not make you believe in a higher being, you should probably not be spending that much time at a website called TopSpeed. Jaguar is bringing an honest-to-god, proper three-pedal manual to the F-Type.
The news was first dropped in an Auto Guide interview at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show , and recently Motor Trend is stating it is confirmed. On top of the news of the transmission choice changes, there is also going to be an AWD version of the F-Type as well.
Considering the tail-happy nature of the F-Type, an AWD variant makes sense for Jaguar to bring in buyers who may be intimidated by its handling characteristics. We have no word yet on which will come first, nor how long it will be until those models will be available.
If I was a betting man, I would say the manual F-Type arrives shortly, in time for next summer, while the AWD version will take some time to properly sort out the performance and handling dynamics Jaguar demands from its smallest car.
Either way, we are getting more models of the the F-Type and that is only a good thing.
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Why It Matters
From the moment the car was launched, everyone who has driven the car says the automatic transmission in the car is great but it really needs three pedals. With its classic proportions, infinite headroom, and throaty exhaust note the Jaguar doesn’t feel like a track-eating monster. What it really feels like is the perfect car to flog down a back road on a Sunday afternoon.
When it comes to driver engagement and overall enjoyability, there is no substitute for a real manual transmission.
While the F-Type is a great enthusiast machine, it is not the fastest selling car in its class. One of the reasons, buyers may be shying away from the British roadster is its penchant for oversteer at the limit. Having an AWD variant will ease the minds of cautious buyers and theoretically increase sales.
The F-Type is Jaguar’s newest sports car. This small two-seat roadster has been designed to harken back to Jaguar’s roots of the classic E-Type.
IT may not have the same slinky shape as the old E-Type, but the new F-Type has all the right proportions and thanks to its available engine choices, it makes the right noises as well. If you get the convertible F-Type Roadster, you can choose between a pair of supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engines or a powerful supercharged V8.
Jaguar also offers a slightly cheaper, and slightly better looking coupe version of the F-Type. As a bonus to hard top buyers, the top-trim F-Type Coupe R makes more than 500 horsepower from its supercharged V8 engine. Much more than you get from the roadster.