While owning a wild and exciting rear-wheel-drive sports coupe like the new Jaguar F-Type sounds like an absolute blast, there is a large part of the population that likes their sports cars with a little less drift and a lot more traction. Just look to the sales of the Audi R8 , Audi TT , and the Porsche Carrera 4 for evidence of that. Jaguar is well aware of the customers it may be losing in the colder regions of the world by only offering a RWD coupe, so it’s working a new AWD version of the sporty two-door.
We have heard rumors about this before, but thanks to some new spy shots seen on Carmagazine.co.uk, we have some more definitive proof. In these shots you can see that the hood line is visibly higher, a concession needed to make room for the extra front differential hiding under the engine.
The car will likely be revealed later this year at one of the U.S. auto shows — likely LA or Detroit. The car should hit dealerships in the summer or fall of 2015, just in time for winter hoonage.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type AWD.
The king of sports cars is the 911, so it makes sense that the king of the AWD sports car market would wear the same badge. Since its introduction way back in 1995, an AWD drivetrain option has made the 911 one of the most well-rounded, all-weather sports cars in the world.
The latest and greatest of these is the new 991-generation 911 Carrera 4 and 4S. Equipped with the same exquisite design and powerful engines as their rear-wheel-drive counterparts, the AWD versions of the 911 provide all the same fun and games with a little more grip when the going gets slippery.
With multiple AWD variants of various power and performance levels, the 911 is a natural competitor to the F-Type across the range. For my eyes, the F-Type wins in a beauty contest, but it will be hard for buyers to see past that legendary crest on the nose when trying to decide between the two.
Gallery Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S
The Audi R8 isn’t all power and looks. With the world-renowned quattro AWD system hiding under the sheet metal, it is easily one of the most capable cars in the world when the road surface is less than perfect. The Audi’s biggest weak point against the F-Type will be a lack of cheaper models.
The Audi R8 may not be as affordable as the Jaguar, but with an available V-10 engine you sure get a lot more noise and fury for your extra cash. Just like the F-Type, you can also get your R8 in hard-top, or cloth-top configurations.
It comes down to deciding between the look and feel of clinical German precision or the raw and ruckus nature of the British Cat. Could make for some interesting comparisons if you avoid the money involved.
Gallery Audi R8
When the new AWD version of the Jaguar F-Type drops, don’t expect too many more under-hood changes. Both variants of the V-6 engine should be available, and the mighty V-8s will be there as well. It is expected that almost every model of the F-Type from the base V-6 Roadster to the mighty Coupe R will get the option to add four driven wheels instead of just two.
Beyond the slightly raised hood and a few badges, this will still be the same F-Type that Jaguar wowed us with for the last two years.