The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is about to make some noise again and the timing is perfect for Summer time fun on those long road trips. The AWD option is available on the Coupe and Convertible models, however as stated in a previous review, the six-speed manual gearbox is only going to be available in the V6 model. The 8-speed automatic transmission is still available in the V8 models.
The AWD system is said to give the sexy F-Type a more stable and secure feel, especially on in the harsh climates of Europe and some parts of North America. Even though some consumers will stick with the 8-speed auto transmission, others may want to take more control and experience shifting with the optional manual shift in their V6 car.
Jaguar is also pulling a smart marketing move by announcing the release date of the new 2016 F-Type to coincide with the approximate time that some original F-Type owners would be looking for a lease turn in. Will they opt to lease again or buy something new?
How much longer will loyal fans have to wait to purchase the new AWD version of the F-Type? The V8 R Coupe with optional AWD system is expected to be on sale as early as March 2015. The car is estimated to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at 186 mph, all while getting an estimated 25 mpg. Consumers will have to wait till July 2015 to purchase the V6 Manual shift F-Type, but is reported to have a zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. While manual shift fell a little short of the performance numbers of the V8, it was more economical with a 28.8 mpg rating (But who worries about mpg in an F-Type?).
Jaguar has many options and various prices to fit your budget; the F-Type starts at $77,679 (£51,250) for the rear-wheel drive (manual shift) V6 Coupe and $91,320 (£60,250) for the V6 S Coupe. If you want to drop the top, the convertible F-Type will cost an extra $8,307 (£5,485).
As soon as I can get my hands on the new AWD F-Type I will report back with a drivers review and give my opinion of what to expect. Jaguar claims that the car will still retain the rear-wheel drive feel of the car, while giving the agility and added control of the four wheel drive car. I’d imagine the AWD system will allow the car to feel more stable as it puts down the horsepower and torque on the pavement.
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