Jaguar reveals four-wheel drive F-TYPE

Jaguar has officially unveiled a new addition to its F-TYPE range, the all-wheel drive F-TYPE R Coupe.

Not only confirming the rumours that a four-wheel drive version of the F-TYPE would land soon, Jaguar also announced that a range of new F-TYPE variants will land soon.

F-TYPE range

The carmaker has said that the new all-wheel drive model is just one of eight new models due to bolster the F-TYPE range, all of which will be unveiled at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s vehicle line director, said: “Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-TYPE was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability.

“The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions.”

While exact specs have yet to be announced, Jaguar has said that the all-wheel drive F-TYPE R Coupe will be able to do 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.

No solid details on the rest of the upcoming range have been released yet, but Jaguar debuted the new model as part of a testing run with the Bloodhound Project in South Africa.

Bloodhound project

The Bloodhound Project was started by a group of scientists and designers in an attempt to break the sound barrier with their special rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC car.

Part aircraft and part car, the 150,000bhp Bloodhound SSC generates six times the power of a standard Formula One car and is designed to travel at speeds of more than 1,000mph.

As part of a new partnership with the Bloodhound team, the all-wheel drive F-TYPE took part in a high-speed test help evaluate new communications systems.

Bloodhound’s engineers realised that to keep constant communication with drivers at high speeds, they would need a revolutionary new communications system.

Travelling at top speed in the soft sand of the Hakskeen Pan desert, the four-wheel drive F-TYPE was driven straight at a jet plane travelling 500mph in its direction.

The combined 700mph speed of the two enabled the Bloodhound team to successfully test the new communications system before it’s implemented into the Bloodhound car.

Bloodhound project director Richard Noble said: “This is a very fine match – Jaguar is very strong on innovation and with its huge drive in advanced technology, education and motorsport track record, we have the perfect partner.

“Together we have developed outstanding inter-team synergy and this is a very special relationship.  We are proud to carry the Jaguar branding on Bloodhound SSC.”

The new all-wheel drive Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe will make its official debut at the LA Auto Show on 19th November, along with the rest of Jaguar’s new F-TYPE models.