Jaguar debuts all-wheel drive F-TYPE

Jaguar has officially revealed its new all-wheel drive F-TYPE at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

The all-new 2016 F-TYPE range will also feature electric power steering as standard, plus manual transmission on the supercharged V6 model and Jaguar’s updated InControl infotainment system.

Prices start at £57,735 for the standard V6 convertible with manual gearbox, while all-wheel drive options are priced from £66,900 for the V6 S Coupe model.

F-TYPE family gets even bigger

In all, Jaguar’s updated and expanded F-TYPE range now features a total of 14 models, including all the current standard models, S and R-badged models in both coupe and convertible formats.

Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s vehicle line director, said: “Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-TYPE was to maintain that engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports car DNA.

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

The all-wheel drive system is offered as an option in the 375bhp V6 S models, as well as in the 543bhp V8-powered R range, with each equipped with eight-speed automatic transmission.

Jaguar claims that performance was the key aim of the marque’s designers, and the new all-wheel drive F-TYPE models can do 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds for the S models and 3.9 for the R versions.

As a result, the F-TYPE models equipped with all-wheel drive shave 0.2 seconds off the benchmark time of the standard models, while hitting the same 186mph top speed.

Clever driving technology

Each of the all-wheel drive F-TYPEs also come with a new Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system, which constantly monitors wheel torque and automatically adjusts each wheel for optimum traction.

Similar to the regular F-TYPE, the all-wheel drive models feature additional exterior tweaks, including a deeper bulge in the bonnet to house the powertrain, new vents and an AWD badge.

The all-wheel drive S models also ride on new and unique 19-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels, while the more powerful R versions have even larger 20-inch alloys.

F-TYPE models equipped with the supercharged V6 engine in 335bhp and 375bhp outputs can also now be specified with six-speed Quickshift manual gearboxes.

The carmaker claims that this will offer the ultimate driving sensation for F-TYPE drivers, while the centre console has also been subtly reshaped to allow greater ranger of arm movement.

Available only on the V6-powered models for now, Jaguar has said that a V8 version is possible but unlikely due to the problem of sending so much power through a manual transmission.

In a first for Jaguar, the new F-TYPE range will also come with electrically-assisted steering as opposed to the older hydraulically-powered system.

According to engineers, the addition of the new electric steering not only makes the F-TYPE range handle and perform better, it also reduces CO2 output by 4g/km.

Following the new F-TYPE’s debut at the LA Auto Show, it’s expected that the new range will go on sale in spring next year.