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Jaguar’s MY2016 F-Type gains price, adds all-wheel drive and manual options

Rip-roaring crackles and burbling down shifts of the beautifully composed Jaguar F-Type are set to continue this year with the Switchable Active Sports Exhaust system standardised across the range.

Even more pleasing to the driving purists is the introduction of a six-speed manual transmission, available for rear-wheel drive supercharged V6 coupe and convertible and V6 S coupe variants.

The stick shift models kick off the range’s price list, with the base manual coupe coming in at $119,470 and the convertible at $138,170, plus on-road costs. The S manual coupe is priced at $151,770. The manual versions are priced almost $5000 less than their eight-speed automatic siblings.

The familiar automatic variants also see a bump of around $5000 per model compared to MY2015, with extra standard specification explaining most of the increase. Electrically-assisted power steering, for example, is now standard across the MY2016 Jaguar F-Type range.

Torque Vectoring will now be an option on V6 models, while the V6 S and V8 R models will come equipped with reversing camera as standard. A Sports Design Pack is also available as an option across the range.

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A highlight of Jaguar’s announcement is the introduction of an intelligent all-wheel drive system, only available on the 280kW V6 S coupe and 404kW V8 R coupe and convertible with eight-speed automatic transmission.

Not wanting to let too much traction get in the way of good fun, or ‘Jaguar DNA and sports car character’ as Jag says, the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system promises to only provide torque to the front wheels when the rears are at their limit.

Russ Varney, Vehicle Programme Director at Jaguar, explained: “What we require of our AWD system in F-Type is optimal traction in all weather conditions, but preserving the Jaguar DNA and sports car character – that means rear-drive feel and steering without any corruption. The key to this is Intelligent Driveline Dynamics – IDD.

“IDD allows us to provide ‘torque on demand’ – only delivering torque to the front wheels when it’s required to enhance traction. That means we get great steering precision and the efficiency of a rear-drive car, but with additional traction via the front wheels precisely delivered to match the driver’s demand, the road surface and the driving situation.”

The updated Jaguar F-Type range in will go on sale from this year, with automatic variants available from April and the manual models available in July.

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