Jaguar has revealed details for its MY16 F-Type range which includes the option of a new rear bias all-wheel drive system. Also attracting headlines is the arrival of the F-Type R convertible. And finally, if you want to keep your British roadster experience old skool and rear-wheel drive only, you can get yourself into a V6-powered F-Type S with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Full details on all of that can be accessed below, for now let’s focus on the all-wheel drive system.
“Under normal sub-limit driving conditions, 100 per cent of engine torque is sent to the rear axle,” reads the official press release. “When required, the electromechanically-actuated coupling in the transfer case enables smooth transfer of torque to the front axleâ€”the process is virtually transparent to the driver.”
Any chance a manufacturer gets to own a new acronym is never wasted and the letters of the day for Jag’s all-wheel drive tech are IDD, which stands for Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. Developed in-house by Jaguar the IDD controller harnesses the capabilities of the rear diff, the torque vectoring by braking system and DSC to monitor the yaw rate, steering angle, wheel speed and directional acceleration sensors to optimise torque distribution.
IDD allows for increased parameters to be applied in the selectable driving modes: Normal, Rain and Dynamic. The net result being a greater difference in all three modes compared with the rear-wheel drive models.
There are subtle styling differences for the AWD models, too, although only trainspotters need apply. If that’s you then keep an eye out for a bigger bulge in the bonnet, new vents on the front quarter panels and the more obvious AWD badging at the rear of the car.
The F-Type has created enormous goodwill for Jaguar, thanks to its incredible good looks and generally positive driving experience. Let’s hope the addition of all-wheel drive enhances to this F-Type’s reputation, because lord knows we need more options than the default German marques for quality Euro sportscars.
F-TYPE gains all-wheel drive and manual transmission options as the range grows from six to 12 derivatives
- F-TYPE, Jaguarâ€™s definitive full-size sports car, receives new powertrain and driveline options to broaden the range from six to 12 models
- Torque on demand all-wheel drive (AWD) extends the F-TYPEâ€™s performance and dynamic capability on all road surfaces and in all conditions
- In AWD form, the 404kW F-TYPE R CoupÃ© will accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds, with a limited top speed of 300kph
- Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control strategy developed in-house to exploit maximum performance potential of AWD traction while retaining rear-wheel drive character
- AWD F-TYPE models gain a unique bonnet design featuring a deeper â€˜power bulgeâ€™ and distinctive new vents
- Six-speed manual transmission option for rear-wheel drive supercharged V6 models delivers the purest sports car driving experience
- Jaguarâ€™s 404kW supercharged V8 comes to the F-TYPE R Convertible â€“ available in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations
- Electric Power Assisted Steering enables even greater precision and feel and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 4g/km on the EU combined cycle
- Torque Vectoring by Braking improves agility and â€“ standard on R derivatives â€“ is now available on V6 models
- Sport Design Packs for CoupÃ© and Convertible models enhance exterior styling and enable greater personalisation
- The new 2016 model year F-TYPE range goes on sale from mid 2015
â€œThe F-TYPE CoupÃ© and Convertible already represent everything youâ€™d expect from a Jaguar sports car â€“ seductive design, stunning performance and amazing agility. The addition of all-wheel drive and manual transmission options to the range will further enhance the F-TYPEâ€™s dynamic capability and offer even greater driver reward â€“ broadening its appeal to sports car enthusiasts worldwide.â€
Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover
The F-TYPE, Jaguarâ€™s all-aluminium sports car, will in 2015 set new standards for dynamics and driver involvement with the addition of intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) and six-speed manual transmission options, and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) standard across the range.
The fundamentals remain true to Jaguarâ€™s core DNA of lightweight construction, refined power, perfect proportions and outstanding design â€“ but now the F-TYPE CoupÃ© and Convertible models deliver an even more rewarding, intuitive drive across a broader range now spanning 12 derivatives.
The latest driveline and chassis technologies heighten the sense of connection between car and driver and enable the F-TYPE to provide an even greater breadth of dynamic capability.
â€œOur target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-TYPE was to maintain that engaging rear-drive character thatâ€™s so important to Jaguar sports car DNA, yet offer even greater dynamic capability. The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions.
â€œWith the manual transmission option for the V6 F-TYPEs, weâ€™ve gone to intricate lengths to engineer a very precise, technical and responsive level of interaction between the driver, the clutch and the transmission shift mechanism. Itâ€™s one for the driving purists â€“ and I count myself as one of themâ€.
Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar
The enhancements broaden the F-TYPE range to 12 models, from the new 250kW CoupÃ© and Convertible with the supercharged V6 driving the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, to the 404kW F-TYPE R CoupÃ© and Convertible with the supercharged V8, AWD and eight-speed Quickshift transmission. Transmitting the V8â€™s 680Nm to the road though all four wheels helps the R models to accelerate from zero to 100kph in just 4.1 seconds on the way to a maximum speed of 300kph.
Integrating AWD required only subtle changes to the F-TYPEâ€™s acclaimed styling â€“ a prerequisite which Jaguarâ€™s design and engineering teams worked side by side to achieve â€“ and the enhancements give AWD F-TYPEs even more presence.
The aluminium clamshell bonnet gains a deeper central power bulge. Either side are distinctive new vents, positioned further apart and further forward than those of rear-wheel drive F-TYPEs. The AWD V6 Coupe also features unique 19-inch Volution alloy wheels in either silver or diamond-turned Technical Grey.
From behind the wheel drivers will quickly notice the extra dimension that AWD adds to performance, handling and road holding in all conditions â€“ and especially on slippery road surfaces.
The AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), a control system designed and developed in-house to exploit the maximum benefits of AWD without any compromise to Jaguar dynamics DNA. IDD is networked to the powertrain, rear differential and centre coupling and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system to provide optimum torque distribution.
Operating on the torque-on-demand principle, the AWD system sends 100 per cent of the engineâ€™s torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. This maintains the F-TYPEâ€™s rear-wheel drive handling characteristics and also reduces parasitic losses in the drivetrain.
If the system determines that the rear wheels are approaching the limit of available grip the electronically-controlled centre coupling transfers torque to the front axle, improving traction.
Another benefit of AWD is the ability to vary the front: rear torque split to mitigate oversteer during fast cornering by providing yaw damping. Combined with even higher levels of feedback from the new EPAS system â€“ a technology Jaguarâ€™s chassis engineers have spent more than five years perfecting â€“ the F-TYPEâ€™s performance is now even more accessible and exploitable.
While Jaguarâ€™s eight-speed Quickshift transmission offers an unequalled blend of shift speed, comfort and refinement, there will always be a select group of enthusiasts who want the satisfaction which comes from changing gear manually.
To meet that demand, the F-TYPEâ€™s engineering team developed a six-speed transmission exclusively for the high-revving V6 and rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration. The short-travel gear lever with a throw of only 45mm, closely-spaced ratios, and pedals perfectly placed for heel-and-toe changes define what for some will be the definitive Jaguar sports car experience.
The F-TYPE becomes the first Jaguar sports car to use EPAS. Years of development ensure that the technology is now mature enough to deliver the benchmark response and feel expected. And because the systemâ€™s electric motor provides power assistance only when needed, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced â€“ by up to 4g/km on the European combined cycle.
The Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) function first developed for the F-TYPE R CoupÃ© is now available on all models. Integrated into the DSC system, selectively braking the inside wheels mitigates understeer, helping the driver to take the ideal line through the bend. TVbB also helps to stabilise the car and minimise steering input during manoeuvres such as emergency lane changes.
Those seeking the ultimate in style and performance will now find it in the new F-TYPE R Convertible, available in RWD and AWD form and replacing the RWD-only 364kW F-TYPE V8 S. Jaguarâ€™s renowned 5.0-litre V8 combines direct injection and a twin-vortex supercharger to provide immediate response to the driverâ€™s request for power. With the roof down and an open road, this engineâ€™s unmistakable soundtrack becomes even more exhilarating.
Developing 404kW and 680Nm, the all-alloy quad-cam unit is matched exclusively to the Quickshift transmission and the choice or rear- or all-wheel drive. The extra traction of AWD enables the R Convertible to accelerate from 0-100kph in only 4.1 seconds â€“ matching the R CoupÃ© â€“ before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 300kph.
Enhancements are not limited to the chassis and driveline technology, with the instrument cluster featuring new dials and gauges.
Customers who wish to make their F-TYPE look even more exclusive have the option of a Sport Design Pack: the bespoke splitter, sills and venturi, subtly enhance the styling without affecting the purity of line which sets the F-TYPE apart in the sports car segment.
Applying composite technologies first developed in motorsport and aerospace, Jaguar has engineered a carbon-fibre roof option for the F-TYPE CoupÃ©. At just 4.25kg, the carbon-fibre panel is even lighter than the aluminium pressing. The high-gloss lacquer finish leaves the distinctive â€˜twillâ€™ weave of the fibres clearly visible.
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE CoupÃ© range will consist of: F-TYPE CoupÃ© (250kW, RWD Quickshift / RWD manual), F-TYPE S CoupÃ© (280kW, Quickshift RWD or AWD, RWD manual), F-TYPE R CoupÃ© (404kW, Quickshift RWD or AWD).
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Convertible range will consist of: F-TYPE (250kW, RWD Quickshift / RWD manual), F-TYPE S (280kW, Quickshift RWD), F-TYPE R (404kW, Quickshift RWD or AWD).