2016 Jaguar AWD F-Type revealed

MY16 Jaguar AWD F-Type

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 axle—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.


Jaguar adds all-paw grip to F-Type

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD

When Jaguar rocks up to the LA Auto Show next week it will reveal details of the all-wheel drive system it has added to its highly desirable F-Type range, which will soon have 14 models to choose from, instead of the current six.

If you’re an old skool hang the arse out rear-wheel drive fan that’s cool, you’ll still be able to buy your Jag in RWD. However, if you do feel like some all-paw grip be assured that all won’t be lost.

“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,” implores Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar. “The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions.”

So there you have it. All-wheel drive grip in one of the best looking coupés or convertibles money can buy.

In a bid to attract some publicity Jaguar has teamed up with English hillbillies the Bloodhound gang, or something, who want to drive at 1000mph! Details below.

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Let’s talk about the F-Type Project 7

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

News that the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will reach production status is kind of a big deal. That’s for two reasons, first because an 80kg lighter F-Type with more power is news we can all celebrate, but also because it’s our first chance to see how fair dinkum Jaguar’s new Special Vehicle Operations is going to be.

With thanks to XCAR films we can hear Jaguar’s design guru Ian Callum and John Edwards, Jaguar-Land Rover Special Operations boss, talk about the Project 7, how it came about and what it means for the company.


Jaguar greenlights F-Type Project 7

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Last year Jaguar debuted the one-off F-Type Project 7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, we’re very pleased to say, Jaguar will again bring the Project 7 to Goodwood (26–29 June). Only this time it will be the debut of the production model. Yes, they’re going to build it, and it’s coming to Australia too!

The Project 7 will be the most powerful production Jaguar ever made. That’s all thanks to 423kW/680Nm supercharged 5.0 litre V8 sent to the rear wheels through a ZF 8-speed auto. For those playing at home, that’s a 19kW increase over the F-Type R Coupé, while maximum torque remains the same.

Jaguar claims the Project 7 will see off 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and will top out at an electronically controlled 300km/h. As well as performance you can tick off carbon ceramic brakes, 20″ alloys, model specific adjustable suspension, a gnarly sounding exhaust system and splashes of carbon fibre bodywork as standard equipment.

Only 250 will be made by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations skunkworks with deliveries scheduled to commence in mid-2015. At this stage there’s no pricing confirmed, but with the F-Type R Coupé priced at around $220K here in Australia, we reckon the Project 7 will be north of $250K.

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Does my arse look good in this?

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

This week Chris Harris has a play with the very sexy Jaguar F-Type Coupé. Naturally he’s selected the 404kW supercharged 5.0 V8 model, the F Type R.

He begins by waxing lyrical about the car’s beautiful exterior, in particular it’s rather pleasing backside. But when he turns his eye to the interior he reveals himself to be a man after my own heart when he critiques the selection of typefaces used. Brilliant, Chris, just brilliant!

Anyway, despite its 1650kg heft, he quite likes the car. Click through to find out why.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 1

2014 Geneva Motor Show

Like us you probably haven’t had a chance to duck over to Europe to check out the Geneva Motor Show. So here’s the first of a two part series bringing you a selection of the cars on show. Here we start with Alfa Romeo and go through to Lexus.


Jaguar F-Type Coupé – Australian pricing & specs

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Australian pricing for the seriously sexy Jaguar F-Type Coupé has been announced and starts at $119,900 for the entry-level model powered by a 250kW 3.0 litre supercharged V6.

The wick has been turned up on that supercharged V6 to 280kW for the F-Type S Coupé, priced from $152,300. Things get a lot more serious with the F-Type R Coupé, which boasts a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 pumping out 404kW and will set you back $219,600 plus on road costs.

Further details from Jaguar can be read below and if you can buy one of these cars we highly recommend you do so. They are beautiful!

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VIDEO: The road best travelled

Transalpina Pass, Romania

Henry Catchpole from Evo took a Jaguar F-Type V8 to Romania in search of the country’s best driving road. Well, actually, he’s looking for the world’s best driving road, but it will make more sense after you’ve watched the clip. You might think you know how this ends, but you probably don’t.

This is a really well made film that we expect you will enjoy quite a lot.

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Autocar drives the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Suffering through those Super Bowl commercials reminded us we’d not made the time to watch Steve Sutcliffe’s video review of the very desirable Jaguar F-Type R Coupé. We’ve watched it now, and you can too if you haven’t already.

Sutcliffe was at the press launch held at the Circuit de Catalunya and had a merry old time testing the limits of adhesion and wear rate of the R Coupé’s rear tyres.

Half his luck!

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LA 2013: Jaguar F-Type Coupé revealed

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The Jaguar F-Type Coupé has arrived and boy do we like it. Just wait until your ears feast on the sounds of the F-Type R Coupé after the break. Oh yes, yes and more yes!

Of course the coupé model sits nicely alongside the equally good looking F-Type roadster which has won admirers all over the world. Based on the 2011 C-X16 hybrid concept, not a lot has been lost in translation. The F-Type Coupé really is a remarkably good looking car.

Jag hasn’t gone half-hearted either, no, they’ve rocked up to LA with the very angry R version, which we haven’t seen in the convertible model yet. It’s been worth the wait too. Check out the specs below:

Jaguar F-Type R Coupé
Engine: 5.0 litre supercharged V8
Power: 404kW at 6500rpm
Torque: 680Nm at 2500–5500rpm
Weight (unladen): 1650kg
0–100km/h: 4.2s
80–120km/h: 2.4s
Fuel consumption: 11.1l/100km

Jaguar F-Type S Coupé
Engine: 3.0 litre supercharged V6
Power: 280kW at 6500rpm
Torque: 480Nm at 3500–5000rpm
Weight (unladen): 1594kg
0–100km/h: 4.9s
80–120km/h: 3.1s
Fuel consumption: 9.1l/100km

Jaguar F-Type Coupé
Engine: 3.0 litre V6
Power: 250kW at 5500rpm
Torque: 450Nm at 3500–5500rpm
Weight (unladen): 1577kg
0–100km/h: 5.3s
80–120km/h: 3.3s
Fuel consumption: 8.8l/100km

All models are fitted standard with a variation of the ZF 8-speed auto, also found in the BMW M135i. Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes can be optioned in the S and R versions. There’s also a hidden rear spolier which comes out of hibernation at 110km/h and goes back into hiding when the speed drops below 80km/h.

The F-Type Coupé goes on sale in Australia in the second hald of 2014. Pricing will be confirmed closer to its launch. An R version would be really nice thanks very much. Now, where have I put those Lotto numbers…


Jaguar F-Type Coupé on show in LA and Tokyo

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar brings word its F-Type Coupé will be revealed at a secret location in Los Angeles on 19 November. The following day the F-Type Coupé will make its show debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, before also being on show at the LA show after globe spins around a bit more.

Based on the very sexy 2011 C-X16 concept, the tintop F-Type will mostly be a cut and paste job from the convertible version. We can’t wait to see more!


Jaguar F-Type R coupé looks the business

Jaguar F-Type R coupe

Jaguar has been enjoying the sun at the Nürburgring with its new F-Type R coupé. Even with the dramatic disguise wrapped around its body the F-Type coupé still looks fantastic. Based on the F-Type convertible that’s hardly a surprise as the roofless version looks ace too.

What we like most about this hardtop version is that it is expected to debut in R guise with a 540hp (400kW) 5.0 litre supercharged V8. Ceramic brakes should help keep all that power in check; look at the brakes on this test mule, they are serious!

It’s expected we’ll have all the answers on the F-Type coupé before the year is out.

[Source: Autocar]