Jaguar confirms manual gearbox coming for F-Type
That’s right, Jaguar have finally come clean and admitted that within 12 months the new F-Type will be available with a manual gearbox. Screams of joy from enthusiasts world over can be heard…
When the F-Type was launched it wowed the crowds at the Paris Motor Show with the stunning looks and range of supercharged V6 and V8 engines. But there was always the slight disappointment that they could only be driven through the six speed automatic gearbox, dulling their credentials as a sports car somewhat.
But now Jaguar has announced that they are engineering a new manual gearbox and it will be seen in the F-Type and possibly the XF as well. We would imagine it would go into the XF 2.2d to further reduce emissions. We have also heard that the V8 F-Type won’t be offered with it, only the V6 and V6 S models. But it’s all good news for us – these days it seems as if every sports car is leaning towards an automatic or dual clutch gearbox. Even Porsche, previously stalwarts of the manual ‘box, are likely to be offering the new 991 GT3 in PDK guise only, which we think is shocking. Offer a non-manual by all means, but there are still plenty of us out there who prefer to shift gears in our sports cars ourselves. Jaguar seems to agree:
Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for the firm, says that the company recognises the “cost and fun” benefits of manual gearboxes. “Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility,” said Hallmark. However, he said he “can’t imagine” a manual XJ, and “the XF is the biggest format we could move to for a manual”. Hallmark said Jaguar is investigating manual gearboxes with a “minimum of six speeds”.
Now, we’ll have a manual F-Type V6 S, in metallic orange with a brown interior please…
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