Jaguar F-type AWD

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Current page

157

Current page

158

Current page

159

Current page

160

Current page

161

Current page

162

Current page

163

Current page

164

Two new versions of the stylish Cat, but only one meets customary marque standards

In order to let the press sample its new four-wheel-drive and manual F-types, Jaguar took us to Estoril – one of my favourite European tracks. And when we arrived we were told we’d be driving the all-wheel-drive car only on the track and the manual version only on the road. To me this seemed a nonsense. The four-wheel-drive system has been included at the cost of an 80kg weight rise because there are important regions on earth – the US snow states in particular – where a rear-drive F-type is simply not viable. It is a device designed to add safety and practicality. But the manual, well how better to show that off than to let us scream around the same track on which Ayrton Senna scored his maiden Grand Prix win in 1985? But Jaguar insisted.

To be fair, the all-wheel-drive system (available on the V6S and V8 R models, but not the basic V6) is clever enough to know when it’s not wanted, which is most of the time. The F-type therefore remains resolutely rear-drive until it detects any degree of longitudinal or lateral slip, at which point a theoretically limitless percentage of torque can be channelled to the front wheels.

The still better news is that if you can feel the additional 80kg or any degradation in handling, thanks to the engine needing to be raised to fit the new hardware underneath, then it is you rather than I who should be doing this job.

But the best bit is that the F-type doesn’t feel like it has four-wheel drive in any way, until you reach the stage where you’re actually rather glad it does. When you first turn into a corner, instead of understeer greeting you before the apex the F-type will either go exactly where asked or, if you’re really trying, break loose at the back. But when you reapply the power it neither increases the angle of yaw nor blunders back into understeer. Instead the car adopts that delicious power-on neutrality I think most of us would choose our sports cars to exhibit.

So full marks to Jaguar for that.

But it’s six out of 10 for the manual, which is the last thing I expected. In this case the six-speed transmission is available only on the V6 models (it’s not rated to handle V8 torque) and there is sadly little of the pleasure you might expect from its operation. It’s as if Jaguar concluded it was enough to provide an F-type that was manual, and wasn’t that bothered about ensuring it had a shift quality to match the dynamic standards of the rest of the car. The change is a little slow, a touch inclined to baulk and in every other way entirely unremarkable. Were this a new small saloon I’d be less bothered, but in such an expensive sporting Jaguar I’d hoped for and expected more.

Factfile
£91,650

Engine: 5.0 litres, 8 cylinders, supercharged
Power: 502lb [email protected]
Torque: 383lb [email protected]
Transmission: eight-speed auto, four-wheel drive
0-62mph: 3.0sec
Top speed: 186mph
Economy: 25.0mpg
CO2: 269g/km