Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe To Debut In Los Angeles (with Video)
Jaguar has announced that it will be launching the F-type R coupe which will come equipped with an All Wheel Drive option at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show while at the same time the manufacturer has also declared their partnership with the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record team, this is the same team which later aims to raise the Land Speed record to about 1000 mph mark.
Jaguar F-Type debuted in the year 2012 which also happens to be the successor of the legendary E-Type while its coupe version was launched just a year after the drophead variant was launched. There is no doubt that the F-Type is one of the best looking sportscar launched in the recent years and but it was a rear wheel drive vehicle just like many other German premium sports coupes but this time around Jaguar launched an All Wheel Drive variant of the F-Type R Coupe.
Now adding the AWD technology to the F-Type R coupe surely will take away some of its drifting capabilities and will dishearten many of those drivers who loves to slide their cars on the bends but if we look at the positive side the AWD F-Type Coupe R will help boost the confidence of the person driving the vehicle and will give them courage to push hard on the pedal on the tighter bends and even on slippery surface and extract the maximum out of their sportscar.
The Jaguar F-Type R Coupe first made its official appearance at the Hakskeen Pan desert in the Northern Cape of South Africa where Bloodhound team also practices and they have tested their AWD coupes abilities and dynamic capabilities on the flatbed, this car with the new AWD system can reach the 0-100 km/h mark in just 3.9 seconds while the top speed is limited to 297 kph mark. Powering the F-Type R Coupe is the same supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine unit which produces about 542 hp of peak power and 680 Nm of torque, the V-8 unit is coupled to a 8-speed ZF gearbox which promises smooth shifts.
Nothing has changed in the exterior or in the interior of the new Coupe and thus it remains identical to the standard F-Type R Coupe which comes with a rear wheel drive.
Video Source : You Tube
You can read more about the F-Type Coupe here
Today, the new all-wheel-drive Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé ensured the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record programme passed a significant high-speed testing milestone.
The test marks the start of a major technical partnership between Jaguar and The Bloodhound Project, with the ultimate aim of raising the world land speed record above 1,000mph and to assist in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers, which is the overall objective of the project. The current record stands at 763.035mph and was set by Andy Green in Thrust SSC in 1997. Andy will drive the Bloodhound Supersonic car.
On the relatively soft surface of the Hakskeen Pan desert in the Northern Cape of South Africa, the stability of the AWD F-TYPE R Coupé and its dynamic ability - it will reach 60mph in just 3.9-seconds with a limited top speed of 186mph - enabled the successful completion of a vital communications test for the Bloodhound SSC team.
Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar said:"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. The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions."
The AWD F-TYPE R Coupé was driven flat-out by Bloodhound Project Director and former World Land Speed Record holder, Richard Noble who said: "We are absolutely delighted to announce Jaguar as a Main Partner to the Bloodhound Project. This is a very fine match - Jaguar is very strong on innovation and with its huge drive in advanced technology, education and motorsport track record, we have the perfect partner. Together we have developed outstanding inter-team synergy and this is a very special relationship. We are proud to carry the Jaguar branding on Bloodhound SSC."
Fitted with the same radio equipment as the jet and rocket powered Bloodhound SSC, the F-TYPE was driven head-to-head at top speed with a similarly equipped jet flown at 500mph and just 50 feet above the ground. The combined closing speed of almost 700mph enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC, which will run for the first time on the Hakskeen desert just twelve months from now.
The addition of all-wheel-drive is one of a number of performance enhancements to the award-winning Jaguar F-TYPE range which will grow from six to 14 derivatives in 2015
- * the full range will debut at the LA Auto Show on 19 November.
The Jaguar Land Rover press conference will take place at 14:40 PST (22:40 GMT). Also at the press conference will be Andy Green, who will confirm the full extent of the technical collaboration between Jaguar and the Bloodhound Project.