2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Convertible
The F-Type surely is one of the most stylish sportscars of the present time and is also called the successor of the iconic E Type which was one of Jaguars most prestigious cars, so you can surely understand the great responsibility that it carries on its shoulder. Launched back in the year 2012, the F-Type Convertible did attracted some attention not only because of its styling, overall finish quality, powerful and responsive engine but also because for its good handling characteristics which is most important for many sportscar owners.
Jaguar recently unveiled the F-Type for the year 2016 and it surely comes with new and attractive features which make the upcoming range even better than its predecessor. The 2016 F-Type Range hasn’t changed a lot in terms of overall styling but it surely has received lot of important hardware like the all wheel drive system and a manual gearbox beside the automatic ones available with the already existing variants, the addition of all these hardware helps in narrowing the gap in between “A sportscar” and “The perfect sportscar”.
We already brought you the first impression of the 2016 F-Type AWD coupe Coupe which comes with the newly added AWD feature but not with manual gearbox, the manual gearbox is only available with the rear wheel drive convertible variant. So go through all the details of the Jaguar F-Type convertible variant here and find out more about it.
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The noticeable visual change worth mentioning in the 2016 F-Type is that the front hood gets slightly bigger bulge
We already mentioned you earlier in the Coupe review that although Jaguar has added some useful hardware in their soon to be launched F-Type but quite honestly hasn’t made any major changes to the overall looks and styling of the sportscar. The overall size and proportion thus remains identical to its predecessor, Jaguar has really designed a good looking car and designer Ian Callum knew the importance of the car to the British auto manufacturer and that is also the reason they have left no stones unturned design wise to make the F-Type a worthy successor to the iconic E- Type which is also considered as one of the beautiful cars of all time.
The noticeable visual change worth mentioning in the 2016 F-Type is that the front hood gets slightly bigger bulge in order to store the machinery needed to spin the front wheels separately and that is it. The other new addition to the exterior is the “AWD” badges towards the rear of the car beside that the Convertible also received new set of stylish wheels which helps in increasing the overall appeal of the car. And as you already know the Convertible too is available with two trims namely S and R and the easiest way to differentiate between the two cars are their exhaust pipes, the more power R type which is actually powered by a wicked sounding powerful V8 has a quad exhaust while the V6 powered S type has duel exhaust placed towards the rear center of the convertible.
|Model||F-TYPE S AWD Coupe||F-TYPE R AWD Coupe|
|Length||4,470 MM||4,470 MM|
|Width excl. mirrors||1,923 MM||1,923 MM|
|Height||1,308 MM||1,308 MM|
|Wheelbase||2,622 MM||2,622 MM|
|Track front/ rear||1,597/ 1,649 MM||1,586/ 1,627 MM|
Overall the interior might look identical to the current car except few exceptions
Take a look at the cabin and you will notice pure British craftsmanship and luxury inside and unfortunately nothing much has changed here also and thus the F-Type cabin still remains to be bit driver focused which is actually good because it actually doesn’t divert the mind of the person driving the car. Overall the interior might look identical to the current car except few exceptions, the changes that you will find inside includes a new styling for the instrument clusters, the infotainment system too gets software updates and now the occupants inside can enjoy better graphics and will get fast access menu and other features, they can even access some of the other car features like checking the status of their door lock and fuel level directly via their Smartphone.
Beside all that one thing will certainly bring smile on the faces of those customers who listens to a lot of music while they are driving is that Jaguar is now providing the 770-watt Meridian sound system as standard feature with the F-Type.
There are some good news and some unfortunate news for the F-Type fans. Jaguar is definitely providing the 6 speed manual gearbox beside the 8 speed quickshift gearbox but the 6 speed manual will only be available with the F-Type S rear wheel drive variant powered by a smaller V6 engine which means you cannot actually have the fun while changing gears manually in an All wheel drive variant (AWD). While the S type variant which is powered by a bigger V8 surely gets the AWD hardware which has made the car slightly quicker than the rear wheel drive variant because with the roaring V8 the AWD F-Type convertible sprints from 0-100km/h mark in 3.9 seconds which is 0.1 seconds quicker than the RWD F-Type R.
Coming to its power output figures the F-Type S convertible AWD powered by a 3.0 Litre V6 unit produces about 380 Ps of peak power at 6500 rpm and 460 Nm of torque in between 3,500-5,000rpm, the engine is coupled with a 8-speed Quickshift gearbox.
While the F-Type R AWD Convertible is powered by a 5.0 Litre V8 unit produces about 550 Ps of peak power at 6,500rpm and 680 Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. This engine too has been mated with a 8 speed autoshift gearbox.
|Model||F-TYPE S AWD Convertible||F-TYPE R AWD Convertible|
|Engine capacity||2,995 cc||5,000 cc|
|Cylinders||V6 Supercharged||V8 Supercharged|
|Valves per cylinder||4; DOHC||4; DOHC|
|Bore/ stroke (mm)||84.5/ 89.0||92.5/ 93.0|
|Fuel injection||150bar direct injection||150bar direct injection|
|Power||375 HP @ 6,500 RPM||543 HP @ 6,500 RPM|
|Torque||460 NM @ 3,500-5,000 RPM||680 NM @ 3,500 RPM|
|Transmission||8-speed Quickshift||8-speed Quickshift|
|0-100 kph (sec)||5.1||3.9|
|Top speed mph (km/h)||186 (300)||186 (300)|
RIDE AND HANDLING
Nothing has changed when it comes to ride and handling either because the F-type still uses the same old double wishbone setup at both its front and rear. While for stopping the F-Type uses a 380mm ventilated discs at the front and 376mm ventilated discs at the rear.
The AWD system will surely help in the Convertibles overall handling and will help give more confidence to the riders on any surfaces beside the AWD system it also gets the Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) for even better handling.
Jaguar has not year announced the pricing of the 2016 F-Type yet but we can certainly assure that it is coming to Indian shores soon and will also update you with the pricing as soon as we get the information
The R8 is one equalliy stylish and worthy competitor to the F-Type from the Geramn auto manufacturer Audi. It also comes loaded with the Audi Quattro all wheel drive system and an option of selecting between two powerful mid-mounted engines. The base V8 model puts about 430 horsepower while the V-10 churns about 525 horsepower. Now its a difficult decision to choose between the two.
To wrap things up we can only add that there are no good reasons of actually not choosing the F-Type over any other sportscar because it looks brilliant, has a powerful and variety of engine and variant options, comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox for the ultimate fun loving folks and above all comes with an AWD system which definitely also improved its overall handling.
- * Styling
- * Manual Gearbox
- * AWD system
- * Manual gearbox only available with the rear wheel drive V6 S variant
- * no other cosmetic changes
The 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE will receive substantial upgrades, including the addition of Instinctive All Wheel Drive® (AWD) as standard on R models and an option on S models, an available six-speed manual transmission available on Rear-Wheel Drive V6-powered models, and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)1. The fundamentals remain true to core DNA of Jaguar vehicles: lightweight construction, refined power, perfect proportions and outstanding design.
"Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-TYPE was to maintain that engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports car DNA, and offer even greater dynamic capability. With the manual transmission option for the V6-powered F-TYPE models, we’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. It’s one for the driving purists - and I count myself as one of them." - Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar
The enhancements broaden the F-TYPE range, from a supercharged V6 driving the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, to the 550hp F-TYPE R Coupe and Convertible with the supercharged V8, AWD and eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission. Transmitting the V8’s 502lb-ft of torque to the road though all wheels helps the R models to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a maximum track speed of 186mph2.
While the Jaguar eight-speed automatic transmission offers an excellent 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 a six-speed manual transmission is now exclusively available for the V6 and rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration. The car features a short-throw gear lever with a travel of only 1.77-inches (45mm), closely-spaced ratios, and pedals well placed for heel-and-toe changes.
The F-TYPE becomes the first Jaguar sports car to use Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS). Years of development ensure that the technology is now mature enough to deliver the expected response and feel. This electric system provides power assistance only when needed, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Those seeking the ultimate in top down performance will now find it in the new F-TYPE R Convertible, with standard AWD and 550hp, which replaces the RWD-only 495hp F-TYPE V8 S. A 5.0-liter V8 combines direct injection and a twin-vortex supercharger to provide immediate response to the driver. With the top down on an open road, this engine’s unmistakable soundtrack is exhilarating
Developing 550hp and 502lb-ft of torque, the all-alloy quad-cam engine in the R Coupe and Convertible is matched exclusively to the QuickShift automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive. The extra traction of AWD enables the R Convertible to accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3.9 seconds - matching the R Coupe - up to an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph2.
Enhancements are not limited to the chassis and driveline technology. The instrument cluster features new dials and gauges. The infotainment system has been upgraded, and the F-TYPE now features InControl Remote™, InControl Protect™ and InControl Apps™3 connectivity and telematics functions. When away from the vehicle, InControl Remote makes it possible to check information such as the fuel level or the door lock status using a smartphone. The driver can also use a smartphone to start the engine, enabling the climate control system to bring the cabin to the desired temperature before the journey begins. InControl Protect sends a signal automatically to a call center based on a supplemental restraint system trigger; an emergency call can also be initiated manually by the vehicle occupants.
For 2016 model year the F-TYPE also features an increased level of standard equipment, providing the features customers expect from a premium sports car. Now standard is the top-spec 770W Meridian™ surround sound audio system, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio & HD Radio™, Jaguar Smart Key Keyless entry - making the most of the unique deployable door handles of the F-TYPE - and 14-way fully power-adjustable seats. Coupe models also receive the panoramic glass roof as standard, adding a tremendous amount of light to the cabin. R Coupe models receive a power tailgate as standard. On S models standard equipment now includes Configurable Dynamic Mode1, a flat-bottomed racing-style steering wheel and the driver-selectable Switchable Active Exhaust.
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Coupe and Convertible range will consist of: F-TYPE (340hp, rear wheel drive with automatic or manual), F-TYPE S Coupe (380hp automatic with RWD or AWD, or manual with rear-wheel drive), and F-TYPE R (550hp automatic with AWD).
INSTINCTIVE ALL WHEEL DRIVE® with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics
The AWD system is offered as an option with the 380HP V6 F-TYPE S Coupe and Convertible and is standard on the 550hp R Coupe and Convertible, all equipped with the eight-speed QuickShift automatic transmission.
The underlying development philosophy for AWD was to maintain the inherent agility and precision of the rear-wheel drive character of the F-TYPE while delivering the traction and handling benefits that Instinctive All Wheel Drive offers. From behind the wheel, drivers will quickly notice the extra abilities that AWD adds to performance, handling and road holding1.
Operating on the torque-on-demand principle, the AWD system sends 100 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. This maintains the rear-wheel drive handling characteristics of the F-TYPE 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 center coupling transfers up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the front axle.
The system can vary front/rear torque split to mitigate oversteer and understeer when cornering by providing yaw damping. Upon entering a corner, if the car begins to oversteer, torque can be transferred to the front axle, generating a stabilizing moment. The process is virtually transparent to the driver. As a result, entry speeds can be higher, and the driver can apply more power sooner in preparation for corner exit.
The AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), a control system designed and developed by Jaguar to maximize the benefits of AWD without any compromise to dynamics. IDD is networked to the powertrain, rear differential and center coupling and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system to provide optimum torque distribution.
Algorithms within the IDD controller continuously estimate road surface friction. The controller uses measurements from yaw rate, steering wheel angle, wheel speed, and lateral and longitudinal acceleration sensors. It also takes into account the Driving Dynamics mode selected by the driver. The IDD controller and the EAD controller use this data to determine what the vehicle is doing - known as a "state estimate" - and the design of the IDD system enables a common state estimate to be used in both controllers.
This detailed monitoring of the vehicle’s dynamics enables optimized torque distribution across the rear axle, and from front to rear, by applying both pre-emptive and feed-back control of the active driveline technologies. The result is improved agility and steering response, and the extra level of control this brings increases driver confidence.
Another benefit that AWD and IDD bring, compared to rear-wheel drive, is greater differentiation between Normal, Rain/ice/snow and Dynamic modes1. With Rain/ice/snow mode selected, the IDD control software is designed to deliver a more AWD-like character than Normal mode, while Dynamic mode provides the most rear-drive biased character. Since the system is continually updating its estimate of road surface friction, IDD will select the most suitable calibration.
"What we require of our AWD system in the F-TYPE is optimal traction, but preserving the Jaguar DNA and sports car character - that means rear-drive feel and steering without any corruption. The key to this is Intelligent Driveline Dynamics - IDD."
"IDD allows us to provide ’Instinctive All Wheel Drive’ - only delivering torque to the front wheels when it’s required to enhance traction. That means we get great steering precision and the efficiency of a rear-drive car, but with additional traction via the front wheels precisely delivered to match the driver’s demand, the road surface and the driving situation." -Russ Varney, Vehicle Program Director, Sports Cars, Jaguar
Visually, AWD models are differentiated by ’AWD’ badging on the rear and subtle but distinct changes to the exterior styling. The AWD aluminum clamshell hood is reshaped, giving the F-TYPE greater presence and optimizing packaging around the powertrain. On the hood are new vents: positioned further apart and further forward than those of rear-wheel drive F-TYPE models. AWD models also feature unique body-color side sills, as well as a body colored venturi on R models or valence around the exhaust tips on S models.
Meticulous attention to weight distribution means that the AWD F-TYPE retains excellent balance, with the weight moving forward by only 1.2 percentage points compared to the rear-drive models.
The six-speed manual transmission in the F-TYPE has been designed to for enthusiasts and purists. The combination of the free-revving supercharged V6 and a precise, perfectly-weighted shift delivers motoring nirvana.
The outstanding QuickShift automatic transmission is still a benchmark for shift speed and refinement, but for discerning enthusiasts, the purest driving experience comes from executing perfectly timed shifts using a manual gearbox.
To meet this demand, Jaguar has integrated a highly efficient six-speed ZF® transmission into the lightweight aluminum body structure of the F-TYPE. This manual transmission is matched exclusively to the rear-wheel drive 340hp and 380hp V6 powertrains.
"A manual transmission in a sports car is always the purist driver’s choice - and to meet their expectations the manual F-TYPE had to offer a completely engaging driving experience.
"The short throw of the gear lever, the mechanical quality of the shift, pedal spacing ideally suited to heel-and-toe changes, the tune of the V6 supercharged engine itself - all have been subject to detailed scrutiny to ensure driving a manual F-TYPE is as fun as it is fast." - Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar
The new manual transmission was developed for the F-TYPE with the experts at ZF. This compact unit features a lightweight aluminum alloy casing and an innovative semi-dry sump lubrication system to improve efficiency. Instead of relying on the usual splash lubrication method, the gearbox in the F-TYPE uses a compact mechanical pump driven from the layshaft to spray oil on to the meshing gear teeth, bearings and the synchronizer rings. Providing lubrication to exactly where it is needed with low viscosity oil significantly reduces drag losses. It also means that the gearbox contains just 1.2-liters of fluid, saving weight and improving packaging.
The custom-designed bellhousing contains a dual-mass flywheel for excellent NVH properties and a single-plate dry clutch has been engineered for reduced rotational inertia, therefore reducing shift loads.
Positive, precise and perfectly-weighted changes
Connecting the driver to the gearbox is a shift mechanism which combines the direct, short throw essential to a sports car application. Every tactile detail from the gearbox detent profiles, shift lever mounting bushings, and the shape of the center console armrest have been scrutinized to create an extraordinary manual transmission driving experience.
The rod linkage provides the most direct connection between the gear lever and the selector forks. Every mounting bushing has been carefully tuned to strike the perfect balance between shift feel and isolation from unwanted vibration. Optimization of the detent profiles gives smooth, precise changes without the high peak loads which result in notchiness when going into gear. A throw of just 45mm ensures fast, precise shifts.
Extensive development and testing results in a gear knob set at the ideal height and position for road and track driving. Such is the attention to detail that the center console armrest has been reprofiled for manual transmission models to allow for the optimum movement of wrist, elbow and shoulder during each gear change. To satisfy the most demanding enthusiasts, the brake and throttle pedals are ideally positioned for heel-and-toe shifts.
The perfect match: Supercharged V6
The manual transmission is paired exclusively with the all-aluminum 3.0-liter V6 engine. This supercharged direct-injection unit, in both 340hp and 380hp ratings, is defined by its linear power delivery and willingness to rev and the new gearbox engages the engine’s full performance potential.
Under hard acceleration the engine has been tuned to respond directly to throttle pedal inputs. Coupled with the reduced rotational inertias this enables the enthusiastic driver to execute fast, precise heel-and-toe downshifting. The engine ECU provides a speed matching function on upshifts, making each gear change smoother. An anti-stall hill holding function makes the F-TYPE easier to start off from a standstill
ELECTRIC POWER ASSISTED STEERING
The EPAS system fitted to the latest F-TYPE is the result of R&D work which began in 2008. The years of development and tuning have ensured that this steering system delivers the immediate response and connected feel expected from a Jaguar sports car.
Jaguar sports cars have previously relied on hydraulic power assistance because it has historically delivered the most natural, intuitive performance feel. In recent years, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) technology has matured, and now offers far greater tuning potential, excellent steering feel and better energy efficiency.
Advanced control algorithms ensure that the F-TYPE steering is free from any trace of the synthetic feel which can taint some EPAS systems. The software even compensates for differences in ambient temperature, ensuring absolute consistency in the feedback the driver gets through the wheel.
Hardware improvements were also implemented. Increasing the torsional stiffness of the steering column intermediate shaft helped to deliver the on-center feel needed to achieve our demanding targets.
Compared to hydraulic systems, which constantly use power from the engine, EPAS only uses electrical energy when assistance is needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These improvements make the lightweight aluminum F-TYPE more efficient.
INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
The new Jaguar InControl® suite of connectivity, telematics and infotainment systems offer increased functionality, from smartphone apps and emergency services to remote engine starts
The F-TYPE offers a connected drive in every sense. Just as the chassis and the powertrains are engineered to respond immediately - and exactly as the driver expects - the infotainment systems have been developed to be as intuitive to use as possible. All models feature an 8-inch capacitive Touch-screen with a new user interface. The crisp, clear graphics make them quick and easy to use3.
For the 2016 model year the outstanding Meridian™ 770W surround sound audio system is standard on every F-TYPE model.
The F-TYPE ensures that drivers stay connected too, thanks to InControl Apps™. Connecting Apple and Android smartphones using the dedicated USB port gives seamless access to compatible third party apps stored on the device through the vehicle’s Touch-screen3.
Jaguar InControl Protect™ technologies have been created to improve safety, convenience and peace of mind. Should the car be involved in a collision severe enough to deploy the airbags, the integrated telematics module will automatically call emergency services and notify them of the vehicle’s location. This feature can also be triggered manually by pressing the SOS emergency call button.
In the unlikely event of a breakdown, F-TYPE owners can quickly and easily summon Jaguar Roadside Assistance simply by pressing a button on the overhead console. This will automatically connect them to the Jaguar Roadside Assistance operator, and will also send information on the vehicle’s location and status.
The InControl Remote™ app allows the driver to interact with their F-TYPE in a completely new way. Using their smartphone, drivers can see how much fuel is in the tank, if the windows are closed or if the alarm has gone off. Better still, it enables the driver to remotely lock or unlock the car and reset the alarm - from anywhere in the world. The beep and flash feature can help drivers to find the car again - perfect for busy parking lots or crowded city streets.
InControl Remote also makes it possible to start the engine remotely. (Not available on manual transmission cars.) This feature enables the climate control system to bring the cabin to the desired temperature before the journey begins.
All Jaguar InControl functions are standard on the 2016 model year F-TYPE.