2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Coupe
Jaguar surely did leave quite a stir in the automotive market when they launched the F-Type in the year 2012 which also happens to be successor of the iconic E-Type which is also considered as one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Now for those who love a rear wheel drive sportscar the F-Type was the perfect little thing which they could get their hands on and why not it had the looks the appeal and also a powerful engine under the hood but what it missed was an All Wheel Drive technology.
Now, I know many of you may not like the idea of an AWD system in a sportscar because all of us really want a sportscar which will be fun to drive and which they could really push it around in the corners and slide it out in the bends and let the rear wheel spin until the rear tires surrenders. On the other hand there are some who wants a more serious sportscar which will behave and handle perfectly and provide more traction and grip under any circumstances be it wet or dry or even snow. Let’s take the example of another popular sports car the R8 from the German auto manufacturer Audi which comes with the famous Quattro all wheel drive system or the Porsche Cayman GTS they actually handle better than an non AWD system and in some cases are actually faster than the other car.
Now Jaguar launched the Coupe variant of the F-Type a year after it launched the open top variant and they knew the preference of their customers and recently the iconic British sports car manufacturer has unveiled an AWD version of the F-Type at the 2014, Los Angeles auto show. Beside that Jaguar also has announced their partnership with the British World Land Speed Record Team called Bloodhound SSC too who are actually planning to break the world speed record in the 2015 and then reach the 1000 MPH mark in 2016.
Update: 19/11/14: Jaguar revealed more details of their 2016 F-Type AWD Coupe
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it still retains its overall proportions and that beautifully crafted aerodynamic shape
Jaguar has not made any changes to the exterior of the F-Type AWD at all and it still retains its overall proportions and that beautifully crafted aerodynamic shape.
At the front the AWD variant you will notice the identical pulled back headlamps which are further accented by the LED ‘J blade’ daylight running lamps however take a closer look and you will notice that the muscular front hood has a noticeable but smoothly crafted bulge because of the extra machinery and including the new differential because it’s now supports an all wheel drive system Towards the side profile you can’t miss the sweeping roofline and those massive shiny wheels. Walk towards the rear of the F-Type and you will be greeted by the active spoiler and that striking taillamps, you cannot miss the quad exhausts too which are all identical to what you will find in the rear wheel drive F-Type.
Jaguar has also planned for a carbon fibre roof option for the F-Type AWD coupe which will further help in reducing the excess weight and improve the overall handling and performance.
|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||1,311 MM||1,314 MM|
|Wheelbase||2,622 MM||2,622 MM|
|Track front/ rear||1,597/ 1,649 MM||1,586/ 1,627 MM|
Recently Jaguar has unveiled some of the images and details of their 2016 F-Type interiors and we can certainly inform you that although Jaguar has definitely made some subtle changes to the interior but they are not specific to certain variants but rather as a whole.
The F-Type Coupe cabin was always known to be bit driver focused. There is a touchscreen infotainment display inside which sits in the middle of the dash talking about the dash it has been wrapped with top notch quality leather, while the leather bucket sports seats surely looks comfortable and also will help keep the occupants in their places. As far as the new inputs or changes are concerned the 2016 F-Type range surely gets some updates which comes in the form of a new designs for the instrument clusters including the dials and gauges. The in-car infotainment system too has received its updates and it will now provide you with all the information’s about Road Maps, smartphone applications. The Incontrol application will also provide the customers with the options of 180W audio or 380W Meridian audio respectively.
The new 8 inch touchscreen also brings with it Jaguars new user interface which comes with better resolution easy to use interface and an improved graphics. With the Smartphone Apps the driver can even start the engine even before getting inside the car and adjust the climate controls inside the vehicle.
Jaguar already offers an All Wheel Drive system in some of their other luxury saloons like the XF and the XJ and they are also offering the same in their new XE sedan too. So this really not too hard to guess that the demands of the AWD cars are fast increasing and considering the condition of our Indian roads perhaps this F-Type AWD Coupe will be a more practical sports coupe for our roads from the driver point of view.
Jaguar is offering the AWD system only with the S and R type variants while the base variants still retains its rear wheel drive system. The D-Type S variant is powered by the 3.0 Litre Supercharged V6 unit which produces about 340 Ps of peak power at 6500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque in between 3500-5000 rpm. While the bigger Supercharged 5.0 litre V8 unit does its duty under the hood of the S coupe variant, this unit produces a healthy 542 hp of peak power and a meaty 680 Nm of torque.
The F-Type S variant now with the addition of the AWD system accelerates faster than the rear wheel drive car now and can reach the 0-100km/h mark in 4.9 seconds. The rear wheel drive F-Type R with the same engine configuration reaches the 100 km/h mark from standstill in 4 seconds while after the addition of this new All Wheel Drive system 0-100 km/h mark only takes 3.9 seconds which is actually tenth of a second quicker than the rear wheel drive variant. It could have accelerated bit quicker but with the addition of the AWD system the car definitely has gained a few extra pounds as far as its top speed goes the top speed of the new AWD variant still remains electronically restricted to 297 km/h mark (186 Mph).
The key challenge of Jaguar was to preserve their driving DNA while providing an AWD solution which could take on any whether and road conditions. The Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) system was developed in-house which provides torque on demand to the all wheel drive system, which means that the IDD System only provides power to the front wheels when you actually need it. So the Coupe remains a rear wheel drive vehicle under normal driving condition but when the IDD system realizes that the car is losing traction it automatically sends powers to the front wheels thus stabilizing the car and providing power to all the 4 corners.
|Model||F-TYPE S AWD Coupe||F-TYPE R AWD Coupe|
|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)|
Although Jaguar has not revealed the prices of the upcoming AWD variant of the F-Type yet but expect it to be priced a bit higher than the existing variant because of the added hardware.
The Audi R8 is not only just good looks it also get the Audi Quattro All Wheel drive system which actually utilizes all those power that the V8 or the V10 engine generates and brings all that power to the road. The mid-engine coupe is powered by a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine which generates about 424 hp of peak power and 583 Nm of torque while there is also a more power V10 engine option which generates a healthy 517 hp of peak power and an impressive 718 Nm of torque figures. Beside these two engines there is also a V10 plus configuration which generates even more amount of power and torque. Just like our protagonist here the R8 too is available with the Coupe and convertible body style.
Jaguar wants to make the F-Type a brand and they already played the right chords until now, they already made the Project 7 a reality recently and now comes the F-Type with an AWD system which means it will enter the Audi Quattro territory and challenge its existence.
An AWD car surely kills some of the driving fun for sure, floor the accelerator hard turn the steering wheel to its extreme left or right point and just when you think you are all set set for some real fun the electronics interferes and tells you that “well! You tried your best but I am Still the winner”.
As already mentioned before the AWD F-Type surely is a more practical car for our Indian road considering the conditions of the Indian roads, be it wet or dry surface the soon to be launched F-Type S and R surely will make driving more fun.
- * More Grip
- * Quicker than before
- * Handling
- * No changes in its styling
- * Will Ill the fun quotient of this sportscar for sure
The 2016 Model Year Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible range today makes its global motor show debut in Los Angeles. New powertrain and driveline options - including the addition of all-wheel drive and manual transmission models, plus the introduction of an F-TYPE R Convertible - broaden the F-TYPE range from six to 14 derivatives.
Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover said: "The F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible already represent everything you’d expect from a Jaguar sports car - seductive design, stunning performance and amazing agility. The addition of all-wheel drive and manual transmission options to the range will further enhance the F-TYPE’s dynamic capability and offer even greater driver reward - broadening its appeal to sports car enthusiasts worldwide."
The addition of all-wheel drive (AWD), with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, further extends the F-TYPE’s performance capability; with 550PS/680Nm from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, both the AWD F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible are capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 3.9-seconds, with a top speed of 186mph (limited). The AWD option is also available on F-TYPE S Coupé and Convertible models.
To meet the demands of those enthusiast sports car drivers who want the satisfaction of changing gears manually, Jaguar has engineered a six-speed manual transmission option for the F-TYPE. Exclusively mated to Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine in rear-wheel drive configuration, the manual transmission will be optional on both 340PS and 380PS
- F-TYPE, Jaguar’s definitive full-size sports car, receives new powertrain and driveline options to broaden the range from six to 14 models
- Torque on demand all-wheel drive (AWD) extends the F-TYPE’s performance and dynamic capability on all road surfaces and in all conditions
- In AWD form, the 550PS F-TYPE R Coupé will accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, with a limited top speed of 186mph
- Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control strategy developed in-house to exploit maximum performance potential of AWD traction while retaining rear-wheel drive character
- AWD F-TYPE models gain a unique bonnet design featuring a deeper power bulge and distinctive new vents
- Six-speed manual transmission option for rear-wheel drive supercharged V6 models delivers the purest sports car driving experience
- Jaguar’s 550PS supercharged V8 comes to the F-TYPE R Convertible - available in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations
- Electric Power Assisted Steering enables even greater precision and feel and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 4g/km on the EU combined cycle
- Torque Vectoring by Braking improves agility and - standard on R derivatives - is now available on V6 models
- Sport Design Packs for Coupé and Convertible models enhance exterior styling and enable greater personalisation
- New InControl Touch and InControl Touch Plus infotainment systems feature fast, intuitive operation and support Apple and Android smartphone connectivity - and even remote engine starts
- The new 2016 model year F-TYPE range goes on sale from Spring 2015
The F-TYPE, Jaguar’s all-aluminium sports car, will in 2015 set new standards for dynamics and driver involvement with the addition of intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) and six-speed manual transmission options, and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) standard across the range.
The fundamentals remain true to Jaguar’s core DNA of lightweight construction, refined power, perfect proportions and outstanding design - but now the F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible models deliver an even more rewarding, intuitive drive across a broader range now spanning 14 derivatives.
The latest driveline and chassis technologies heighten the sense of connection between car and driver and enable the F-TYPE to provide an even greater breadth of dynamic capability.
"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, yet offer even greater dynamic capability. The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions.
"With the manual transmission option for the V6 F-TYPEs, 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 to 14 models, from the new 340PS Coupé and Convertible with the supercharged V6 driving the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, to the 550PS F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible with the supercharged V8, AWD and eight-speed Quickshift transmission. Transmitting the V8’s 680Nm to the road though all four wheels helps the R models to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a maximum speed of 186mph.
Integrating AWD required only subtle changes to the F-TYPE’s acclaimed styling - a prerequisite which Jaguar’s design and engineering teams worked side by side to achieve - and the enhancements give AWD F-TYPEs even more presence.
The aluminium clamshell bonnet gains a deeper central power bulge. Either side are distinctive new vents, positioned further apart and further forward than those of rear-wheel drive F-TYPEs. AWD V6 models also feature unique 19-inch Volution alloy wheels in either silver or diamond-turned Technical Grey.
From behind the wheel drivers will quickly notice the extra dimension that AWD adds to performance, handling and road holding in all conditions - and especially on slippery road surfaces.
The AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), a control system designed and developed in-house to exploit the maximum benefits of AWD without any compromise to Jaguar dynamics DNA. IDD is networked to the powertrain, rear differential and centre coupling and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system to provide optimum torque distribution.
Operating on the torque-on-demand principle, the AWD system sends 100 per cent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. This maintains the F-TYPE’s rear-wheel drive handling characteristics 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 centre coupling transfers torque to the front axle, improving traction.
Another benefit of AWD is the ability to vary the front: rear torque split to mitigate oversteer during fast cornering by providing yaw damping. Combined with even higher levels of feedback from the new EPAS system - a technology Jaguar’s chassis engineers have spent more than five years perfecting - the F-TYPE’s performance is now even more accessible and exploitable.
While Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission offers an unequalled 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, the F-TYPE’s engineering team developed a six-speed transmission exclusively for the high-revving V6 and rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration. The short-travel gear lever with a throw of only 45mm, closely-spaced ratios, and pedals perfectly placed for heel-and-toe changes define what for some will be the definitive Jaguar sports car experience.
The F-TYPE becomes the first Jaguar sports car to use EPAS. Years of development ensure that the technology is now mature enough to deliver the benchmark response and feel expected. And because the system’s electric motor provides power assistance only when needed, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced - by up to 4g/km on the European combined cycle.
The Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) function first developed for the F-TYPE R Coupé is now available on all models. Integrated into the DSC system, selectively braking the inside wheels mitigates understeer, helping the driver to take the ideal line through the bend. TVbB also helps to stabilise the car and minimise steering input during manoeuvres such as emergency lane changes.
Those seeking the ultimate in style and performance will now find it in the new F-TYPE R Convertible, available in RWD and AWD form and replacing the RWD-only 495PS F-TYPE V8 S. Jaguar’s renowned 5.0-litre V8 combines direct injection and a twin-vortex supercharger to provide immediate response to the driver’s request for power. With the roof down and an open road, this engine’s unmistakable soundtrack becomes even more exhilarating.
Developing 550PS and 680Nm, the all-alloy quad-cam unit is matched exclusively to the Quickshift transmission and the choice or rear- or all-wheel drive. The extra traction of AWD enables the R Convertible to accelerate from 0-60mph in only 3.9 seconds - matching the AWD R Coupé - before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph.
Enhancements are not limited to the chassis and driveline technology. The instrument cluster features new dials and gauges. The infotainment system is upgraded too: navigation routing is much faster than before and SD card-based mapping is available for the first time.
And the F-TYPE can now be specified with InControl Secure and InControl Remote telematics functions. Should the vehicle be stolen, InControl Secure alerts the driver via a smartphone app and works with law enforcement agencies to locate and recover the vehicle. 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.
For the ultimate in comfort and convenience, the driver can use a smartphone to start the engine, enabling the climate control system to bring the cabin to the desired temperature before the journey even begins.
Customers who wish to make their F-TYPE look even more exclusive have the option of a Sport Design Pack: the bespoke splitter, sills, venturi and, for the Coupé, fixed rear spoiler, subtly enhance the styling without affecting the purity of line which sets the F-TYPE apart in the sports car segment.
Applying composite technologies first developed in motorsport and aerospace, Jaguar has engineered a carbon-fibre roof option for the F-TYPE Coupé. At just 4.25kg, the carbon-fibre panel is even lighter than the aluminium pressing. The high-gloss lacquer finish leaves the distinctive ’twill’ weave of the fibres clearly visible.
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Coupé range will consist of: F-TYPE Coupé (340PS, RWD Quickshift / RWD manual), F-TYPE S Coupé (380PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD, RWD manual), F-TYPE R Coupé (550PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD).
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Convertible range will consist of: F-TYPE (340PS, RWD Quickshift / RWD manual), F-TYPE S (380PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD, RWD manual), F-TYPE R (550PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD).
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.