Although sports car manufacturers such as Lamborghini are planning to ditch the manual gearboxes it appears that Jaguar wants to go back to its roots as the British manufacturer now owned by Tata Motors is planning to reintroduce manual gearboxes.
Still, Autocar says that we will see them within a year. Adrian Hallmark a.k.a. Jaguar’s global brand director admits that the manual gearboxes have “cost and fun” benefits.
The first car expected to get the manual gearbox is the Jaguar F-Type but the manufacturer is expected to offer it on saloons such as the XF. “Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility,” said Hallmark.
Still, don’t expect to see a manual transmission on the XJ flagship sedan because you don’t have chance, as the British company will not offer it.
What’s more interesting is that Jaguar is “Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility,” said Hallmark. Moreover, Hallmark also confirmed that Jaguar and Land Rover will use the new nine-speed transmission from ZF.