Jaguar has added an intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) as an option to its all-aluminum sports car, the Jaguar F-TYPE. Along with the optional six-speed manual transmission, the AWD system will further improve the sporty nature of the F-TYPE, which already features lightweight construction, refined power, ideal proportions and excellent design.
With the addition of such options, customers can now choose from 14 derivatives of the F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible models. The derivatives include the 340PS RWD Coupé and Convertible with a supercharged V6 mated to a manual gearbox as well as the 550PS AWD F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible with a supercharged V8 mated to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission.
For the 550PS AWD R versions, a max of 680Nm of torque is delivered from the engine to the wheels, thereby allowing the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 186 mph. Customers would not have to worry about any major changes in the styling of their F-TYPEs should they opt for AWD.
In fact, slight revisions are just needed to integrate the AWD system in their vehicles. Additionally, further enhancements to AWD F-TYPEs give them a more dynamic and sporty presence on the road. One of the changes implemented in AWD F-TYPEs is the aluminum clamshell bonnet that now has a deeper central power bulge.
The distinctive new vents on the vehicle are also positioned further apart and further forward than those of RWD F-TYPEs. AWD V6 F-TYPEs will be treated to distinctive 19-inch Volution alloy wheels in either silver or diamond-turned Technical Grey. The benefits of the AWD can be all felt when the driver is behind the wheel – better handling, performance and road holding in conditions, even on slippery roads.
Jaguar’s AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), a system that tries to make full use of the benefits of AWD without compromising Jaguar dynamics DNA. IDD is linked to the powertrain, rear differential and center coupling and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system for optimum torque distribution. Since the AWD system operates on the torque-on-demand principle, all of the torque coming from the engine is transmitted to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions.
Thus, under normal conditions, the F-TYPE will still exhibit rear-wheel drive handling characteristics while parasitic losses in the drivetrain are minimized. Should the AWD system detect that the rear wheels are nearing the limits of available grip, the electronically controlled center coupling would transfer torque to the front axle to improve traction.
The AWD system is also capable of varying the front: rear torque split to mitigate oversteer during fast cornering through yaw damping. With Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) installed as standard across the F-TYPE range, the model could dish out the needed performance. In fact, the F-TYPE is the first Jaguar sports car to use the EPAS system carmaker’s engineers have spent over five years perfecting.
The system’s electric motor provides power assistance only when needed. It has a positive effect on fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions (by up to 4g/km on the European combined cycle). The Jaguar F-TYPE comes standard with an eight-speed Quickshift transmission, which already provides a great balance of shift speed, comfort and refinement.
However, Jaguar expects a number of enthusiasts to prefer a manual gearbox. Thus, the F-TYPE's engineering team developed a six-speed gearbox especially for the high-revving V6 and rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration.
Likewise, the team developed specially made features for those seeking another definition of a Jaguar sports car experience -- short-travel gear lever with a 45mm throw; closely-spaced ratios; and pedals for heel-and-toe changes.