Jaguar preparing a manual transmission for the F-Type

Article by Christian A., on November 9, 2012

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.

Jaguars have always been the definition of sinewy, powerful elegance, and the F-Type maintains - and improves - this institution with new, confident design themes. With two strong strokes, the two heartlines express both the shape and top view of the F-Type. The main heartline begins in the blade separating the shark-ish gills on the grille’s sides.

This heartline flows up and creates the fender line’s crisp top crease, providing lines of sight to help drivers maneuver around corners. It carries the eye across the front fender’s top, emphasised by the headlight design, and to the door and the to the rear before it elegantly disappears.

This continuous line is matched by the feature line running back from the vent on the side. Along with light-catcher surface details over the sill, the line creates a feeling of speed. The light-catcher detailing also lets the door’s surface to surround the car’s side, making it look like a fuselage.

The second heartline pulses out to create the sinewy rear haunch before swooping intensely around the rear. The tail’s crisp, smooth lines are possible partly from the included active rear spoiler that comes up at speed to lessen aerodynamic lift. The spoiler comes up when the vehicle hits 60 mph and then goes down when the speed goes below 40 mph. Other unobtrusive aerodynamic assists are a splitter in the front and a sculptured valance in the rear.

Every facet and dimension of a sports car gives Jaguar the ability to form visual excitement, viscerally and physically. Jaguar believes that sports cars should be designed to suit its purpose, surrounding the occupants and components in the most exhilarating, gorgeous, and voluptuous packaging possible without unnecessary pieces or decoration. Every design should communicate a story, which is where each line of the F-Type starts, proceeds, and concludes. If each line is as aesthetically pleasing as possible and the dimensions are just right, that vehicle will withstand the test of time.

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