Although Jaguar said that it will not add an all-wheel drive version of the F-Type, it appears that the British manufacturer changed its mind and we will see an AWD version of its stylish convertible at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The decision to build an F-Type AWD was to better compete with its main rival, the Porsche 911 and to boost sales of the F-Type in North America and Alpine countries.
The new AWD version promises to double market coverage of the F-Type. When it comes to design, the new F-Type AWD is expected to show a higher bonnet due to the fact that the company needed to accommodate the extra driveshafts and differentials.
Jaguar is expected to offer the same 3.0-liter V6 engines or the more powerful V8. For those who don’t know, the 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 340 hp is capable to push the F-Type from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, while top speed is 161 mph or 260 km/h.
Meanwhile, the F-Type S carries the same 3.0-liter V6 engine, delivering 380 hp, which pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited at 171 mph or 275 km/h.
The F-Type V8 S uses the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine develops 495 hp, which means an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, with a top speed limited at 300 km/h or 186 mph. We expect the AWD F-Type models to be as fast if not faster than the current offerings.
Pioneering an innovative use of aluminum body structures, Jaguar has the new F-Type underpinned by its most advanced rigid and lightweight aluminum architecture so far. Building on more than a decade of experience in aluminum construction, Jaguar engineers were able to give the new F-Type an extremely rigid body and a low mass.
To achieve these goals, Jaguar employed AC300, a 6000-series aluminum structural alloy, for parts of the new Jaguar F-Type. The carmaker opted to give the F-Type a riveted and bonded structure, a manufacturing process that allows for 80-percent less carbon dioxide emissions than welding a comparable steel structure.
Moreover, Jaguar employed an AC600 aluminum alloy on the panels, allowing the carmaker to craft the desired design language. This is because the AC600 alloy allows for a great degree of formability while offering robustness and quality – as evident on the clarity and tightness of radii as well as feature lines. In fact, the 8-mm radius tightness allowed engineers to reproduce the car's "heartlines" exactly as the designers had in mind.
Thanks to an aluminum construction as well as all-aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspensions allowed the new Jaguar F-Type to deliver the perfect balance needed to further improve its agility. Moreover, the new structural alloys employed by Jaguar make the new F-Type more rigid.
Jaguar employed detailed Computer Aided Engineering programs to increase lateral stiffness of up to 30 percent in key areas, like the front suspension mounting points. Thanks to this rigidity, Jaguar was able to give the new F-Type is a finely tuned suspension system that allows for a remarkable driver connectivity and reliable response.