What’s new in the zoo?
There’s now Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) standard across the range, and an F-Type R coupé with all-wheel-drive (AWD).
“Our target with engineering the all-wheel-drive F-Type was to maintain that engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sportscar DNA, yet offer even greater dynamic capability. The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director at Jaguar.
The enhancements come to all seven models in the F-Type range, which now adds the 405kW/680Nm F-Type R coupé with the supercharged V8, AWD and eight-speed Quickshift transmission. Figures now make for even more impressive reading; 100km/h comes up in 4.1 seconds while the top speed is pegged at 300km/h.
To make the AWD system work, subtle changes had to be made. The aluminium bonnet, for instance, gains a deeper central bulge while on either side of the bulge sits side new vents, positioned further apart and further forward than those of rear-wheel-drive F-Types. The AWD models are also differentiated by discreet badging.
What about the AWD?
The AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) and is networked to the powertrain, rear differential, centre coupling and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system to provide optimum torque distribution.
There are several driving modes that include Rain/Ice/Snow mode for bad weather and these modes tell the IDD control software to deliver a more AWD-like character than Normal mode while Dynamic mode providing the most rear-biased character. And because the system is continually updating its estimate of road surface friction, IDD will select the most suitable calibration for any condition.
The AWD F-Type R coupé retains good weight distribution with the balance moving forwards by only 1.2 percentage points compared to the rear-drive model.
New cabriolet variant
There is now a rear-wheel-drive F-Type R convertible with the 405kW/680Nm supercharged 5.0-litre V8. This means that this drop top can go from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds and on to a top end of 300 km/h.
The new cabriolet model also gets new dials and gauges while the infotainment system is upgraded too, with better navigation and SD card-based mapping available.
So what does the range look like now?
The new model year F-Type coupé range will consist of:
|F-Type S coupé||280kW||Quickshift||RWD|
|F-Type R coupé||405kW||Quickshift||RWD or AWD|
The new 2016 model year F-Type convertible range will consist of: