Jaguar has just made official a number of new options for the Jaguar F-Type with an all-wheel drive system unveiled alongside the option of a manual transmission and dynamic electric steering. The new options increase the F-Type range from six to 14 models and are debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014.
Starting with the all-wheel drive system, it is an option available for the three F-Type Convertibles and three F-Type Coupe variants. The system makes use of Jaguar’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control system which aims to provide all the benefits of all-wheel drive without compromising the key sporting dynamics and DNA of the Jaguar F-Type. The system is networked to the powertrain, rear differential and centre coupling.
Under the normal torque-on-demand principal, the all-wheel drive system of the Jaguar F-Type sends 100 per cent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheel under normal driving conditions. If the system determines that the rear wheels are approaching the limit of available grip the electronically-controlled centre coupling transfers torque to the front axle, improving traction. When it is all said and done, the range-topping Jaguar F-Type R Coupe with its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine and the all-wheel drive option box ticked, will hit 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds.
As for the manual gearbox, Jaguar created it especially for the small group of enthusiasts demanding such a transmission choice. It is the first manual Jaguar sports car since the 1970’s and is available exclusively for the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 powered Jaguars.
While discussing the system, chief engineer of vehicle integrity at Jaguar, Mike Cross said, The short throw of the gear lever, the mechanical quality of the shift, pedal spacing ideally suited to heel-and-toe changes, the tune of the V6 supercharged engine itself – all have been subject to detailed scrutiny to ensure driving a manual F-TYPE is as fun as it is fast.”
The compact manual ‘box features a lightweight aluminium alloy casing as well as semi-dry sump lubrication to maximise efficiency. This system sees a small mechanical pump driven from the layshaft to spray oil on the meshing gear teeth, bearings and synchroniser rings.
Finally, Jaguar has unveiled its Electric Power Assisted Steering which will become standard on all F-Type models. Jaguar claims that the new power steering provides better tuning potential and better energy efficiency than the traditional hydraulic power steering. R&D work for the EPAS system began back in 2008 and the system reportedly provides immediate steering response and a highly connected feel for the driver.
Discussing the system, chief technical specialist at Jaguar, Tim Clark said, “We felt very strongly that the efficiency gains offered by Electric Power Assisted Steering should be matched by levels of feel, feedback and responsiveness that would enhance the F-TYPE driving experience still further.
“We’re satisfied that our EPAS system outperforms anything we’ve previously offered, providing the agility and interaction you’d demand of a Jaguar sports car,” he said.