The Jaguar F-Type will now come with the option of all-wheel drive (AWD) throughout the entire range when it debuts at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles motor show in November – confirming rumours when prototypes were spotted a while back.
Jaguar has collaborated with The Bloodhound Project on a technical partnership – aiming to raise the world land speed record above 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h) – with the AWD F-Type being deployed as a test mule to carry out high-speed exercises with radio equipment which will be used during the record run.
When fitted with AWD, Jaguar claims the new F-Type R Coupe is capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h in a smidgen under four seconds and continues to power on to an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. Further enhancements are to be expected but Jaguar is keeping quiet for now on specific details.
A quick reminder on what powers the F-Type – which comes with a V6 and V8 option. A supercharged 3.0 litre V6 in the F-Type Coupe and F-Type S Coupe version pumps out 340 hp/450 Nm of torque and 380 hp/460 Nm, respectively. The Jaguar F-Type R Coupe hides a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 under its bonnet with 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque.
Power figures vary for the top-spec convertible F-Type against the R Coupe, though – with 500 hp and 625 Nm of torque. The sole transmission choice is an eight-speed ZF automatic for every single variant which was formerly tasked to transfer all the power to just the rear wheels.
The next big technical leap for the Jaguar F-Type could be the inclusion of a manual transmission after the company has stated that the F-Type range is set to grow from six to 14 different variants for the year 2015.
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