Jaguar’s F-Type is already available in a number of variants but the expansion of the sports car range is far from complete. The strategy mimics that used by Porsche for its 911, which caters to a wide variety of buyers, and it’s one Mercedes-AMG plans to implement for its new GT sports car.
So what other F-Type variants can we expect from Jaguar in the near future? We know the F-Type will eventually get the SVR treatment as well as an entry-level four-cylinder model and new F-Type R convertible. But before these arrive, the stunning sports car is set to arrive in all-wheel-drive flavor.
Yes, Jaguar has confirmed that an all-wheel-drive F-Type will be introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show this month. The car, revealed today, looks identical to the regular rear-drive model but sports a small “AWD” badge on its trunklid.
Adding all-wheel drive to the F-Type is a natural move for Jaguar as it provides the British automaker with a direct rival for the all-paw 911. All-wheel drive is also a popular option with buyers located in the northern states of the U.S., so the move should help boost sales.
Full details are yet to be released but the addition of all-wheel drive to the F-Type R Coupe is said to reduce the car’s 0-60 mph time from 4.1 seconds to just 3.9 seconds. The car’s 186 mph top speed remains unchanged. Jaguar’s V-6-equipped F-Types should also be available with all-wheel drive; we’ll see the others in L.A. where Jaguar plans to reveal 14 separate F-Type variants.
Andy Green with the all-wheel-drive Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and the Bloodhound SSC
In a separate announcement, Jaguar revealed that it’s formed a partnership with current land speed record holder Andy Green and his team at Bloodhound, which is working on the Supersonic Car (SSC) that will be used in a new land speed record attempt next year. The current record stands at 763.035 mph and was set by Green in 1997. The British air force pilot not only wants to beat this speed but also to be the first to hit 1,000 mph on land.
Like sister company Land Rover, which has partnered with another pioneering British project, Virgin Galactic, Jaguar is hoping its partnership with Bloodhound will help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, which is the overall objective of Bloodhound too. As part of the partnership, the new all-wheel-drive F-Type R Coupe was used by Bloodhound during testing of communications systems for its SSC.
Press days for the 2014 L.A. Auto Show commence November 18. To see what else will be at the show, head to our dedicated hub.