Jaguar will add an all-wheel-drive variant of the 2016 Jaguar F-Type coupe, the first of many future F-Type variants to come in the future. Making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, the all-wheel-drive 2016 Jaguar F-Type has the potential to push the luxury two-seater into new regions and markets.
Jaguar currently offers all-wheel-drive variants of the XF and XJ sedans in the U.S., but only when equipped with the automaker’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine (the forthcoming XE will also offer AWD). The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R coupe will be the first vehicle within the brand to offer a 5.0-liter V-8 delivering all-wheel-drive power, but Jaguar has yet to announce if the technology will come to V-6 powered models. The addition of standard all-wheel drive on the will shave 0.1 seconds off of the rear-drive model’s 4.0-second 0-60-mph sprint. Top speed will remain electronically limited to 186 mph.
While the Jaguar F-Type has sold well since its arrival, the addition of all-wheel drive could make the sexy two-seater an even more appealing proposition to customers in snowy regions. Rivals like the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe all offer all-wheel drive.
It's unclear whether both convertible models will also receive AWD at this time, or whether Jaguar will continue to spread out the introduction of F-Type variants over the next few years.
We can expect a long list of F-Type variants in the coming years in addition to the all-wheel-drive 2016 Jaguar F-Type, including a model with a good for around 300 hp, an F-Type R coupe with a carbon-fiber roof and carbon-ceramic brakes, a limited run of about 50 GT coupe editions with 600 hp, and exclusive Engineered to Order editions. Jaguar already introduced the at Pebble Beach.
Check back during coverage of this year’s L.A. auto show to find out what F-Type models will receive all-wheel-drive and when they will debut.