Jaguar F-Type 4WD spied

7 May, 2014 5:43pm Oliver Kew

All-wheel drive option for F-Type allows it to take on Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Audi R8

These latest spy shots show that Jaguar is cooking up an all-wheel drive versions of the F-type sport car. The pictures show a pair of F-types – one a coupe, the other a roadster, wearing camouflage over the front half. The disguise attempts to hide a pronounced hump in the bonnet, not seen on existing F-types.

The humpbacked bonnet is believed to indicate that Jaguar’s engineers have slightly raised the mounting points for the supercharged V6 and V8 engines, allowing them to squeeze in a front differential and driveshafts underneath the powerplant.

Jaguar has previous experience here: it now offers all-wheel drive variants of the XF and XJ saloons in cold-weather markets like North America and Russia, which aim to compete with the BMW xDrive range, Mercedes 4Matic family, and of course, the familiar quattro range from Audi.

Plus, the new Jaguar XE saloon, which will arrive in showrooms in spring 2015, and Jaguar’s first SUV due in 2016, will be available with all-wheel drive as well as rear-wheel drive in most global markets.

Adding all-wheel drive to the F-Type would give Jaguar a credible all-weather performance contender to worry the likes of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, and quattro-drive Audi R8. Superior acceleration times compared to the rear-drive F-type family would naturally position the 4x4 F-Types as the pricier, more serious models within the growing F-Type family.

Meanwhile, Maserati announced yesterday that its new Alfieri coupe and convertible, which will enter production in 2016 and 2017 respectively, will be offered in both rear-drive and all-wheel drive configurations.

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...and of course the X-type started off as 4WD. Having "enjoyed" various rwd BMWs stuck in half an inch of snow on a slight incline, I fail to see why rwd is so desirable for day-to-day use. On a track or skidpan of course, but if your main aim is to arrive whatever the weather then 4WD is wonderful. I'm "between 4WDs" at present but with a front-drive Golf GTD I'm hoping it will be like my wife's Mini and get through the snow when rwd won't.

The pluses far outway the negatives. It snows in Britain for about 3hrs every four years. Why that would be enough to put you off buying a RWD car, I don't know. And if it does snow, invest in some Winter tyres, fill the tank to the brim and stick a couple of bags of sand in the boot then delight in how a RWD car is actually better than a FWD car in the snow (if you can drive)

It seems 'do it from behind' lives in the south of the country and has little idea of what driving in snow really means. The bag of sand in the boot becomes a bag of hard stuff flying through air to hit the back of your head after it has flattened the rear seat backs and the car has come to a sudden halt in the wall at the bottom of an ice coated hill.
Sorry, but that is my real world not your lovely 3 year, 364 3/4 day world that you live in. 4WD is one of the safety features inherent in any vehicle.

Great idea Jaguar. Just wish they had managed to shave 100kg off the weight of the car before it was brought to market. It's very heavy for an all-alluminium 2-seater. Even the basic coupe is only about 200kg lighter than the 5-seater XJ limousine. Strikes me as a bit of a missed opportunity, given that the F-Type was designed from the ground up, with new body and engines. Great car nonetheless though.
It is amazing how much torque and power carmakers get from power plants these days.Porsche in particular really get som much from relatively modest blocks. Then again they don't seem to employ designers as such.

@Avanice - I have to agree. I drove a Merc E-class years ago. We had an afternoon of heavy snow and at no speed at all I slid sideways, on a virtually level road, into the gutter and had to be pushed out. RWD is utterly hopeless when it gets slippery.

You obviously know a lot about this stuff and I won't argue with you.
Mind you, FWD tends to be more effective in general. And 4WD must be better in adverse conditions in general or I imagine nobody would bother with it.
Certainly how one drives is very important. I'm no expert driver but there was nothing I could do with that Merc. It just sidled off into the gutter at 2mph. It was 12-14 years ago so I don't think it had too low profile tyres. Hopeless.