2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Overview
- Manual transmission and all-wheel drive newly available for 2016
- Offered as a coupe or convertible
- Several supercharged engine options
The 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE gets a pair of exciting additions for the new model year: an available six-speed manual transmission and standard all-wheel drive on R models.
Last year the F-TYPE added a new coupe body style, meaning it’s available with both hard and soft tops. We remain very hard pressed to pick between the two, given our love of convertibles. But just look at the coupe; it is mean and sinister, with clean lines and an aggressive profile that drips with speed. The coupe’s hardtop also gives it more rigidity which means better handling performance, taking a car that was already no slouch in that department to the next level. A powered rear spoiler deploys at speeds of 70 mph and higher to reduce lift and keep the car pressed down over the rear wheels. On convertible models, the power soft top raises or lowers in 12 seconds and at speeds of up to 30 mph. We’d suggest driving with it lowered as much as possible to hear the F-TYPE’s exhaust note which is astoundingly good.
Trim levels have been changed up for 2016 as well. Both the coupe and convertible now offer the same four trim levels: F-TYPE (base), F-TYPE S, F-TYPE S AWD, and F-TYPE R. F-TYPE models feature a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 332 pounds-feet of torque, while the F-TYPE S and F-TYPE S AWD feature a version of the same engine that has been tuned up to produce 380-hp and 339 pounds-feet of torque. At the top of the heap is the F-TYPE R and its 550-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 502 pounds-feet of torque. The new six-speed manual option is available on rear-wheel drive models, but they all come standard with an eight-speed “quick shift” automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the F-TYPE and F-TYPE S, with all-wheel drive optional on the S and standard on the F-TYPE R.
Inside, Jaguar says the F-TYPE has seating for “1+1” which is just a really fancy of saying two, but they want to highlight the driver centric nature of the cockpit. The center console is canted towards the driver and a high center storage area/armrest divides the two seats rather markedly. Instead of opting for tech heavy touch controls on the dash, Jaguar has kept the physical controls and added digital displays inside of them which really gives the F-TYPE the best of both worlds: advanced technology with old-school practicality. It’s an approach we’d like to see emulated elsewhere. Sport seats in suede/leather, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, navigation system, and powered seats.