Since Jaguar released the F-Type, the two-seater’s fangs have been out for Porsche 911 blood. At the LA show, Jag showed off its latest F-Types to tot up the total number of variants to a Porsche-worthy 15.
However, this dilution of the model brings GOOD NEWS! Something called a manual gearbox.
Apparently this is a method of changing gears in which you disengage the clutch using your left foot, while simultaneously selecting the gear yourself (there are six to choose from), and then engaging the clutch to get on your merry way. Having one adds mechanical interaction and makes you a proper petrolhead, apparently. We can’t wait to try it.
In other F-Type news, Jaguar is continuing its partnership with Bloodhound by donating a 542bhp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the F-Type R. Why? Because it’s going to act as a whopping fuel pump for the 12-foot long, 18-inch wide, 450kg firework that’ll hopefully send Wing Commander Andy Green and his intrepid gang to 1,000mph on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in the near future.