Jaguar has announced it is to make its F-Type sports car available with a manual gearbox and four-wheel drive for the first time.
Increasing the popular model's driver appeal, the new gearbox, dubbed 'Quickshift', is the first manual item to appear on a Jaguar sports car since the E-Type of the 1960s.
Developed by renowned gearbox manufacturer ZF, the new manual option is said to have a 'short travel' gear lever and closely-spaced gear ratios for a suitably sporting driving experience.
The car's centre console has been re-profiled to allow room for the driver's elbow in models equipped with the manual 'box.
The gearbox will be available solely in conjunction with the supercharged V6 engine options – in both 335bhp and 375bhp guises. Range-topping V8 R models will continue with the standard eight-speed automatic item.
The addition of four-wheel drive is also a first for a Jaguar sports car. The British marque does offer the system on its saloon models in other markets such as the US, where dramatic seasonal changes in weather can affect sales of conventional rear-wheel-drive performance cars.
Other revisions to the F-Type for the 2016 range include a switch to electric power steering – another first for Jaguar, which has reduced the car's average C02 emissions by 4g/km.
A torque vectoring system is also included as standard, which improves agility by intelligently managing drive to wheels depending on available grip.
Prices for the F-Type start at £51,250. Four-wheel-drive models begin at £66,900.