The six-speed guide F-Kind was a shock transfer for Jaguar in 2015; It appears shocking that one thing like this has occurred after a couple of years. The F-Kind had an excellent eight-speed auto as commonplace, a gearbox that labored effectively with each V6 and V8 engines; Jaguar itself was not recognized for guide gearboxes, they by no means supplied one within the previous XK, and self-shifting transmissions weren’t usually standard in sports activities automobiles. For that see the recognition of Porsche PDK.
Nonetheless, Jaguar launched a gear lever and clutch pedal for the F-Kind, obtainable for the 340hp V6 and 380hp V6 S fashions. On the time just one in 10 gross sales have been anticipated for the guide; In the long run it appears that evidently fewer have been offered than that, as they not often come up on the market second hand. In hindsight, that is maybe not shocking, as these solely within the F-Kind can be happier with the auto, and guide sports activities automobile fans will discover a extra spirited expertise with one thing like a Porsche or Lotus.
Moreover, a six-speed was by no means supplied on the four-cylinder mannequin – and this was an issue because the extra reasonably priced model was chargeable for most gross sales quickly after launch. This meant that Jaguar had a really shallow pool of shoppers to fish from.
There are some, although, and whereas the long run is not precisely vibrant for a brand new combustion engine sports activities automobile with a guide gearbox, the latest previous seems to be engaging. Positive, nobody would name the F-Kind one of the best guide on the planet, but it surely ensured one other stage of interplay in what was already an satisfying rear-drive world. That tuneful supercharged V6 means even good downshifts are good. Possibly a guide F-Kind wasn’t value making, but it surely was good to have the choice.
Now, like many latest automobiles that did not promote brilliantly when new, sheer rarity has added to the attract. That and the truth that any F-Kind can be a great-looking Jaguar that is very nice to drive. This V6 S (essentially the most highly effective guide supplied) performs properly with the coupe’s energy, with daring pink paint and large wheels taking advantage of that imposing form. It has solely 26,000 miles, together with a Jaguar seller service and MOT 46 miles in the past. Inside parts – a minimum of the knob would not come off middle! – Date it in opposition to the brand new F-Kind, but it surely’s nonetheless certain to show heads inside and outside.
It is priced at £38,995, which may appear loads when there are low-mileage V8 F-types for a similar cash. And a V6 S mannequin corresponding to the auto at a cheaper price. As new, the guide F-Kind will take these dedicated to it. However as a mix of old-school participation and trendy know-how, it is simpler than ever to see the attraction.
Particulars | JAGUAR F-TYPE V6 S
Engine: 2,995, supercharged V6
An infection: 6-speed guide, rear-wheel drive
Energy (HP): 380@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 332@3,500-5,500rpm
CO2: 234 g/km
Recorded Mileage: 24,160
12 months of Registration: 2015
New Worth: £60,250 (V6 S Coupe)
On your: £38,995