The six-speed handbook F-Kind was a shock transfer for Jaguar in 2015; It appears stunning that one thing like this has occurred after a couple of years. The F-Kind had an excellent eight-speed auto as normal, a gearbox that labored nicely with each V6 and V8 engines; Jaguar itself was not recognized for handbook gearboxes, they by no means supplied one within the outdated XK, and self-shifting transmissions weren’t typically well-liked in sports activities vehicles. For that see the recognition of Porsche PDK.
Nonetheless, Jaguar launched a gear lever and clutch pedal for the F-Kind, out there for the 340hp V6 and 380hp V6 S fashions. On the time just one in 10 gross sales had been anticipated for the handbook; Ultimately it appears that evidently fewer had been bought than that, as they not often come up on the market second hand. In hindsight, that is maybe not stunning, as these solely within the F-Kind shall be happier with the auto, and handbook 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 accountable 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 longer term is not precisely brilliant for a brand new combustion engine sports activities automobile with a handbook gearbox, the current previous seems to be engaging. Positive, nobody would name the F-Kind the most effective handbook on the earth, however it ensured one other stage of interplay in what was already an gratifying rear-drive world. That tuneful supercharged V6 means even good downshifts are excellent. Perhaps a handbook F-Kind wasn’t value making, however it was good to have the choice.
Now, like many current vehicles 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 handbook supplied) performs properly with the coupe’s energy, with daring purple paint and large wheels benefiting from that imposing form. It has solely 26,000 miles, together with a Jaguar supplier service and MOT 46 miles in the past. Inside elements – at the least the knob does not come off heart! – Date it in opposition to the brand new F-Kind, however it’s nonetheless positive to show heads inside and outside.
It is priced at £38,995, which might 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 lower cost. As new, the handbook F-Kind will take these dedicated to it. However as a mix of old-school participation and trendy expertise, it is simpler than ever to see the attraction.
Particulars | JAGUAR F-TYPE V6 S
Engine: 2,995, supercharged V6
An infection: 6-speed handbook, 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)
To your: £38,995