Jaguar to bring back manual transmissions - report

2013 Jaguar F-Type
2013 Jaguar F-Type

Could debut in the F-Type

Manual transmissions are becoming increasingly rare, but Jaguar has reportedly decided to bring them back to their lineup.

Jaguar's global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, told Autocar he recognizes the benefits of manual transmissions and sports cars need them for "credibility." This likely implies a six-speed manual will eventually find its way to the F-Type. Hallmark did not say when the gearbox could be introduced, but the magazine says it's at least a year off.

Despite his newfound love of the stick shift, Hallmark said he couldn't imagine a manual in the XJ. This isn't surprising because most of its key competitors don't offer one anyways. However, he hinted that "the XF is the biggest format we could move to for a manual.”

In related news, Hallmark confirmed Jaguar and Land Rover will adopt ZF's new nine-speed automatic transmission in the coming years.

Source: Autocar

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Charliescars Charliescars
there should always be a choice to either have a true manual transmission with three pedals or paddel shifters depending on what you want. Ferrari and Lamborghini should offer manual transmissions besides the way they look the other reason people invest in those high end cars is to enjoy the way they drive and to have fun. and in my opinion if iam going to spend 100,000+ on a car they should at least have manual as an option. but kudos to jaguar they definently got my respect by keeping the trend alive.
Nov 15th, 2012 9:22pm
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Ivo_205 Ivo_205
I personally don not feel a manual transmission provides more driving pleasure on public roads, I actually prefer driving with both my hands on the wheel not having to worry about shifting.
Nov 13th, 2012 11:04am
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I thought the f-type was offerd with an optional manual from day 1.
Nov 12th, 2012 11:03pm
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AbsMunim AbsMunim
well done jag... the next thing is to offer paddle shifter as an option...
Nov 12th, 2012 4:52am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Manual started the whole saga of pure driving experience or fun factor as some call it, sure double clutches and 29 billion speed automatic might prove to be more effcient but wheres the fun in that? Cars like ferrari and lambo compleatly killed off the manual which is a great shame and i think aston isnt far behind, Glad that jaguar has comon sense and bringing back the fun back from the dead.
Nov 12th, 2012 12:51am
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2nice 2nice
Forget lap times, forget comparisons, this should be a true pleasure - good old DRIVING..
Nov 11th, 2012 5:40pm
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AlinCare AlinCare
no!! we are in 21st century, we need paddle.
Nov 11th, 2012 3:10am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
The only straight laptimes comparison i've seen between the same car in the same track one Manual, the other double cluthch (see fifth gear cayman comparison), the manual one was faster than the PDK... with Jason Plato at the wheel, a former BTCC champion. DCT are faster in straight line no doubt, but the manual gearbox are 30-40kg lighter, and let you control the behaviour of the car better, you-re more in control over the handling, I think they are faster in the twisty bits
Nov 10th, 2012 10:55pm
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
But note this was done with a HIGHLY-expert driver with skills only be best professional racer drivers know. Tests with Porsche's own factory test drivers note that Porsche 911 Turbo with PDK actually lapped Nurburgring _faster_ than a standard manual transmission version of the same car.
Nov 11th, 2012 12:24am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
You're comparing a independent review with a biased one... Porsche want's to seel PDK, that's why the new GT3's rumours say it will only be PDK only... And by the way, porsche test driver is Walter Röhrl, a even more known racing driver than Jason Plato. And I think that there are pretty awesome non racing drivers that can master a manual... it's all about perfecting fast shifts and do good heel and toes, the rest rest's on the steering wheel wich is the same for both models
Nov 11th, 2012 1:15am
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This could open up a new market for Jagggggggg, great idea guys
Nov 10th, 2012 7:20pm
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
I think given Jaguar's clientele, the manual transmission on even the new F-Type may only cater to a relatively small, niche market. After all, the Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK convertibles aren't generally sold with manuals for their higher-end versions even in Germany.
Nov 10th, 2012 5:27pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
The right decision was made. Now they should reconsider price and drop about 100kg on every variant.
Nov 10th, 2012 1:51pm
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sensei sensei
Manuals are for drivers. Sure, the flappy paddles may be faster, but they are not better. If one doesn;t understand the appeal of a manual, then you never will.
Nov 10th, 2012 1:50pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
real drivers use 3 pedals
Nov 10th, 2012 11:20am
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nederinaa nederinaa
Try telling that to Ferrari
Nov 10th, 2012 8:33am
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sensei sensei
Ferraris are for poseurs.
Nov 10th, 2012 1:50pm
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efgh efgh
that is good news. why not have a choice?
Nov 10th, 2012 4:37am
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efgh efgh
the one who thumbed me down must be a dictator somewhere. what's wrong with having choices? whatever..
Nov 10th, 2012 1:00pm
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ucplayer ucplayer
Nov 10th, 2012 4:05am
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ZHPRegistryNet ZHPRegistryNet
I hope this is a trend.
Nov 10th, 2012 3:28am
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NYyanks NYyanks
YES! Please let this be a message to the rest of all those flappy paddle shifting/Automatic Transmission alternatives, the Manual Transmission shall overcome!
Nov 10th, 2012 12:58am
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
best news i've heard in a while. go jaguar! props to the manufacturers who are investing in continuously developing manuals. shame on the manufacturers who are doing away with manuals.
Nov 9th, 2012 11:52pm
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