2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Would You Want All-Wheel Drive?
December 4, 2014
At last week's 2014 L.A. Auto Show, Jaguar took the wraps off the 2016 F-Type lineup. Headlining the changes was the addition of a new all-wheel-drive system. In the case of the F-Type R, all-wheel drive becomes the standard drivetrain, but rear-wheel drive is still an option.
Obviously, any owner in an area with consistently cold weather in the winter would likely stick with the standard all-wheel-drive setup. But what if cold weather traction wasn't an issue? Would it be worth it for a little extra dry weather traction too?
My gut reaction is no. I would rather ditch the extra weight and deal with the lack of traction with my right foot. Plus, I could still lay a little rubber when the urge strikes.
Then again, with 550 horses on tap, having that extra traction might be nice to have. Sure would make powering out of corners a little bit easier.
It'll be interesting to see what sells in the coming year. I bet few buyers will bother opting for the rear-wheel-drive version of the F-Type R.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor