The six-speed handbook F-Type used to be a shocking transfer for Jaguar again in 2015; a couple of years down the road it sort of feels staggering that any such factor ever took place. The F-Type had an excellent eight-speed auto as usual, a gearbox that labored smartly with each V6 and V8 engines; Jaguar itself wasn’t precisely identified for handbook gearboxes, having by no means presented one within the previous XK, and self-shifting transmissions weren’t massively common in sports activities vehicles typically. See the recognition of Porsche PDKs for that.
Nevertheless, Jaguar offered a equipment lever and seize pedal for the F-Type, to be had for the 340hp V6 and 380hp V6 S fashions. At the time only one in 10 gross sales have been anticipated so be for the handbook; after all it sort of feels that even fewer than that have been offered, as they very seldom arise on the market secondhand. With hindsight it’s most certainly no tremendous wonder, as the ones simply intrigued by means of the F-Type could be very happy with the automobile, and the ones lifeless set on a handbook sports activities automobile would get a extra invigorating revel in with one thing like a Porsche or Lotus.
Moreover, the six-speed used to be by no means presented at the four-cylinder type – and that used to be an issue since the extra reasonably priced model accounted for almost all of gross sales quickly after release. Which intended that it ended up being an overly shallow pool of shoppers for Jaguar to fish in.
A couple of are available in the market, even though, and with the long run now not precisely rosy for brand spanking new combustion engined sports activities vehicles with handbook gearboxes the new previous appears to be like interesting. Sure, no one would name the F-Type’s the most efficient handbook on the earth, but it surely ensured some other stage of interplay for what used to be already an relaxing rear-drive Jag. That tuneful supercharged V6 intended just right downshifts have been smartly value perfecting, too. Maybe the handbook wasn’t the making of the F-Type, but it surely used to be great to give you the chance.
Now, like such a lot of contemporary vehicles that didn’t promote brilliantly when new, sheer rarity provides to the attraction secondhand. That and the truth any F-Type goes to be a great-looking Jaguar that’s truly great to power. This V6 S (so probably the most tough handbook presented) performs to the strengths of the coupe properly, with daring crimson paint and large wheels taking advantage of that voluptuous form. It’s coated simply 26,000 miles, with a carrier and MOT at a Jaguar broker 46 miles in the past. Elements of the internal – now not least the knob sprouting out from the centre! – date this one towards a brand new F-Type, however it’s going to undoubtedly nonetheless be turning heads inside and outside.
It’s priced at £38,995, which would possibly glance so much when there are V8 F-Types with fewer miles available in the market for identical cash. And similar V6 S fashions with the automobile for much less. As when new, then, it’s going to take dedicated folks to plump for a handbook F-Type. But as a mix of old-fashioned involvement and trendy era, it’s more uncomplicated than ever to peer the attraction.
SPECIFICATION | JAGUAR F-TYPE V6 S
Engine: 2,995, supercharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed handbook, rear-wheel power
Power (hp): 380@6,500rpm
Torque (lb toes): 332@3,500-5,500rpm
Recorded mileage: 24,160
Year registered: 2015
Price new: £60,250 (V6 S Coupe)
Yours for: £38,995