When the Jaguar F-Type Convertible burst onto the scene as a 2014 model. it proved to scores of performance enthusiasts that the British brand had once again found its sports car mojo after years of wandering in the GT woods. Further confirmation of the spring in Jaguar's step arrived the following year with the fixed-roof version of the same vehicle, a model whose striking design gave it an exotic look many multiples of its window sticker.
There was one thing missing from the F-Type mix, however, that it took until the 2016 edition to address: a manual transmission. Once the default badge of honor of any self-respecting sports car, the shift-it-yourself gearbox has become more affectation than necessity, but still speaks to droves of enthusiasts seeking a more direct connection with their high performance experience. Jaguar has also decided to take its conquest of America's northern territories one step further with the inclusion of all-wheel drive on both the Convertible and coupe's equipment list. These, plus a handful of smaller, but still important changes to the F-Type, serve to create an even more compelling reason to switch high performance allegiance to the snarling kitty.