L.A. Auto Show: 2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD image

The British luxury sports car manufacturer has moved to introduce during the official press days of the Los Angeles Auto Show the latest upgrades bestowed upon the F-Type lineup.

Following the official announcement that the carmaker was supplementing the F-Type’s prowess with the addition of an all-wheel drive system, the feature is now included with the 2016 model year. Naturally, as it improves grip, the traction enhanced AWD F-Type is even faster than before: the F-Type R Coupe can jump from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the rear-wheel drive variant. Of course, the AWD system is also making the F-Type a bit safer and easier to handle – especially when driving on loose surfaces – but the top speed has remained the same, reaching an electronically limited 186 mph (300 km/h). The new “Instinctive All Wheel Drive” system is offered as a standard feature for the 2016 model year “R” variants and as optional equipment for “S” models.

The updates to the range don’t just end with the all-wheel drive system, as the marquee – now owned by India’s Tata Motors – has also elected to showcase a purist offering: a six-speed manual transmission that comes courtesy of ZF. With enthusiasts in mind, the availability of the new gearbox is limited to the rear-wheel drive 340 HP and 380 HP V6 models. At the other end of the spectrum, the company is also offering a new 550 HP “R” Convertible – so eager summer dwellers can see it during the LA Auto Show.