It appears an earlier report about Jaguar eventually bringing a manual transmission to the upcoming F-type sports from an unnamed source within Jaguar may prove true. Now, Jaguar's global brand director said the company will most likely bring a manual to its smaller cars as it understands the "cost and fun" benefits of three-pedal transmissions.
Jaguar's Adrian Hallmark, in speaking with AutoCar, revealed Jaguar plans on bringing out manuals but not for at least 12 months. The best suited donor for the row-it-yourself gearbox, which will have a minimum of six forward gears, is the F-type, but the XF sedan may also be suitable. Larger offerings such as the XJ likely won't get it, as Hallmark said he "can't imagine" it, adding the "XF is the biggest format we could move to for a manual."
"Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility," said Hallmark.
In other Jaguar transmission news, Hallmark confirmed Jaguar and Land Rover will use ZF's 9HP nine-speed automatic. The transmission will be used in U.S. and Asian markets. It can withstand up to 353lb-ft of torque, making it suitable for turbo inline fours and six-cylinder engines, as well as some V8s.