We already know that the 2013 Jaguar F-Type will be ditching the rotary shifter used in current Jaguar models, but Autocar is reporting that the F-Type will also be setting another trend in the British automaker's lineup by introducing a new manual transmission. In addition to the F-Type, this gearbox could also make its way into the XF.
Autocar spoke with Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar global brand director, who stated that a true sports car needs a manual gearbox, and it sounds like a three-pedal transmission with "a minimum of six speeds" will make it into the Jaguar lineup soon.
"Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility," Hallmark said.
The report does suggest that a it will be at least a year before the F-Type debuts with a manual, but it will be the first car since the X-Type sedan to offer more than just an automatic transmission. On the automatic front, Hallmark said that future Jaguar and Land Rover models will use the latest nine-speed automatic ZF transmission.