When Jaguar launched a manual version of the F-Type a few years ago, it came as something of a surprise. For sports cars, automatic transmissions tend to reign supreme in terms of sales, so it was commendable for a comparatively small company like Jaguar to put a stick in its flagship coupe and convertible.
Unfortunately, though, the manual Fs have not been able to buck the sales trend. The word from the US automotive media is the car is no more in the country, following low sales. Having snagged a mere four per cent of overall F-Type sales since launch (according to Car and Driver), the six-speed F-Type appears to be absent from the 2020 model year range.
Jaguar UK wasn’t able to confirm the death of the F-Type manual in the USA when contacted by Car Throttle, referring to the apparent demise as “speculation - which we do not comment on”. But we have been told that the car is still for sale in the UK, and sure enough, it can be selected on the UK configurator. On the US version, only automatics are present at the time of writing.
UK take-up on the six-speed F-Type has been similarly low at “less than five per cent,” Jaguar also told us. A British sports car with a six-cylinder engine and a manual ‘box may be regarded by us petrolheads as a match made in heaven, but it seems few of the people actually walking into showrooms agree.