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Jaguar F-Type No Longer Offered With Manual Transmission

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But a new special edition is now available to soften the blow.

For a relatively niche model, the Jaguar F-Type is available in a surprisingly wide array of configurations. But it's getting a little narrower this year.

For the 2020 model year, American customers will still be able to order the F-Type in coupe or convertible, rear drive or all-wheel drive, and with forced-induction engines ranging from four to eight cylinders. But gone from the lineup – as it is from so many others – is the manual transmission option. And that's a bit of a shame. But in its place, Jaguar is offering a new special edition.

Previously announced for European markets and similarly introduced for the XF sedan and wagon, the Checkered Flag edition pays homage to the XK 120 – one of Jaguar's original sports cars, launched in 1948.

The limited-edition treatment encompasses the Exterior Black Design Pack and features its own unique set of gloss-black, diamond-turned 20-inch alloys housing red brake calipers. The interior's done up in contrast-stitched Ebony Windsor leather with Performance seats, dark-brushed aluminum console, and steering-wheel center mark at 12 o'clock. Special badges feature inside and out, and customers will be able to choose between coupe and convertible bodystyles with two engine options.

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The Checkered Flag Limited Edition can be had with either a 2.0-liter turbo four driving 296 horsepower to the rear wheels, or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 sending 380 hp to all four. Other models will still be available as well with the same super-six detuned to 340 hp or the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with either 550 hp (in R spec) or 575 hp (in the top-of-the-line SVR). What you won't be able to get anymore is the six-speed manual, which was until now offered only with the V6 in rear-drive form. Pricing ranges from $61,600 to $12,6700, with the Checkered Flag edition ranging from $71,900 to $96,900.

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