It’s been a while since Jaguar offered a stick shift in any of their cars here in the United States—the last manual Jag we can recall here is the XJ220, though our brains also keep distracting themselves with the mental image of Austin Powers nutting himself on his E-Type’s gearshift. But the drought will soon be over: Jaguar brand director Adrian Hallmark said the car maker will be bringing back the manual gearbox in the near future.
As we’d heard before, any new stick shift is pretty much guaranteed to show up in the new F-Type, but there’s also a chance it could make its way into some of Jaguar’s other vehicles. “The XF is the biggest format we could move to for a manual,” Hallmark said, pretty much dashing our hopes for a row-your-own 510 horsepower XJR. The new manual gearbox will have at least six forward speeds, according to Hallmark, and will be made primarily for cars with sporting pretensions. “Sports cars need a manual transmission for sports credibility,” he said. Well, if we can’t get that manual XJR, maybe we can at least get a 488 horsepower F-Type with a six-speed stick. [via Autocar]