Dead: The Manual Jaguar F-Type

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We knew it was going to happen but it still doesn’t make it any easier to accept: Jaguar has discontinued the three-pedal option on the 2020 F-Type. It’s a low volume-selling car with an unpopular option. No surprises there.

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When the F-Type debuted, it came exclusively with the eight-speed automatic transmission. But then Jag went ahead and introduced a manual option for the rear-wheel drive V6 F-Type S a couple of years later, which was widely praised as the superior version anyway.

The take rate on these manual F-Types, however, was apparently so low that Jaguar won’t continue them for the 2020 model year, a spokesperson confirmed to us. Only about four percent of F-Types were bought with three pedals, Car and Driver estimates. Indeed, if you go onto Jag’s website and try to spec out a 2020 F-Type right now, there is no more manual option available.

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While there are still a bunch of other fun sports cars you can get with a manual today, it still kind of sucks when one of them gets taken away from us. Especially a very pretty one like the F-Type. The option lives on in the UK, though.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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DISCUSSION

Rich old guys buy these cars. Rich old guys either don’t care to or don’t know how to shift their own gears. The vast majority of these cars are bought as fashion accessories. The manual going away should be surprising to no one. Rich people are used to having people do things for them. You don’t think they are going to shift their own gears do you? If they could buy a pair of pants that zipped themselves up, they would.

You know what cars will probably always have a manual? Corvette, camaro, mustang, 86, miata, STi. That’s because the average to mildly well-off enthusiast can afford them new and will spec them with a manual. This car is not accessible to the average enthusiast as a new car and the manual going away just demonstrates this. Save your energy for ordering that brand new mustang with a manual. Maybe we’ll get to keep that one.