A Four-Cylinder Jaguar F-Type? Surely Not | MHH International
Now, in a twist to capture the more ecologically minded we have to assume, Jaguar is broadening the appeal of the new F-Type with the introduction of a state-of-the-art four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine. The award winning F-Type family now spans from the new entry-level four-cylinder model featured here to Jaguar’s 200mph all-weather supercar – the SVR.
The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 296bhp 2.0L turbo-charged power-plant delivers the brand’s sports car DNA and couples it with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability.
This new model retains the performance expected from the F-Type. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155mph. Jaguar say that the turbo-charged engine’s high maximum torque of 400Nm, generated from just 1,500rpm, together with the eight-speed Quickshift transmission, will deliver exceptional response throughout the rev range.
Utilising the four-pot motor also makes this the most efficient jaguar F-Type in the range, with a 16% improvement in fuel economy over the 335bhp V6, together with CO² emissions of just 163g/km on the European combined cycle.
A host of advanced technologies enables the Ingenium engine to deliver this blend of high performance and low fuel consumption. Newly developed cylinder head and valve-train technology is augmented by a revised exhaust manifold carefully matched to the twin-scroll turbocharger. The list of motive revisions is too long to list here but it is a comprehensive catalogue of advanced engineering to deliver true F-Type performance from the small powerplant.
The Ingenium engine contributes to an overall vehicle weight reduction of 52kg – most of which is over the front axle – and this is key to the four-cylinder sports car’s enhanced agility. Meticulous tuning of the chassis to complement the new engine, say Jaguar, delivers even greater steering response, body control and ride comfort making the car really at home on beautiful twisty roads.
The introduction of the four-cylinder does not mean that drivers lose out on aural feedback or reward: these have always been an essential part of the F-Type’s appeal, and have not been compromised. A meticulously-tuned active exhaust is standard on entry-level models, while the R-Dynamic variants feature a switchable active exhaust for an even more involving driving experience.
The F-Type benefits from visual enhancements to give the sports car an even more powerful presence. Redesigned bumpers, together with optional full LED headlights enhance the award-winning design and provide greater differentiation between each model in the range.
At the rear the four-cylinder model features a unique single tailpipe finisher to distinguish it from the twin central exhausts and quad outboard exhausts of the V6 and V8 models. Lightweight 18” wheels also identify the latest addition to the line-up, and help to minimise unsprung mass, contributing to the enhanced ride and handling.
The interior includes lightweight slimline seats, the Touch Pro infotainment system and new chrome and aluminium trim finishers, heighten the driver-focused feel. A sleek frameless rear view mirror adds another contemporary touch. Driver assistance systems are underpinned by the integration of a highly sophisticated forward-facing stereo camera. These systems help to improve safety and reduce driver workload, and include Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning as standard, and optional Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor.
It remains to be seen if Jaguar enthusiasts will warm to this seemingly undernourished version. 296bhp is not to be sneezed at however and the eco-conscious now have a very good reason to consider the might of Jaguar.