Now, the range is complete.
“Broadening the appeal” is what Jaguar’s saying about its latest addition to the F-Type range. The beautiful sports car now gets the option of a new engine, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit, that boasts the title of having the highest specific-output of any engine in the range.
The new F-Type 2.0 draws its power from a brand-new state-of-the-art Ingenium engine, that provides all the characteristic hallmarks of the Jaguar experience with enhanced agility and efficiency. The four-cylinder F-Type, while the baby of the range, does not play second-fiddle to its V6 siblings, rather it revels in its own unique character.
“Introducing our advanced four-cylinder engine to F-Type has created a vehicle with its own distinct character. Performance from an engine of this size is remarkable and is balanced with improved fuel efficiency and affordability, making the F-Type experience more accessible than ever before.” Ian Hoban, F-Type Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar
The Ingenium engine under the bonnet of the F-Type isn’t new, but it’s certainly the highest-tuned iteration of this engine. With 221kW and 400Nm, it’s certainly no slouch, and is capable of propelling the ‘entry-level’ F-Type from rest to 100km/h in a brief 5.7-seconds, before it hurtles towards its top speed of 250km/h. Power goes exclusively to the rear wheels (as they should) via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission.
There are two major benefits to be enjoyed by offering the smaller engine. The most obvious is fuel economy, with the blown Ingenium unit capable of offering a 16% consumption improvement over the V6 models, which will undoubtedly appeal to those who might want to use their F-Type as a day-to-day runabout.
The next benefit, which might not have been immediately obvious, is the weight improvement. Thanks to the smaller displacement and light construction, F-Types with the Ingenium engine weigh about 52kg less than its V6 counterparts, reducing the load on the front axle significantly. Much the same way with the Bentley Continental GT V8 versus the W12, the smaller-engined F-Type offers sharper, more agile handling than its bigger-engined sibling, further enhancing the driver appeal that was already a high-point with Jaguar’s pretty sports car.
And before anyone cries foul of the engine spoiling the aural experience, fret not. The standard F-Type will receive a “meticulously-tuned active exhaust” as standard to ensure that no aspect of the F-Type experience is compromised, though the R-Dynamic models turn it up to 11 with a switchable active exhaust system that permits a “more involving driving experience.”
“Retaining the silhouette of F-TYPE across the model range is really important to us whether it’s the 200mph SVR or the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder. This is a true Jaguar sports car and a true F-TYPE – we didn’t want to dilute the design DNA. Even so, this car has its own unique character, and the new single tailpipe finisher exemplifies this.” – Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar
The new 2.0-litre Ingenium engine will be offered for both coupe and convertible body styles, for both standard F-Type and hot R-Dynamic variants, with prices starting from $107,012 (before on-road costs). It joins the existing 250kW and 280kW V6 motors, as well as the 404kW F-Type R and 423kW F-Type SVR.