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THERE can be no doubt the Jaguar F-Type is a mag­nif­i­cent sports car, prob­a­bly des­tined to be­come as lauded as its il­lus­tri­ous fore­bear the leg­endary E-Type.

The only prob­lem is that if you want one of the V8 ver­sions you are now look­ing at the thick end of £100k!

How­ever, those aw­fully nice peo­ple at Jaguar Land Rover have come up with a just as gor­geous and al­most as fast al­ter­na­tive - the new 2.0-litre F-Type both in con­vert­ible and coupe for­mats (see above and be­low).

They in­vited your Mo­tors man to the UK launch of the 2.0-litre in the stun­ning coun­try­side of mid-Wales last week where I got the chance to test both hard and soft top cars on a beau­ti­fully sunny day.

Now I have al­ready tried both the 5.0-litre V8 and 3.0-litre V6 F-Types and been suitably im­pressed (es­pe­cially with the ex­haust note), so I was ex­pect­ing the en­try level model to be a bit of a let down. But far from it - Jaguar have man­aged to get 300bhp from the all-new In­ge­nium tur­bocharged en­gine (as fit­ted to the XE) which is just 40 less than the V6, but the smaller en­gine and other mods to sus­pen­sion and steer­ing mean the ‘baby’ jag is 52kg lighter.

This al­most to­tally com­pen­sates for the re­duced num­ber of horses and means the new F-Type has an even bet­ter weight dis­tri­bu­tion for sweet han­dling and per­for­mance.

So no loss of smiles per mile and I don’t think that (as hap­pens for those who did not get the 5.0-litre Mus­tang) any­one will look down on you for go­ing for the small­est en­gine op­tion.

The fig­ures speak for them­selves - 0 to 60 in just 5.4 sec­onds, 155mph top speed and a price UN­DER 50 grand (just) for the coupe. How­ever, there is no man­ual gear­box op­tion and you will have to have a big­ger en­gine if you re­ally must have all wheel drive... plus the 2.0-litre does not sound quite as awe­some.

But add to all the above, the fact that the 2.0-litre is 16 per cent bet­ter on fuel than the V6 and it is pretty sure we will be see­ing lots of them on our roads soon.

M.E.N. mo­tors will have a full F-Type 2.0-litre test com­ing soon.

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