Jaguar F-Type 2.0

Greater agility for less money, with the two-litre four-cylin­der turbo. Too good to be true?

Evo India - - DRIVEN - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Ro­hit G Mane

FIRST IT WAS THE HATCH­BACK, which we gave the thumbs up to be­cause they're the best sell­ers in our coun­try, bought by those who value fuel econ­omy over any­thing else. Then they crept up in reg­u­lar sedans and again the prom­ise of bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency kept us all happy. But now the evil force of down­siz­ing has come for the sports car and there's no­body left to hear our pain. But is it a bad thing? Times to sam­ple the baby F-Type on roads that were ripped open by the V8 F-Type a few mon­soons ago.

Porsche's de­ci­sion to move the 718-gen­er­a­tion of the Boxster and Cay­man from the flat-six to a tur­bocharged flat­four could be jus­ti­fied by the brand's long as­so­ci­a­tion with smaller en­gines. Jaguar has no such his­tory. The new 2.0-litre ‘base model' marks the first time the iconic Bri­tish brand has pro­duced a sports car with fewer than six cylin­ders. The pow­er­plant in ques­tion is Jaguar Land Rover's newly de­vel­oped In­ge­nium tur­bocharged in-line four, which we have seen in most JLR cars and SUVs. While it may be short on cylin­ders and dis­place­ment this en­gine still puts out a more than healthy 296 horses. Which when put in per­spec­tive is slightly more than the Jaguar XJ-S made from a 5.3-litre V12 in the early 1990s!

At the in­ter­sec­tion of two de­sires Some peo­ple drive cars for the thrill of it. The mind, body and ma­chine con­nect, the adren­a­line rush that ac­com­pa­nies all that

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