DY­NAMIC DOWN­SIZE

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The Jaguar F-Type has re­cently been vic­tim to down­siz­ing, where in­stead of a six- or eight­cylin­der en­gine, the range starts with a 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine. But is that re­ally a bad thing? Let’s find out.

When it comes to mod­ern-day sports cars, the F-Type is eas­ily one of the most beau­ti­ful. A de­scen­dant of the leg­endary E-Type, its long bon­net and slop­ing roofline that merges with the wide rear haunch cre­ates a gor­geous stance that is ad­mirable from any an­gle. The new-for-2018 LED head­lights sharpen up its British sport-tuxedo, and while all vari­ants of the Jaguar F-Type range are near-iden­ti­cal from the out­side, the only dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion comes from their ex­haust muf­fler. The V8 gets four pipes, the V6 gets two, while the 2.0-litre R-Dy­namic Coupe re­ceives a large sin­gle cen­tral unit fin­ished in chrome.

Fea­tures that spell com­fort

The 2.0 R-Dy­namic por­trays it­self as a Sport-GT, rather than an out­right sports car, giv­ing equal pri­or­ity to com­fort and per­for­mance. There is sup­ple Down­siz­ing means that you are gen­er­ally left with a prod­uct that is lesser than its pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion, in terms of per­for­mance and the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence it de­liv­ers. The Jaguar F-Type has re­cently been vic­tim to this phe­nom­e­non, where in­stead of a six- or eight­cylin­der en­gine, the range starts with a 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine. But is that re­ally a bad thing? Let’s find out. leather with con­trast stitch­ing ev­ery­where, along with 12-way ad­justable seats, dual zone cli­mate con­trol and tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled seats. Jaguar has been con­stantly up­dat­ing the F-Type range, and for 2018, the F-Type comes with a new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem that is more fluid and in­tu­itive than the pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion.

A smooth ride

It’s when you push down the pul­sat­ing start/stop but­ton that the 2.0-litre Jag, for the first time, shows it­self dif­fer­ently than its larger-en­gined coun­ter­parts. The tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine fires up to life with a hum rather than the bur­ble of the V6 or V8. Un­like the V8 F-Type that twitches and feels snappy un­der hard ac­cel­er­a­tion, the 2.0 R-Dy­namic pulls off cleanly, all the way up to its top speed of 250 kmph. With 296 hp on tap, the 2.0 main­tains a de­cent ac­cel­er­a­tion, reach­ing 100 kmph in 5.7 sec­onds as claimed.

Copes well with cor­ners

Un­like the V6 and V8, the 2.0 R-Dy­namic is not ea­ger

to break trac­tion while powering out of cor­ners. It’s the twisty roads where the 2.0 R-Dy­namic re­ally comes to life. You can push it hard. Fur­ther as­sur­ance comes from the in­cred­i­bly-balanced sus­pen­sions, that, while be­ing pas­sive across the 2.0 range, al­low for the least amount of body roll when flick­ing it through cor­ners, while at the same time be­ing supremely for­giv­ing on bad sur­faces. While the 296 hp, four-cylin­der en­gine might not be an ab­so­lute rocket on straight roads, it never feels short on power. In fact, the en­gine trans­lates to more us­able power that can be ex­tracted most of the time.

Un­nerved by bad roads

Driv­ing back and forth be­tween Mum­bai and Pune roads, which by far are among the worst in the coun­try in terms of traf­fic and road qual­ity, the 2.0 R-Dy­namic stays very com­posed. De­spite hav­ing a nose that ex­tends into the next time zone, the car hardly strug­gles to keep all cor­ners in check. Also, the sus­pen­sions that now have 52 kg lesser weight to lug around (due to the smaller en­gine) en­sure that no un­du­la­tions come crash­ing through the cabin, re­sult­ing in fewer nerve-rack­ing mo­ments on the roads.

When less is more

The Jaguar F-Type 2.0 R-Dy­namic Coupe is one of the very few cars where down­siz­ing has re­sulted in an ex­cit­ing prod­uct. While it takes away from the hair-rais­ing thrill of the larger en­gines, the smaller en­gine bal­ances per­for­mance, com­fort and day-to-day us­abil­ity much bet­ter. Sim­ply put, the car is the most well-rounded, down­sized pack­age that money can buy.

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