F IS FOR FOUR: JAG FITS THE F-TYPE WITH A FOUR CYLINDER ENGINE
Much to the annoyance of some sports car purists, Jaguar’s fitted a four-cylinder engine to its F-type. Jack Evans finds out whether it’s worthy of a place in the line-up.
WHAT IS IT? Here’s a Jaguar F-type – but not quite as you’d know it. Rather than a raucous V8 or V6 under the long, sculpted bonnet, there’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. While that may not sound like enough engine for a red-blooded convertible, Jaguar claims that it’s got what it takes to instil the F-type with proper performance.
This is the convertible version too, meaning drop-top thrills and windin-your-hair experiences with slightly better economy figures than you’d find with the more high-powered F-type models.
There’s still a lot of kit fitted as standard, though this model has a range of options – but we’ll delve into these a little later.
needed, as it can sometimes feel like a particularly dark cockpit.
WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET? The F-type’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ petrol engine is surprisingly powerful and, according to Jaguar, offers the ‘ highest specific power output of any engine in the F-type range’ with 148bhp-per-litre. Overall, it produces 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, sending this power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Acceleration takes a claimed 5.4 seconds, while the F-type’s top speed sits at a respectable 155mph. Of course, one of the main premises behind fitting a smaller capacity engine is better economy, and in that sense the four-cylinder delivers.
Jaguar claims it’ll return 39.2mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting just 163g/km CO2. For context, a Golf GTI produces 139g/km CO2 – despite being far lighter than the Jaguar.
It actually suits the design of the car well, and doesn’t spoil the rear of the F-type whatsoever.