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.

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - FIRST DRIVE BY JACK EVANS


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.

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