A couple of months ago, Jaguar had announced that its F-Pace, XF and the XE models will get a new 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Ingenium series as the base powertrain. Now, the Coventry carmaker has dropped the four-cylinder block into the engine bay of its F-Type sportscar.

In this application, the turbocharged lump churns out 300bhp and 400Nm, making it the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever used in a Jaguar. It also develops the highest specific power and torque ratings of any engine in the F-Type range. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the base F-Type will still dispatch the 0-100kph sprint in less than six seconds and go all the way to a 250kph top speed. Jaguar claims a weight reduction of 52kg and bespoke chassis tuning delivers even greater agility than the other variants. It also asserts that the aural characteristics have also not been compromised thanks to the “meticulous” tuning of the intake and the active exhaust.

“Introducing our advanced four-cylinder engine to F-Type has created a vehicle with its own distinct character. Performance from an engine of this size is remarkable and is balanced with improved fuel efficiency and affordability, making the F-Type experience more accessible than ever before,” says Ian Hoban, vehicle line director, Jaguar F-Type. As standard, the braking system on all four-cylinder models has 355mm and 325mm discs at the front and rear respectively but models fitted with 19in and 20in wheels can be upgraded to the Jaguar Super Performance Braking System which features 380mm and 376mm discs front and back respectively

It also comes equipped with an improved suite of driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limiter and Lane Keep Assist. The new base variant of the F-Type is expected to reach our shores by the last quarter of this year.