Jaguar’s finally done what everyone’s been anticipating for the few years the company’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine has been on the market, and stuffed it in the front of its F-Type sportscar.
It joins the V6 and V8 engine options for the F-Type and with a peak power figure of 300bhp it is also the most powerful four-cylinder ever put in a Jag. Zero to 100kph with the new four-cylinder option, then, takes less than six seconds and top speed is pegged at 250kph.
Jaguar tuned the chassis accordingly to complement the lighter powerplant, which saves the portly F-Type more than 50kg on the scales.
The all-aluminium four-cylinder option on the F-Type is also only available with rear-wheel drive and a specifically mapped eight-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally the lightest F-Type sportscar yet gets 18in wheels as standard or on the R-Dynamic model, optional 19in wheels wearing 245/40/R19 and 275/35/R19 front and rear tyres. Engineers also reduced the front and rear spring rates by four and three per cent respectively in to suit the lighter corner weights.
Back in the UK in the four-pot F-Type’s home market the car will start selling from this second quarter, and prices there being from Dh229K, making this a bargain Jag with all the looks of the F-Type with significantly lower running costs than the V6 or V8 options provide.
All 2018 F-Types get redesigned bumpers and full LED lights as options, while you might be able to recognise the four-pot model from its single rear tailpipe rather than the V6 cars’ twin central exhausts or the V8 cars’ quad pipes.