With two amazing engines already in the lineup, Jaguar has quite a job to convince the motoring world that the new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder available in the 2018 F-Type is as wonderful as the mean-sounding superchargers on the 5.0-litre V8 and 3.0-litre V6. In some new videos, Jag is at least hinting that the smaller powerplant can sing as beautifully as the larger options.
The video above from Jag’s factory offers a few opportunities to hear the new motor. The sound is rather throaty with a nice growl that befits a sports car. The second video (below) suggests that things might not be quite as good in the real world, though. On the road in Wales, the four-cylinder F-Type loses some of the bass in its register.
The 2.0-litre unit produces 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The only available gearbox is an eight-speed automatic, and it drives the rear wheels. Jaguar claims that the sprint from 60 miles per hour can happen in as little as 5.4 seconds, and the firm limits the top speed to 155 mph.
There are two major advantages to choosing the four-cylinder over the V6 F-Type: price and weight. The new four-cylinder starts at £49,900, dipping below the all-important £50k mark; the V6 auto starts from over £53,500.
The four-cylinder also brings the lightest F-Type down to 1,524 kilograms, compared to 1,567 kg for a comparable V6. Most of the weight comes off the front axle, and Jag claims that the diet result in sharper handling.
Since both of these brief snippets are in Jag’s promo videos, it’s too soon to make a final judgment about the four-cylinder F-Type’s sound. We need to wait to hear one live before knowing for sure how the four-cylinder stacks up. Here's to that happening soon...