Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Jaguar Gives the F-Type a Four-Cylinder for 2018

Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, said: "Retaining the silhouette of F-TYPE across the model range is really important to us whether it's the 200mph SVR or the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder".

Jaguar has introduced a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, based on the Jaguar Land Rover "Ingenium" platform built in the United Kingdom, to power its F-Type.

The new four-cylinder is a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit making 296 horsepower and 295 lb. -ft. of torque. It also comes exclusively with an 8-speed automatic. The same is coupled to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission and delivers good response with power available throughout the rev range.

The F-Type with the new engine will be a more civilised and quieter beast.

The four-cylinder F-Type has a curb weight of 3360 pounds, a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds, and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Fuel consumption is reduced by 16% over the V6 model, with the new derivative achieving an average 39.2mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of 163g/km.

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The V6 engine from Jaguar will also be soon replaced with a straight six motor from the Ingenium family of engines. The R-Dynamic model is further differentiated by standard 20-inch Dark Grey Diamond Turned alloy wheel designs and by Gloss Black front air intake bezels.

Since launching back in 2012, the Jaguar F-Type has been all about supercharged V6s and V8s, but Jag is about to break with tradition and offer an alternative: a base-level four-cylinder turbo. On the inside, the F-Type will now offer new lightweight slimline seats with improved ergonomics, which will be available in sport and performance forms, in addition to three new aluminum trims and a carbon-fiber trim for the center console.

Although the acceleration time may by slightly slower, the four-pot F-Type may have the chance of being more agile to drive because Jaguar says it is 52kg lighter than the V6.

The 2018 F-Type goes on sale later this year, starting at $59,900.

At the rear the four-cylinder model features a unique single tailpipe finisher to distinguish it from the twin central exhausts and quad outboard exhausts of the V6 and V8 models. But, the introduction of a version that might bring the sports coupe closer to more buyers was big enough news on its own.

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