Jaguar is broadening the appeal of the 2018 F-Type with the introduction of the state-of-the-art 4-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine. The award-winning F-Type family now spans from the entry-level 4-cylinder model to Jaguar’s 320km/h all-weather supercar, the F-Type SVR.
The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 300bhp 2-litre turbocharged powerplant possesses Jaguar sports car DNA, along with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability. This is a true F-Type, with its own unique character.
The new model retains the performance expected from the F-TYPE, and can accelerate from 0 to 96km/h in only 5.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250km/h. The turbocharged engine’s high maximum torque of 400Nm, generated from just 1500rpm, together with the 8-speed Quickshift transmission, delivers exceptional response throughout the rev range.
Not only is the 300bhp Ingenium engine the most powerful 4-cylinder unit ever offered in a production Jaguar, it also generates the highest specific power output of any engine in the F-Type range: 150bhp per litre. It also makes this the most efficient F-Type in the range, with a 16 percent improvement in fuel economy over the 340bhp V6 model, together with CO2 emissions of just 163g/km on the European combined cycle.
A host of advanced technologies enables the Ingenium engine to deliver this blend of high performance and low fuel consumption. The engine also contributes to an overall vehicle weight reduction of 52kg, most of which is over the front axle, and this is key to the 4-cylinder F-Type’s enhanced agility. Meticulous tuning of the chassis to complement the new engine enables even greater steering response, body control and ride comfort.
The introduction of the 4-cylinder does not mean that drivers lose out on aural feedback or reward – these have always been an essential part of the F-Type’s driving appeal, and have not been compromised. A meticulously tuned active exhaust is standard on entry-level F-Type models, while the R-Dynamic variants feature a switchable active exhaust for an even more involving driving experience.
The 2018 model-year F-Type features visual enhancements to give the sports car an even more powerful presence. Redesigned bumpers and optional full LED headlights enhance the F-Type’s award-winning design and provide greater differentiation between each model in the range.
At the rear, the 4-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. Lightweight 18-inch wheels also identify the latest addition to the line-up, and help to minimise unsprung mass, contributing to the enhanced ride and handling.
The changes to the F-Type’s interior, including lightweight slimline seats, Touch Pro infotainment system and new chrome and aluminium trim finishers, heighten the driver-focused feel. A sleek frameless rear view mirror adds another contemporary touch.
The updated F-Type range also offers a wider range of advanced driver assistance systems underpinned by the integration of a highly sophisticated forward-facing stereo camera. These systems help to improve safety and reduce driver workload.
Read our review of the original Jaguar F-Type Coupe launched in 2015.