New 2.0-litre Jaguar F-Type four-pot shows us its supercar-chasing performance
Steve Cropley Autocar
5 July 2017

Jaguar has used the best possible method to prove that the performance of its recently announced 2.0-litre four-cylinder F-Type sports car lives up to the promised 296bhp engine output — by allowing Autocar a world-first ride in the new entry model with ace engineer and driver Mike Cross.

Late last week, on the same Warwickshire roads on which much of the four-cylinder F-Type’s final development was carried out, Cross demonstrated that the new model offers performance that nudges into the supercar sector.

Four-cylinder Jaguar F-Type revealed with 296bhp

Indeed, the 5.4sec 0-60mph time quoted for the new car – which comes in only rear-wheel-drive guise with its own specifically configured eight-speed ZF Quickshift auto – is a shade quicker than the six-speed manual version of the pricier 335bhp V6 model, previously the entry-level F-Type. Engineers say the fourpot’s 295lb ft torque peak, developed from just 1500rpm, plays a key role in its impressive throttle response.

Jaguar has already started building four-cylinder F-Types for production and will deliver the first cars in late August. It cites their key marketing role as broadening the appeal of the F-Type, whose most powerful SVR model now costs more than £110,000. Yet with the 2.0-litre turbo’s arrival, it is now possible to buy a coupé version of the F-Type for just below £50,000 and a convertible at just over £55,000.

That makes Jaguar’s “most dynamically capable, most performance-focused” model yet look much more competitive against rivals such as Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman — especially since there has been no move to reduce equipment or cheapen the F-Type’s luxurious cabin.

Far from being a price leader, the 2.0-litre car, Jaguar insists, has a character all of its own: the lighter engine contributes to a weight cut of 52kg, mostly over the front wheels, which aids agility. The car also has a sporting but distinctive exhaust note, some of which emanates traditionally from the engine bay and some from the car’s audio system.

“This car is beautifully balanced and really agile to drive,” said Jaguar chief product engineer Erol Mustafa. “It’s really at home on twisty roads. Couple that with a special four-cylinder exhaust note and this F-Type has a character all its own.”

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16

5 July 2017
Wow.

5 July 2017
"an exhaust note, some of which emanates traditionally from the engine bay and some from the car’s audio system."
So... not an exhaust note?, a synthetic sound?, a fake sound?
I hope you can pull out a fuse to stop it.

5 July 2017
The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG gets 381bhp from 2 litres.

Jaguar should drop the expensive adjustable valve timing system and redesign the engine to beat the A45 AMG's 381bhp power output.

5 July 2017
max1e6 wrote:

The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG gets 381bhp from 2 litres.

Jaguar should drop the expensive adjustable valve timing system and redesign the engine to beat the A45 AMG's 381bhp power output.

Or just not bother with a four cylinder. Just tweak the V6 a bit, and cut the price.

5 July 2017
give me 6 cylinders any day

5 July 2017
50k for this?! You can get a Honda Civic Type-R for 30 grand with more bhp.

5 July 2017
Is this the first drive of ANY Ingenium petrol engined car, never mind the F-type?

5 July 2017
Not a drive - a ride....

5 July 2017
Other car journalists have driven petrol Ingenium Jaguars. They don't seem overly impressed. You'd have thought Autocar would be first in the queue but maybe they can't spin it positively. This article should be labelled as an advertising promotion.

5 July 2017
scrap wrote:

Other car journalists have driven petrol Ingenium Jaguars. They don't seem overly impressed. You'd have thought Autocar would be first in the queue but maybe they can't spin it positively. This article should be labelled as an advertising promotion.

That's exactly what it is. It'll be produced as a glossy mag to sit around the waiting area of Jaguar dealerships. No issue with AC producing this for car manufacturers, just don't publish it to the general public and pass it off as journalism. This is one area where AC have lost a considerable amount of credibility, particularly with JLR products, they can barley write a single sentence of negativity against their products in any article.

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