Jaguar F-Type range to gain an entry-level 221kW F-Type four-cylinder
The sexy Jaguar F-Type family is about to be joined be a new addition: The Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder (F-Type 300PS in Jaguar speak). But before you cry “sacrilege!” you may be intrigued to learn that the new F-Type four-cylinder will be powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s new 2.0 litre turbo Ingenium petrol engine, which develops 221kW@5,500rpm and 400Nm from between 1,500 to 4,500rpm.
That power is sent to the rear wheels via Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 0-100km/h sprint is dusted off in just 5.7 seconds, and the F-Type four-cylinder will charge on to a top speed of 249km/h.
What’s more, Jaguar claims that the F-Type four-cylinder has the best specific power output in the F-Type family: 110kW per litre, and it’s 16 per cent more fuel efficient than the 250kW 3.0 litre V6 model and it’s 52kg lighter than its six-cylinder sister, with most of that weight shed over the front axle.
The noise should be satisfying too, with Jaguar engineers tuning the exhaust system to ensure that the F-Type four-cylinder has the same angry bark as the other slinky cats within the F-Type family and should you opt for the R-Dynamic version, you’ll be able to tinker with said noise thanks to an active exhaust valve. Lovely.
As the F-Type four-cylinder is lighter than the V6 and V8 models, changes have been made to the chassis, steering, and suspension settings.
The electrically-power assisted steering has been calibrated to deliver optimum driver satisfaction and tactility, taking into account the F-Type four-cylinder’s lighter weight. The spring rates have been reduced at the front by four per cent and at the rear by three per cent, to account for the weight difference.
F-Type four-cylinder ride on bespoke 18 inch wheels and a single exhaust finisher help the new version stand out in the range.
Changes that sweep across the whole 2018 Jaguar F-Type family include new front and rear bumpers, new LED headlights, slimline seats, Touch Pro infotainment system, splashes of chrome and aluminium throughout the cabin and a new frameless rear view mirror.
The Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder will go on sale in Australia in the final quarter of 2017 and will be priced from $107,300.