The trend toward small turbo-charged engines looks to continue unabated. At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Jaguar lifted the veil on a fifth version of its F-Type car for 2018. After the V6, V6 S, R and SVR, meet the 4-cylinder F-Type!
The new version naturally becomes the new base model F-Type. Nonetheless, its 2.0L turbo-charged Ingenium engine can generate a remarkable 296 hp (only 4 less than the new Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster), accelerate from 0-100 mph (97 km/h) in 5.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 250 km/h.
In comparison with the 340-hp V6, the 4-cylinder F-Type is 52 kg lighter and uses 16% less fuel. The engine is paired to a Quickshift 8-speed automatic transmission, and, totally unsurprisingly, to intake and exhaust systems designed and calibrated to produce that sublime sound common to all F-Types.
For 2018, the F-Type lineup was also given new headlights, a remodeled front bumper, new options for the alloy wheels, narrower seats and more chrome in the cabin.