JaguarForums Exclusive: 2018 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Review

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Four-cylinder Jaguar sports car proves the entry level isn’t a bad place to be.

Imagine sitting down to dinner at a restaurant and seeing no salt or pepper shakers on the table. You order your meal and it arrives, but your waiter doesn’t bother to ask if you would like freshly grated parmesan on it. It becomes clear that you will eat your dinner as it was prepared by the chef, without any additional seasoning. You consume it in its purest form. If it’s delicious, it’s delicious because it left the kitchen that way, not because of anything added to it.

It’s similar with a sports car. If it’s set up the right way from the factory, it’ll be fun to drive before the automaker decides to add power or other upgrades to it. You shouldn’t have to put it in its track mode or drive it like you’re trying to flip it. Good is good no matter what speed you’re going.

For several years, the Jaguar F-Type has used six- and eight-cylinder engines in various states of tune. I was fortunate to get the 550-horsepower F-Type R as my first Jaguar press car. A year later, Jaguar handed me the keys to the 575-horsepower SVR. Each instance was a dream come true for me because I got the opportunity to drive beautiful, high-performance machines from a legendary sports car manufacturer. To Jaguar, each loan to me was just another day at the office. More often than not, vehicle manufacturers keep their press fleets stocked with the high-end versions of their models. When they hold a press launch of a new vehicle, they often have several loaded test vehicles waiting to be driven, photographed, and fawned over. It makes sense; they want to wow journalists and audiences by showing them their best. 2018 Jaguar F-Type Review

Jaguar added a new power plant to the F-Type lineup for the 2018 model year. It developed the turbocharged Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-house and incorporated ceramic turbocharger ball bearings for reduced friction, a twin-scroll turbo for quicker spooling, and variable intake valve lift for optimum power through the rev range. Output is 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

When I learned that I had an opportunity to get the four-cylinder 2018 F-Type Coupe and drive it around Austin, Texas for a week, I immediately took it. I was excited to experience the most paired-down, stripped-back form of the F-Type. No supercharged V8. No all-wheel drive. No massive rear wing. No salt. No pepper.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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