Jaguar F-Type 2.0: Has Jaguar’s New Turbo-Four Lost Its Mojo?
Does the new entry level F-Type 2.0t have that exciting punch?
The Jaguar F-Type is the halo sports car from the British brand that brought us the most beautiful car ever made, the E-Type. Times are changing and as emissions restrictions get tighter manufacturers are looking to downsize their motors. Porsche has done it with the new 718, dropping two cylinders from the Boxster and Cayman while adding a turbo to increase power. In 2018 Jaguar will be offering the F-type with a two liter turbo four cylinder engine.
So, Jaguar seeing the writing on the wall has given the world a new entry-level sports car, the F-Type 2.0T. Under the massive hood is a tiny two-liter inline-four cylinder engine with a single turbocharger. The little four-banger puts out a respectable 296 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque. So, how does it compare to the now mid-level 3.0 V6 F-Type?
This new base F-Type is not a speed monster by any means but it is quick, taking only 5.4 seconds to hit 60 mph. The former base V6 with a supercharger does the same task in 5.1 seconds. Jaguar’s move to add the new engine is a matter of survival in the marketplace. Also buyer of the new F-Type 2.0 will be pleased with the fuel economy, at 30 miles per gallon on the highway. To a Jaguar enthusiast this may seem like a stab in the heart, as the once base V6 has jumped up in price. In 2017, a base F-Type V6 with 340 hp was $61,400 and it is now $69,300. Although the other side of the coin could be that the V6 cars will retain more value in the coming years.
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In this video, YouTube channel Motor1 UK takes the new F-Type 2.0 for a drive and give us some impressions of the new entry level car. One thing is for sure, the F-Type is still on of the sexiest cars on sale today. Let us know what you think in the comments.