Jaguar has unveiled a new entry point to its F-Type range, adopting a four-cylinder engine for its sports car.
The brand’s own ‘Ingenium’ turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor will join existing supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and 5.0-litre V8 engines in the F-Type coupe and convertible this year.
Priced from $107,300 plus on-road costs in coupe form, the new model costs around $12,000 less than the base-level V6 variant, and almost a third of the asking price for Jaguar’s top-end F-Type SVR coupe.
Using a twin-scroll turbocharger to produce 221kW and 400Nm, the new engine is the most powerful four-cylinder engine in Jaguar’s history.
Though it may be short on grunt compared with 250kW and 280kW V6 versions, the new model is still capable of accelerating to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed just shy of 250km/h.
Using 7.2L/100km of fuel, the most efficient model in Jaguar’s sports car lineup will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
The new machine is 52 kilograms lighter than a V6 F-Type, which should make it feel a little more agile when pressed into action.
That said, it’s unlikely to sound quite as ferocious as Jaguar’s supercharged coupe, one of the most vociferous cars on the road.
Jaguar’s updated F-Type range now offers a forward-facing stereo camera system with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assistance systems that add to its safety features.
The new four-cylinder version arrives locally in the fourth quarter of 2017.