The F-Type Jaguar is the companies most dynamic sports car built to date and while the SVR and top of the range models have been grabbing the headlines, the latest introduction though is the other end of the scale yet promises to be just as important. The new car comes with a four cylinder 2.0 ltr engine yet still manages to pack considerable punch. 0 - 60 time is 5.4 seconds and the latest Ingenium engines also save weight making this a true Jaguar sports car with its own unique character.
What is the new Ingenium engine all about?
Not only is the 300PS Ingenium engine the most powerful four-cylinder unit ever offered in a production Jaguar, it also generates the highest specific power output of any engine in the F-TYPE range: 150PS per litre. It also makes this the most efficient F-TYPE in the range, with a 16 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the 340PS V6, together with CO2 emissions of just 163g/km on the European combined cycle.
Not only is this a new engine built at Jaguar's £1 Billion engine plant but it also integrates a world of technology to make this four cylinder engine a power plant deserving of its place in the F-Type range. The list is not for the technological feint-hearted but makes for an impressive bundle in such a small package.
- State-of-the-art electrohydraulic valvetrain featuring patented control algorithms developed in-house. This technology enables fully variable control of intake valve lift for optimum power, torque and efficiency throughout the engine’s operating range.
- The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head casting. Coolant flowing through ducts in the manifold reduces warm-up times and therefore reduces fuel consumption and emissions.
- The manifold is carefully matched to a twin-scroll turbocharger. The design prevents exhaust gas pulsation interference, ensuring that the turbine wheel responds far more quickly: boost pressure is delivered near-instantaneously, making turbo lag almost non-existent,
- The turbocharger features ceramic ball bearings. These deliver the lowest possible bearing friction, especially from cold starts.
- The 200bar direct injection system features centrally-mounted fuel injectors. Together with optimised spray patterns this technology helps to minimise fuel impingement on the cylinder walls and the piston crowns, improving efficiency and reducing emissions.
It is not all about the latest engine thought, 2018 is the face-lift year for the F-Type and the latest updates are featured on this new family member. Visual enhancements to give the sports car an even more powerful presence. Redesigned bumpers, together with optional full LED headlights enhance the F-TYPE’s award-winning design and provide greater differentiation between each model in the range.
At the rear the four-cylinder model features a unique single tailpipe finisher to distinguish it from the twin central exhausts and quad outboard exhausts of the V6 and V8 models. Lightweight 18-inch wheels also identify the latest addition to the line-up, and help to minimise unsprung mass, contributing to the enhanced ride and handling.
“Retaining the silhouette of F-TYPE across the model range is really important to us whether it’s the 200mph SVR or the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder. This is a true Jaguar sports car and a true F-TYPE – we didn’t want to dilute the design DNA. Even so, this car has its own unique character, and the new single tailpipe finisher exemplifies this.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar