Jaguar has revealed a 4 cylinder version of the F-type sports car, which joins the existing convertible versions and V-6 engine coupé in its line-up. The newcomer, which will also be offered in closed-roof and soft-top forms, is powered by a 1,997cc turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine developing 296bhp at 5,500rpm, with 295lb ft of torque from 1,500-4,500rpm. The new F-type 4 cylinder goes on sale from spring 2017, costing from £49,900. The cheapest V-6, with a 3.0-litre supercharged petrol engine, costs £51,540. Acceleration from 0 to 60mph in just 5.4 seconds, while the top speed is 155 mph. Jaguar claims a fuel consumption reduction of more than 16 per cent compared with the 340PS V6, at 39.2mpg in the official EU Combined cycle, along with CO2 emissions of 163g/km.
The Ingenium engine gives to a total vehicle weight drop of 52 kg, most of which is over the front axle, which jaguar says is key to the 4 cylinder F-type’s enhanced agility. It also says that tweaking the chassis settings to suit the lighter weight of the four-cylinder engine has improved steering response, body control and ride comfort. All 2018 model year F-type features reshaped bumpers, while LED headlamps are optional. 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. It also wears 18 inch wheels as standard, with 19 and 20 inch rims as options.