As Porsche has already demonstrated with the 718 Boxster and Cayman, four-cylinder premium sports cars are perfectly acceptable. Indeed, maybe the arrival of those models prompted Jaguar to develop new entry-level versions of the F-Type Coupé and Convertible?
Slotting the four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine into the F-Type makes a lot of sense. After all, many prospective buyers won’t really care about what’s under the bonnet, but they will be attracted by the relatively affordable £49,900 starting price.
Performance shouldn’t disappoint, though. With a single twin-scroll turbocharger, output is rated at 296 bhp (221 kW / 300 PS), while 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of peak torque is available from just 1,500 rpm. Furthermore, total weight is down by 52 kg (115 lbs) compared to the V6-powered variants.
Those figures result in a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.7 seconds and a 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed. 39.2 mpg (7.2 l/100km) with CO2 emissions of 163 g/km on the combined cycle mean that efficiency is fairly respectable, too.
However, one particular specification oddity might be off-putting to anybody wanting a more involved driving experience. Although it’s rear-wheel drive (a plus point for enthusiasts), the sole transmission is an eight-speed Quickshift automatic. There’s no manual gearbox option.
Sales of the four-cylinder F-Type are due to begin in the coming weeks.
Jaguar F-Type SVR first view
Jaguar F-Type British Design Edition unveiled