Junior Jag F-Type 2.0 still big on performance

  • Jaguar F-Type gains four-cylinder turbo Ingenium engine
  • New two-litre 221kW most powerful four-cylinder Jaguar
  • Sprint to 100km/h in 5.7sec, top speed 249km/h
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE. Image: Jaguar
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE: Great styling – and now with a fuel-efficient smaller engine that has enough grunt to satisfy any driver. Image: Jaguar

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar has widened the appeal of its F-Type range with a four-cylinder Ingenium turbopetrol engine capable of 221kW/400Nm, 100km/h in 5.7sec, and howl on to 249km/h.

“The car,” Jaguar SA says, “is an an all-aluminium two-seat sports car with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability – a true F-Type with its own character.”

Sounds interesting, you’re invited to read on…

2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE. Image: Jaguar
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE: Out for a spin in the Scottish Highlands. Image: Jaguar

Maximum torque arrives at only 1500rpm and delivers its thrust through an eight-speed Quickshift transmission; the engine, in fact, generates the highest specific power of any F-Type – 110kW/litre. It’s also the most efficient, scoring 16% less fuel burn than the 250kW V6.

‘MORE ACCESSIBLE’

Ian Hoban, vehicle line director for the F-Type, told The Corner in a media release: “This advanced four-cylinder engine has created a vehicle with a distinct character. Performance from an engine of this size is remarkable yet balanced by improved fuel-efficiency and price.

“It makes the F-Type experience more accessible than ever.”

The exhaust manifold, Jaguar explains, is part of the cylinder-head casting, which in turn contains ducts for coolant flow to reduce warm-up time. The engine is fed by a twin-scroll turbocharger (with ceramic ball-bearings) whose turbine responds very quickly to deliver boost pressure almost instantly – result: turbo lag is said to be almost non-existent.

2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE. Image: Jaguar
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE: One exhaust only, but it’s big! Image: Jaguar

All Ingenium engines have been designed and developed in-house and are assembled at Jaguar Land Rover’s R17-billion (Apl 2017) engine plant alongside the 147kW and 184kW four-cylinder petrol engines and the 110, 120, 132 and 177kW four-cylinder diesels.

BETTER STEERING, CONTROL

The Ingenium in the new model is mostly over the front wheels – part of why, the automaker says, the car is so agile.

“Meticulous chassis tuning to complement the new engine,” Jaguar says, “delivers even better steering response, body control and ride comfort.”

Errol Mustafa, chief product engineer for Jaguar Sports Cars, explained: “Most of the weight reduction was over the front axle so the car is beautifully balanced and really agile – really at home on twisty roads.

“Couple that with a four-cylinder exhaust note and this F-Type has a character all of its own – it’s the feisty younger brother of the V6 and V8.”

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The 2018 F-Types have redesigned bumpers. “Diode headlights enhance their design,” Jaguar says, “and greatly differentiate each model.”

2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE. Image: Jaguar
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE: Small engine but its turbo’d 221kW/400Nm will take the car up to almost 250km/h. Image: Jaguar

Light 18″ wheel rims, it’s said, not only help to identify this latest Jaguar but also help to minimise unsprung mass.”

Changes to the cabin include light “slimline” seats, a Touch Pro infotainment system and chromed and aluminium trim finishes.

ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s now almost fabled design director, told The Corner: “Retaining the silhouette of the F-Type across the range was really important. This (the new model) is a true Jaguar sports car, a true F-Type – we didn’t want to dilute the design DNA.”

The new F-Type range has more driver assistance systems than earlier models, helped by having sophisticated forward-facing stereo camera. Callum explained: “These systems, which help to improve safety and reduce the driver’s workload, include, lane-drift warning couple with lane-keeping, road-sign recognition, adaptive speed control – and watch the driver’s reactions.”

2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE. Image: Jaguar
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE: Cooling ducts and special alloy wheel rims. Image: Jaguar

The two-litre Ingenium engine will arrive in South Africa in the last quarter of 2017, when prices will be published.

The 2017 F-Type range:

F-Type Coupé and convertible
221kW 2.0 four-cylinder with Quickshift gearbox
250kW 3.0 V6; Quickshift or manual gearbox
280kW 3.0 V6; Quickshift rear or all-wheel drive and manual rear-wheel drive

F-Type R-Dynamic Coupé and convertible
221kW 2.0 four-cylinder Quickshift rear-wheel drive
250kW 3.0 V6; Quickshift RWD; manual rear-wheel drive
280kW 3.0 V6; Quickshift rear or all-wheel drive; manual rear-wheel drive

F-Type 400 Sport Coupé and convertible
294kW 3.0 V6; Quickshift rear- or all-wheel drive
F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible
405kW 5.0 V8; Quickshift all-wheel drive

F-Type SVR Coupé and convertible
423kW 5.0 V8; Quickshift all-wheel drive

2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE. Image: Jaguar
2017 JAGUAR 2.0 F-TYPE: Exactly the type of country road for which the two-litre F=Type was designed. Image: Jaguar
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