Sportbrake is back

“A facelifted version of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe has been spied near the brand’s Nurburgring test facility in Germany. But instead of a snarling V6 or V8, this test mule houses a more modest 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine under the bonnet.

It’s the first time we’ve seen the new F-Type testing – and indeed the first time it’s been spotted with the new engine. While the existing 3.0 and 5.0-litre engines will remain, the lower-powered versions will take the fight to Porsche’s new 718 Boxster and Cayman, both of which now utilise powerful four-cylinder turbo units.

While details are currently quite scarce, the F-Type will likely take the new Ingenium petrol engine destined for model like the XE and XF saloons. It’ll power those cars first, along with the F-Pace, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport, before appearing in the F-Type sports car. Power and torque figures haven’t been disclosed, but with the Porsches already gaining justified acclaim, it’s likely Jag’s motor will have upwards of 300bhp.

In the F-Type that should mean a 0-62mph sprint of around five seconds, with a top speed of almost 170mph. There’s a good chance it’ll be offered with manual and automatic gearboxes, too, though four-wheel drive isn’t likely to feature on the options list. A basic four-cylinder F-Type could see the car’s starting price drop below £50,000 for the first time. An entry-level 718 Cayman costs £39,878.

Along with the new engine, the F-Type will be due a series of light tweaks at some point next year, with all the usual nips and tucks inside and out. New headlamps – presumably full LED – will feature on the nose, alongside a resculpted grille and fresh bumpers.


By |2017-12-21T10:59:47+00:00September 29th, 2016|Jaguar Repairs and Servicing Swindon, Wiltshire Jaguar|Comments Off on Sportbrake is back

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