Jaguar F Type Coupe 2018 Review First Drive

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It may not look old, but the Jaguar F-type is entering its fifth model year, which typically means it’s past time to go under the knife for a little nip/tuck. Evidently, though, Jaguar design chief Ian Callum couldn’t find much he wanted to change on his Rembrandt, so the handsome two-seater emerges with just a restyled front fascia—basically, the two slotlike outer air intakes have been replaced—and new LED headlights with an available adaptive function. Although the design may be little changed—we’re not complaining—Jaguar gave the F-type more substantive updates with new tech as well as new model variants, including (gasp!) a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

F-type Goes for the Four

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Jaguar tweaked its Ingenium turbo 2.0-liter inline-four to make 296 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. That’s 56 horses and 44 lb-ft more than what this four-cylinder turns out in the XE and XF sedans (with peak torque arriving 250 rpm sooner). That’s also very near the base supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, which makes 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. Paired exclusively with the Quickshift eight-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder F-type sprints to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, Jaguar claims, a tenth quicker than the manual six-cylinder car. A single trapezoidal exhaust will play an off-kilter version of the V-6 engine’s boisterous tune. Even with an inline-four’s inherent coarseness and vibration, Jaguar hasn’t cheated by synthesizing sounds in the cabin.

Not R, R-Dynamic

A new R-Dynamic model puts a spin on what was the F-type S coupe and convertible, tweaking the exterior design with gloss-black exterior trim and model-specific 19- and 20-inch wheels. It features the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in 380-hp strength—which actually makes it less dynamic than the existing F-type R, with its 550-hp V-8—and the same choice of rear- or all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

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