In recent years we are continuously talking about a trend in the development of engines that does not end up convincing everyone: the famous downsizing. On the basis of reducing cylinder capacity, increasing the compression ratios in the cylinders and the flow by means of supercharging are achieved, theoretically, much more contained consumption and emissions.
Although in theory these methods work very well, the practice is giving reason to brands that, like Mazda, decided not to follow the line “politically correct” and do not use Turbo in petrol engines. However, the phenomenon of the downsizing has spread even by sports cars as the very same Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster. The last to join this type of “tight” engines is the Jaguar F-Type, with a 2 liter tetracycline engine.
The new version of the Jaguar F-Type uses 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine belonging to the Ingenium family. We agree, this mechanic does not stick anything with the British sports car; but before you comment, let’s see its data and then, if necessary, criticize.
It is positioned as the most accessible variant to the Jaguar F-Type range for a price of 63,500 euro in the coupe and 71,100 euro in the convertible, saves 52 kilos of weight to the whole (you will feel a car slightly more agile) and its new propeller gives a power of 300 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm available at only 1,500 rpm. Another important fact is that it is only offered with the automatic transmission Quickshift of 8 speeds and rear propulsion.
Following the data of this British two-seater, consumption is 16% more efficient than the V6 340 hp, approving a mixed consumption of 7,2 l/100 km. Meanwhile, it can reach 249 km/h of top speed and perform 0 to 100 in just 5.7 seconds. If you wonder for its sound, the exhaust system has been conveniently improved for this variant (although we have not yet been able to hear it). In this section, the exhaust has a single outlet in the middle position, instead of the double exhaust in the V6 and V8 variants.
Many purists have criticized some brands for using this solution in sports cars; like the aforementioned Porsche. If you told us a few decades ago that we would see real sports cars with tetracycline engine of small displacement we would probably have put our hands to the head. Such are these times.