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In the Spotlight - Jaguar F-Type P300 Convertible {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

10 Aug 2018

I’ve been a huge fan of the Jaguar F-Type since it was launched, there aren’t many prettier cars on sale today and be it V6 or V8 they all make an incredible noise. But as with all manufacturers, Jaguar was faced with reducing the CO2 emissions across the range and so took the very brave choice to drop another two cylinders for the new base model F-Type.

Yep that’s right, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in an F-Type. I can almost hear the Jaguar purists screaming out in pain as they furiously mash their faces into their keyboards to try and complain about it on a Pistonheads forum. But is this the beginning of the end for Jaguar, or a brave new start?

To start with we should look at the engine itself, as we already know how good the F-Type is in general. The ‘Ingenium’ range of 2.0 litre 4cyl turbo engines is JLR’s saving grace, going across all manner of models from XE to Range Rover Sport in petrol and diesel format. The one used here is in P300 flavour, which means 300PS or 296bhp if you prefer it that way. It also produces 400Nm of torque thanks to that turbo, which means the F-Type’s slightly portly body won’t be too hard to move around.  Fairly decent numbers then and the performance stats measure up, too. 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds isn’t to be sniffed at.

What makes interesting reading though is when you compare it to the previous base model, the 340hp V6 Coupe. Despite having 40hp and 50Nm more, it also weighs in at 45kg more, so is actually 0.1 seconds slower to 62mph. The P300 is also a few thousand pounds cheaper to buy which buys a few options. Running the 4cyl option is going to be a lot cheaper too, managing almost 10mpg better, while emissions are 30% less as well. The reason the engine is so much lighter (other than the obvious 2/3rds displacement) is actually cost-based. With the V6 Jaguar actually uses the same block as the V8, but blanks off the rearmost two cylinders. This saves huge amounts of money, but means the V6 could be a lot lighter when it isn’t.

So the P300 is cheaper, faster, more economical and cleaner. But a Jaguar F-Type needs to provide aural stimulation as well so surely it can’t perform there too? All I’ll say is, don’t bet against it – having driven one it has a throaty, raspy soundtrack that while obviously not as sonorous as a V6 is certainly pleasing to listen to and doesn’t sound in any way cheap. If I were in the market for an F-Type in the lower end of the range I’d certainly be going for the 4cyl option.

Here’s one of the very few video reviews out there to help you decide…

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