Video: Calvin Chan
Published: May 28, 2018
The F-Type downsizes. Sacrilegious, you might think, transplanting a smaller heart into a sports car known for its feral supercharged engine and raucous exhaust. Does a four-cylinder sound good at all? Have a listen yourself.
This is the biggest disappointment, and it goes without saying that when you chop off two cylinders, you also chop off two of your symphony instruments. Yeah it’s piped through the speakers now and you can kind of tell, even with the optional sports exhaust. Watch our Exhaust Notes video below and listen for yourself. Keep in mind that the microphone is mounted outside right next to the exhaust for a pure audio experience, without all that speaker-brainwashery.
It’s not a bad noise. You still get those signature crackles and pops (though at a lesser rate), and it comes alive at full throttle, but low-end and start-up noise is disappointing. The exhaust lacks the rich emotion that comes with the bigger engines, and it is also bizarre hearing turbo whistles instead of supercharger whines, though the Jag's example isn't as bad as Porsche’s four-cylinders. Perhaps we have just been spoiled.
Read the full review by clicking here.
Model: 2018 Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder
Paint Type: Ultra Blue
Base Price: $69,500
Price as Tested: $80,192
Length/Width/Height (mm): 4,470 / 1,923 / 1,311
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four
Horsepower: 296 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1,500 - 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, RWD
Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 11.8
Tires: Pirelli P-Zero