A seductively long hood, strictly raked windshield and wide rear haunches – these characteristics are what makes the Jaguar F-Type. Add in a snarling 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, and the equation is complete.
Via a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, this stunner runs with 340 horsepower on its rear wheels while the S models get up to 380 horsepower on all wheels with the automatic transmission. The F-type is truly powerful; however, it may prove to be an impractical choice for rough roads.
For 2018, Jaguar decided to tone it down with the F-Type, giving it a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four base engine, making a total of 10 powertrain options (a grand total of 24 model variants). It has been a while since news of a four-cylinder F-Type circulated, so this addition to the line is not too surprising. This particular F-Type runs exclusively on rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, producing only 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. With this powertrain, the F-Type can launch itself from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph.
A supercharged 3.0-liter V6, producing either 340-, 380-, or 400-horsepower, and a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 powertrain produces 550 or 575 horsepower, are also available for the 2018 F-Type.
The 2.0-liter engine comes from the company’s Ingenium engine family, and instead of a throttle plate, it comes with an electronic valve-lift control. Aimed to reduce lag, ceramic ball bearings are used for the first time on its twin-scroll turbocharger.
This 2.0-liter F-Type weighs only 3,360 pounds (1,524 kilograms), the lightest F-Type in comparison to the other models’ 3,455 to 3,814 pounds. Weight loss benefits from the car’s small engine, returning electric power steering into this model and dropping front and rear spring rates by four and three percent, respectively. Weight loss has also paved way for the comeback of shock absorbers for the four-cylinder car.
Aside from engine upgrades, various equipment and visual upgrades will be given to all versions of the 2018 Jaguar F-Type. Standard equipment includes new front fascia designs, mildly reshaped LED taillights, new lightweight seats contributing to 17 pounds of weight loss, full-LED headlights, a self-parallel-park function (making parallel parking easier), and Jaguar’s very own InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. GoPro users will be thrilled to know that a ReRun app is also available to enable the combination of video footage with the car’s overlaid data.
Jaguar also offers two new trim packages: F-Type 400 Sport Special Edition and the other, R-Dynamic. The former will be exclusively used for 2018 model year, with the regular F-Type S upgraded with 400 horsepower. It will also come with upgraded brakes, 20-inch dark gray wheels, and other Sport 400 badging and yellow trim. The latter, on the other hand, is limited to visual enhancements which include compromising gloss-black exterior trim pieces and 20-inch dark gray wheels.
Prices for the base 2018 Jaguar F-Type will run between $59,900 and $125,000; the 2.0-liter variant is estimated to cost around $61,400, almost similar to the 2017 base F-Type.