Paying for the badge?
It’s the same story on the inside with lightweight seats, touchscreen infotainment system, and new chrome and aluminium trim.
If there’s a downside to the new F-Type it’s probably that the price reflects an element of “paying for the badge”.
You would expect it to be relatively costly but with prices starting from £49,900, £55,385 for the convertible, it may be a little too costly for some. Having said that, for a car with nearly 300bhp, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and those looks this good it could be a small price to pay.
After all the lowest priced 3.0-litre V6 version with manual gearbox costs £2,365 more.
- Jaguar’s most powerful 4-cylinder engine
- 300PS 2-litre turbo
- 5.4sec 0-60mph/max 155mph
- Lower emissions cut running costs and company car tax
- Coupe from £49,900, £55,385 convertible
WHOAH! If you’ve really fancied the Jaguar F-Type but felt that its current V6 and V8 engines were outside your company’s acceptable business car policy, then check out the newly updated 2017 Jaguar F-Type.
The Jaguar sports car will be the first available with four, six and eight cylinder engines, widening the range and offering SME company directors a greater chance to drive one of the prettiest cars available today.
There’s no doubt the Jaguar F-Type is a desirable car but with a V6 or V8 under the bonnet it tends to cane the running costs.
The introduction of the new 300PS turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine widens the appeal enormously and is the most powerful four-cylinder Jaguar has ever bolted into a car.
You might have only four cylinders but the F-Type blasts from 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds and can hit 155mph, which is more than enough to thrill most of us.
The fact that it can achieve this so efficiently is the real bonus. The 2.0-litre Ingenium engine – that’s Jaguar’s own engine built at Wolverhampton – generates the most power per litre of any engine currently fitted to the F-Type and still manages a 16% improvement in fuel economy over the V6 models.
With CO2 emissions of 163g/km it’s now a company car contender for senior execs.
This is down to a host of clever engineering in the Ingenium engine and the fact the F-Type is all aluminium. The new powerplant adds up to a weight saving of 52kg that not only improves efficiency but because most of this saving is at the front end it should make the new F-Type light and agile too.
The Jaguar F-Type already looked good but the updated model has been given a more powerful road presence with new bumpers, LED lights, and a single, central exhaust unique to the four-cylinder models.
It may lack the raw power and performance of the larger engined models, but Jaguar has worked hard not to dilute the design and at first glance most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference.
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