Every once in a while, sometimes people just get it right. Edison decided that electricity could be harnessed and after tirelessly working, one day, he nailed it. Steve Jobs decided that cell phones could be more than just something to talk on, and sure enough, after enough effort and work, he nailed it too. The first guy to every put marinara sauce and cheese on some dough or the first guy to think that peanut butter and chocolate might just make a nice combo — jackpot. Some things just have a way of falling into place after some careful and focused effort and attention.
Cars are no different. Sometimes, a car comes a long and there is a unanimous, “Yes!” Even from people who many not necessarily even be fans of that car company. In 2013 a car manufacturer with decades of history, and a wealth of nostalgia-infused highlights harking back to the days of JFK and then even farther still, created yet another masterpiece. That company is Jaguar, and that car was the F-Type. For five years we have been graced with one of the world’s sexiest and most exciting cars on the planet, and new for 2018, Jag has made this model of perfection just slightly more attainable.
On the surface, the newest F-Type looks slightly different than its predecessors. Updated front and rear fascia’s seems slightly bolder and more aggressive, but less busy at the same time. Inside, there is a bit more sparkle, specifically coming from the added chrome on the gearshift paddles, starter button, steering wheel, and air vents. Every new F-Type gets the full LED interior lighting treatment, an updated infotainment system, as well as the latest “slimline” seats that sport magnesium frames and make you feel as good inside the F-Type as the exterior does when you’re staring at it sitting in your garage with the keys in your hand.
The big news however, is under the hood. You see, the newest rendition is actually called the F-Type Coupe 2.0. That last number is indicative of the most recent engine choice: a 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder engine that Jaguar has dubbed ‘Ingenium’. The Ingenium is an all-aluminum powerhouse that utilizes the latest tech in direct-injection as well as an electrohydraulic valvetrain. This technological wonder has its exhaust manifold directly integrated into the actual cylinder head. No long-tube header modifications here hot rodeos, sorry. The 2.0-turbo puts most other engines its size to shame. Thanks to a healthy dose of boost, this mighty mouse motor pumps out an impressive 296-horsepower and 295 lb.-ft of torque. What’s equally impressive is that peak torque is made at a barely-off-idle 1,500 rpm.
That power is routed through an 8-speed automatic transmission that has two different modes to choose from, Normal and Dynamic, depending on your driving desires at any given moment. In either case, the auto is never caught searching for the right gear and always makes a quick, and usually smart decision.
Thanks to a 207-pound weight savings (for a total of 3,601 pounds) the turbo-4 has over its bigger-engined brethren, the 2.0 gets up and goes from 0-60 mph in only 5.4 seconds and rips through the quarter mile in a mere 14.1 seconds @ 99.7 mph. Those times might not compare favorably to the nigh-600 horsepower SVR, but keep in mind the 2.0 posts a serious 0.95g on the skid pad and oh by the way gets 23/30/26 city/highway/combined mpg. That’s damn near Toyota Camry level fuel efficiency in a sports car that will turn more heads than a screwdriver.
The newest Jag comes in with a base price of $60,895, so it isn’t exactly a stripper-version of the F-Type, nor is it anything resembling a bargain. But, when put into perspective, the mighty F-Type SVR costs literally double what the 2.0 does, and there isn’t anyone on earth who can think that for double the price, you are actually getting double the car. Although the most fuel efficient and the cheapest version now available, the latest Jaguar F-Type may not necessarily be thought of as the greatest, but just like Papa John’s or Domino’s, even cheap pizza is still a masterpiece in its own right, and the world is better because it exists.