A while back we reviewed, tested and fell into automotive love with the Jaguar F-Type convertible. The spec in particular was the supercharged V6 brawler in a bow tie. The only thing we did not quite see eye to eye with this rumbly sports car was the transmission.
The end of 2017 did not just bring sweltering heat and school holidays to South Africa, but it brought (under the radar) the new baby Jaguar. A 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo charged, rear-wheel drive sports car both available in a Coupe tux and Convertible polo shirt option.
So, we beg the question, could 4 be greater than 6 or 8? Some people may argue that a turbo-four could never stand toe-to-toe with V6 and V8s of the world, but we beg to differ as technology has highlighted the pathway to power, economy and now feeling. Feeling you ask? Well it is that tingle you get when the exhaust burbles, the revs scream and a cold start wakes up the neighbours.
The above feeling has disappeared when manufacturers decided to move away from natural-aspired engines to forced induction, but if there is anyone that can engineer feeling, it is Jaguar.
So, what has this little F-type got to offer us petrol heads. Try 221kW with 400Nm of torque which will launch you from standstill to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds. It also takes a plunge in the weight department, shedding 52kg in all the right places. The 2.0 also comes with a specifically tuned chassis and a (wait for it) a revised gearbox.
What do we think? Well it is a rear-wheel drive sports car. The car can do with more of these. We cannot wait to drive one!