2017 NYIAS: 2018 Jaguar F-Type to Get Turbo Four, Sub-$60,000 Price

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Jaguar announced at the New York Auto Show a refresh for its F-Type sports coupe that lops two cylinders off the base model V6. It won’t be quite that indelicate of a procedure and the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 will likely remain the most popular choice.

For 2018, the F-Type will provide six individual engine options. The F-Type will persist with its 340 horsepower six-cylinder mill, or 380 horsepower if you option for the R-Dynamic model. Next year’s Jags will also see the return or the previous 5.0-liter V8 trims — including the 550 hp R and 575 hp SVR. However, if you’re more into the F-Type for its charming looks than its bonkers performance, Jaguar will soon offer a 2.0-liter turbo for under $60,000.

The four-cylinder coupe won’t be useless as its 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque should at least make it more lively than your everyday family hauler. However, if you want to run through the gears yourself, then this isn’t the car for you. The turbo four will only be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, leaving the 340 hp F-Type S as the singular option for those wanting a six-speed stick.

Jaguar says the 2.0 liter F-Type weighs in at around 3,360 pounds and is capable of a 5.4 second 0–60 mph time with a 155 mph limiter. Fuel efficiency, one of the sole reasons for picking this model, has yet to be disclosed for the North American market, but it’s certain to outperform the V6 and V8 in terms of efficiency.

If you’re looking for an economical F-Type, pricing begins at $59,900 plus the $995 destination fee. Just do us the honor of explaining why you’re buying this beforehand.

[Image: Jaguar]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Redliner Redliner on Apr 13, 2017

    Small turbo engines of today can produce equivalent power to a Corvette V8 from 15 years ago but weigh less, are more compact, and under certain circumstances have the ability to produce better mpg (no gass guzzler tax).

  • KOKing KOKing on Apr 13, 2017

    Hey, as long as it makes the same amazeballs sounds as the other motors, that's fine by me. That's one of the main failings of the Mustang EcoBoost, as it wheezes more like a Fusion than any excuse for a Mustang.

  • 9Exponent 9Exponent on Apr 13, 2017

    Wasn't the best characteristic of the F-Type its sound? Something may be lost in translation.

  • Tstag Tstag on Apr 14, 2017

    This would make much more sense to me if Jaguar knocked $5000 of the list price. It would actually be a very sensible move.