While most automakers are trying to pack more power into their sportscars and supercars, Jaguar has announced a new variant of the F-Type at the New York Auto Show that will come with a 296 horsepower four-cylinder engine under the hood. What that means is for 2018, the F-Type will offer six different engine choices. The base F-Type with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6, the 380-horsepower F-Type R-Dynamic, the mid-range 400 Sport, the 550-horsepower V8-powered F-Type R, and the top-tier 575-horse SVR. There are now 20 different variants with different engine, transmission and body style permutations of F-Type to choose from.
The entry-level F-Type is powered by a new four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter unit making 296 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which helps propel the 3360 pound two-seater from a standstill to 60mph in 5.4 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. The fuel efficiency has yet to be disclosed for US market. Cosmetically, it is almost identical to the rest of the range and will be offered in both in both closed-roof and soft-top forms. The new F-type four-cylinder goes on sale from spring 2017 with the prices starting at $59,900 plus a $995 destination charge.