Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 02 Oct 2018
When we think of the classic sportscar, few designs, nor brands are quite as iconic as Jaguar’s E-Type or its modern-day equivalent, the Jaguar F-Type.
But, can a sportscar be economical?
The Jaguar F-Type is the definition of a sportscar but without many of the sportscar drawbacks.
Combining eye-catching styling and proven dynamic ability, seen first in the F-Type 3.0 V6 with its (250 kW–294 kW) and 5.0 V8 with (405 kW–423 kW) before even discussing the fire-breathing SVR, the 2.0-litre 4 cylinder Jaguar developed Ingenium engine still retains the essence of performance, yet through clever witchcraft, manages to accomplish simply unbelievable fuel-economy figures and performance all while making a great sound.
Built at JLR’s Engine plant in the UK, the new Ingenium engine is the most powerful 4-cylinder engine to be fitted into a production Jaguar, offering-up a very healthy 221 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Further assisting in the performance element of entry-level F-Type is its decrease in weight of 52 kg over the front-axle when compared to its V6 sibling.
Jaguar claims a fuel consumption figure of a mere 7.2 L/100 km combined and during my week of testing, I was able to achieve figures ranging from 9.0 L/100 km – 10.5 L/100 km.
Can a sportscar be practical?
The simple answer to that question is “YES,” it absolutely can be. Further building towards the entry F-Type’s case is its overall ability to remain practical in terms of interior space and ease of use. While a two-door coupe can never compete with the likes of an SUV or Saloon in terms of space, the F-Type does a commendable job of being able to offer a luggage load area which is certainly spacious enough for two to travel and the ability to be comfortable, thanks to its supportive sports seats.
Cabin ergonomics are good, and the JLR multimedia system as featured throughout the product range from the brand manages to pack impressive usability and clear, intuitive system to deliver everything from clear navigation to multimedia from a multitude of sources.
I was certainly sceptical when it came to accepting a sportscar with a mere 2.0-litre 4 cylinder motor. Jaguar has, however, created a vehicle which shares the essence of their long and illustrious sportscar design heritage, makes all the right noise and packages practicality with what is easily still one of the best looking cars on the road.
The entry-level F-Type brings a culmination of a well-balanced sportscar with everyday drivability, fuel efficiency and impressive performance to a far greater audience and does all of this with a price starting at a shade over R900,000 (Jaguar F-Type 2.0 Coupe).