Seven Things You Need to Know About the 2018 Jaguar F-Type

Considering the new turbo four?

Jaguar refreshed the 2018 F-Type for the 2017 New York auto show. Here are seven things you need to know about the Jaguar F-Type, if you are considering the new turbo four.

1. The 296-horsepower F-Type 2.0L has its own handling characteristics.

The new base engine is about 124 pounds lighter than the previous base, the 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, which remains in the lineup. That’s 124 fewer pounds over the front axle, notes vehicle program director Erol Mustafa, making the F-Type 2.0 a “beautifully balanced” sports car. He and his team retuned the springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for the new turbo four, along with the traction control and the power steering. “I use the term ‘playful.’ It’s a great car to just throw around. It just loves it, and you couple that with a four-cylinder exhaust note, a sporty four-cylinder exhaust note, and it’s got character.” And yes, the 2.0L comes with an active exhaust, with the button for driver-control optional at extra cost.


2. It’s not quite the same 2.0-liter Ingenium turbo-four as in the Jaguar XE.

For the F-Type, Jaguar added ceramic roller bearings and a twin-scroll to minimalize lag. The turbo four in the F-Type makes 49 more horses than the XE’s 2.0-liter, and, Mustafa says, is 16-percent more efficient than the supercharged V-6. The 2.0 hits peak torque of 295 pound-feet from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm, and curb weights are 3,360 pounds for the coupe, 3,405 pounds for the convertible.


3. But the turbo four only comes with the 8-speed automatic.

Considering points number 1 and number 2, the new 2.0-liter 2018 Jaguar F-Type should come with a six-speed manual option. But Jaguar will offer it only with the eight-speed automatic when it goes on sale late this summer. Unlike the supercharged V-6 and supercharged V-8, the four is rear-wheel-drive only — no all-wheel-drive option. Granted, the 0-60 mph time of 5.4-seconds for the 296-hp turbo four is 0.1-second quicker than the 340-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged F-Type manual, while the 3.0-liter automatic does the job in just 5.1 seconds. But that lively, light-nosed handling Mustafa describes is crying for a three-pedal transmission. The product chief says it could be added at a later date. “We have to see how well-received the automatic (turbo four) is, and if customers demand it, we’ll react accordingly.” Fingers crossed.


4. Look for the exhaust pipes.

Only exterior visual clue betraying the F-Type’s 2.0-liter is the single exhaust pipe, a wide oval piece in the middle of the lower rear fascia. F-Types with the supercharged V-6 retain their twin exhaust tips.

5. With the new four-bangers, the F-Type lineup now comes in 28 variations, considering engine, body-type, transmission, RWD vs. AWD.

Base price for the ’18 Jaguar F-Type with the 296-hp turbo four is $60,895 for the coupe and $63,995 for the convertible, both including destination charges, with the top-spec SVR at the top-end, at $125,995. The 2017 F-Type coupe with the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 is $62,395, but for the ’18 model year, it climbs to $68,995 for the manual coupe, and $72,095 for the manual convertible.


6. There are other subtle changes in the MY18 facelift.

The front bumpers are brand-new, and LED headlamps are standard across the board, replacing bi-xenon headlamps. Taillamp lenses are a darker shade of red. The seats are thinner, creating more legroom and saving 19.4 pounds.

7. And there’s a special-edition.

Not counted among the 28 variations is a 400 Sport special edition 2018 Jaguar F-Type, which comes with special yellow stitching on gray leather seats, and a 20-horsepower bump for the supercharged V-6. It comes as either a coupe or convertible, with either RWD or AWD. But alas, no manual option — eight-speed automatic only. Prices are $90,495 and $93,495 for the RWD and AWD coupes, and $93,595 and $96,595 for the RWD and AWD convertibles.


We’ve Temporarily Removed Comments

As part of our ongoing efforts to make better, faster, and easier for you to use, we’ve temporarily removed comments as well as the ability to comment. We’re testing and reviewing options to possibly bring comments back. As always, thanks for reading

Buying Guide
Powered by Motortrend
2018 Jaguar F-Type

2018 Jaguar F-Type

MSRP $95,600 400 SPORT AWD Convertible


20 City / 28 Hwy

Horse Power:

296 @ 5500


295 @ 1500