SPIED! JAGUAR READYING FOUR-CYLINDER F-TYPE?

F-Type may get new base engine

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Our spy photographers have caught what looks like a Jaguar F-Type packing a four-cylinder engine under the hood. The prototype was caught near the Nürburgring race track in Germany where prototypes of the facelifted model are undergoing testing.

The biggest giveaway that this F-Type mule has a different engine is the large single center-mounted exhaust. Our spy team also said the car emits a very different sound than its large-engined brethren.

Additionally, the car doesn’t have a retractable spoiler, and the rear bumper appears to be different from the more powerful F-Type variants. The prototype’s alloy wheels look to be of a smaller diameter. The front bumper also looks like it’s different from the V-6 and V-8-powered F-Types, which have more aggressive lower front fascias with larger air intakes.

Expect the new four-cylinder in the F-Type to be a version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the upcoming Ingenium family of engines and not the current Ford-sourced 2.0-liter turbo-four in the XE. Jaguar‘s flagship seems like the smart place to debut a new family of modern engines. The new engine will likely make more than the current engine’s 237 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque to better compete with the base 718 Boxster and Cayman, which make 300 hp and 280 lb-ft. The four-cylinder F-Type will likely offer a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.

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