On the wild frontiers of innovation, smaller is almost always better. The silicon chip is powerful only because it is tiny; smartphones are little more than shrunken supercomputers. Power grows as dimensions shrink. The same might now be said of the new Jaguar F-Type. The latest 2.0-litre version looks, on the outside, to have the same heft as the previous model. But underneath the bonnet it’s a different story.
The original F-Type was unveiled with serious pomp in 2013. The coupé came equipped with a choice of throaty V6 and V8 engines — a beautiful car touted as the E-Type for a new generation. Both power plants offered an exhilarating exhaust note of crackles and pops — something akin to a Spitfire pulling out of a victory roll. It was the perfect soundtrack for any journey.
Now, in a bid to help save the planet, Jaguar’s slower, lower-price version of the F-Type has been loaded with a modest four-cylinder engine that’s frugal, cleaner and zippily turbocharged. In comparison to the V6, it sounds more like a balsa wood aeroplane wound up with an elastic band.