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Published on April 9th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Jaguar F-Type 2.0L Test Drive Review


Is this not a stunning looking sports car?Is this not a sports car with perfect shape symmetry? Is this not a timelesslooking silhouette? Is this not a car that looks at home side by side withother German and Italian supercars? Well, if you have agreed to 3 out of 4 ofour questions, then why have you not taken this British beauty out for a testdrive?

The answer is simple if you would allow me,its out of sight, out of mind! Yes, when I took this Jaguar F-Type home for theweekend, most of my friends and neighbours did not know it was a car that hasbeen in Malaysia since 2014.

HOWLONG

Yes, it has already been 5-years since theF-Type landed in Malaysia and there has been little publicity and ‘noise’ madein the media about its existence. Well, part of the reasons are as follows.Porsche has a bigger brand awareness and Mercedes, Audi and BMW have larger advertisingbudgets and lets not forget the reconditioned used car market that floods uswith low priced no warranty sports cars that does not give Jaguar in Malaysiaenough muscle to ‘fight’ back.

HOWFAST

Also, in 2014 the F-Type showcased newsupercharged Jaguar engines, a 3-liter supercharged V6 in 340hp and 380hpstates of tune and the 5-liter supercharged V8 in the Jaguar F-Type V8 S with495hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque. All were equipped with the new IntelligentStop/Start systems to enhance fuel economy under certain driving conditions.These were large powerful engines that came at a time when the rivals weredownsizing with added power.

The 340hp V6 model could accelerate from0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds. The 380hp S model lowers that from 0-100km/h in 4.9seconds and the V8 S could go from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

HOWWAS IT MADE

Based on the Jaguar 5-liter V8 engine, the3-liter V6 shared its all-alloy construction. The lightweight die-cast aluminumblock was stiffened with cross-bolted main bearing caps, increasing rigidityand refinement. A system of counter-rotating front and rear balancer weightshelped give the new supercharged V6 the smoothness and refinementcharacteristics of the V8 on which it is based.

HOWMUCH BEFORE

Yes, big and powerful engines and withasking prices to match, Jaguar in Malaysia could not match their rivals askingprices. At the time only the F-Type ‘S’ at RM899,000 and F-Type ‘R’ RM1,158,888were introduced and this led buyers to look elsewhere.

For 2019, things have changed. Here is anew version of the F-Type, a facelift with some tweaks to its looks and moreimportantly, a brand new engine that makes more sense in our changing market.

HOWNOW

Now for 2019 the F-Type arrives in Malaysiawith a 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium engine good for 300PS and still deliversJaguar sports car’s DNA with enhanced agility as well as improved efficiencyand affordability. This F-TYPE can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.7seconds and achieve a top speed of 250km/h. The engine’s high maximum torque of400Nm is generated from just 1,500rpm. Think about it…..between the older 4.9seconds and this 5.7 seconds, there is hardly any difference to be felt whenchasing down a rival…..a mere 0.8 seconds difference will not alter your life.

WHATELSE IS NEW

This 2019 version introduces new futuristicLED headlights and rear lights which are among improved exterior aesthetics ofthe F-TYPE. The new headlights from the optional LEDs has a colour temperatureof 5,500-6,000K, which feature a colour temperature that is close to daylightresulting in better visibility for night driving and definitely adds on to thestyling of the car. With three different beam pattern modes to choose from(i.e: city, highway and bad weather), the driver can choose a mode that suitsthe driving environment.

A redesigned bumper, a new single exhausttailpipe finisher and a new 18” wheel also give the F-TYPE a redefined lookthereby adding more masculinity to the character of the car. The introductionof the new Silicon Silver exterior colour also emphasise the character linesfurther and exudes the boldness of the F-TYPE.

Entering the coupe, one will noticesignificant enhancements that is more luxurious than before. The addition oflightweight slim line seats as well as a new chrome and aluminium trimfinishers heighten the driver-focused feel of the interior and perfectlycomplement the enhanced interior colour schemes including the Siena Tan leatheroption now available across the range. The seat frames are pressure die castmagnesium alloy – a material that has a high strength-to-weight ratio and anexcellent formability required for an ergonomic form of Jaguar’s innovativeseat design. The weight saving compared to their predecessors is more than 8kg.

Every F-TYPE now features the Touch Proinfotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen. Its super-fast responses,intuitive tablet-style operation, intelligent navigation functions such asShare ETA and online services such as real-time traffic and live weatherreports make every journey more rewarding and put a world of information at thedriver’s fingertips.

Touch Pro is the most advanced infotainmentsystem ever offered by Jaguar and it comes standard for the entire F-TYPErange. Designed and developed around state-of-the-art technologies including apowerful quad-core processor, high-speed 60GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) and anultra-fast Ethernet network, Touch Pro delivers a world-class performance andfunctionality as well as an outstanding user experience.

HOWDOES IT ENTERTAIN

From ignition, the engine barks and growlsand settles to a murmur waiting for its ‘boss’ to engage with it. Its cabin remainssnug and comfortable with good outward vision. Our 5-foot 6-inch frame feelsright at home in the sports seats and the chunky steering wheel meets our palmswith joy.

In heavy traffic, this ‘cat’ purrs alongwith no issue and its sexy rump gets the attention of all other road users wholove cars. It’s a good looking ride and you can see the admiration of others,even supercar drivers. Part of the reasons are its looks and design and theother part is its exclusivity.

Find a gap in traffic, punch the ‘joy’pedal with your right foot and feel the sensation of a roller coaster heading downwardswithout a care in the world. Yes, its quick, especially when you have the enginepurring at 2,500 plus revs. Its mid range response puts a smile on you and thesteering responses quick to your commands. Despite its width, it allows weavingin and out of traffic easy and there is no hesitation of power delivery untilyou hear a police siren chasing you down.

HOWNOW

Well, you have just bought your Cayman oryour SLK so you will need to wait it out. But if your running a 4-7-year-oldCayman or SLK, this is the car to change up to without denting your budget. Also…..trustme….this is not a car to buy for your girlfriend, this is car for YOU to drive.

Now comes the best part, this 2019 JaguarF-TYPE 2.0L retails at just RM575,800 (excluding road tax, registration andinsurance) and it is now available at all Jaguar showrooms nationwide.

Jaguar F-Type 2.0L Specifications

Engine:4-cylinder Turbocharged

Capacity: 1997cc

Power: 300bhp @5500rpm

Torque: 400Nm @1500-4500rpm

Transmission:8-speed QuickShift

0-100km/h: 5.7secs

Top speed:250km/h

Price: From RM575,800.00


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