The Jaguar F-Type is now available with Jaguar Land Rover’s recently unveiled Ingenium four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, forming a new base F-Type model in the two-seater line-up. The direct-injection 2.0 litre petrol is available in both the Coupe and the Convertible, producing 300 PS at 5,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,500 – 4,500 rpm. Its 150 PS per litre specific output is the highest of any F-Type, Jaguar says.

Paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic driving the rear wheels, The Ingenium engine propels the 1,525 kg F-Type Coupe along the 0-100 km/h acceleration benchmark in 5.7 seconds, with identical figures for the 1,545 kg F-Type Convertible. Top speed for both are electronically limited to 250 km/h, while fuel consumption and combined CO2 emissions are also identical for both models, at 7.2 l/100 km and 163 g/km respectively.

Manufactured in the UK at JLR’s Engine Manufacturing Centre, the Ingenium petrol engine features technologies such as electrohydraulic valvetrain, integrated exhaust manifolds and a twin-scroll turbocharger with ceramic ball bearings – features the company describes as among the most advanced it has developed.

The electrohydraulic valvetrain features programming that was developed by Jaguar in-house, which enables fully variable intake valve lift for efficiency, power and torque throughout the engines rev range. The technology works quickly enough to deliver cycle-by-cycle control of the combustion process, and with the phasers on both intake and exhaust cams, delivers more flexibility, Jaguar adds.

Weighing 52 kg less than an equivalent 340 PS V6-powered F-Type, this is the lightest variant yet. With the majority of the mass reduction located over the front axle, vehicle dynamics and weight distribution has been improved by a shift of one percent to the rear.

Spring rates have been reduced by four percent in front and three percent at the back to compensate for the reduction in corner weights, while the valving of the 2.0 litre F-Type’s monotube dampers incorporates lessons learnt from the F-Type SVR programme for the balance of ride comfort and “required handling character,” the company adds.

As standard, the 2.0 litre F-Type is shod in 18-inch wheels of staggered widths, with tyres measuring 245/45R18 at the front and 275/40R18 at the rear. The R-Dynamic variants receive upsized, 19-inch items with tyres measuring 245/40R19 in front and 275/35R19 at the back. All 2.0 litre F-Type models can be specified with optional 19- and 20-inch wheel designs.

Behind those wheels are disc brakes measuring 355 mm and 325 mm in diameter for the front and rear respectively, while the larger 19- and 20-inch wheels can accommodate the Jaguar Super Performance Braking System which features 380 mm and 376 mm discs. As on its bigger-engined siblings, suspension duties are handled by double wishbones front and rear, with electromechanical steering.

The 2.0 litre, four-cylinder Jaguar F-Type goes on sale from £49,900 (RM275,222) in the UK, and forms the base of the F-Type line-up which now sports a total of 16 variants.