Spied! Jaguar Readying Four-Cylinder F-Type?

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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.

Currently, it isn’t known if Jaguar will use the same Ford-sourced 2.0-liter turbo-four as in the XE, which is rated at 237 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. However, it’s likely that the four-cylinder used in the F-Type will have a power output closer to 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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