Jaguar describes the F-Kind P300 as “the feisty younger brother”. Nicely, that may very well be fairly controversial; sure, it’s nonetheless the F-Kind and it does put out a good 296hp however it’s nonetheless only a 2.Zero-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine. Examine that to its 543hp super-charged V8 sibling. Feisty? There was just one approach to discover out. We now have the coupé model (there’s additionally a convertible) and I head out with it on the break of daybreak to Aamby Valley. The factor about driving right here from Mumbai is that the route affords an important mixture of tough and easy roads with average visitors that thins out progressively and leads to a delightfully quick and twisty part.
Contemplating the truth that I had already pushed the 543hp super-charged V8 mannequin, I wasn’t very excited with the considered the all-new 2.Zero-litre engine placing out simply 296hp. However as visitors thinned, these ideas quickly proved to be misgivings. At each open stretch I put my foot down and the motor responded shortly, together with the Eight-speed gearbox that kicks down a few gears and supplies fairly respectable grunt.
This motor belongs to the Ingenium household and likewise powers different JLR automobiles just like the XE, XF, Evoque, Discovery Sport and the Velar. The one distinction, although, is that within the P300 it makes a bit extra energy, at 296hp, and 400Nm of torque. These figures are similar to its rival from Porsche’s steady – the Porsche 718 makes the identical energy and has solely 20Nm much less torque. These figures don’t actually sound spectacular for a sportscar; however in actuality, they aren’t dangerous and are satisfactory sufficient to supply a good adrenaline rush. Jaguar claims it would do a dash to 100kph in 5.7sec and in our check situations it managed a run of 6.1sec with the assistance of dynamic launch management. Because of its fast Eight-speed gearbox, the in-gear occasions had been pretty brisk, too. It timed 20-80kph in four.14sec and 40-100kph in four.64sec.
Will get smaller 19-inch alloys. Pirelli tyres provide good grip.
The later hours of the morning in Lonavala noticed some visitors and the motor proved to be very simple to modulate and fairly tractable, with energy coming in good and low at 1,500rpm. The steering, although, is a bit heavy at these sluggish speeds however the weight does disappear as you climb greater. The engine likes to be revved. Hold the throttle pinned and it'll step by step ease into its 6,400rpm rev-limiter fairly than hit it like a wall. On the quick bits there was ample alternative to do that and the little Jag supplies loads of thrills. It undoubtedly doesn’t really feel outright quick or anyplace near what the V8 motor is however it’s brisk sufficient.
As for the experience, a damaged, monsoon-ravaged part of highway confirmed one other optimistic aspect of the F-Kind. Not like most sportscars, the Jag didn’t crash and rattle over the uncovered floor, and dealt with them fairly properly. As quickly as I reached the twisty bits and the roads smoothened out, I switched driving mode to Dynamic, turned off ESP and slotted the gear lever into S – social gathering time!
Although it nonetheless felt like a typical front-engine rear-wheel drive (which characteristically shows understeer) this cat can put its tail out. Take a wider line carrying nearly sufficient momentum and flick the flat-bottomed steering earlier than booting the throttle absolutely – and voila, it rewards you with a neat
and tidy oversteer.
Coming to the styling, as earlier than, the F-Kind integrates traditional and trendy design cues fantastically and the P300 carries on with the modifications from the 2018 F-Kind SVR launched only a month again. The obvious change on the outside is the Lamborghini-like centre-mounted exhaust, which appears to be like actually neat. The 19-inch alloys get a recent design too, whereas different updates embrace redesigned bumpers and new LED headlamps and tail-lamps. The massive spoiler that deploys robotically when you cross 120kph is kind of neat; you may as well manually deploy it through a button and although you gained’t actually really feel its impact in most driving cases, it’s price it for sheer visible drama alone.
Plonking-in a smaller engine hasn’t actually taken away the F-Kind’s soul. Certain, it’s not a hooligan like its V8 sibling is however what the P300 affords is the flexibility of on a regular basis use and good gas effectivity (for a sportscar) whereas nonetheless managing to deliver a smile to your face. Plus, the most important advantage of providing a smaller capability model is that the two.Zero-litre, four-cylinder engine now attracts a lot decrease taxes – which makes this F-Kind far more inexpensive. Whereas the top-spec F-Kind SVR prices Rs 2.65 crores, this one prices simply Rs 93 lakhs. Pocket-friendly rocket? You guess!