Jaguar wants to keep building the anticipation over its upcoming F-Type sports car, so it’s just released a video showing off the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 we already knew would be under the hood.
In fact, we know the engine will come in at least two versions, one rated at 340 horsepower and the second, exclusively reserved for the F-Type, rated at 380 horsepower. Both engines are based on technology developed for Jaguar's supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, so expect both versions to come with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and extensive use of aluminum to reduce weight.
As for the lower-output V-6 engine, expect to see that debut in XF and XJ models, but whether or not that includes models bound for the United States remains a mystery. All XF and XJ models sold here currently come with Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8, which makes a minimum of 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque in normally-aspirated trim.
That makes the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 a step backward in performance, although it will likely serve up better fuel economy than the current V-8. For markets that will soon get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in XF and XJ models, the supercharged V-6 will offer a more economical upgrade path than the 5.0-liter V-8.