Spy shots of Jaguar F-Type prototype testing new engine
Jaguar’s F-Type convertible has just received a coupe sibling
, with both cars offering two engine types: a V-6 and a V-8. Further down the track, we’ll see the F-Type’s engine lineup expanded, as confirmed by an engine mule spotted in the wild yet again.
We first saw the car in the extreme heat of southern Europe, and now it’s being put through its paces in the icy conditions at the arctic circle. The raised hood and makeshift exhaust pipes reveal the car’s engine mule identity, and according to our photographer the sound is very different to that of the regular V-6 and V-8 F-Types.
If a four-cylinder F-Type is in the works, Jaguar is unlikely to use its existing four-cylinder engine, which is actually based on a Ford design. Instead, the automaker is likely to adopt its new Hotfire design.
Jaguar’s Hotfire four-cylinder engine family is still in development and will be available for the first time in the automaker’s upcoming small sedan, the alleged XS
, due out next year. Other applications, such as the F-Type, would only likely be available after 2015.
Note, the F-Type mule you see here may also be testing a new all-wheel-drive setup for the car. According to Autocar
, the raised hood of this engine mule may be due to a front differential being fitted under the engine.
Hopefully we’ll get official confirmation on Jaguar’s plans for the F-Type soon._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.