The 2020 Jaguar F-Type has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring – and there’s a suspicious change in exhaust note on this footage from YouTuber Carspotter Jeroen.
We’ve known for some time that Jaguar had terminated the production contract it has with Ford, which makes JLR’s excellent V6s and V8s at a dedicated facility at its Bridgend plant. What is still unconfirmed is which engine will replace the flagship V8.
It’s fair to suspect that the F-Type’s lower models will be catered for by four-cylinder and straight-six mild hybrid power, but this Nurburgring test mule is clearly packing something a little tastier, if something not quite so raucous as the supercharged 5.0 that’s coming to the end of its life.
The rumour mill suggests it’s a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 from BMW, and while we can’t be sure of its exact origins it definitely does sound like a snail-fed unit. It still seems to get a bit angry on full-bore upshifts, though, so there’s a suggestion that not all of the traditional Jaguar rudeness will have been lost. Let us know what you make of the new sound.