Jaguar F-Type recalled for being too loud
The Jaguar F-Type is one the best sports cars of the past 10 years. The work of design whizz Ian Callum, it symbolized a resurgence for Jaguar with exceptional driving dynamics and performance. For most of the late 20th and early 21st centuries Jaguar have been known to make soft slovenly luxury cars, with suspension that was softer than the journalism in an inflight magazine.
However, in 2014 Jaguar decided to change that. They unveiled the gorgeous F-Type convertible, followed soon after by the coupe. The F-Type shocked reviewers with its capabilities, and incredible character. Nearly 5 years later it remains one of the best sports cars on the market today.
While the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is a little underwhelming, the supercharged V6 and V8 engines are simply phenomenal. They sound like a crack of lightning and they go like a stabbed rat, but according to Australian authorities, the supercharged V6 in the F-Type could actually be a bit too loud.
28 Jaguar F-Type V6s' from the 2019 and 2020 model years are affected, with static noise levels exceeding the regulated maximum 74 decibels. The supercharged V6 in the F-Type reportedly failed the drive-by noise test. While authorities won't say by how much it failed, what we do know is that Jaguar have recalled all of the affected vehicles.
This issue is isolated strictly to Australia, as other countries such as the US have their own guidelines as to noise levels, this is why cars such as the Dodge Challenger Demon are legal over here, and not in other countries with stricter noise-restrictions.
Furthermore, it's unclear how much longer we'll be able to enjoy Jaguar's supercharged six-cylinder engine, seeing as it may soon be thrown out in favor of a BMW engine. This is rather unfortunate as the V6 in the F-type matches the character of the car beautifully, and a German BMW engine may well destroy the F-Type's brutish charm.