Apparently not everyone likes to hear the glorious whine of a supercharger

The whistling of a turbocharger, the unmistakable whine of a supercharger – these are the noises that we’ve associated with performance for the better part of two decades. It’s not like we had a choice, as automakers were forced to choose forced induction over displacement, but that’s a story for another day. The point of this story is to emphasize the fact that not everybody likes to hear these noises that we now associated with performance, and that’s exactly why the Jaguar F-Type – all V-8 models and the recently discontinued V-6 models – are all quieter than the used to be.

Why is the Jaguar F-Type Quieter?

Have You Noticed That 2019-2020 Jaguar F-Type is Quieter? Here's Why Exterior
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All examples of the Jaguar F-Type that feature the now-discontinued supercharged V-6 or the monstrous V-8 are actually quieter than that used to be. It’s not your ears playing tricks on you – it’s actually Jaguar playing tricks on you. If you’re not sure where I’m going with this quite yet, I’m talking about the supercharger whine that isn’t so noticeable anymore. This isn’t because of the revised exhaust systems, petrol particulate filters, or any change to the superchargers used on these engines at all. Instead, it comes courtesy of additional insulation under the engine cover and better sealing at the end of the hood. In an interview with Car Throttle, JLR’s Vehicle Integration Manager, Tanmay Dube, confirmed just this:

”The engine cover and the sealing at the end of the bonnet [were altered] - that was the main input to reduce the whine.
Have You Noticed That 2019-2020 Jaguar F-Type is Quieter? Here's Why
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Apparently, this change came after listening to customer feedback and with the idea of making the car more comfortable or appealing to drive:

”We wanted to make sure that the car was something you could use all the time, on long journeys and so on, and [it was] one element that made the refinement better.”

While this did make some consumers happy, if left those of us that actually prefer this kind of audible feedback wanting more. Jaguar even went so far as to reconsider making adjustments and bringing back at least some of the noise. There was also consideration to make it even quieter. But, in the end, things have been left the same way they’ve been for the last couple of years.

Have You Noticed That 2019-2020 Jaguar F-Type is Quieter? Here's Why Exterior
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That said, you can still hear the whine a little bit, but it’s nowhere near as prominent as it used to be. One could argue, however, that you could make your 2019 or 2020 F-Type a little louder by simply stripping the insulation from that engine cover and swapping out the bonnet seal with one from 2017 or 2018. There’s no definite date for when the changeover occurred, but stepping back to late-2017 or early-2018 for the older bonnet seal should help liven up the soundtrack coming from under the F-Type’s hood.

2021 Jaguar F-Type specifications
Model Jaguar F-Type R Jaguar F-Type V-8 Jaguar F-Type V-6 Jaguar F-Type
Engine 5.0-litre supercharged V8 5.0-litre supercharged V-8 supercharged 3.0-litre V6 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium
Horsepower 575 HP 444 HP 374 HP 296 HP
Torque 516 LB-FT 427 LB-FT 339 LB-FT 295 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.6 seconds 4.4 seconds 4.9 seconds 5.4 seconds
Top Speed 186 mph 177 mph 171 mph 155 mph

Source: Car Throttle

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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