When did a loud performance car become a problem?
The Jaguar F-Type is one of our favorite sports cars around, not just because it's utterly gorgeous to look at - the work of Ian Callum - but because it symbolized a resurgence for Jaguar with exceptional driving dynamics. While the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is a little underwhelming, the supercharged V6 and V8 engines are simply phenomenal. They sound amazing and they go like bats out of hell, but according to some, the supercharged V6 in the F-Type could actually be too loud. That's according to Australian authorities who issued a recall over the volume levels of V6-engined F-Types down under.
According to the recall documentation, 28 Jaguar F-Type V6s from the 2019 and 2020 model years are affected, with static noise levels that exceed the regulated maximum decibel limit. In Australia, passenger cars are not allowed to exceed 74 decibels when subjected to a drive-by test. The V6-engined F-Types in question exceeded the maximum volume allowed on the test, but recall documentation doesn't state by how much. The documentation also doesn't state what the fix might be, but it's likely to include revisions to the exhaust system with a more effective silencer to meet noise emissions standards.
We can rest easy, though, as the United States doesn't have such strict regulations, which allows us to get away with screaming works of automotive art like the Dodge Challenger Demon amongst others. It also means we're free to enjoy our F-Types as they are, in either of the 340 horsepower or 380 hp guises it comes in. After all, it's unclear how much longer we'll be able to enjoy Jaguar's supercharged six-cylinder, as if the rumors are to be believed, it may soon be thrown out in favor of a BMW engine. The moral of the story, kids, is to enjoy nice things while they're still around before the authorities take them away from you. Going forward, though, could we see stricter noise regulations in place for future versions of the F-Type?