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Rebirth of Jaguar’s XKSS

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Jaguar, a British multinational car company based out of Whitley, Coventry, England, is most commonly associated with luxurious and sophisticated automobiles. The company also has a long standing lineage in motorsports stemming back to the 40’s when it was building some of the finest and fastest production vehicles in the world. Without a doubt, some of the classic moments of motorsport success for the company would have to be their dominant performance at Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1950’s. Beginning with the C-Type which claimed victories in 1951 and 1953, then succeeded by the D-Type winning in 1955, 1956 and 1957 which later led to the development of the XKSS.

The aforementioned Jaguar XKSS was commissioned as a road-going version of the Jaguar D-Type racing car. At the end of 1956, Jaguar took a brief hiyatus from motorsport. They were left with a number of completed and partially completed D-Types which had no purpose at the time. That is until Jaguar decided to convert the D-Type remains into road going versions for an American market which was eating up anything foreign and high performance at the time. Minimal changes were made to make the D-Type road legal, but it is worth our effort to spend a little bit of time to relive the master piece which was the D-Type.

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Jaguar J-Pace Spied

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The follow up to the Jaguar F-Pace is already being spied in testing mode with its camo gear on. What you see here should be Jaguar’s slightly larger and more luxurious SUV which will be called the J-Type. This particular SUV has a longer wheelbase than the F-Type.

With the longer wheelbase comes a larger and longer overall profile as well which opens up the interior cabin for more capacity and overall space. The J-Type is not only longer, it also has a more hunkered down road presence thanks to deeper front and rear facia as well.

Engine choices have not yet been revealed. Actually not much information has been released about the J-Type at all. What you see here right now is what you get as the vehicle is still very much in the development phase. If you’re in the market for a large SUV, you might just have to wait a little longer for this one to be put into production.


Jaguar and their Wagon Future

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News about Jaguar not making any more wagons caused quite a stir when the news broke. So out comes Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Chief Design Executive, to clear that up. He said “I said there would be no XE Sportbrake. Nothing more!”

Well, thankfully with that said, we can expect some more family haulers to come out of the Jaguar pipeline in the future. Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake and XFR-S performance spec were the first two wagons to be produced by the company and it certainly showed us what we can look forward to from the automaker.

Maybe one day we can even find one of those F-type 500hp V8’s shoved into the front end of a Jaguar wagon. We won’t get out hopes up and most wagons produced for the European market never makes it way to North American shores.


Will There Be a Jaguar F-Pace XE?

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Jaguar’s Pace is a beautifully designed SUV that’s been a welcomed entrant into the crossover SUV space. Their top of the line version currently offers a well powered 380hp engine that provides enough pep for hauling the family and gear along. However, competing brands are offering high power versions of their SUVs in the likes of AMG or M variants. So how does Jaguar respond? Their SVO division drops in their V8 supercharged motor which will pump out a hefty 500hp.

That’s right, this is the same motor that you can find in Jaguar’s F-type sports coupe. Now the Pace will definitely be able to keep pace, if not surpass the performance of its competition. Jaguar is currently developing the production model which will be called the F-Pace and it’s likely to hit showrooms sometime in 2017.


Jaguar to Expand the SVR Lineup

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Jaguar is following in the foot steps of AMG and BMW’s M cars in that they will start to use the SVR badging across a wider selection of vehicles in the stable. More specifically, Jaguar will no longer just use the SVR emblem on their V8 cars. Where AMG has been churning out four, six, eight, ten and 12 cylinder motors with their AMG badge, Jaguar has so far only stuck SVR badge on their V8 cars.

Jaguar’s PR director Richard Agnew said, “We can’t possibly say that SVO has to be V-8, with the way the world is changing and also the way engine technology is changing as well.” The main criteria for Jaguar cars to wear the SVR badge in the future is that they must be extra special. And that usually requires that extra specialness to be in the performance and visual department.

What that means is Jaguar will be expanding their SVR lineup to include vehicles that don’t have a V8 under the hood. What it doesn’t mean is Jaguar will be dropping the V8. The company has said that their 5.0L V8 is a low stressed engine which means there’s still more room to pull some extra horsepower out of it.


Jaguar F-Type SVR Makes North American Debut

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The Porsche 911 fighting Jaguar F-Type SVR made its North American debut today. With a 25 horsepower bump compared to the previous range topping F-Type R, which boosts power output to 567 horsepower, the F-Type SVR can turn out a 3.5 second 0-60 time and continue accelerating up to 200mph. This is the first vehicle that Jaguar Land Rover’s Specialty Vehicle Operations department has churned out and they made quite a few changes.

Many of the changes are all weight and drag reduction related including an active rear wing has been added to reduce lift and recesses at high speed to reduce drag to help reach top speed. Underneath the F-Type SVR features a flat floor to reduce drag. The wheels are wider, yet lighter and the brakes can now be replaced with a set of carbon ceramic brakes to shave off even more weight and offer better performance for track junkies. Other modifications to the F-Type include a revised front end with enlarged air openings to feed the revised cooling system.

The Jaguar F-Type SVR will be available in both coupe and convertible models, but the F-Type SVR will cost a pretty penny over the F-Type R. The Coupe starts at $142,000 in Canada, a $23,500 premium over the R. The convertible F-Type SVR will run you $145,000 compared to the convertible F-Type R which starts at $121,500. Be sure to check out our gallery below.

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Jaguar F Type SVR Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

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Jaguar’s new F Type SVR will be debuting at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This is a much anticipated car as consumers and the automotive industry is eagerly waiting on what Jaguar is doing to make their F Type better.

It is confirmed that Jaguar will be using a 5.0L V8 which will be supercharged to pump out 575hp and 516lb/ft f torque. This will allow the SVR to propel to 100kph in a mere 3.5 seconds. The new SVR starts at $126,945USD and that type of money will get you into the 200mph club with the top up. If you opt for the convertible SVR, that will run you $129,795USD and will get you near the 200mph club (195mph top speed to be exact).

The SVR is a much updated version of the F Type. First off, the waistline has been trimmed down now weighing in at 110lbs less. The SVR uses a new titanium exhaust, and has optional carbon ceramic brakes and carbon fiber body trimmings.


Jaguar F-Type SVR

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That amount of information about the new Jaguar F-Type SVR is very limited and much has been left to speculation and word of mouth information. What we do know is that the new F-Type will be capable of hitting 200mph, however, how it does it is still very much in the air as no specifications for the engine have been released.

The Jaguar F-Type SVR will be debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this March. John Edwards, the head of Jaguar Special Operations, said the new SVR will be an “all-weather supercar.” which leads us to believe that the new F-Type will be an all wheel drive vehicle. Jaguar is also saying that its first SVR-badged model will be “lighter, faster, and more powerful.” So based on the limited amount of information, the F-Type SVR will at least be a stripped down all wheel version of the regular F-Type.

Those who are waiting for details will see an official announcement from Jaguar on February 17 when the specs of the F-Type SVR will be made available to the public.


Jaguar Adds Manual Rowing And AWD Options to F-TYPE

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When Jaguar first unveiled the F-TYPE, it was generally very well accepted. A great looking little coupe that had some pretty respectable performance. The only complaint from a vocal minority was that it was lacking a manual shift option. Apparently that minority is not so minor as Jaguar has just announced it is adding a manual shifting option for the 2016 model year. It will be paired exclusively to the 3.0L supercharged V6. It won’t however be available with another option Jaguar is adding for the new F-TYPE: An all-wheel-drive option. This shouldn’t be a problem since those that prefer to shift manually are likely going to stick with the rear-wheel drive versions. Jaguar also announced the addition of a F-TYPE R Convertible model, extending the range to 14 derivatives up from 6.

Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover said: “The F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible already represent everything you’d expect from a Jaguar sports car – seductive design, stunning performance and amazing agility. The addition of all-wheel drive and manual transmission options to the range will further enhance the F-TYPE’s dynamic capability and offer even greater driver reward – broadening its appeal to sports car enthusiasts worldwide.”

The addition of AWD coupled with the 542 horsepower from the 5.0L supercharged V8 enable both the F-TYPE R coupe and convertible to rocket from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds up to a governed top speed of 186mph. AWD is also available on the F-TYPE S models. I was quite surprised when Jaguar first announced the new AWD option for the F-TYPE

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Jaguar 2014 Super Bowl Commercial

Have you ever wondered why in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits? Jaguar wants to introduce you to the latest British villian with their 2014 Super Bowl Commercial. It’s #GoodToBeBad

Watch Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe 2014 Super Bowl Commercial


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