Jaguar F-type

Jaguar F-type

Lots of companies had a successful 2013, but Jaguar and Land Rover had one of the best. In the U.S. alone Jaguar saw sales jump by 41-percent, making it the fastest growing brand in the States this year. Land Rover also had a great showing this year with a 14.5-percent gain over 2012.

Together, these two brands brought in 66,962 sales in the U.S. Worldwide, the Jaguar Land Rover group was able to move 425,006 vehicles, a 19-percent jump over last year’s performance. The company set new sales records in 38 markets. Worldwide, Jaguar actually beat its U.S. growth at 42-percent, for a total of 76,668 cars sold.

2013 has been a record sales year for almost every major brand, but Jaguar is the only brand among its competitors to see growth above 25-percent. What is Jaguar doing right to make such an amazing leap in the market, and how is this success helping Land Rover?

Click past the jump to read all about how Jaguar made this awesome leap.

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Merry Christmas TopSpeed readers. As you all know, the busiest person this time of the year is none other than Santa Claus himself.

The man is probably on his way back to the North Pole after his global voyage of spreading cheer and good tidings to children all over the world, so it’s probably not the best idea to go disturbing him and ask a copy of Gran Turismo 6 . We all know that Santa usually enlists the services of his trusted reindeer when he needs a lift, but after the long journey, they likely need a break.

Fortunately, we have a few suggestions on what cars Santa can use to get around while his reindeer take a well-deserved break.

After the jump are five cars that Santa would likely find useful to drive all around the North Pole, or maybe even to deliver next year’s gifts.

So without further ado, these are the five cars we’d suggest Santa get behind the wheel of so he can give his reindeer a nice tropical break in the Caribbean.

Click past the jump to check out the list!

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The new F-Type Coupe made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the biggest surprise was the addition of a new R version . As the model was powered by the same V-8 engine used in cars like the XKR-S everyone believed that this will be in fact the alternative to the rumored F-Type Coupe R-S .

Well, that’s not true. During the show, Jaguar design director Ian Callum hinted that the new F-Type Coupe will get at least two additional versions, including the more powerful R-S and a track-focused version, just like the XKR-S GT .

According to Callum, "We now have a well balanced model cycle plan for each car, upward, downwards and sideways. With the F-type, the R-S is one of those possibilities." We are not very sure if this can be considered a confirmation, but during the summer it was rumored that the F-Type Coupe R-S will deliver about 700 horsepower. If this will really happen, then the R-S will easily pass the 200 mph barrier.

He did not offered any details on when the two models will arrive, but he did confirm there will be a one-year break between the launches.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

Source: Autocar
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Jaguar prepared a nice little surprise for us for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show .

We all knew Jag was going to unveil the coupe version of the recently launched F-Type , but the company decided to also offer a more powerful R version for those customers interested in a little bit more than just the base sports coupe.

The new F-Type R Coupe is offered as almost the coupe equivalent to the F-Type V8 S Roadster , but with a more powerful engine, a more aggressive look, an updated suspension, high-performance brakes and a revised interior. All this for just $99,000, which will make it a tough competitor in its segment.

Jaguar will distinguish the new F-Type R Coupe from the rest of the lineup by adding more aggressive bodywork, lots of carbon fiber, plus "R" logos placed on the grille and on the back end.

The new F-Type R Coupe will be put on sale in March 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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Shortly after Jaguar released the F-Type roadster, Design Director, Ian Callum, revealed that a coupe version would follow it. After testing it for a few months, Jaguar finally unveiled it at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As no surprise, the new F-Type Coupe is nearly identical to the roadster version, except, of course, the fixed roof. There are a few changes regarding the engine lineup, as the base F-Type will only be offered with a V-6 engine — standard and supercharged, while the V-8 engine is offered only in the new, R version.

The new F-Type Coupe will be put on sale in early 2014, and prices will range from $65,000 for the base F-Type Coupe to $77,000 for the F-Type S Coupe. Unlike the Roadster version, the new coupe variant will also get a R version priced at $99,000.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar F-Type Coupe.

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If you’re not antsy to get behind the wheel of any version of the Jaguar F-Type, we ask you to please hand your "Car Nut" card over to the gentleman at the front desk, and go check out TMZ for a bit. It is particularly hard to fathom any car junkie not being enthralled by the V8 S version of Jag ’s latest sports car .

Well, in the latest episode of "Ignition," Carlos Lago got his chance behind the wheel of the mighty Jaguar F-Type V8 S and pushed it to its limits on the roads of Malibu, California, on the dyno and every other way we can think of testing it.

As expected, Lago had a blast behind the wheel of the V8 S, but he did say that he thinks the supercharged V-6 models are better sports cars, but that the V8 S was more of a mixture of sport and muscle. We think that’s a fair assessment, but we’ll take raw muscle over grace any day of the week.

Check out the video to see exactly what Carlos thinks the F-Type V8 S and whether it is suited to pick up where the legendary E-Type left off.

Jay Leno’s clout in the auto industry is well established. That’s one of the perks of being a certified car enthusiast but in the comedian’s case, automakers trip over themselves to get featured in his own auto web show series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Recently, Jaguar took its turn and it brought along its latest pride and joy, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S . Eric Johnson, vice president of Jaguar Western Region, presented the car to Leno and true to the script, the pair began by talking about the car before Leno does what he seemingly always does: take the F-Type V8 S for a spin. Obviously, a car of the F-Type V8 S’ stature deserves to have some kind of special attention given to it and Leno was quick to point out how impressed he was with its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the F-Type V-8 S, the episode also featured Leno’s drive of another one of Jaguar’s recent builds: the Project 7 Concept. Like we said, this guy really gets all the treats, doesn’t he?

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster

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What do you like to do when it’s time to relax? Jogging, swimming, playing a cool game, hanging out with your friends — these likely top most of your lists. But, we are pretty sure that for some of you here, the greatest joy is to get behind the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and just cruise the streets.

David Gandy is one of the guys with an ultimate passion for driving sports cars . Oh, who is he? He is a successful British model that also happens to be a huge Jaguar fan.

In this latest short movie revealed by the British automaker, called "Escapism," Gandy gets behind the wheel of some of the most amazing Jaguar models, ranging from the new F-Type roadster and going back in history to models like the C-Type , E-Type and XKSS.

All we can say is enjoy the video, we are pretty sure you will like what you will see!

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Jaguar is getting serious about revamping its image. As with all luxury and premium brands, the desire to be young, cool and sexy is a very powerful draw. Audi has used a similar approach very successfully over the last decade, to now being a global luxury powerhouse with more brand appeal in some sectors than BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Launching a successful luxury expansion takes bold vision, charisma and - most importantly - the right cars to match the brand’s potential. While Audi took a colder and more tech-driven brand identity, Jaguar is going to emotional route to branding itself a sports car specialist.

Jaguar is taking itself into a new arena with some very racy marketing launches for the F-type around the world, including a steamy Playboy collaboration.

Embracing social media, video formats, glamour photography, fashion spreads, everything: the F-type launch is so horny that you can almost smell the perfume wafting out its vents in the Jaguar ’s official videos.

One of these sexually-charged videos stands above the rest, due to its slinky song lyrics, silk sheets and wind machines at a low fan setting. We get to watch Playboy’s 2013 Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, as her beauty team adds red Chanel lipstick to match her new 2014 F-type roadster.

She then lounges tauntingly in front of her new Jag, given to her as part of the prize for her incredible ... modeling.

She has the bad-girl pout of Lana Del Rey, and the song is just as moody and sinful as her red dresses. Click past the jump to enjoy 90 seconds of passion with 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun and her new Jaguar F-type .


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