The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.
When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.
With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.
In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?
It appears that the recall bug has bitten a piece off of the big cat’s chink, prompting said big cat to issue a safety recall of their new XJ sedan.
After discovering a problem with the front wipers, Jaguar is set to recall 6,475 US-spec units of XJ models built from July 28, 2009 to November 3, 2010. The problem, it seems, stems from a malfunction where the front wiper arms weren’t torqued sufficiently during the car’s assembly. What this does is when the front wipers are being used, the securing nuts holding them in place could come loose and, as a result, lead to the wipers hitting each other, or worse, completely detach themselves from the car leaving the driver in a very precarious situation of driving without wipers when it’s raining.
The recall is set to start on or before December 13. Owners are encouraged to contact their dealers, who are instructed to check whether the wiper arms have been fitted correctly and should there be a problem the dealership will fix the problem at no cost to the owner. For more information on the matter, Jaguar XJ owners can ring up Jaguar at 800-637-6837.
As the premier specialists in Jaguar tuning, Arden has released a number of packages especially devoted to the British marquee and has always received great acclaim for their work. Arden has continued that approach after releasing their latest modification kit for one of Jaguar’s new vehicles, the 2010 XJ saloon.
The mod kit, which covers, the exterior, interior, and powertrain of the XJ is yet another testament to the brand’s unique expertise in tuning Jaguars. For this particular time, the aftermarket-tuning firm worked on a discreet styling kit, giving it a rather unique bespoke appearance yet doesn’t do so in an overly exaggerated manner. The company changed the XJ’s front appearance by putting in a stainless steel mesh grille, installing a set of LED fog lights, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a two-tone finish and a multi-spoke design, and, in a fit of nostalgia, brought back the old ‘leaping cat’ emblem that Jaguar dropped from their vehicles a few years ago.
Hit the jump to get more details on the Jaguar XJ by Arden.
At one time, this was the fastest vehicle in the world, but those days are behind the Jaguar XJ220. Despite it losing the crown, the supercar can still remain one of the coolest machines ever to be built and that point was driven home at the SEMA motor show.
The matte-grayJaguar is actually for sale, as the previous owner decided to trade up, if that was possible. As you know, the XJ220 features a 500+ horsepower twin-turbo V6, but reports indicated that the owner has tuned and modified it to well over 700 horsepower.
That color is a bit of oddity, as it’s a unique color and could hamper the resale value of the vehicle. Perhaps a better way to go would have been to use Meguiar’s paint wraps that can come off, unlike this which is now permanent.
The car was worked on and brought to the show by Specialty Car Craft, a company that has worked on many different exotic vehicles of the years. At the SEMA show, the company had a Rolls-Royce Phantom , a matte-green Lamborghini Murcielago and a matte-orangeLotus Exige on display.
You can keep your tuned Honda CR-Zs , we’ll have one of these.
One look at the new Jaguar XJ for 2011 and you’ll be staring at it for weeks on end. At least, that’s what we did because this vehicle is simply stunning in every way possible. It’s not bland, boring, or unrecognizable in any way. It’s unique and possibly, one of the most beautiful things ever to come out of the Jaguar factory.
There has been a trend in the luxury car segment recently and it hasn’t been for the better. Where as automakers once attempted to create unique products that would separate them from the herd, today’s luxury sedans seem to blend together in the automotive parking lot. Sure, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series look good in their own way, but ask a normal person which one was which and they might not even know.
This is part of the reason why we love the XJ and why it won our luxury car top ten comparison.
Usually when someone buys a new car, they follow a very specific procedure. They start things off by going to their local dealer and arguing numbers for awhile - sometimes a long while. After the little "chat" with the annoying salesman, the customer usually gets to drive home with their brand new car. Of course, when you’re Jay Leno, things are a bit different.
During a very grand event, Jay Leno received his brand new Jaguar XJ . And just to conceptualize just how big this event was, two of Mr. Leno’s special guests were Claudia Schiffer and David Hasselhoff.
Check out the video so you can see both the presentation of the Jaguar XJ and the creation of the luxury sedan as well.
As a reminder, US customers will only get the 5.0 liter V8 engine, in both naturally aspirated and supercharged versions. Output will range from 385 hp to 510 hp. The European customers, however, will also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine.
At Pebble Beach, Jaguar unveiled the XJ75 Platinum , a concept that is said to preview the R version of the XJ luxury sedan. That you knew already, but today we are going to talk about an important feature offered with the concept: a bespoke mechanical clock created by British watch brand Bremont. Coincidentally, this is the first time the company creates a clock for a car, but when Jaguar asks, people tend to do what they want.
Bremont’s co-founder Giles English said: "Jaguar is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of luxury cars and a great British brand. We are very proud to have been asked to make this clock for their XJ75 car and were keen to make something different for Jaguar. As such rather than a quartz clock we have created a beautiful mechanical clock that also has a chronograph function."
The clock is distinguished by a black and white color theme that flows well with the
Satin Matte Pearlescent White exterior color and dark chrome or gloss black exterior chrome elements.
Giles Taylor, Jaguar chief designer for the car said:"“Our design teams talk a similar language when it comes to clean cut form with a sharp, sporting edge. The XJ75 Bremont clock design has superb functional clarity in its detailing and this is combined with a beautifully crafted outer metal bezel that suggests strength and longevity."
Move over, Aston Martin ! Jaguar is preparing a different type of vehicle that might spark the interest of the sexy 007 . It’s called the special edition XJ Sentinel and it is set to be unveiled at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show. Of course, to be able to fit the needs of a special agent, the new edition would need to be packed with some sort of protection. The XJ Sentinel provides just that with a state-of-the-art armoring package providing up to B7 levels of ballistic protection.
This protection is built using specialized high strength steels and an armored inner cell developed in conjunction with Centigon, a leading global specialist in armored vehicles. The Jaguar also comes with blast protection against 15kg TNT equivalent detonated within close proximity of the vehicle and floor grenade protection. All protection elements were inspected certified by QinetiQ, a globally recognized independent blast and ballistic testing organization.
The Sentinel is based on the long wheelbase XJ saloon and is powered by a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated direct-injection V8 petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This package produces a total of 386 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Jaguar will continue its 75 anniversary with the unveiling of the XJ75 Platinum Concept today at the Pebble Beach Concours. The concept is based on the XJ luxury sedan and "is the company’s first demonstration of the design customization potential."
The XJ75 Platinum Concept is defined by a white and black contrast theme, new ground-hugging front, rear and side sills, exterior chrome elements painted in either a dark chrome or gloss black and 22" black wheels. The concept is painted in Satin Matte Pearlescent White.
On the interior it gets a bespoke clock developed and designed in partnership with the Bremont Watch Company. "On the inside, we played up the XJ’s combination of high-end materials and British flair to really have some fun. The XJ75 Platinum Concept is a design exercise that shows our vision of customization as an inspiration for those enthusiasts who have a taste for strong individuality and visual confidence in their luxury automobiles."
There are much better ways to drive around without getting noticed and driving around in cars that cost well over what any of us make isn’t one of them.
Our cars - a Mercedes-Benz S600 AMG , BMW 760Li , Jaguar XJ and the Audi A8 - are dressed in their best colors with the waxed paint job glimmering in the evening sunlight. Driving through the heavily used highways around the Cleveland area is prime gawking time for motorists. At first, the stares and pointing fingers can make you feel a bit uncomfortable, but can you blame them? It isn’t everyday that you see a luxury barge roll through a relatively poor city, especially now that LeBron James is gone.
These four sedans might be large in stature, but one nudge or poke in the wrong place and its goodnight in one impressive display. So, with more onlookers than a Thanksgiving Day parade, we are obliged to find the best luxury sedan among the four.