Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ

  Jaguar has been making the current XJ since 2003, but the design is an evolution from the first series of the XJ from over 40 years ago.

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.

Press release after the jump.

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."

Press release after the jump.

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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.

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While waiting for Jaguar to decide whether they are going to build the new XJ220 supercar or not, you can say, "To hell with them!" and buy an old version of the supercar. A US legal model is for sale on eBay at a price of $189,000.

TheJaguar XJ220 supercar is powered by a race-derived 3.5 liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 542 HP. Its top speed of 220 mph and 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds easily made it the fastest road car on earth at the time. We also have to remind you that the XJ220 is not only the fastest, but also the widest car Jaguar has ever built at nearly 7 feet in width.

There are only 281 units produced making it a real collectible sports car.

This car is available for sale in Tiburon, CA, United States and it only has 5,281 miles on it. It comes painted in Spa Silver with two sets of rims and new Michelin Pilot Sports.

Source: eBay

The current Jaguar XJ is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine offered in both naturally aspirated and supercharged versions with outputs ranging from 385 hp to 510 hp. Europeans also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. Now, rumors suggest that Jaguar is also preparing a 4.4 liter TDV8 engine for 2011 in a model called either the Jaguar XJ TDV8 or the Jaguar XJ Supersport TDV8.

The 4.4 liter diesel engine will deliver a total of 375bhp and a peak torque of more than 600lb.-ft. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made quicker than the supercharged XJ and will return 40mpg. Same engine is also rumored to be offered in theJaguar XF .

Source: Cars UK

There’s something utterly depressing about finding an abandoned car out on the streets collecting dirt and dust with no hope of a carwash in its foreseeable future.

But what makes this more depressing is that the car you’re looking at is one of the rarest one you’ll find on the planet: the Jaguar XJ-220 .

Born out of a dream that came to then Jaguar chief designer, Jim Randle, the XJ-220 became one of Jaguar’s most unexpectedly successful models in its proud and rich history. Such high esteem held for the XJ-220 should be enough for an owner to take utmost care of it.

But, apparently, this particular XJ-220, which was found somewhere in the Qatari desert by Crank and Piston’s Mick Bramley, wasn’t given the special care and attention it so deserved.

Talk about heartbreaking.

Photo credit to Mick Bramley

Source: CrankandPiston

The German tuner, Startech, revealed the first details of their tuning package for the new Jaguar XJ . The kit is based exclusively on improving the car’s look and includes a dynamically styled aerodynamic-enhancement kit, custom-tailored 21-inch forged wheels with corresponding ride-height lowering, and exclusive interior customization options.

The aerodynamic kit includes large air ducts, LED daytime running lights integrated into the air ducts, Startech quarter panels, new rocker panel trim, a new rear apron with integrated diffuser, two integrated striking Startech exhaust tips, rear spoiler lip, and 21" three-piece forged wheels. The car’s ride has been lowered by about 30 millimeters.

The interior gets a multitude of leather and Alcantara colors with a new type of wood trim.

Press release after the jump.

Similar to just about everything that’s built in production facilities these days, to say that a car plant is a busy workplace is a vast understatement. With all the people and all those machines trying to build about 50 cars per day, idle time in a car production facility is about as rare as seeing a polar bear out on the wild in the Philippines.

And to illustrate our point, Autocar recently released a video of an inside look behind the production of Jaguar ’s new flagship sedan, the 2010 XJ , which is currently being built at the company’s Castle Bromwich production facility.

Currently, Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich facility is producing about 68 XJs per day but now that the sales of the car are increasing, it is expected that the facility will eventually make about 440 vehicles on a weekly basis with a targeted release date of April at the earliest.

Source: Autocar UK

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