Tiff Needell has put face to face two models that have kept themselves in headlines in the past few months: the Jaguar F-Type and the new-generation Porsche 911 Cabrio. To keep the battle fair, Needell had to opt for the F-Type V6 S version; a model that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.
Even so, the 911 Cabrio has quite a disadvantage, as it only delivers 345 horsepower - 35 horsepower less than the F-Type. But the F-Type is about 353 pounds heavier, so it looks like we are in for quite a fair fight, or are we? Check out the above video to see which of the two roadsters is the fastest!
Regardless of which one wins, we wouldn’t mind having either one at our disposal, despite the fact that we definitely prefer the looks of the F-Type. Enjoy!
The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was home to Jaguar’s debut of the C-X16 Concept and since the market’s reaction was so positive, the company has decided to offer a production version. After a long period of teasing, the new Jaguar F-Type has officially been unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The model will be offered in three different trim levels: F-Type, F-Type S, and F-Type V8 S. It will also come with a choice of two engines: a 3-liter supercharged V6 and a 5.0 liter V8 engine. The V6 version delivers 340 or 380 HP, depending on the trim level, while the V8 is only being offered in a 495 HP version. The F-Type was built on the most advanced rigid and lightweight aluminum architecture and with a total weight of just 3,521 lbs, it can hit speeds of up to 186 mph.
"Jaguar is a founding member of the sports car segment with a rich sporting bloodline stretching over 75 years, and in the F-TYPE we’ve reignited that flame. The F-TYPE isn’t designed to be like anyone else’s sports car. It’s a Jaguar sports car – ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and, most of all, it feels alive," said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar.
UPDATE 04/18/2013: Jaguar has dropped five new videos explaining the technology behind the new F-Type Roadster. The videos explain everything from the chassis and suspensions and up to the driving experience. Enjoy!
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The recently announced Jaguar XKR-S GT has been a real success and, as no surprise, the company had to look into possibly increasing production numbers from the initially planned 30 units up to 50 units. According to AutoCar, Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark admitted that the company could develop more limited-edition models in the same spirit of the new XKR-S GT.
These upcoming limited-edition models could also include an F-Type GT. This version will most likely be powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 found in models like Jaguar XJR and XKR-S. Unlike the XJR and XKR-S, which pump out 542 horsepower, the F-Type it could see 600 horsepower, making it the most powerful most powerful Jaguar on sale.
A production version for this 600-horsepower F-Type isn’t expected until late in 2016, but a concept version could be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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Jaguar will be celebrating R performance brand’s 25th anniversary with the unveiling of the special-edition XKR-S GT at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The model has been designed as a track-focused, street-legal version of the XKR-S and will be limited to only 30 units: 25 for the U.S. and five for Canada.
The new GT special edition will feature a bespoke aerodynamic package made in carbon-fiber and including: a new front splitter, extended wheel arch spats, a rear diffuser and a large fixed rear wing. It will also feature Polaris White exterior paint with unique graphics and a Jaguar “R-S GT” logo on the hood. For the interior, the new XKR-S GT will combine Warm Charcoal paint with red accents.
The XKR-S GT will also add improved suspension and high-performance brakes with carbon-ceramic discs.
Updated 04/08/2013: When Jaguar unveiled the XKR-S GT at the New York Auto Show, it announced the model will be limited to only 30 units. However, Jaguar boss, Adrian Hallmark, announced that the production could be increased to 50 units. Of course, this increase will only happen if the market bears demand for it. Stay tuned for more information. (AutoCar)
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After Jaguar unveiled the new F-Type Roadster, rumors suggested new derivatives would soon arrive on the market. The first alternative version to arrive will be the coupe version, but now Jaguar is reporting that a new derivative will arrive every 12 to 18 months.
The announcement was made by Jaguar global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, who said the company plans to apply the same strategy Porsche applied to the 911 lineup. The new lineup will include everything from a targa-top version to an ultra-high-performance all-wheel-drive flagship. All new models will arrive between now and 2020.
Hallmark said that the new F-Type has a huge potential and developing a coupe or a targa is very simple. Even more, elements from the XKR-S GT track special editions can be easily applied to the F-Type, so this model will be offered to blaze a trail for the high-performance version, the F-Type R, or maybe something even more powerful.
Jaguar is preparing to expand its "R" performance lineup with the addition of a new XJR high-performance sedan that made its global debut at the 2013 New York International Automobile Show. The new XJR will go on sale later this summer.
When compared to the standard XJ, the new R version adds a more aggressive exterior look, with a new new front bumper, aerodynamic side skirts and a trunk-mounted spoiler. For the interior Jaguar will add numerous R elements, like sports seats, R badges and specially designed jet leather.
Other updates include an updated suspension, an electronic rear differential and a recalibrated Dynamic Stability Control system. All these updates were required in order to provide the best driving dynamics on both road and track-focused driving.
Updated 03/26/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
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Jaguar certainly knew what it was doing when it presented the XKR-S at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as it has stolen the hearts of many car enthusiasts and also proven to everyone that Jag is still capable of developing amazing sports cars. As everyone expected, this was just the beginning of a new series of high-performance sports car. This was confirmed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, as that R-S lineup has been expanded with the incredible XFR-S.
After we have seen it in many times testing on and outside of Nurburgring, Jaguar has decided to use to finally unveil the new high-performance sports sedan. Unfortunately, supply to U.S. customers will be rather limited and the price will be astronomical.
The problem is that everyone knew what the new XFR-S will bring, especially after the firm’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark said in an interview: "’I can confirm there is a project to transfer the upgrades from the XKR-S to the XFR." The question remains: how this upgrades transformed the XFR-S’ performance figures?
Updated 03/20/2013: The XFR-S made its racing debut at Goodwood today,. It was driven by 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour Race winner, Andy Wallace. You can see the images of this Italian Racing Red XFR-S in the gallery.
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We’ve known for quite some time now that Jaguar has been working on a smaller luxury sedan that will take on models like BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. After much speculation, the car has finally been taken out for a test session and the first details suggest the model could be named the XS.
The mule caught testing today is a chopped-up Jaguar XF and is testing the suspension and powerplant, which is apparently a diesel unit. Along with the engine tested here, Jaguar will also offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the base model and a supercharged V-6 for the top version.
The car is internally known as project X760 and will initially be offered as a sedan, but Jaguar will also offer station wagon and a crossover variants. We also expect a more powerful R version with its sights set on the M3 and C63 AMG.
You have to remember that this is just a mule and looks nothing like the final product. Expect the Jaguar XS to hit the market in 2015.
Back in January, Jaguar announced that its new F-Type sports roadster would be featured in a new video called "Desire," which is set to be released later this spring. Now the sports car is once again featured in a video, but this time around it is a trailer for a film named "Desire" video.
After these two teasers, we are excited to finally see the full "Desire" film, which was created in collaboration with Ridley Scott Associates.
The film obviously takes place in the desert, where the main character - Clark, played by actor Damian Lewis - delivers cars for a living. He gets into trouble after encountering a mysterious, young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) in the middle of the desert. Alongside them, the video will also star Jordi Mollà and music by BRIT award winner Lana Del Rey.
The C-Type was one of the most successful Jaguar models in racing, especially at the Le Mans 24 hours race, which it won twice. The most amazing result was obtained by Norman Dewis who ran a modified XK 120 up to a record speed of 172.4 mph.
Now, sixty years after, Jaguar F-Type V8 S with 1988 Le Mans 24 hour race-winning driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel recreated the famous test drive at Jabbeke, Belgium, on Saturday March 2, 2013. While running a two-mile sprint, the F-Type managed to hit a top speed of 179 mph and went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
The F-Type was joined by classic cars like: XK 120, C-type, D-type and E-type sports cars.
After the speed run, the F-Type was driven 519 miles to Geneva by a specialist in frugal driving and delivered a record average fuel consumption of 35.6 mpg.