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  Jaguar is a British luxury car manufacturer and is part of the Jaguar Land Rover business which is a subsidiary of the Indian company Tata Motors. Before being a part of Tata Motors, Jaguar was owned by Ford from 1999 to 2008. Founded originally in 1922, Jaguar has an illustrious racing history and today it manufacturers’ luxury sedans and coupes.

The Jaguar XK may be nearing its extinction, but that hasn’t stopped the British automaker from rolling out a special-edition model for its German clientele. The model is called the XK66 Special Edition, and if you’re wondering about the car’s nomenclature, the ’66’ refers to the the years since the unveiling of the XK120 at the London Motor Show back in 1948. One look at the model and you know why it’s referred to as such, and really, the British Racing Green and Stratus colors used the original XK120 are the predominant colors of the XK66, which incidentally, are available in both coupe and convertible versions.

In addition to the distinctive colors of the XK66 Special Edition, the model also distinguishes itself from the rest of the XK lineup with an XK66 emblem placed on the rear of the vehicle. There’s also a number of black Union Jack emblems on the hub caps, and a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels polished in what Jaguar describes as an "Orona" design.

There doesn’t appear to be any performance upgrades given to the XK66 Special Edition, which is a bit of a letdown considering that the power train — a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 385 horsepower — could’ve used a power bump to make the car more special.

Only 66 models of the XK66 Special Edition will be produced, and the model appears to be exclusive to the German market. Still, if you’re looking to get yourself one, you can do so at a price of &euro99,380 ($138,267) and &euro107,580 ($149,676) for the convertible model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XK66 Special Edition.

Sometimes when we get new spy shots , it can be a little difficult to really spot the changes compared to the new model. But then sometimes, an automaker parks a new model right next to the old one, so we can see exactly what is different. Jaguar was kind enough to do this with its upcoming XJ refresh, so we have a nice picture of exactly how the car is going to change. This is not our first look at new prototypes of the Jaguar XJ , but this is the best look we have at seeing how the new car is evolving the overall style.

The new XJ features a sharper grill outlines, with a more defined angle in the top corners. The grille itself sits more upright in the front fascia and looks to have a deeper recess near the bottom. It looks a lot like the teaser for the upcoming 2015 XE , so Jaguar may be preemptively moving the lineup towards that new corporate face. All of the front intakes have also been revised.

The rear gets much of the same treatment with just a bit of sharpening happening on most of the surfaces. The subtle crease in the bumper under the trunk lid now has a more defined profile, and the cutout for the license plate sees a squarer shape. The exhaust outlets are losing their distinctive trapezoidal exits for a more traditional oval shape.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar XJ.

Jaguar XE

Well what do we have here? Just a few days after Jaguar officially announced its upcoming 3 Series competitor, the Jaguar XE, we have photos of its blasting around in the snow. With an aluminum-intensive construction, we expect the XE to be very quick and agile.

There are very few confirmed details, but we do know that the car will debut as a sedan with a wagon version coming later. There are also rumors of coupe and convertible versions in the works. If Jaguar hopes to truly compete with BMW , Audi and Mercedes , it makes sense it would expand the XE’s body styles.

Engine choices will start with four-cylinder mills, but it should expand to include high-performance models later. The supercharged V-6 from the F-Type is a likely choice for a performance model that will have about 380 horsepower. That is not quite enough power to really compete with the M3 or C63 AMG , so it’s not a stretch to imagine Jaguar would try to stuff its 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood as well.

Styling is also a bit of a mystery, but considering Ian Callum’s past, we expect the XE to be the prettiest car in the segment. Don’t worry about the odd hunchback shape in these photos, its a disguise. If you look carefully at the head-on shot, you can see a small shelf on the roof. This would be where the huge rear buttress pieces are mounted to the car. This is used to hide the true shape of the rear end. Expect a low, swooping rear window that is closer to the larger XF’s design.

Jaguar XK

The popularity of the Jaguar F-Type , coupled with plans to offer new models has resulted in the demise of the Jaguar XK.

The British company has announced that production of company’s entry level model will end later this year, marking the end of the model that has been in the Jaguar lineup since 1996. The popularity of the F-Type has been a boon to Jaguar, but not so much for the XK, which saw its sales figures drop to less than 4,000 units per year. With so few customers having interest in the XK, it seemed that Jaguar found the right time to put the model to pasture after eight years on the market in America.

According to Jag’s American National Product Communications Manager, "There are no immediate plans to replace the XK. We have a multiple product launches coming up, including the F-Type Coupe and the new XE Sports Sedan ." By the sounds of this, the XK simply became redundant once the F-Type Coupe and XE take hold in the U.S. This also points toward the fact that Jaguar is open to a replacement for the XK too.

Also according to the American Product Communications Manager, there will be a 2015 model year XK here in the states, but that will be the final run for the sedan.

This may break some hearts, as this also means that the XKR and XKR-S will hit the scrap heap, but keep in mind that this also opens the door for an F-Type R-S, and an XER and XER-S, with the latter aimed squarely at the BMW M3 .

For now, though, it looks like the Jaguar XK as we know it is coming to an end.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XK.

As recently as a few years ago, not a lot of people talked about Jaguar as a worthy contender in the full-size luxury sedan segment. But times sure have changed and not only has Jaguar completely reinvented itself, but the likes of BMW and Mercedes are starting to understand why messing with this cat with evil intentions may not be such a good idea anymore.

The 2014 Jaguar XJ is far from the unquestioned best in its segment, but it sure has some pretty sharp claws. A new distinctive design has turned the XJ into a head-turner and when you combine that with a plush and luxurious cabin and a hefty engine under its hood, it’s become apparent that when you’re looking for a loaded luxury sedan, you’re window shopping won’t be complete without taking a long and hard look at the Jaguar XJ.

That’s how far Jaguar has come and there’s no telling the heights it can reach once people start noticing the brand even more.

Updated 08/01/2014: Jaguar announced prices on the 2015 XJ and as expected they are the same as for the 2014 model year: $74,200 for the base V-6 version and up to $119,000 for the XJR Long Wheelbase. No changes were made to both the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jaguar XJ

In the world of supercar -powerful wagons, there are very few names. Machines like the now-ancient Volvo 850R have given way to the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon , Audi RS6 and the Mercedes E63 AMG, but that still only represents three models out of the hundreds of cars available worldwide.

It now seems that there will be four insane wagons vying for your cash now, as Jaguar has just officially announced the XFR-S Sportsbrake.

The behatched version of the XFR-S uses the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that is tuned to the sweet sound of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That means the 60 mph mark blows by in 4.6 seconds and the top speed rings in at 186 mph.

There is a dark cloud to this silver lining though. Just like the Sportbrakes that have come before, this Jag is not for U.S. consumption. Even if I won’t see them on US roads, I still praise Jaguar for putting their biggest engine into a wagon to begin with.

Bravo.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.

Jaguar has been attacking the market just like the big cat that it’s named after for the past year or so. First we saw the mighty F-Type Roadster bow in with up to 495 ponies, then we heard rumblings of a 3 Series rival, and just recently we saw the unveiling of the F-Type Coupe and the 550-horsepower F-Type R Coupe .

Now Jaguar has its sights on the recently announced Porsche 911 Targa , as it is looking into a targa version of the F-Type. According to the head of design at Jag, Ian Callum, the model is under consideration, but not official yet, and that that Jaguar needs to make certain the low-volume targa model will not drain the coffers, as only about 10 percent of its sales would be targa models.

This targa model is rumored to feature a hardtop, unlike the 911’s "high-quality fabric," that will retract rearward to give the occupants a clear view of the sky.

With this information at hand, we turned to our artist to make us a rendering of what an F-Type Targa would look like. Let us know what you think about this potential model and our rendering in the comments below.

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

Source: AutoExpress
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Back in 2009, TopGear took a trip to Romania and tested the "Transfagarasan" road. In the end, the guys were so impressed by the road, that Jeremy called it: "the best road in the world!" I’ve personally traveled that road and generally agree, but that’s only because TopGear never tested the other great road in Romania: Transalpina.

Transfagarasan climbs to 2,034 meters (1,263 miles) above sea level and is 90 km (60 miles) of hard hairpin turns, long S-curves and sharp descents top allow you to really test your driving skills. The only problem is that the speed limit is 40 km/h (about 25 mph), but I doubt that some folks resisted the urge to push their car to its limits. Not to mention that the scenery is simply amazing here.

But, no matter how wild the Trasfagarasan is, it is not as scary as Transalpina, or the "King’s Road" as it is also called. It climbs to 2,145 meters (1,332 miles) and is a little bit longer than the other road at 148 km (91 miles). While it may not offer the same hairpin bends as the Trasfagarasan, driving it is a little bit scarier, given the road is built on the edge of the mountain and when you look down, all you see is large precipice with no end. Also, this road requires you to drive a more powerful car, because at higher altitudes, it climbs really fast and a small engine has no chance of making it.

Of course this is our opinion on the roads, now check out what the guys over Evo have to say about the two Romania roads. They have the advantage of driving a Jaguar F-Type Roadster , so next to some great scenery you will also enjoy an amazing car!

Maserati Ghibli

Ever since Jaguar reinvented itself and turned into a major player in the automotive market, it hasn’t been afraid to show its claws and display its mean streak.

It did so a few months ago with Mercedes and its Magic Body Control system, and now, fresh off of a letdown of a Super Bowl commercial, Jaguar its taking a shot at a competitor looking to make some headway in the U.S. market.

As if picking up a fight with Mercedes isn’t enough, Jaguar’s taking some shots at Maserati and its new luxury sedan, the Ghibli . In a tweet that was posted after the Super Bowl, Jaguar intentionally wondered out loud to all its Twitter followers exactly what the word "ghibli" means.

Jaguar’s actual tweet: "Did you know that #ghibli means hot air? Seems appropriate."

Shots fired, indeed.

Give credit to Jaguar for injecting a little bit of humor into its shot at the Ghibli, since a quick Google search did reveal that ghibli is "a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa, somewhat similar to the foehn". Then again, we doubt that Maserati took it with the same good humor that we did.

We eagerly await for Maserati’s response.

Click past the jump to read about the Maserati Ghibli and you’ll realize that contrary to Jaguar’s shots, the Ghibli is actually all that...and maybe even more.

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A few days ago, Jaguar unveiled the first teaser video for its commercial set to be aired during Super Bowl XLVII on February 2nd. Now, Jaguar revealed its full "British Villain" commercial that puts out the message "#GoodToBeBad."

As no surprise the star of this commercial is the brand new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe , which was pushed hard for this commercial. The British Villains are played by Sir Ben Kinglsey, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong.

Jaguar started with the idea that all that power corrupts and that the gents staring in the commercial have the character, intelligence and sheer determination to turn the world upside down, just like Jaguar’s new R Performance lineup, especially the latest F-Type R.

The new F-Type R will be put on sale in March 2014 at a starting price of $99,000.

So, what do you think, is it really good to be bad?


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