Jaguar

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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.

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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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Jaguar XJ

In November of last year, our spy photographers managed to catch the revised Jaguar XJ prototype testing in the wild. Now, the car was caught testing again, but this time out in the cold.

As you can see, the prototype is camouflaged only on the front and rear, meaning that these are the areas that will receive the updates. We expect to see new front and rear bumpers, new headlights and taillights, and likely a new grille. Jaguar will also offer an updated interior, some new technology and some new exterior colors.

There are no details on the engine lineup just yet, but we expect to see the same engines found in the current model. We do expect to see improvements in the output and fuel economy of the entire lineup.

We expect the revised Jaguar XJ to be revealed by the end of 2014.

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

Jaguar’s got a pair of special edition XK models it’s planning to release in the UK, making us here in America green with envy.

As the more luxury oriented XK model, the Signature Edition has some pretty cool luxury amenities, even if it seems to have been short-changed in the engine department.

Then again, customers probably won’t mind because of the luxurious interior upgrade Jaguar gave to the model. Seems appropriate that an XK comes with standard soft-grain leather luxury seats that are available in a choice of either Ivory or Charcoal finishes. If that isn’t enough, the cabin also features a pretty smooth canvas Suedecloth headliner, Figured Ebony veneers and Bright Metal sport pedals. As far as the wheels go, the XK Signature gets the treat of having the fancier set of wheels, which in this case are 20-inch Kalimnos wheels.

Unfortunately for the XK Signature, Jaguar opted to give the model the base 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that "only" produces 385 horsepower, which is good enough to allow the sports coupe to break 60 mph in 5.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Like the XK Dynamic R , the XK Signature’s engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Another shared system between the two models is the Dynamic Stability Control system, which can be configured in four different modes — Normal, Winter, TracDSC and DSC Off — giving the driver suitable choices on how much computer help he’s going to need while driving on the road.

Like the XK Dynamic R, customers can choose from a variety of colors for the XK Signature, including Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Signature Edition

Jaguar’s rise to prominence has been well documented here at TopSpeed. The company’s recent lineup of models have certainly caught the world’s attention, so much so that when the company talks about releasing special edition models, nobody scoffs at it anymore.

That’s the power attributed to the brand’s resurgence, especially in its home in the UK . It’s come to the point even that the brand has no problem releasing not just one, but two new special edition models for its entry-level beauty, the XK .

This particular one is called the XK Dynamic R, and it comes with a slew of upgrades befitting its "dynamic" label. Whether it’s the new 20-inch Vortex Vortex wheels or the interior that’s been dressed to the nines, thanks to a choice of either diamond-sewn performance seats in ivory/charcoal soft grain leather with ivory contrast stitching or charcoal/red soft-grain leather with red contrasting stitching, the XK Dynamic R exudes the same kind of confidence that the brand has had since it served warning to the rest of the industry that the Big Cat is ready to pounce once again.

Rounding out the upgrades on the Dynamic R’s interior is the Jet Suedecloth headliner that’s fully complemented by Piano Black veneers, while bright metal sport pedals have also been installed.

And we haven’t even taken into account the car’s 5.0-liter supercharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles that control the Jaguar Sequential Shift function. All that and the XK Dynamic R pumps out 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 60 mph in around 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 174 mph, attributed largely by the inclusion of Jaguar’s Speed Pack on the model.

Finally, a new suspension setup, which it it borrows from the XKR-S, was also installed courtesy of the Black Dynamic Pack, while a choice of colors, including Polaris Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green, are available for the model.

Click past the jump to read about the tech specs of the Jaguar XK Dynamic R

Unlike Aston Martin’s long-standing connection to James Bond, Jaguar’s reputation in Hollywood as a car that attracts bad guys has lasted for years.

So now that Jaguar has finally risen (back) to prominence and has declared its intentions to challenge its German rivals, the company doesn’t appear to have any problems wearing the proverbial black hat again.

Leading up to the Super Bowl this coming February 2nd, the Big Cat wants to make an impression, and what better way to do that than getting some of Britain’s bad boys to star in what’s shaping up to be an epic series of ads.

The ad campaign, which carries the hashtag #goodtobebad, features Sir Ben Kinglsey, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong, all English actors who have performed their share of bad guy roles, teasing us on why being such a baddie may not be such an appalling thing.

Bad is sexy, their message says, and at the Super Bowl, we’re all going to be treated as to how bad these three Hollywood A-listers are in their respective Jaguars.

Click past the jump to watch personal messages from Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong

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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The Jaguar E-Type was unveiled in 1961 and between 1963 and 1964, Jaguar offered a Lightweight version, specially developed for racing. The model was limited to only 12 units, plus two spare bodies.

It was not very successful as the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, as it did not won any Le Mans or Sebring competitions, but it enjoyed plenty of success in private hands and in smaller races.

Jason Len decided it was time for his 1964 E-Type to went through a recreation process, so it spent lots of hours and used tons of materials to rebuild it. Of course lots of money were also required, but apparently that was irrelevant for Jason. All he wanted was to chase his dream.

Apparently, Jason devoted his life to Jaguar , so when deciding to rebuild this car, the decision was very easy to make. He started to work and the result is quite impressive.

Jason and his car were the subject of Petrolicious’ latest video, which you can see above.

The feathers are flying between Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar .

Two days after the British brand mocked its German counterpart’s Magic Body Control commercial with one of its own, Mercedes shot back with its own tasty zing, pumping up its Pre-Safe brake system by saying that "cat-like reflexes aren’t fast enough" and accompanying that with an image of an S-Class about to hit a jaguar if not for the beauty of its Pre-Safe brake system.

Subtle and brilliant at the same time, Mercedes.

More importantly, this light ribbing between these two brands harkens us back to a time when things like this happened far more often than they do now. Audi and BMW used to famously do this back in the day, but that rivalry has been muted in the past few years for one reason or another.

There’s nothing wrong with healthy competition, least of all when two companies engage with the silliness of nine-year olds.

It’s all harmless ribbing at the end of the day.

Click past the jump to watch the Mercedes ad that got the jokes started and Jaguar’s funny reply to it

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Back in September, Mercedes unveiled a very interesting commercial where it tried to highlight its "Magic Body Control" system, using a chicken of all things. It’s hard to grasp what Mercedes was shooting for with the commercial, but basically, it was showing that the chicken’s head stayed in the same position, regardless of how its body moved. The chicken’s head represented a Mercedes cabin, while the chicken’s body represented the suspension.

We had a nice chuckle at the commercial, but Jaguar obviously saw it fit to respond to this commercial with one of its own.By the looks of this commercial, Jaguar is not too concerned with "Magic Body Control;" it prefers a car to have "cat-like reflexes."

We think Jaguar got its point across pretty clearly in this one, what do you think?

If you do not remember it or happened to miss it, you can check out the Mercedes "Magic Body Control" commercial after the jump.

If there’s an automaker that has done a remarkable job in changing its image and uplifting its own brand, it’s Jaguar .

Gone are the days when the British brand was described as bland and unreliable. In recent years, it’s been far from that, displaying an edge and aggressiveness to its design that has endeared itself to a lot of people.

The dramatic change in business approach by Jaguar also gave way for a lot of aftermarket companies to begin looking at the company’s cars for potential programs.

One such tuning firm, 2M-DESIGNS, did just that. With the help of Loder1899 and MB-Individual Cars, 2M-DESIGNS was able to build a rather spunky program for current generation Jaguar XF . Sure, it’s a 2011 model, but it still looks spry and agile, two qualities you can attribute to the cat that shares the company’s name.

A host of aerodynamic changes were done to the XF , highlighted by a new front spoiler borrowed that was actually borrowed from the XFR-S . A minor tint was also applied on both the headlights and taillights while a PWF Diamond White and Black Brushed wrap was used on the body of the sports sedan . From there, Loder1899 was tasked to install a new quad exhaust system, as well as a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tires.

Under its hood, the XF also received an impressive performance boost from 2M-DESIGNS, one that made use of a number of new components, all of which contributed in giving the XF an improved output of 340 horsepower, a significant increase from the 275-horsepower output of the standard model. The resulting uptick in power also allowed the XF to improve its 0-to-60 mph time to just 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.

If you’re interested in this program, 2M DESIGNS is making it available for just €15,017, which is about $20,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about 2M DESIGNS’ program for the Jaguar XJ


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