2008 Jaguar S-Type Spy Shots

The Jaguar S-Type prototype caught here is destined to be one of the most important British cars ever developed, as the new Jaguar has to do what its forebears have failed to pull off: become a no-excuses global showroom hit.

This prototype was photographed near Jaguar’s German engineering center, close to the Nürburgring circuit. This is what’s known as a "cooling mule" - where the front of the new car is grafted onto the current model. Under the hood is a prototype setup of the new engine and cooling system.

Examining the pictures gives clues to the look of the car, which is rumored to be Jaguar’s long-awaited break with traditional styling. The new hood is cut away sharply over the headlights, and the grille looks as if it will be cut further down into the front bumper. If these clues are anything to go by, the new S-Type will have a much more aggressive look than today’s oddly retro machine. We also understand that the car will be the first Jaguar to adopt a modern nose-down, tail-up stance.

The new S-type should arrive in mid-to-late 2007, as a 2008 model, and an S-Type R is expected to follow about a year later.

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