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2016 Jaguar XF

2016 Jaguar XF
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  • Jaguar XF
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    51900
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The XF first broke cover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, eventually making its way to dealerships in March 2008. It was quite successful, becoming Jag’s most-awarded car. Now, however, nearly eight years later, the British automaker felt as though the sporty luxury sedan is overdue for a change, and as such, the marque recently introduced the 2016 model year at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Although its design is heavily based on the previous model, the new XF is actually a much more comprehensive update. The car is significantly lighter now thanks to Jag’s new commitment to constructing the entirety of its lineup from aluminum bodies, and it’s quicker than its predecessor as well. And although some of the new drivetrain components launched in 2014 might not make it stateside, the new XF has plenty of new features to brag about. Keep reading for the full details.

Updated 07/11/2016: Jaguar dropped a new video in which it wants to explain why the XF is the perfect car to "chase" storms. Hit "play" to watch storm chaser ‘Tornado Tim’ Baker driving the Jaguar XF through America’s Midwest in search of a tornado.

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Jaguar Kills Off the XE S, XF S, and the V-6 That Powers Them, Possibly Opening The Door For An Ingenium Inline-Six

Jaguar Kills Off the XE S, XF S, and the V-6 That Powers Them, Possibly Opening The Door For An Ingenium Inline-Six

A new powerplant could be just over the horizon…

Word has it the Cat Badge is ditching its current supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the U.K., citing tightening emissions regulations and poor sales as major contributing factors in its demise. In its stead, it’s looking likely Jaguar will introduce a new, more efficient straight-six.

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Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

A nip and tuck never looked so good

As we get deeper and deeper into auto show season (get ready for Tokyo!), we are often reminded of that age-old industry practice known as the facelift. In order to keep older models feeling fresh and new, automakers will often apply an update wherein certain exterior design features get tweaked ever so slightly, thus creating a somewhat different appearance. These design reworks are usually pretty mild – an extra crease here, a larger intake there, you know, that sort of thing. But sometimes, a facelift works some real magic for a car, giving it just the right sort of aesthetic, the sort of style that makes you stand up and shout “Yes! That’s what it’s supposed to look like!” In the above-featured three-and-a-half-minute video, our friends over at Car Throttle highlight six such instances when a facelift was just done right.

Included in the video is the Ford Mustang, the Nissan GT-R, the BMW E46 3-Series, the Jaguar XF, the Peugeot 306, and the Mazda MX-5 2.5. Throughout, Car Throttle points out what’s different in the new model versus the old model, highlighting why it works along the way. Indeed, the art of the facelift is in subtle effectiveness, with tweaks done that result in a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy is the key, boosting what works, and diminishing what doesn’t. We think Car Throttle is on to something here, and as we dive headlong into a fresh batch of revisions and updates for the upcoming model year, it pays well to take note of what a good facelift looks like.

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The British midsize wagon returns and it’s coming to America!

Introduced in 2007 to replace the ageing S-Type, the Jaguar XF was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The makeover brought an evolutionary restyling but turned the four-door sedan in a sportier proposition on the outside and a more luxurious vehicle on the inside. The XF also received new drivetrains, most notably the company’s recently launched 2.0-liter four-cylinder in both gasoline and diesel formats. The 3.0-liter V-6 was also carried over, but with significant upgrades. Unlike the first-generation model, the second-gen XF arrived without a wagon version. This changed for the 2018 model year when Jaguar launched a redesigned XF Sportbrake.

Making things that much better, it’s available in the U.S. too!

The Sportbrake’s return is a bit surprising, especially since Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, once predicted the death of the station wagon. But, while I’d like to know what made him change his mind, I’m actually glad that the Sportbrake is back in dealerships and especially in the U.S., where the midsize market was limited to just two models, with a couple more available in other niches. Sure, it’s still ridiculous, but with three different products in the premium market, we finally have some proper action going on.

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2018 Jaguar XF

2018 Jaguar XF

Seems a little early for a facelift, doesn’t it?

The Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the Jaguar S-Type and has been a fairly successful model, with 202,678 models sold between 2009 and 2016. In 2015, the XF went through a generational shift that didn’t change its overall design too drastically but did bring about the use of aluminum, allowing Jag to shed more than 400 pounds compared to the first-gen model. The second-gen model is offered with a wide variation of engines that include diesel and gasoline models, depending on the market. The 2.0-liter diesel engine gave buyers the option of a six-speed manual transmission, but going with the larger diesel or any of the gasoline drinkers sticks you with an automatic. An AWD system is available with some drivetrain configurations, and power output ranged anywhere between 161 and 375 ponies.

It’s only been two years since the second-gen XF rolled into showrooms, and for 2017, the U.S. model was updated to include a diesel engine for the first time. No other notable changes came with the 2017 model year, but 2018 might be a different story if these spy shots are any indication. The prototype you see here is wearing extensive camo for some reason and, while it’s hard to spot any real changes, there are a few. It’s way too early for Jag to be testing a third-gen model, so it looks like we may see a serious design update in the near future. For now, let’s take a better look at these spy shots and talk a little more about it.

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The Jaguar XF 20d Offers Better Economy and a Lower Price with Decent Performance

The Jaguar XF 20d Offers Better Economy and a Lower Price with Decent Performance

You’ll get a slower sprint to 60 mph, but that’s not why you’re buying an XF anyway, is it?

The Jaguar XF has been widely loved since its debut back in 2007 and the Frankfurt Motor Show. By the time 2015 came around, Jaguar finally decided to usher in a new-gen model, and it was one of the best moves the brand ever made. So much so, that the Jaguar XF took the credit for nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s global sales in the first half of the year. For 2017, Jaguar decided to kick things up a notch and offer the XF with a 2.0-liter diesel engine and all-wheel drive. Even better yet, that diesel engine is available as an entry-level model.

So, big deal, right? There are a lot of cars that come with diesel powertrains and we already covered all you ever wanted to know about it earlier this year in our review. But, back then we didn’t know the pricing or the fuel economy, and let me just say, it’s good enough that you’re seriously going to consider going for it if you’re in the market for a new Jaguar. See, the entry-level XF and its 180 horsepower start out the range at just $48,445. That’s just over $3,000 cheaper than the cheapest, gasoline-powered model in the range. Even better yet, this baby gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 in the city. To make sure I paint a clear enough picture, the gasoline-powered V-6 achieves just 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

Of course, you’ve got to take the good with the bad, as the diesel is considerably slower than the base V-6 model. The diesel chugs its way to 60 mph in eight seconds, which isn’t bad, but it’s pretty far away from the 5.2-second sprint that the gasoline-drinking V-6 can make. Of course, when you consider an extra 150 miles to a tank of gas and the extra $3,000 you save at the time of purchase, it more than makes up for the performance – unless you’re really worrying about how fast you can hit 60. But, if that’s the case, maybe you should look at a more high-performance model anyway.

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2016 Jaguar XF

2016 Jaguar XF

The XF first broke cover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, eventually making its way to dealerships in March 2008. It was quite successful, becoming Jag’s most-awarded car. Now, however, nearly eight years later, the British automaker felt as though the sporty luxury sedan is overdue for a change, and as such, the marque recently introduced the 2016 model year at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Although its design is heavily based on the previous model, the new XF is actually a much more comprehensive update. The car is significantly lighter now thanks to Jag’s new commitment to constructing the entirety of its lineup from aluminum bodies, and it’s quicker than its predecessor as well. And although some of the new drivetrain components launched in 2014 might not make it stateside, the new XF has plenty of new features to brag about. Keep reading for the full details.

Updated 07/11/2016: Jaguar dropped a new video in which it wants to explain why the XF is the perfect car to "chase" storms. Hit "play" to watch storm chaser ‘Tornado Tim’ Baker driving the Jaguar XF through America’s Midwest in search of a tornado.

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F1 Driver Romaine Grosjean Tests Jaguar's Smart Cone Technology With The Jaguar XF: Video

F1 Driver Romaine Grosjean Tests Jaguar’s Smart Cone Technology With The Jaguar XF: Video

It’s like a video game race in real life

You know how most open-world racing games use periodic checkpoints to help keep you on course to the finish line? Well, Jaguar has developed something similar for the real world. It’s called “Smart Cones,” and it’s essentially a set of cones with LED lights on them. In this video, Jaguar has invited Romain Grosjean – and F1 racecar driver – to put the system to the test with the Jaguar XF.

As you’ll see in the video, the cones in the parking lot a scattered about, creating 11 different gateways that illuminate at random. As Grosjean drives through each one, he is scored on a number of factors, including how long it took to get from the last gate to the next, weather, driving conditions, and the car itself. Once the route is complete, a score report is generated. Grosjean set a score of 49,032.

With that said, it’s surely harder than it looks – you never know which set is going to light up next. Either way, it looks like a lot of fun. The best part about it, however, is that this challenge is part of Jaguars “Art of Performance” tour. The tour is hitting more than 600 venues in 46 different countries, where thousands of current and potential customers can give cars like the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE, and even the Jaguar F-Type Coupe a run at the smart cones. So, go ahead and enjoy the video, then keep an eye out for the official schedule. Maybe you’ll get the chance to give it a run yourself.

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2017 Jaguar XFL

2017 Jaguar XFL

Extra foot space in a Chinese-produced XF

For years, China has eagerly scooped up long-wheelbase (LWB) variants of popular luxury sedans, including models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. Now, Jaguar will join the fray with an extended version of its second-generation XF. It’s called the XFL, and per tradition, it adds extra metal and offers more space around the luxurious rear seat to accommodate well-to-do business types in their daily to-and-fro.

The XF was first introduced in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Just last year, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) dropped cover on the second generation at the New York Auto Show, quickly following it up with a few revisions early into 2016. Unlike the standard XF, the XFL was created specifically for the Chinese auto market.

The XFL will be the third vehicle in less than two years from a joint venture between the U.K.-based (and Indian-owned) JLR, and the Chinese state-owned Chery Automobile Co., which together form the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company Ltd. While designed and engineered in the U.K., the XFL is the first vehicle to be produced at the JV’s production facility in Changshu, China, making it the first Chinese-produced Jag.

“Jaguar Land Rover is a world-leader in the production of aluminum vehicles and is one of the largest producers of aluminum bodies globally,” says Murray Dietsch, President of Chery Jaguar Land Rover, in a press release. “The arrival of the all-new Jaguar XFL brings the best of this experience and technology to Changshu. It is an important milestone for the team at Chery Jaguar Land Rover.”

Updated 04/27/2016: The XFL just got a full reveal at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, so read on for all the official details.

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Jaguar Not Too Keen On Building Any More Station Wagons

Jaguar Not Too Keen On Building Any More Station Wagons

British automaker will instead focus on developing more SUVs to complement the F-Pace

The station wagon segment may always have its place in the auto industry, but one automaker is putting the lid on building up that market anytime soon. The automaker in question here is Jaguar, which is reportedly not entertaining the thought of building station wagon variants for its new sedan models. Design chief Ian Callum made that point known in a recent conversation with Automotive News Europe, explaining the difficulties in launching station wagons in a market that the company believes has reached a point of saturation.

Apparently, building wagons doesn’t make sense anymore from Jag’s business perspective and even if the automaker rolled out station wagon versions of the XF and XJ sedans, it would have a hard time competing in a market like Germany, considered as the largest wagon market in the world. Sure, Jaguar could take that route, but according to Callum, it would immediately be at a tremendous disadvantage against the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, all three of which already have their own respective wagons in the market. It might work if Jag could have a strong foothold in the U.K. market (the second largest market of wagons in the world), but as per IHS Automotive, the British market’s interest in wagons is slowly waning as the demand for SUVs continue to grow.

In Jaguar’s mind, why even bother building wagons when the demand for such cars are shrinking? The most sensible decision to make is to cut ties to the market and focus on one that has more potential in the short and long term. That’s one of the reasons why Jaguar is now shifting its focus on SUVs, as shown by the recent launch of the F-Pace. This new strategy allows the British automaker to channel its resources in a segment that has strong demand in every part of the world. The F-Pace is already out in the market and all signs point to the model immediately shooting up to the top as Jag’s best-selling model. These numbers aren’t lost on the Jag’s management and if recent reports are accurate, the British automaker will soon make room for a smaller SUV to sit below the F-Pace, called the E-Pace.

One thing’s pretty clear though. As Jaguar continues to dive deep into the SUV market, it’s doing so knowing that it’ll leave the station wagons behind.

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2003 Jaguar XF-10

2003 Jaguar XF-10

Cosmopolitan genesis, high-gloss outcome, with a nice dose of speed on the side

In 2003, Fuore Design debuted the Jaguar XF-10 concept car at the Barcelona Motor Show. The study was framed as an amalgamation between the two-seater Jags created in the ‘50s, and more contemporary Formula 1 race cars, combining old-school class with cutting edge go-fast technology. The Fuore team, lead by designer Erwin Leo Himmel, created the XF-10 with complete independence from Jaguar, merely asking for the marque’s permission in using the Jaguar brand name and badging. The goal was to persuade Jag to create something production-ready that mirrored the concept in shape and substance, as well as show off Fuore’s design chops. The result is a one-off two-seater sports car with unique styling and gobs of performance potential.

Taking a trip through the XF-10’s origins requires a passport and a translator – the “make” is British, the design team is Spanish, the lead designer is Austrian, and the builder (Modarte) is Italian.

That’s a lot of flags to pin to one name, which begs the question – does the XF-10 walk away feeling cohesive, or more like a big jumble of parts?

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2017 Jaguar XF

2017 Jaguar XF

Jaguar first pulled the sheets on its XF mid-size luxury sedan in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the lithe four-door has collected a good deal of critical praise, not to mention more than its fair share of sales. The second generation was introduced just last year, bringing significant updates like a lightweight aluminum body and higher levels of performance. Customers loved it, and the XF contributed nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s total global fleet volume for the first 6 months of the year. Now, Jag is looking to keep the ball rolling, and it added new diesel power paired with AWD traction in order to do so.

Overall, it’s a pretty minor update, especially when you consider the furious turnover that is the industry norm these days. Nevertheless, the addition of a diesel to the lineup could be seen as a rather bold move given the current public perception of oil burners. Will it take the XF to the next level, or will it end up falling flat?

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2016 Jaguar XF To Be Unveiled On March 24

2016 Jaguar XF To Be Unveiled On March 24

Introduced as a modern-looking replacement for the more-traditional S-Type at the end of 2007, the Jaguar XF is nearing the end of its cycle. The next-generation XF will be unveiled on March 24 in London. That’s not overly exciting, you might say, but the really interesting bit is how the model will be unveiled. Jaguar has contracted an expert stuntman, known for action stunts in movies from the James Bound, Jason Bourne and Indiana Jones franchises, to perform a dramatic high-wire water crossing with the new XF.

Details are limited at the moment, but the 2016 XF will apparently drive across two steel wires, suspended above water, with Jaguar saying that the feat should emphasize the "lightweight and agile credentials" of the new model. "I believe the all-new XF will be the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF will be true to the strong tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time." said a none-too-modest Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar.

The next-generation XF will be the second Jaguar to be developed on the company’s new aluminum-intensive platform, which is shared with the new XE and the upcoming F-Pace crossover. With lower weight, the 2016 XF will likely have improved fuel economy and will extract more performance from its engine lineup, which will consist of four-, six- and eight-cylinder powerplants.

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2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport Black

2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport Black

With the expected arrival of the new XF at the New York International Auto Show in April 2015, Jaguar is throwing a few extra odds and ends at the current range of vehicles, creating a new derivative labeled the XF R-Sport Black in the process. The British automaker wants you think you’re getting excellent value for your money, stating the R-Sport Black “offers an additional £8,770 ($13,322 as of 1/22/2015) worth of value over standard R-Sport models for just a £2,100 ($3,190) increase to its On-the-Road price.” However, is it really worth ignoring the new XF to spend more on a soon-to-be outdated vehicle packing a bit more standard equipment?

Creating specialized, last-minute spinoffs of a model slated for the dustbin is standard operating procedure in the car world, and given the XF’s popularity over the last year, the announcement of the R-Sport Black shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

In addition to the new variant, Jaguar is also adding new specifications to the Luxury, R-Sport, Portfolio, Diesel S Portfolio, XFR, and XFR-S models, with some even gaining slight price hikes as a result (including the R-Sport). Clearly, JLR is confident that interest in the XF line will stay strong. In fact, the XF recorded its best year of sales in 2014, which makes the new R-Sport Black a likely candidate for success.

The R-Sport Black is available in either a saloon four-door or Sportbrake body style. Upgrades include new exterior features and interior accouterments, but sadly, the drivetrain has remained unaltered. Still, the R-Sport Black doesn’t represent a major cost increase over the standard R-Sport model, especially when you consider the minor price adjustment seen with this most recent refresh.

But the question remains- is it worth the money?

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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Playing in the Snow

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Playing in the Snow

What a great year 2014 was for Jaguar, when the F-Type Coupe arrived to prove yet again that the British mean business in the sports car segment. The year also brought the XE, the highly anticipated sedan aimed at the all-popular BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. 2015 promises to be equally interesting now that the company has revealed its very-first crossover will carry the F-Pace name and take inspiration from the F-Type, but the Brits have a lot more things in store for the automotive industry. One of them is the 2016 Jaguar XF, which is currently being tested before its planned unveiling later this year.

Having already been tested in Southern Europe’s hot weather as well as on the demanding Nurburgring track in 2014, the midsize sedan returns before our eyes with Sweden’s wintery landscape in the background. This is the first time our spy photographers caught the new XF in the wild since October 2014, and strong indication that Jaguar didn’t waste any time these past few months. Now that its engineers have calibrated the sedan using everything they’ve learned in Southern Europe and at the ’Ring, the manufacturer is using Scandinavia’s harsh winter to ready the XF for the roughest climate conditions it might encounter in both Europe and North America.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Hits The Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Hits The Nurburgring

Now that the Jaguar XE is tucked, taped and ready to take on the BMW 3 Series, the company’s focus turns towards the second-generation XF, the larger sedan aimed at the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Although not yet ready to hit the stage, development of the XF is well underway, with the executive sedan being put through its paces around Europe. After doing some hot-weather testing in Southern Europe in September, the XF has now hit the Nurburgring for some proper chassis tuning.

Jaguar is getting those handling dynamics just right before throwing the XF into the lions’ den.

The sedan our spy photographers caught on the "Green Hell" is still wrapped in swirly camouflage, so there’s not much to gaze at, but the wrap pattern and the license plate suggest Jaguar is now using a different prototype. There is the possibility this mule is a performance version of the XF, which would better explain its presence on the ’Ring, but none of the body panels appear to boast aerodynamic tweaks.

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Jaguar Prepares a Completely New Look for 2017

Jaguar Prepares a Completely New Look for 2017

Jaguar’s got some really big plans for the future of the brand. Circle your calendars for 2017, fellas, because the Big Cat is expected to come out with a fresh, new look. Company insiders revealed Jag’s future plans to Edmunds, and if there’s any truth to what they’re saying, we can expect a game-changing design for the British automaker.

It’s hard not to get excited when people start throwing out words like "change" and "jolt," as if to say that we should all expect a dramatic new-look for Jag. But those were the words Edmunds’ sources used. Evidently, the arrival of the F-Type Roadster and the XE compact sedan didn’t “jolt” us enough.

The next-generation XJ was singled out as the model that will get the most changes out of Jag’s current lineup. That should give luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series, the Audi A8, and the Mercedes S-Class something to collectively worry about.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s also talk that a production model of the C-X17 crossover is being planned. In the event that it gets the production thumbs up, a production Jaguar crossover could receive an aluminum body and, more importantly, an engine range similar to what the XE has. Speaking of new models, Jaguar’s also discussing the possibility of a new “white-space” model range; a replacement for the recently departed XK, and a smaller model that could compete with the likes of the Mercedes CLA-Class and the Audi A3 sedan.

In other words, Jaguar’s planning to turn the auto world upside down, which is probably what Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston all talked about in those “British Villains” commercials earlier this year.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Testing in South Europe

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Testing in South Europe

Jaguar’s second-generation XF has been spotted doing some hot-weather testing in Southern Europe, and this time, it’s wearing bodywork that appears to be nearly production-ready. Though it’s wrapped in swirly camo, the XF’s shape is still recognizable.

The second generation will get a revised look, helping move the BMW 5 Seriescompetitor in line with Jag’s newest sedan, the XE. Judging by the spy shots, the XF will get a more upright grille, much like the smaller XE. We expect the XF to get an aggressive front fascia with large openings under each headlight. An integrated spoiler will sit atop the boot while the taillights will likely share much of the same design cues as the XE.

Jaguar seems bent on protecting the XF’s side profile as the doors have a large accent bump just under the door handles. We saw the same thing on the XE as it was testing. Like the XE sedan, we expect the XF to have smooth sheet metal falling from its beltline, bulging out just slightly as it meets the rocker panels, so don’t be fooled by the clever camo.

All this talk about the smaller XE rubbing off on the upcoming XF is for good reason. The XF will ride on an extended version of the XE’s platform. Both the sedan and wagon versions will come, though the wagon isn’t expected to make the U.S. market.

Powering the new XF will be a familiar group of engines, including the turbocharged, 2.0-liter I-4; the supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6; and the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8. Folks outside the U.S. will get a diesel version as well. A plug-in hybrid will come after its initial launch.

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2014 A Jaguar owner uses donkeys to pull his car to the dealership

2014 A Jaguar owner uses donkeys to pull his car to the dealership

To show his displeasure to the local Jaguar dealer, Rahul Thakar, has decided to pull his brand new Jaguar XF by donkeys. He says "it is the only way to make it move" and "In my opinion, this car is worse than a sardine tin on wheels".
Mister Thakar bought his XF on May 7 and then the trouble started.
the bumper fell off ,the lights went off ...
"My family joked that it would have been better to buy a donkey cart, and actually I thought that wasn’t a bad idea, so I got a few animals sent round and hitched up to the car."
Since those pictures on the net,the car dealer has contacted mister Thaker and promised to repair his car very quickly!

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2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

BMW has M-Sport, Volkswagen has R-Line and Audi has the S-line. All of these are names for visual upgrades that make cars look faster, but don’t actually do much to increase the speed or performance of a car. Well now Jaguar is joining the party with its new R-Sport models.

Just like the other mentioned trim levels, the R-Sport cars from Jaguar will wear some of the more aggressive body parts found on their R and R-S cars, but without all the pesky cost and hassle of extra horsepower and bigger engines.

The first car to wear the new badge is the XF. Jaguar will be releasing R-Sport versions of both the XF Sedan and the XF Sportbrake. If you were hoping that the R-Sport would at least feature the supercharged V-6 or even the base V-8, you are sadly mistaken. The R-Sport Sportbrake comes powered by a 2.2-liter diesel.

Still, if you are in the market for a practical family hauler, but you want to at least pretend you could afford a 550 horsepower monster there are worse choices available.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

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2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

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.

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Video: Chris Harris Tests the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Video: Chris Harris Tests the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Its true, Chris Harris started the year a little slow for our liking, but it’s getting better with every new Drive episode he shoots. This week, Harris put head to head three of the most powerful sedans out there: the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

The three sedans are all in the 550-horsepower area — 550 horsepower for the XFR-S, 560 horsepower for the M6 and 550 horsepower for the E63 AMG — so, based solely on this specifications numbers, it’s pretty difficult to know which one is the best. But, there are lots of other additional features that influence a car’s behavior on the road, and this is exactly what Harris wants to see: which car behaves the best in all driving conditions.

The three sedans were pushed to their limits on track, road and drag strip, so, as no surprise the video is another great show put together by Harris.

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2013 Jaguar XF by 2M-Designs

2013 Jaguar XF by 2M-Designs

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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Spy Shots: First Jaguar XF Mule Testing at Nurbrugring

We’ve known for quite some time now that Jaguar has been hard at work on the next-gen XF. Despite the knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had the chance to catch a mule of the new XF — basically a current XF with the new drivetrain and chassis underneath — testing. Our spy photographers managed to catch this powertrain and chassis mule somewhere outside the Jaguar test center at Nürburgring.

The next XF will offer some major updates over the current model. First and foremost, it will move to a modular, aluminum platform that Jag is calling the iQ(Al) — the same platform also sees use under the BMW 3 Series. This change will make the new XF a lot lighter than the current model, which will make it more nimble and improve its fuel economy.

Under the hood, the engine lineup will range from a brand-new four-cylinder engine to a powerful V-8. The new platform is optimized for all-wheel drive, so we expect to see more AWD Jaguars in the future.

The new XF is expected to be revealed as a concept in 2015 with the production car to arrive in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Jaguar XF.

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Video: MotorTrend Drives the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

Video: MotorTrend Drives the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

In the latest episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago from Motor Trend gets behind the wheel of a Jaguar XFR-S and pushed it to the limits. The XFR-S is the most powerful, fastest version of the XF-R, and comes as a direct competitor for models like BMW M5.

The XFR-S is powered by a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 unit that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the XFR-S can easily sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited).

Despite being a V-8 powered car, the Jaguar XFR-S has one big issue; it is a little bit too quiet and Motor Trend — and any car lover — doesn’t like that. Don’t worry too much though, they otherwise loved the XFR-S

Check out the video (above) to see Motor Trend break the XFR-S down.

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Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

Top-Ten Best Performance Sedans

What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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Jaguar Plans Six New Vehicles by 2017

Jaguar will be pretty busy in the upcoming four years, as it plans to unveil six new models by 2017. The first to arrive will, of course, be the F-Type Coupe. We expect Jaguar to unveiled it sometime next year and rumors suggest that it will be significantly cheaper than the F-Type Roadster version. Additionally, the F-Type Coupe will be stiffer and lighter than the roadster version, and it may get significant hardware changes.

In 2015 Jaguar launch the new Q-Type, which will take aim at the BMW 3 Series. The new Q-Type will be built on the compact PLA platform and will be made entirely from aluminum. The Q-Type will come in around about £28,000 (about $43k at the current exchange rates).

2016 will be the busiest year with no less than three models set to be unveiled. The first will be the XQ crossover that will target models like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The XQ, like the Q-Type, will sit atop the PLA aluminum platform and will feature an all-aluminum construction. The new crossover will carry a base price around £31,000 (about $48k).

Also in 2016, we will see the new-generation XJ and XK lines. Both models will be built on modified versions of the new PLA aluminum platform.

The last model that Jag has scheduled is the new-generation XF sedan. The XF will also sit on the PLA platform and Jaguar will offer it with its new line of four-cylinder engines.

Click past the jump to read more about the only model that we have some concrete details on: the upcoming Jaguar F-Type Coupe.

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2014 - 2015 Jaguar XF

2014 - 2015 Jaguar XF

As the flashy F-type makes its U.S. debut for 2014, the XF sedan packs a new turbocharged 2.0-liter and supercharged V-6 AWD configurations to capitalize on the additional showroom traffic. The new base engine sends 240-horsepower to the rear wheels through the latest eight-speed box from the Evoque for 30 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 XF sedan is still looking its best since 2013’s facelift. The slimmer headlamps and standard LED running lights are far more beautiful than the previous XF look. The revamp also reshapes the hood but keeps the center power bulge intact and leaping Jaguar hood badge is a no-cost option.

All the Jag’s beauty is paired with a quicker HDD navigation system for 2014, numerous aero styling packs and eight wheel options. Nearly a dozen leathers and woods, and even real carbon fiber make an appearance on the options list, quite possibly making the XF the most customizable $50,000 vehicle of any kind.

Jaguar’s engineers certainly feel the same way about adding engines and drivetrains to match American buyer priorities. The new turbocharged four-cylinder brings the total to six different XF variants offered in the U.S. in 2014. The top three are the V-8 powered performance models and are a crisp $20,000 more expensive in most cases.

Even so, the cheaper three options are bringing a fierce fight to the volume side of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 ranges. How fierce? The throaty V-6 can screech to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and the new AWD system’s default torque split sends 90-percent of its 340 horsepower the to the rear wheels.

Updated 08/01/2014: Jaguar announced prices for the 2015 XF and as with all the other models, 2015 brings quite a huge increase. Prices will range from $51,175 for the XF 2.0T Premium version and up to $99,000 for the XFR-S version.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 XF, XF 3.0 and XF 3.0 AWD and info on the coolest performance and style options.

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2013 Jaguar XF Diesel by Loder 1899

2013 Jaguar XF Diesel by Loder 1899

Jaguars are cool. Jaguars are awesome. Jaguars are the best.

Anytime you attach those three descriptions to the British automaker, chances are, you’re going to have a lot of people agreeing with you. That includes German tuner, Loder1899, who not only loves Jaguars, but loves them enough to give one of the brand’s models - the XF V6 Diesel - a comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrade.

The trick to appreciating Loder1899’s program is to look at the details. The things you’ll notice are the new components, including the front apron, the boot lid spoiler and the carbon-fiber diffuser. Looks great, right?

But once you really take a closer look at the car, you’ll also notice that a lot of its components have been blacked-out, particularly the grille, the headlights, the hood vents, front intakes, side mirrors, side vents, the taillights and even the Jaguar badges. What all this blacked-out goodness does is turn the XF into a wicked saloon that oozes of attitude. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 21-inch wheels wrapped in 255 tires.

Under its hood, the XF V6 Diesel also gets the benefit of having a remapped ECU unit that increases its output from the standard 275 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to an impressive 310 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow the car to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model with a top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XF Diesel

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2014 Jaguar XF ECO2

2014 Jaguar XF ECO2

Jaguar UK announced that for the 2014 model year, theXF lineup will be expanded with the addition of a new four-cylinder engine. Also, new for 2014 the XF will receive an extended navigation system offering a more focused and intuitive mapping, a smart keyboard and one-way road visualization.

The new, four-cylinder, 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 163 horsepower and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new four-cylinder engine features a larger exhaust gas recirculation valves and a revised cooling assembly, which contributes to its astronomical 57.7 mpg and 129 g/km CO2 ratings.

The new engine is combined with Jaguar’s Stop-Start system, which features a twin-solenoid starter system that shuts down the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it fast enough for the driver to shoot into traffic seamlessly. When this system shuts down the engine, the instrument panel shows an illuminated ’ECO’ symbol. The 2014 XF is equipped with two batteries: one for the engine re-starting and one for all the other ancillaries.

If for some reason, the driver would like to deactivate the Start-Stop system, he can do so manually. However, the system reactivates on the following key cycle.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Jaguar XF.

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2014 Jaguar XFR-S

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

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.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Jaguar XFR-S.

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Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.

Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.

Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.

The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.

To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.

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Jaguar Drops XFR-S Teaser No. 2

Jaguar Drops XFR-S Teaser No. 2

Jaguar is preparing for a busy time in Los Angeles this week with a number of debuts. One debut, in particular, is getting significant attention because of the way the British automaker has been harking its debut.

Less than a week after dropping the first teaser image of the XFR-S, Jaguar is back with teaser No. 2, showing off the sports sedan’s enormous rear spoiler. Take a closer look at it and you might think that you’ve seen that rear spoiler before. Yup, it certainly looks like the same kind of spoiler that the XKR-S Coupe has on it.

More details will be revealed about the new XFR-S when it takes center stage at the L.A. Auto Show. For now, however, digest the growing notion that the rear spoiler won’t be the only thing similar between the XFR-S and the XKR-S. The word is that the former will also carry a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower.

Should that prove to be accurate, we expect nothing but good things from this sports sedan.

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Jaguar XFR-S Teased

Jaguar has just announced its lineup for the upcoming 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we have to admit, we like what we see. First, the new F-Type roadster will be making its U.S. debut, which is enough to get us amped up. Now we are learning that an important piece to Jag’s future lineup, the ultra-high-performanceJaguar XFR-S, will be making its world debut in L.A. too.

The XFR-S is the second R-S model in Jaguar’s lineup, following the XKR-S that Jag unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. No official details have been offered just yet, but it is believed the XFR-S will be powered by the same engine that fuels the XKR-S: a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower.

Jaguar is quoted saying: "Making its global debut at the show will be the XFR-S model, the fastest and most powerful saloon Jaguar has ever produced. This is the second model in the ultra-high performance R-S range and builds on the already acclaimed XFR."

That sounds like a pretty awesome Jag to us, so stay tuned for more info. The L.A. Auto Show is just around the corner!

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Spy Shots: Jaguar XFR-S Shows Off its Big Rear Wing

It’s been a while since we last saw the Jaguar XFR-S testing around the Nurburgring, but it seems that all that waiting was worth it. The sports car has now been spotted while lapping the famous ’Ring, but this time, it’s wearing a massive rear wing at the back. We’re wondering if this is Jaguar’s idea of being discreet or if they just wanted to enjoy a race-track experience.

As you can see, the XFR-S is still camouflaged, meaning that the parts that are covered up are where the biggest changes will appear. The front spoiler will get its own design which won’t look anything like the XF-R or even the XKR-S, but something more in line with the style of the BMW M5. The side sills are also beefier and, together with the wider track and wheels, will give the XFR-S a more powerful look. The rear diffuser is also more prominent than on the XFR and the trunk now has this big rear wing with an integrated third brake light.

Under the hood, we will see the same engine as in the XKR-S: a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that will deliver a total of 550 HP.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

So we all now know that Jaguar is working on the XFR-S, the sedan sibling to the XKR-S. We have actually assumed it for a while, but Jag finally admitted to it in February of this year. We have also heard whispers from several sources that say it will make its debut at the Los Angles Motor Show in November.

Since Jaguar is being stingy with images of its work in progress and all we can dig up are some spy shots with swirly livery covering up the goodies, we turned to our crack rendering team for help. What you see above is what they came up with.

Fortunately, the spy shots gave us a good look at the basic body structure, but left to the imagination the lower-third of the XFR-S. As we can tell from the spy shots and as you can see from our rendering, we expect the XFR-S to look very similar to the current XFR model with a little less chrome and a different rim package.

Also changed up is the front bumper cover, as the lower grille is slightly wider and its angle is reversed from the 2012 XFR. Also on the front bumper cover, the air intake opening on each side is significantly larger and has rounder corners than you see on the 2012 XFR. The extra size of the air intakes may simply be aesthetic, but they could also point to additional brake cooling.

As you can see from our rendering, we anticipate the differences from the 2012 XFR and the upcoming XFR-S to be slight, on the outside. What you don’t see is the extra 40 horsepower and 49 pound-feet of torque lingering inside its re-tuned 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. Then again, maybe what we saw was just a test mule and not the real deal. We’ll just have to wait until November to find out.

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2013 Jaguar XFR Speed Pack

2013 Jaguar XFR Speed Pack

Jaguar showed up to the 2012 Moscow Auto Show with a speedy update for its XF-R sports sedan. The new Speed Pack option will increase the car’s top speed to 174 mph, up from the current 155 mph, as well as improve its fuel economy by 11%.

When equipped with the Speed Pack, the XFR will also benefit from a few exterior add-ons, including a new front aero splitter and a new rear wing. The car’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine will also be revised, while the eight-speed automatic gearbox will be calibrated to match the increased top speed. Thanks to these changes, the EU Combined cycle has been improved by 11%, while the emissions will be reduced by more than 8%. The new Speed Pack also adds an updated suspension and upgraded brakes to handle the increased speed.

Prices for the new Jaguar XF-R Speed Pack will be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!

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Spy Shots: Production Jaguar XFR-S Spotted for the First Time

Previous spy shots of the Jaguar XFR-S have been spotted numerous times with bits and pieces of production parts scattered throughout the prototypes. Now, the puzzle has finally been put together as our spy photographers have captured the model in full production garb. These images were taken at the Nurburgring while the XFR-S whips around the testing track with a new design for the front spoiler, more muscular side sills, and a wider track and wheels. The rear of the XFR-S gets a more pronounced diffusor and a new rear spoiler.

The future Jaguar XFR-S will be powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that will deliver a total of 550 HP, making it an ideal competitor for the likes of the Audi RS6, the BMW M5, and the Mercedes E63 AMG.

The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S is rumored to make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show, with sales beginning shortly thereafter at £70K, or about $110,000 at the current rates.

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Jaguar XF and XJ to get new engine and all-wheel drive capabilities

Jaguar XF and XJ to get new engine and all-wheel drive capabilities

Like the actual jaguars that rely on four legs to mobilize, automaker Jaguar has introduced all-wheel-drive versions of their XJ and XF models in selected markets, alongside stars Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan, and figure skater Johnny Weir. The ironic thing is that the UK - Jaguar’s homeland - isn’t expected to be one of these markets as strong competition from other automakers has limited the company from increasing its 5% share of the luxury saloon market.

In any case, the XJ and XF models will retain all of their technical specs with the exception of some significant changes to the drive system, which will now use an all-wheel-drive system that will split torque equally between the front and rear wheels. Most of its power, though, will still be directed to the rear wheels in standard conditions in order to maximize the car’s overall efficiency.

In addition, the ’AWD’-badged XJ and XF models will also get the treat of receiving the company’s new 3.0-liter supercharged engine with 335 horsepower on tap and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine, according to Jaguar, will see an increase in efficiency - about 5% - from the current 5.0-liter V8s that are fitted into the current model. The more efficient powertrain will also see an improved mileage of 29 miles to the gallon. Finally, the car’s suspension set-up will also be tinkered with in order to retain the same driving feel as that of its rear-wheel-drive counterparts.

With the UK out of the question, Jaguar is looking at other markets to bring the ’AWD’ XF and XJ models, including North America, Russia, China and Continental Europe.

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2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

We absolutely just love talking about wagons that we’ll never get to see on our side of the pond. Wait, scratch that. It actually sucks to hear that Jaguar has finally unveiled the XF Sportbrake and Europe will be one of the few that will actually revel in its luxurious five door space. It’s not their fault that the British brand is going where the wagon demand is at its highest nor that we decided bigger was better before giving these in-between vehicles a chance, but we’re still a little envious.

The XF Sportbrake was supposed to make its world debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but Jaguar decided to offer the first details one week before the actual event. While the car’s front is identical to the sedan version, the new XF Sportbrake is entirely new from the B-pillar and back. Under the hood, Jaguar has placed a range of four-cylinder 2.2-liter and V6 3.0-liter diesel engines with power going up to 275 HP.

UPDATE 08/08/12: Jaguar has released a video explaining the versatility of the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Check out the video to see just how much can fit into the back of this spacious ride!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

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2012 Jaguar XF-R

2012 Jaguar XF-R

For the better part of the last decade, Jaguar has been slowly rebuilding its image, eliminating the cushy luxury car image it has had since the mid-1980s and replacing it with a more performance-based luxury image, much like it had in the 1960s. The 2012 Jaguar XF is a key example of how Jag has been rebuilding that image.

Even at the base level, it is obvious what Jaguar’s intentions were with the XF, as it not only boasts luxurious features, but also a 385-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that sends the sedan to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

As we said, that is just at the base level. At the top end, you have the XFR, which is a completely different animal that really ties together luxury and performance, and wraps it all with a nice little bow.

The true test is how does this luxury performance sedan actually stack up to its competition, like the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG?

Click past the jump to read our full review and see exactly how the 2012 XFR stacks up.

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Jaguar XF Gets Two Smaller Engines for 2013

We recently took a closer look at the replacement of V-8s with supercharged and turbocharged 6-cylinders, and we determined that the V-8 is a thing of the past, for the most part. We also made it clear that top-live cars will continue offering V-8 options, but we also anticipated that standard V-8s would slowly disappear in these models too. Well, it looks as if Jaguar received that memo, as it is axing the standard V-8 in the XF sedan.

Taking its place at the base of the XF lineup is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is a Ford design, that pumps out 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. The changes don’t stop there on the 2013 XF, as Jaguar is also adding in an optional 3.0-liter V-6 with a supercharger that punches out 340 ponies and 332 pound-feet of torque. The XF will still have its trio of V-8 engines available as options, so if you are looking for a little more oomph you can opt for one of the V-8s, which crank out between 385 and 510 horsepower.

These two new engines expand Jaguar’s competition against the likes of the BMW 528i and the Audi A6 2.0T. The BMW 528i’s base 2.0-liter boosted 4-banger cranks out the same horsepower as the upcoming 4-cylinder XF, but in the torque game, the 528i comes up about 9 foot-pounds higher than the XF. The A6 2.0T, on the other hand, matches the XF’s 240 ponies but falls flat in torque, as it gives up a full 40 foot-pounds to the XF.

This new 6-cylinder in the XF also gives Audi’s A6 3.0T and BMW’s 535i a run for their money. The Audi comes in 30 horsepower and 22 pound-feet short of the XF, while the BMW comes in giving up 40 horsepower and 32 pound-feet to the XF.

So needless to say, Jaguar means serious business now, as it has an engine for the XF to compete with, and even crush, the competition. That’s something we haven’t seen from Jaguar in a long time. It’s good to see Jag back to its old form.

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Jag Shows us What Happens to Clay Model Cars After a Design is Complete

Jag Shows us What Happens to Clay Model Cars After a Design is Complete

We’ve all seen the way that most luxury cars develop through their conception phase. They start off as a rough drawing, then become a computerized image, and finally turn into a clay model just before the design is finalized. We have often wondered what happens to these clay models after all is said and done. Do they throw them in an over-sized kiln and cook them so they remain permanent fixtures forever embedded in their designers’ memories, or do they destroy them in dramatic fashion with axe-bearing employees?

For those of you that chose the latter scenario – as unbelievable as it sounds – this is precisely how Jaguar rid itself of this life-sized hunk of clay that was once the design platform for the all-new XF. Jaguar didn’t see it fit to just take the clay model into a back roof and hack it into bits, Godfather style, but rather film their three hitmen chopping this beautiful model into tiny bits.

You can see the dramatic video of the three men demolishing the clay model above. We are starting to wonder if every Jaguar model is hacked up in such dramatic fashion, if so, that is a great way to let off some steam. Unfortunately, we are willing to bet that this is significantly dramatized, but cool as hell nonetheless.

We could think of a few older Jags that could use some axe treatment. The X-Type that is the first on the list to catch an axe. No, we don’t mean the clay model; an actual X-Type (A.K.A. Ford Taurus in a Jaguar wrapper).

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2014 Jaguar XFR Sportbrake

2014 Jaguar XFR Sportbrake

Now that Jaguar has officially announced the new XF Sportbrake what would you think about a XFR Sportbrake version? We are pretty sure that this will be Jaguar’s next step and today we have a rendering for you that might help you make a pretty good idea on how the XFR Sportbrake will look like.

Just like with the XF-R sedan the Sportbrake version will be featuring a more aggressive look thanks to a new front grille, a new hood, modified front fenders, redesigned LED taillights and a special exhaust system with four end pipes.

Under the hood Jaguar will place the same 5.0-liter V8 engine in its supercharged version that will deliver a total of 510 HP. Of course the Sportbrake won’t be as fast as the sedan version, but expect to see a 0 to 60 mph sprint time kept in the 5.0 seconds area.

You should expect the new XFR Sportbrake by the end of 2013.

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Jaguar’s New Campaign Emphasizes Beauty and Power

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Jaguar’s lineup is nothing short of spectacular, but to give the guys over in Marketing something to do with their time, Jaguar has launched a new campaign that highlights the beauty and power of the top three dogs: the Jaguar XF, XJ, and XKR-S.

The Jaguar XF has been described as the quintessential sedan. It’s sportiness and elegance are accompanied by a choice of three diesel powertrains and two petrol versions. For the diesel, you can opt for a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine, and a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine, with power ranging from 187 HP to 275 HP. As for the two petrol engines, you have a choice between a 5.0-liter V8 and a 5.0-liter turbocharged V8. The former comes with 385 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque whereas the latter hits 510 horsepower and 461 lb/ft of torque.

The newest generation XJ is the first Jaguar model built on the company’s aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology. It sports a sleek and sophisticated design that’s a far departure from the past versions of the luxury car. The all-new Jaguar XJ brings a daring new spirit to automotive luxury, offering a seductive mix of striking design, breathtaking performance and engineering without compromise. US customers will only get the 5.0-liter V8 engine, in both naturally aspirated and supercharged versions, delivering a range from 385 hp to 510 hp. European customers will also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine producing 187 HP.

The new Jaguar XKR-S features exclusive new paint colors that reflect Jaguar’s racing heritage. As with competition Jaguar cars of the past, the exterior of the XKR-S adheres to the principle of form following function. Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new Global Brand Director, describes the car as a "bold and exciting new model for Jaguar". He adds: "The styling of this car isn’t about image, it’s about true performance. Like other iconic Jaguar cars before it, the styling has been driven by geometry and aerodynamics for genuine design purity." Power for this elegant and stylish sports car comes from an AJ-V8 all-aluminum powerplant with twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger that delivers a total of 550 HP and 501 lb/ft of torque. This setup makes the XKR-S’ engine the most powerful Jaguar road engine ever made.

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2012 Jaguar XF SE Business & Sport Edition

2012 Jaguar XF SE Business & Sport Edition

After revealing the XJ Sport and Speed at the end of 2011, Jaguar has added two more special editions to their lineup, this time for the XF. The SE Business and Sport Editions can now be ordered on the British market, with prices starting at £31,500 ($49,000 at the current exchange rates) and £34,950 ($54,400 at the current rates) respectively.

The Jaguar XF SE Business version is based on the recently launched 163 HP 2.2 Diesel XF and adds a satellite navigation system complete with a seven inch touchscreen and HDD mapping. Next to these features, the model will be offered with intelligent start stop, a 400W sound system with DAB digital radio, leather and suedecloth seats, and bi-Xenon headlights.

The Jaguar XF SE Sport edition is based on the 190 HP 2.2 Diesel model and is distinguished by a full aerodynamic pack that includes a revised front bumper, a black grille element, side sill extensions, a subtle rear boot lid spoiler, and a black rear valance. The interior gets half leather suedecloth seats, a bond grain trim, and dove contrast stitch. The center console was dressed up with Piano black trim with ’Sport’ decals and the pedals in stainless steel. Practical additions include a heated front windscreen and front seats, a front parking aid plus a reversing camera, and 60/40 folding rear seats.

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Video: BMW M5 vs Porsche Panamera S vs Mercedes E63 AMG vs Jaguar XFR

Video: BMW M5 vs Porsche Panamera S vs Mercedes E63 AMG vs Jaguar XFR

British magazine, EVO, has gone out and pitted a few more competitors against each other to determine which is the better ride. Starting with the very cool BMW M5, EVO gathered up its competitors - the Porsche Panamera S, Mercedes E63 AMG, and Jaguar XFR - for a little one on three action.

Let’s break it down with some numbers. The M5’s 560 HP went up against the 550 HP from the Panamera, the 525 HP from the E63 AMG, and the 510 HP from the XF-R. Basically, the test served up 2,145 HP of phenomenal power, but which sports car landed on top of the heap?

Before watching the video, try to take a stab at who crossed the finish-line first. You may be surprised. We’ll give you a one hint: the Panamera turned out to be the laziest from them all.

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The Purr of the Big Cat: Jaguar's Lineup is both Elegant and Sporty

The Purr of the Big Cat: Jaguar’s Lineup is both Elegant and Sporty

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Jaguar is known for a lot of things with the words "luxurious," "classy," "elegant," and "powerful" being thrown around most often. Their full lineup of vehicles exude power and class, and have done so since 1949 when the XK 120 was born. They have followed the bigger and better trend over the years, but their elegance and sport have always been a staple in their production.

Their new lineup continues this trend with the XJ, XK, XF models glistening in the light of Jaguar’s success, and offering even more sparkle for the future. This is the face of Jaguar and might we add, it’s something that a lot of us have always dreamed of.

More videos highlighting Jaguar’s Lineup can be found after the jump.

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Video: Jaguar "At Play" ad speaks to the Big Cat’s fun side

Jaguar is known for a lot of things with the words "luxurious," "classy," "elegant," and powerful being thrown around most often.

Not it appears they’ve added "playful" to their vocabulary.

The British automaker has released a new ad featuring all three of its newest models - the XJ, the XF, and XK - participating in a nice little romp around their natural habitat: the concrete road.

Whether it’s on an isolated and forested area or in an urban warehouse setting, the three models are all at ease with their surroundings, something the company is emphasizing for in their new line.

Cleverly crafted with a fitting tagline - "Welcome to the Jungle" - the new Jaguar ad speaks to the consumer in ways it has never spoken to before. Sure, the cars still fit the words that we have long described them, but now, they’re opening themselves up to a new kind of fun. This is the kind that speaks to the character of these cars as more than just the conservative brand we previously thought they were.

This is the new face of Jaguar. And might we add, it’s something that a lot of us have long waited to see.

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