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2017 Jaguar XJ

2017 Jaguar XJ
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  • Jaguar XJ
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332 @ 3500
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    74400 (Est.)
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Jaguar has announced an update for its flagship XJ luxury sedan, and it promises a refreshed exterior design, loads more technology, and a slew of different model iterations to choose from.

First launched in the US in 2011, the XJ has grown a bit stale over the years, but Jag wants to shake the old-man connotations by utilizing aluminum construction and the latest and greatest gadgetry. What’s more, the exterior espouses a timeless style with a hint of modern aggression, making for an enticing package.

The new XJ is also available in no less than eight different models, including several long-wheelbase variants that offer even more luxury than the standard car.

The questions is: can the new XJ outgun the top dogs hailing from Germany? Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are all in the hunt for high-dollar, luxury four-door sales, and each is bringing its own brand of technology and performance to the table.

Updated 09/05/2015: Jaguar revealed prices for the new XJ luxury sedan, which will be put on sale in the spring of 2016. Prices will range from $74,400 for the XJ R-Sport version and up to $121,000 for the XJR LWB version.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Jaguar XJ

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Jaguar XJ

If you’re looking for a full-scale sedan but don’t want to go with the big German three, then Jaguar is where you want to look. And, look no further than the Jaguar XJ – a premium luxury sedan dripping wet with style, leather, technology, and decent performance too. It’s offered with a range of supercharged engines that includes a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. Power output ranges from a decent 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque all of the way up to 550 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. That’s one fast, beautiful, luxury sedan, don’t you think. Well, we certainly do, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it out wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite and compiled a gallery of plenty more in case you’re into something a little different.

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2018 Jaguar XJ50

2018 Jaguar XJ50

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed "XJ" badge

One of the most iconic sedans ever produced, the Jaguar XJ is celebrating 50 years in 2018. And the British firm launched a special anniversary model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Introduced in 2009, the current XJ is the eighth generation of the sedan that served as luxury transportation for many VIPs over the years. Jaguar is celebrating this special event with a handful of add-ons to the vehicle’s exterior and cabin. It also modified its badge for the event, renaming it the XJ50.

The XJ goes back all the way to 1968 when it was launched to replace the S-Type and the Mark 2. The first XJ was produced until 1992 with significant upgrades in 1973 and 1979. A complete redesign followed in 1986, with new updates in 1994 and 1997. The previous-generation XJ was unveiled in 2003 and received a facelift in 2007, two years before it was discontinued in 2009. The current model is already nine years old, and a new generation is about to be released. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at this anniversary special edition.

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Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain Gets a Custom-Built ‘Greatest Hits' Jaguar XJ6

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain Gets a Custom-Built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6

All the good stuff, no filler

When he isn’t chopping wood on bangers like “The Trooper” or “Run To The Hills,” heavy metal drummer Nicko McBrain entertains himself with a collection of handsome Jaguars. Now, he’s got another Bad Cat to indulge in following the debut of this customized XJ6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Watch Out Tesla - the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!

Watch Out Tesla - the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!

Next-gen XJ will be completely reinvented to adapt to the changing times

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968. In that time, it has soldiered on as the company’s resident flagship. Generation after generation of XJs have filled our streets, but a new report claims that Jag is looking to reinvent the next-generation XJ into something it has never been in its 50-year existence: an electric car.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Jaguar XJR575

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Jaguar XJR575

2018 Jaguar XJR575
Read our full review of the 2018 Jaguar XJR575 or check out more wallpaper-worthy images in the gallery below.

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Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

The 25-year-rule has elapsed on these old school classics

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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Talk About Class - Tom Petty's Favorite Car was a 1996 Jaguar XJS Convertible

Talk About Class - Tom Petty’s Favorite Car was a 1996 Jaguar XJS Convertible

He owned a Cadillac Allante too...

Yesterday was a sad day for rock enthusiasts, as the community lost Tom Petty, the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the man who had a very successful career as a solo artist. Aged 66, Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2. He died later in the evening at the Los Angeles Santa Monica hospital. Petty left behind a fabulous singing career and a legacy that will endure for centuries, but we will also remember him for singing some of the greatest driving songs ever recorded.

"Runnin’ Down a Dream," which was released with the Heartbreakers in 1989, is arguably his most iconic driving song, but "Breakdown," "Flirting with Time," and "Last Dance with Mary Jane" also have great driving grooves. Not surprisingly, Petty was also a car enthusiast, having owned a few notable vehicles. His most prized automobile was a late-generation Jaguar XJS, which he sold for charity, only to miss it and describe it as his favorite car ever. Let’s have a look at the story below.

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2018 Jaguar XJR575

2018 Jaguar XJR575

The XJR’s big brother is here and he’s fast...

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968 and has been Jaguar’s prized flagship for the last 47 years. Over the years, it has seen three generational shifts, if you don’t count the various series’ produced within each generation. The current and fourth generation has been around since 2009, so it’s getting a little long in the tooth. It still looks good, though, and is fairly modern, with an update taking place for 2017 that brought some new technology, a revised exterior look, and a number of new trim levels to choose from. Jaguar has chosen to forgo the generational shift just yet, but for 2018, the XJ does get a new update in the form of a brand new trim level that brings a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet – enough to get the new XJR575 up to its top speed of 186 mph in just 44 seconds while the sprint to 60 mph takes just 4.4 seconds, making the XJR575 the fasted and most powerful road-going production Jaguar to date.

Along with the new trim level, the XJ line also gets some new intelligent safety features and technology that includes a 10-inch touchscreen display, new infotainment operating system, forward traffic detection, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, and drive condition monitoring. That seems like a lot of new stuff to infuse into a model that’s creeping up on 10 years old, but you’ve got to hand it to Jaguar for designing a model that’s capable of lasting this long and upgradeable enough to remain relevant in a constantly evolving market. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look and Jaguar’s newest, fastest, and best XJ model to date.

Update 9/6/2017: Jaguar has decided to offer the XJR575 here in the U.S. and it starts out at $122,400. But, there’s quite a few options to choose from and some decisions to make, so check out the pricing section below to learn all about those and see what a fully-speced XJR575 will cost you outside of a divorce, of course.

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Pops' Rants: The New Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Already 10 Years Old

Pops’ Rants: The New Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Already 10 Years Old

Everyone seems to be lazy this week

And how are you folks doing this week? I gotta tell you, last week was rough with all that Mercedes X-Class jazz. And awkward and funny at the same time with reports that Jeep is doing better than FCA. And just when I thought that I would take a break from writing this week, Rolls-Royce launched the new Phantom. The NEW Phantom. With new everything. Except for the design. Have you seen it? Well, if not, have a look at the old Phantom because they’re basically identical. Remember how a while back I said that some at Rolls-Royce must be smoking pot at the office? The new Phantom is proof of that.

Seriously now, I wish this was some sort of prank, but April 1st is... ermmm... seven months way? What’s Rolls-Royce thinking? And what with the Pagani Zonda Fanstasma Evo that just broke cover? Wasn’t the Zonda discontinued years ago? And, why would Jaguar waste a more powerful V-8 engine on an XJR that doesn’t have an "SVR" badge? Yup, that’s what’s bugging me today, and it’s exactly what we’ll discuss below. So grab a cup of something and read on.

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Bridgestone To Begin Offering New Tires For The Jaguar XJ220

Bridgestone To Begin Offering New Tires For The Jaguar XJ220

Daddy needs a new pair of shoes

What’s that? You desperately want fresh rubber for your 20-plus-year-old supercar? Well, fear not, because Bridgestone is here to help. Working in conjunction with U.K.-based XJ220 specialist Don Law, Bridgestone has announced that it’s developing a next-gen tire for Jag’s decades-old two-seat speed wedge.

For some time now, XJ220 owners have had to tread carefully (see what I did there?) when it came time to actually using the XJ220’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, as appropriately sized tires are no longer in production.

Now, however, following a “coming together of minds” between Bridgestone and Don Law, the tire maker will coordinate a new compound for the uber-kitty, bringing the car’s original chief development engineer and test driver along for the ride. A pre-production XJ220 model will provide the test bed.

“It’s very important to keep such iconic vehicles running today and supporting people like Don Law and his team of expert technicians,” said Christophe de Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone Trope. “ Technology has moved on significantly in the last 25 years and we believe we will be able to produce a tire that will keep the smile on the face of the enthusiast drivers of the XJ220.”

The plan is to get the tires finished in time for the model’s twenty-fifth anniversary next year.

I think that’s worthy of a burnout, don’t you?

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Jaguar XJ220 Pays Jay Leno's Garage A Visit: Video

Jaguar XJ220 Pays Jay Leno’s Garage A Visit: Video

The XJ220 has been described in a number ways, "controversial" and "misunderstood" being two of them

Any mention of the Jaguar XJ220 will illicit responses that’ll cover the full spectrum of human emotions. Built in 1992 as a science project of sorts, the XJ220 became one of the first cars to really live up to its supercar label. Sure, the McLaren F1 was and continues to be regarded as the godfather of the modern-day supercar, but before the F1 burst into the scene, it was the XJ220 that held the title of fastest car in the world. You would think that such a distinction has given the Jag “iconic” status within the industry, and for the most part it has, but as we find out in the latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”, the XJ220’s history isn’t as straightforward and is bit more complicated than any other supercar built in its era.

One such example of the XJ220 paid Leno a visit with its owner, Philip Sarofin. Together, the two discuss the rather eventful history of the XJ220 dating back to its early years in development all the way to its modern-day status as one of the most misunderstood supercars of all time. Sarofin’s XJ220 even has quite the history of its own, as the owner only acquired the supercar in July 2015 after the previous owner kept it on the 37th floor of his office building in Tokyo for the past 12 years without even driving it.

For the most part, the XJ220 doesn’t have the lasting legacy of the F1. Leno and Sarofin even described it as an “oddity”, a word nobody would ever use to describe the F1. So the question is: why doesn’t the XJ220 occupy the same type of reverence as the F1? Leno and Sarofin spent the majority of the episode discussing that and without spoiling anything, the two tackle a number of issues and controversies that plagued the XJ220.

It’s an enlightening episode on one of the world’s most misunderstood supercars and definitely worthy of the next 12 minutes of your time.

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Jaguar Design Chief Lays Out Jag's Future Plans, Confirms Replacement Model For XJ

Jaguar Design Chief Lays Out Jag’s Future Plans, Confirms Replacement Model For XJ

Jaguar’s ringing in the new year with some cracking news about the XJ sedan and the company’s overall production plans.

Jaguar’s highly respected design boss, Ian Callum, took time to chat with Autocar at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November 2015. During that conversation, Callum let it be known that the luxury saloon is set to be replaced soon, although when that will be remains unclear. What appears certain at this point is that Jag’s new full-sized sedan will continue to carry the company’s luxurious styling characteristics despite calls from management to make the new flagship model a little bit more practical.

In addition to the news about the XJ, Callum also hinted that the company is looking into creating additional model lines to boost its portfolio. That strategy flies against what rivals BMW and Audi have done as they’ve concentrated more on adding new body styles from their existing models. Turns out, Jaguar isn’t too keen on traveling that road out of fear that it becomes to big for its own good. According to Callum, Jaguar Land Rover has no plans of building one million cars a year between the two brands out of fear that diluting the market with Jaguars and Land Rovers would lead to both brands losing their “prestige”. Instead, the company hopes to achieve annual sales of 650,000 units between the two brands once production of the Jaguar XE and F-Pace models reach full capacity across the company’s three factories in the UK. A new factory in Slovakia is also scheduled to open in 2018.

Finally, Callum shot down any rumors of the company bring back the XK. That door has apparently been closed for good. That said, the company is still discussing the possibility of developing a model that would slot below the XE, even though those talks have been preliminary at best.

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Top 5 Cars To Celebrate New Year's Eve

Top 5 Cars To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Ready or not, here it comes – 2016 is nearly upon us, and the pressure is on to do New Years right. Some see the holiday as a beacon of hope, with the possibilities of an unwritten chapter and better things to come. Others see it as a clean slate, a chance to improve oneself through resolutions and personal goal setting. That’s all well and good, but honestly, December 31st is just an excuse to party – hard. And anyone serious about having a good time is gonna need the right set of wheels.

With that in mind, ditch the limo. Instead, look to rent something from this list and kick things off in real style. Elegance and luxury are paramount, and since New Year’s Eve only comes once a year, no expense should be spared. So hire or designate a driver, break out the champagne, and get yourself in the backseat of one of these rides, even if it is just for one night.

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2017 Jaguar XJ

2017 Jaguar XJ

Jaguar has announced an update for its flagship XJ luxury sedan, and it promises a refreshed exterior design, loads more technology, and a slew of different model iterations to choose from.

First launched in the US in 2011, the XJ has grown a bit stale over the years, but Jag wants to shake the old-man connotations by utilizing aluminum construction and the latest and greatest gadgetry. What’s more, the exterior espouses a timeless style with a hint of modern aggression, making for an enticing package.

The new XJ is also available in no less than eight different models, including several long-wheelbase variants that offer even more luxury than the standard car.

The questions is: can the new XJ outgun the top dogs hailing from Germany? Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are all in the hunt for high-dollar, luxury four-door sales, and each is bringing its own brand of technology and performance to the table.

Updated 09/05/2015: Jaguar revealed prices for the new XJ luxury sedan, which will be put on sale in the spring of 2016. Prices will range from $74,400 for the XJ R-Sport version and up to $121,000 for the XJR LWB version.

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1975 - 1980 Jaguar XJ-S V12

1975 - 1980 Jaguar XJ-S V12

The Jaguar XJS has an odd sort of niche as a classic car. As the replacement for the 1961-1975 Jaguar E-Type, there was a lot of misunderstanding about what kind of a car it was supposed to be. A lot of people think it was a terrible sports car, when in reality it was built as a grand tourer/executive coupe. It was also first built at a time when emissions regulations strangled the engine, 5-mph bumpers disrupted the flow of the lines in the bodywork and Jaguar’s reliability as a whole was not quite where you’d want it to be. But the XJS was in production for a long time, from 1975 to 1996 (for a total of 115,413 units, a huge number for car in this price range), so it clearly offered something to those who bought them.

Harry Metcalfe, formerly of EVO magazine, has put out a new video talking about the history of the XJS and taking a look at a well preserved Series I example.

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Jaguar Prepares XJR RRV For Bloodhound SSC

Jaguar Prepares XJR RRV For Bloodhound SSC

Land speed records are pretty much an exclusively British endeavor at this point, so it makes perfect sense that Jaguar would lend its support to the Bloodhound SSC project. It’s a pairing as British as bangers and mash.

In honor of the partnership, Jaguar is introducing the new XJR Rapid Response Vehicle alongside three newly face-lifted XJRs at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The XJR RRV joins the F-Type RRV on the 2014 Bloodhound SSC’s mission to break the 1,000 mph barrier, and will be piloted up the Goodwood hill by Royal Air Force ace and Bloodhound SSC driver Andy Green.

With a 550-horsepower supercharged V-8, it’s a bit down on power compared with the 135,000-horsepower Bloodhound SSC, but the Jaguar XJR does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph, which should come in handy when transporting the equipment and personnel necessary for a 1,000-mph land-speed record run. Built by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, the two XKR RRVs have had roll cages fitted and the rear seats have been replaced by custom housings for emergency equipment.

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Keeping The Jaguar XJ220 Alive And Fast: Video

Keeping The Jaguar XJ220 Alive And Fast: Video

When talking about Jaguar, sports cars and motorsports success are the first two things that come to mind. The Brits became highly competitive on the track in the 1940s and went on to win seven 24 Hours of Le Mans races between 1951 and 1990. From the XK-120C, C-Type, and D-Type of the 1950s to the XJR racers of the late 1980s, Jaguar showed the world it has what it takes to build fast, innovative, and reliable race cars. But despite having things to brag about on the race track, Jaguar never had a proper supercar until 1993. That’s when the JX220 was born.

Developed in cooperation with the brand’s long-time partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the XJ220 was Jaguar’s only attempt at building a production supercar. Produced between 1992 and 1994 in only 275 units, the XJ220 was praised for its throttle response and precise handling, but criticized for its subpar interior and subdued presence among other supercars. The £470,000 sticker and the fact that the car received a turbo V-6 engine instead of the V-12 Jaguar initially promised didn’t help either. However, the fact that the 542-horsepower engine was able to provide 0-to-60 mph sprints of only 3.8 seconds and top speeds of 213 mph was enough to earn it a place in the "Supercars Hall of Fame."

Check out Drive’s latest video for the history the XJ220, and the story of a father and son who are responsible for Jaguar’s only supercar to date.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XJ Caught With No Camouflage

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XJ Caught With No Camouflage

Well Jaguar isn’t even trying any more. Our spy shooters were out and about and they found one of the British marque’s new XJ models running around with essentially no camouflage. Aside from a touch of tape across the lights front and rear, this Jaguar is presented in its full glory. The car unsurprisingly looks a lot like the old one with just a few nips and tucks to make it look a little more svelt and a touch more modern.

Looking at the photos we aren’t greeted with any major surprises. The nose is a bit more upright, the vents in the fascia have been altered, and the rear bumper has some more sculpting to it, but I imagine that on the outside very few people will recognize this as a new car. The new wheels do look nice though.

We don’t have any photos of this machine’s interior, so there may be more dramatic changes inside rather than out. Considering how blatantly open Jaguar is being with this car we expect the new model to be officially announced within the next few weeks. As always, we will have all the info you need as soon as the car is launched. In the meantime, why don’t you take a look at our 2015 XJL review to see why we are all so excited for this new car.

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2015 Jaguar XJL - Driven

2015 Jaguar XJL - Driven

The current Jaguar XJ has been around since 2009, but the XJ moniker enjoys a rich history dating back to 1968 when the XJ Series I was introduced. The car has undergone several transformations throughout the years, including a departure from the “Series type” Jags to the more modern-style cars in the mid-1990s. The XJs have always been revered for their English posh yet scoffed for their reliability. As the 2010s continue to roll forward, Jaguar is working feverishly to repeal that notion and replace it with one of pure luxury and sport.

Cars like the F-Type and upcoming 2017 XE sedan are posing darn good arguments for Jaguar’s positive brand reputation, as do the witty advertisements concerning the art of villainy. But how well does the XJ hold up its promise of luxury?

I recently spent a week with an XJ — the long wheelbase version to be exact. The lengthened limo came powered with the 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 and fitted with all-wheel drive. A mere trio of options meant the car was nearly in its base form, perfect for evaluating the car’s entry-level sophistication. So how does the 2015 XJL hold up? Hit the jump to find out.

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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: Jaguar XJ Caught Wearing its Production Lights

Spy Shots: Jaguar XJ Caught Wearing its Production Lights

It’s been five years since Jaguar introduced the current-generation XJ, and the large sedan is finally getting its first update. Paraded on public streets during testing since November 2013, the XJ is inching closer to production, as a brand-new batch of spy shots reveal . So what has been Jaguar up to these past six months? Nothing much really, as the sedan is only getting a mild facelift, but the updated XJ is starting to take shape.

Photographed while tackling the iconic Nurburgring track at blistering speed, the executive four-door has yet to ditch the black-and-white camouflage covering its front and rear fascias. However, we now have a few small details to ogle at before this Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8 fighter makes its way onto showroom floors. Are these new updates extensive enough to jeep the XJ fresh for a few more years with a brand-new S-Class on the market and redesigned BMW 7 Series underway? Stick around to find out.

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2016 Jaguar XJ Coupe

2016 Jaguar XJ Coupe

The demise of the Jaguar XK doesn’t necessarily mean Jaguar is leaving a hole in its entire lineup. A new model is set to replace the XK and from the looks of it, the British automaker is looking to field a coupe version of its bigger Jaguar XJ with styling cues attributed to the F-Type.

Given how the F-Type has been an enormous success and is largely the reason why Jaguar decided to drop the XK, it’s a smart move for Jaguar to make the proposed XJ Coupe look similar to its current meal ticket. That appears to be the plan for Jaguar, as it continues to make aggressive move after aggressive move to be a player in the luxury performance market.

The reported arrival of the XJ Coupe also means that Jaguar won’t necessarily drop out of the 2+2 grand tourer market where models like the Bentley Continental GT and the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe reside. On the contrary, Jaguar is preparing the XJ Coupe to be a direct rival to these models. With that, you can at least expect the model to be bigger than the XK with a similar aluminum architecture as the F-Type.

Engine options will likely also be varied and could range from either a supercharged V-6 to a V-8, or possible both. A six-cylinder diesel is also expected to be in the mix.

Discussions on price will likely be shelved at least until there’s confirmation for the model, but reason dictates that the model could be priced somewhere in the neighborhood of at least £100,000.

Note: Sedan model pictured here.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Jaguar XJ Caught Next to the Current Model

Spy Shots: 2015 Jaguar XJ Caught Next to the Current Model

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.

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2014 Jaguar XJ

2014 Jaguar XJ

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.

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Spy Shots: Jaguar XJ Testing in the Snow

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.

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Video: Jaguar XJ Drives to the "Coldest City on Earth"

Video: Jaguar XJ Drives to the "Coldest City on Earth"

Jaguar USA took the XJ luxury sedan to one of the coldest towns on Earth: Yukon, Canada. Along with the dangerously low temperatures, this territory also has some of the planet’s most treacherous roads. In this town, temperatures plummeted to an incredible -32° F, so you can only imagine the driving conditions here. However, for the XJ these conditions were quite easy to handle, and Jag highlighted the entire trip in the above video.

As a reminder, the XJ is offered with four powerful and refined engines, with power ranging from 275 horsepower in the 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel engine and up to 470 horsepower in the 5.0-liter, V-8 gas engine. Prices range from $76,700 in the base version, but it can go up to $112,600 in the Supersport version.

Check out this video to see how the Jaguar XJ handles its 2,000-mile round trip journey to the coldest city on Earth.

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2014 Jaguar XJL AWD

2014 Jaguar XJL AWD

The 2014 XJ sedan finally achieves all the potential of this iconic luxury brand with long-wheelbase, all-wheel-drive or even supercharged versions that match buyer priorities and also Jaguar’s inherent sportiness.

The previous XJ sedans have all been brilliant at one or two of the executive limo buyer’s checklist areas, including style and interior panache. At different times, the previous XJR was hilariously fast and full of roaring character. But never has the XJ offered buyers such a wide swath of excellence in body styles, technology, style and performance.

The XJ really snapped to attention on the sales charts with the 2013 inclusion of a new 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 and AWD grip near the base $74,000 configuration. This not only catapults the XJ into consideration for Audi and Lexus buyers, but it also improves the previous standard V-8’s mileage stats.

So like a chorus or an orchestra, all the instruments in the Jaguar symphony finally seem to be playing the same some. And it is a catchy tune with the XJ’s beautiful nose and subtle styling that is a perfect match for the ultra-limo segment’s discerning buyers.

A brief sample of the 2014 XJ L 3.0 AWD was enough to take in its liquid curves, attractive nose detailing, and a cabin so full of leather that it smells like the inside of a Burberry purse.

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Jaguar XJ L 3.0 AWD, including photos of the huge back seat and details about the entire XJ lineup.

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Top-Ten Best Luxury Sedans

Top-Ten Best Luxury Sedans

A luxury limousine needs no explanation. For many buyers, is the only type of car on the market they will consider. Transporting themselves, family members and business colleagues in comfort and luxury is the name of the game.

It is much more than comfort for these affluent clients, or we would see American businessmen lapping up the Chevy Impala or Toyota Avalon like they do stock options in a venture capital-backed, start-up company.

No, for these buyers - it is either a professionally-driven car service or it must be the something extremely luxurious and "on brand." In other words, something these fancy folks think matches their lifestyle, clothing, accessories, vacation spots and what-have-you.

The luxury sedans on this list start at about $65,000 and go way up from there. These limos need to be huge in the back seat, ruling out the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 from contention.

So, let’s talk big. A back seat so roomy that you can read the full newspaper and cross your legs. For that, it will take the size of the Audi A7 at minimum, and up to the Rolls-Royce Ghost LWB at maximum.

Click Pass the jump for the full list of the Top-Ten Luxury Sedans.

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Celebrity News: Dick Van Dyke’s Jaguar XJ "Burned to a Crisp"

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It’s not everyday that everyday that we hear about Dick Van Dyke; actually, it’s been a mighty long time since we’ve heard anything about him. Well today is just one of those days where he so happens to make our front page, as his Jaguar XJ burned to a crisp.

According to the report from TMZ and an interview with Van Dyke, he was cruising down the 101 in Calabasas, California when he heard a noise coming from his fairly new Jaguar XJ. Thinking he had gotten a flat tire, he pulled off to the side of the road. Once on the side of the road, he saw smoke starting to come from the car and he tried "calling the DMV" — we don’t know what the DMV does about smoke coming from a car, must be a California thing...

Fortunately for the actor, an off-duty rescue worker was in the area and pulled Van Dyke from the car just before it burst into flames. A video (above) actually shows the flaming Jag and then about three-quarters of the way through the video, the car explodes into an even larger fireball.

Fortunately, no one was injured and Van Dyke seemed in good spirits when TMZ interviewed him. His car, on the other hand, is pretty well thrashed. This is not the first Jag that has turned into kitty-cat flambe lately, as an F-Type burned up earlier this month in Belgium. Hopefully this is not a trend for Jaguar, as it has worked hard to rebuild its tattered image from the Ford days...

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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.

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2014 Jaguar XJR

2014 Jaguar XJR

Jaguar is preparing to expand its "R" performance lineup with the addition of a new XJR high-performance sedan that made its global debut at the 2013 New York International Automobile Show. The new XJR will go on sale later this summer.

When compared to thestandard XJ, the new R version adds a more aggressive exterior look, with a new new front bumper, aerodynamic side skirts and a trunk-mounted spoiler. For the interior Jaguar will add numerous R elements, like sports seats, R badges and specially designed jet leather.

Other updates include an updated suspension, an electronic rear differential and a recalibrated Dynamic Stability Control system. All these updates were required in order to provide the best driving dynamics on both road and track-focused driving.

Updated 03/26/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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Overdrive AD Gives the Jaguar XJ220 a Modernized Look

Overdrive AD Gives the Jaguar XJ220 a Modernized Look

Do you remember the old Jaguar XJ220? Well, of course you do, after all it was the most amazing supercar ever unveiled by Jaguar! To be completely honest with you, we cannot remember many tuners that have dared to touch the XJ220, until today. This interesting decision has been made by the Bulgarian tuner Overdrive AD, which decided to give the supercar a more modern appearance.

The car has been finished in a chameleon paint featuring a combination of green, brown and gold. The tuner also installed a new Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon-fiber tail pipes and custom-made LED headlights. The most interesting addition however is a new set of LED taillights borrowed from a Ferrari 599.

For the interior, the tuner added carbon-fiber trim, leather and Alcantara upholstery, a Ground Zero sound system and a McIntosh player. And because a tuning kit can’t be completed without a set of wheels, the tuner also installed a new set of ADV.1 wheels sized 19-by-9 inches up front and 20-by-14 inches at the rear.

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Video: Jaguar XJ AWD Concquers the Arctic Circle

Video: Jaguar XJ AWD Concquers the Arctic Circle

Known more for their affinity for producing top-end luxury cars, Jaguar is stepping out of its comfort zone and is determined to show everyone that its resident luxury car, the XJ all-wheel drive, is a lot tougher than it’s given credit for.

So what exactly did Jaguar do? It went to one of the toughest locations in the world, or more specifically, the coldest city in the world. Embarking on an impressive 2,000-mile round-trip journey into the Arctic Circle, the British automaker took a pair of XJ all-wheel drive models to see how the luxury sedan can handle being subjected to a place with temperatures as low as -56 degrees F.

Ultimately, the pair of XJ all-wheel drive models succeeded in their 2,000-mile journey, proving that not only can the luxury sedan handle the almost inhumane weather conditions, it can take care of all that snow, ice, gravel, and frozen mud pretty handily.

Guess it’s ready to plow its craft in North America, right?

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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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Supercars Unite for a U.K. Bank Holiday

Supercars Unite for a U.K. Bank Holiday

On August 27, 2012, U.K. banks are closed for a holiday and supercars are set to run wild in celebration of this holiday. At the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the Supercar Showdown will take place and we will all get a good glimpse and listen to what these cars have to offer.

Some of the cars in this year’s Supercar Showdown include: Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari F40, Ferrari F50, Ferrari 360 Spyder, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes-Benz SLS, Ultima GTR Can-AM, Lightning GT Carbon, Ascari KZ1 GT3 racecar, and Aston Martin GT2. That, of course, is not an exhaustive list of all of this year’s participants, but it gives us a great idea of what to expect.

The guest list also includes a laundry list of car clubs that are sure to bring numerous hot cars to the National Motor Museum. This year, there will be a course set up in the museum’s parking lot, so you can watch these supercars do what they do best, navigate a road course, though we doubt it will be a timed race, but rather a friendly drive.

You also can get involved in the show, as you can vote on the People’s Choice Award for the best supercar at the show. The winner of this award receives a 60th anniversary Beaulieu trophy and tons of bragging rights.

To get into the show, all you need to do is purchase a general Beaulieu attraction admission ticket and you’re good to go. You can get tickets online at the rate of ₤18 for adults, ₤16.65 for those 60 years and older, ₤10.80 for those 13 to 17 years old, and ₤8,95 for those 5 to 12 years old. Alternatively, you can pick up family admission tickets, which are good for two adults and up to three children for just ₤47.25. This ticket also gives you admission to the museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey, and Palace House and Garden.

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2012 Jaguar XJ e plug-in hybrid

2012 Jaguar XJ e plug-in hybrid

Jaguar and Land Rover showed up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed ready to tackle naysayers with an ultra-low carbon XJ_e plug-in hybrid engineering research project. The goals of these automakers was to demonstrate how an advanced parallel plug-in hybrid design can deliver reductions in CO2 emissions of over 70% without impacting the car’s performance.

The new XJ_e research vehicle is powered by an advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) system that combines an efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine, with a 92 HP generator and a 12.8kWh Lithium Ion battery pack. It offers an electric-only range of 25 miles, and, in hybrid mode, can travel up to 679 miles with a fuel consumption of 87mpg. This can all be achieved while still hitting the 0-60 mph mark in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Bob Joyce, Engineering Director, JLR, commented: "The XJ_e investigates how a 5.0-litre V8 engine could be replaced by an advanced 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain to deliver similar performance and refinement, but with CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km. While the XJ_e is an experimental project, it highlights that JLR customers can expect some exciting low-carbon products in the future."

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2010 - 2012 Jaguar XJ

2010 - 2012 Jaguar XJ

After the XF, it was just a matter of time until we’ll have seen all the models in Jaguar’s line-up receiving the same treatment. And the first to get it was the luxury sedan XJ. While the old generation XJ is an old and unattractive car, the new one features a young, attractive and aggressive design. For the US market the luxury XJ is offered in six different versions with prices starting at $72,500.

The newest generation XJ - ranging from the 2010 to 2012 models - are the first Jaguar models built on Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology. The US customers will only get the 5.0-liter V8 engine, in both naturally aspirated and supercharged version. Output will range from 385 hp to 510 hp. The European customers however will also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine.

Jaguar will also offer both standard and long-wheelbase versions for the XJ, with the latter adding an extra 125mm of legroom. Also all the latest Jaguar technologies will make their way into the new model: air suspension, Adaptive Dynamics (continuously variable damping), Active Differential Control and quick-ratio power steering deliver the blend of responsive, dynamic handling and refined, supple ride expected from a Jaguar.

UPDATE 05/07/2012: Jaguar has unveiled a new video for their flagship XJ. Called simply "Innovations," the video displays new details on the car’s intuitive technology and innovative thinking. Enjoy!

Find out more about the 2010-2012 Jaguar XJ after the jump

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2012 Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition

2012 Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition

There’s a good chance that anybody who has a Jaguar XJ in their garage probably has somebody doing the driving for them, but their ride along may get more interesting with Jaguar’s latest XJ special edition. At the Beijing Motor Show, Jaguar will be presenting the XJ Ultimate Edition, a special edition model that takes Jaguar luxury to the next level.

The XJ Ultimate Edition will feature plenty of luxury additions, including two separate, fully-reclining rear seats, folding aluminum tables, and just in case the owner gets a little parched, there’s also a cabinet specifically for a champagne bottle. iPads have also been fitted behind the front seats and goes pretty well - albeit slightly confusing - with a pair of TV screens on the back headrests.

We all know how the Chinese love high-end luxury sedans, so it’s no surprise that the XJ Ultimate Edition will be available for the Chinese market and will sell for a little under $180,000.

Updated 04/25/2012: Jaguar has unveiled a very cool promo video for their latest Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition. Enjoy!

UPDATE 05/01/12: Jaguar has come out and released another new promo video of the XJ Ultimate Edition, telling us, basically, just how awesome the car is. And really, who are we to disagree? Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

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Video: Jaguar XJ-L and Range Rover Evoque on James Bond 007 Skyfall set

Video: Jaguar XJ-L and Range Rover Evoque on James Bond 007 Skyfall set

The next James Bond movie is set to be released in October 2012 and, as usual, Agent 007 - played once again by Daniel Craig - will drive some of the most amazing cars in the world. For the new movie, Bond will be dropping his usual Aston Martin models in favor of a Jaguar XJ-L.

This video shot by Shmee150 on the Skyfall set shows off the beautifully luxurious XJ-L, as well as a Range Rover Evoque that was also seen filming. And since the never-ending technology of the movie world is present, the Evoque plays the role of a driverless car. Don’t get too excited though, this is just a magic trick played by the camera. We’re going to have to wait a lot longer for the Evoque to shed the driver.

The plot for the upcoming James Bond/007 Skyfall is still being kept a secret, but we’ll discover it soon enough. Until then, stay tuned!

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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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Jaguar celebrates 20 years of the XJ220

Jaguar celebrates 20 years of the XJ220

Launched in 1992, the XJ220 was the fastest Jaguar ever produced. 20 years later, it still maintains the title, making it an iconic vehicle to be celebrated. And as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Jaguar has released a number of images to show it off.

The Jaguar XJ220 started off as a concept in 1988 designed by Keith Helfet and was never intended for production. However, after an overwhelming response at the auto show, Jaguar went on to see its viability as a production model. What they ended up with was a limited run of 350 units. The first customer car was completed in June 1992 with a retail price of £470,000 (about $737,000 at the current exchange rates). The XJ220 remained in production until 1994.

The Jaguar XJ220 was powered by a 3.5-liter, twin turbo V6 engine that delivered a total of 550 HP and 475 lbs-ft of torque. The engine was mated to a five-speed gearbox and an AP Racing twin-plate clutch. This amount of power was enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Also, with an impressive top speed of 213mph, the XJ220 had the highest maximum speed of any production car at that time.

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2011 Jaguar XJ by Startech

2011 Jaguar XJ by Startech

Startech has come out with a new program for the 2011 Jaguar XJ, complete with a new aerodynamic kit and a retooled interior that pushes the luxury refinements on the Big Cat saloon to a new level.

The German tuner is considered one of the best aftermarket companies in the market and it tripped out on the Jag with an aero kit that includes Startech front attachments mounted to the production bumper. The attachments also come with air inlets that add a touch of sportiness and aggressiveness to the XJ. Integrated into the side air inlets are LED daytime running lights that add an element of class and sophistication to the car. The front fenders on the car were also treated with integrated air outlets and side sills that have been attached to the wheel arches. As for the rear, Startech applied a new fascia that has its own integrated diffuser whereas two integrated ’design’ panels provide the trademark Startech looks and a subtle rear spoiler lip on the trunk lid creates aerodynamic balance on the XJ. The luxury car also sits on a new set of 21" Startech Monostar J Diamond Edition wheels that were designed using state-of-the-art forging technology.

The interior of the Jaguar XJ also got some fancy digs courtesy of Startech. It’s not a surprise that the German tuner dressed up the XJ with a multitude of different leather and Alcantara colors. The elaborate black, high-gloss polished piano wood is another highlight of the interior, as is the state-of-the-art multimedia system centered on an Apple iPad, and the electrically deployed tables with leather-trimmed consoles, a Bluetooth keyboard from Apple, and a 20 MBit/s GSM modem that has been integrated into the vehicle to provide a high-speed internet connection through EDGE, HSDPA or HSPA+ protocols.

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Video: Jaguar XKR-S vs. XJ220

Video: Jaguar XKR-S vs. XJ220

Twenty years ago, Jaguar hit it big with the XJ220 supercar which set a production-car lap record at the Nurburgring race track. Time has past, but Jaguar is still churning out some pretty fantastic models, including the Jaguar XKR-S launched this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

So what happens when you put the two supercars next to each other? That’s what Chris Harris from British magazine, EVO, did when he had the opportunity to test the two vehicles. The XKR-S may have been left way behind the XJ220, but who cares? We still love the XKR-S with its AJ-V8 all-aluminum powerplant with twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger delivering 550 HP and its impressive top speed of 186 mph! By comparison, the XJ220 is powered by a 3,498cc 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine with 542bhp and can hit a top speed of 220 mph.

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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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2012 Jaguar XJ Sport and Speed

2012 Jaguar XJ Sport and Speed

For a place that is known for their onslaught of money and exotic cars, Dubai seemed like a for good spot for Jaguar to release two new packages for the XJ luxury sedan. The new Jaguar XJ Sport and Speed packages were revealed at the Dubai International Motor Show and include exterior and interior updates, as well as aerodynamic updates for better performance.

"The XJ is much more than a limousine. Its power and potential mean it can out-perform many so-called sports cars. The new Sport and Speed Packs allow customers to enhance that sporting dynamism even further and create an XJ that looks as good as it drives," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars.

The first new performance driven option pack is called the Speed Pack and was put together for the 510 HP XJ Supersport. The second option pack is the Sport and Speed Pack and was customized for the 470 HP XJ Supercharged. Both packs are available in standard and long wheelbase variants.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Jaguar XJ Sport and Speed Packs.

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Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5

Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5

Right off the bat, we have to admit that this week’s episode of Top Gear USA was a lot funnier than any other episode this season. The majority of the episode was spent trying to figure out which of the three hosts chose a better luxury car. However, instead of being the long and drawn out segment as found in previous episodes, this challenge made us laugh out loud a few times. The guys were driving around the Hamptons in a 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1982 Jaguar XJS, and a 1988 Pontiac Fiero turned Ferrari 308. Oh yeah, the Hamptonites just loved that.

In between the search for the best luxury car for $5,000, Tanner Foust got to take a spin in "the Beast," the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Torchwood star, Arlene Tur took a speedy trip around the Top Gear test track in the Suzuki SX4.

Hit the jump for full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5.

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2012 Jaguar XJ X350 Black Bison Edition by Wald International

2012 Jaguar XJ X350 Black Bison Edition by Wald International

Japanese tuner, Wald International, is making a habit of slapping on their Black Bison packages to a number of vehicles, including the Lexus LX570, BMW 5-Series F10, and Bentley Continental Flying Spur, among others. Their next vehicle of choice is the previous generation Jaguar XJ (X350) and includes updates made to both the exterior and the interior. Despite the "Black Bison" designation, the car is painted in a very cool blue.

The exterior modifications are mostly the same old story associated with the Black Bison package. The Jaguar sees a number of new spoilers, including a new front bumper spoiler, roof spoiler, rear bumper spoiler, and boot lid spoiler. Side skirts, fender panels, and mirror covers with LED indicators are also added to the mix. The final touch can be found in the new set of 21" Renovatio R12 wheels, wrapped in 255/30R21 tires at the front and 295/25R21 tires at the rear.

As with Wald International’s previously tuned models, the Jaguar XJ X350 gets a new DTM TW240 sports muffler to fine tune its sporty sound. The interior receives the usual leather seats, aluminum insertions, and the obligatory Wald International logo.

The Black Bison package by Wald International is a rather cool tuning package, but we think they may be overdoing it just a bit. Let’s hope that next time they mix things up with a Red Bison or a Green Bison or something.

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The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

Here at Topspeed, we love to keep our readers as involved in our pieces as possible and we figured there was no better way to do that than by engaging in a good ’ol hypothetical game of "Car-In-Your-Garage." Okay, so the game is completely made up, but it’s still something that gets us in the mood to think of five cars we’d love to have in our garages. As with any other game of this magnitude, though, there are some rules that we need to follow:

First, the price total of all five cars combined should not exceed $500,000.
Second, at most you can only pick up to two supercars. Third, you need to have FIVE cars on your list in the interest of variety and back-and-forth discussion. Fourth, you don’t have to hit the $500,000 limit exactly. If you’re happy with $300,000 worth, then that’s your call. You’ll be wasting $200 grand in fake money, but who’s really counting, right?

Once you’ve figured out your list, indulge all of us and put it down in the comments section below. If you feel the need to explain why you picked the car, feel free to elaborate.

Happy fake car shopping everyone!

Check out my list after the jump.

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Flavio Briatore is selling his Jaguar XJ 220

Flavio Briatore is selling his Jaguar XJ 220

No one can be a fan of Formula One without knowing the name Flavio Briatore. This multi-millionaire has managed two different Formula One racing teams, most recently Renault F1, and has made a fortune in the fashion industry with the Billionaire fashion and sportswear brand. With a net worth of about $200 million, a man like this certainly has a few elaborate vehicles parked somewhere along his mansion, and a Jaguar XJ220 is one of them.

For whatever reason, Briatore has decided to place his Jaguar up for sale on finestautomotive.com making this the perfect opportunity for a fan to pick up one of the 350 units produced of the vehicle. Up until 1994, the Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest production vehicle, hitting a top speed of 217mph. It is powered by a 3,498cc 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine with 542 HP and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.8 seconds.

No specific price has been given for this exquisite ride, but back in 1990, it was priced at $600,000 so expect a tag somewhere in that area.

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Jaguar XF and XJ will be offered with new V6 engine

Jaguar XF and XJ will be offered with new V6 engine

The 2011 New York Auto Show provided the perfect setting for Jaguar’s release of the facelift version of the XF sedan, but Jaguar seemed to already be back at work even before that reveal. New rumors are circulating that suggest the company is planning to build a new plant in the UK for the construction of a brand-new six-cylinder engine that will be used in the XF, and possibly in the XJ as well. This new engine will even be offered on the US market.

So far, the Jaguar XF is offered with a 5.0 liter V8 engine in the U.S. market, while the European market can also take advantage of a 2.2 liter diesel four-engine, a 3.0 liter diesel six-cylinder, and a 3.0 liter V6. The new engine will replace the current V6 and may be able to deliver around 300 Hp, up from the current 240 HP, with the use of an eight-speed automatic. This seems to be the final step before jumping on the hybrid wagon with everyone else. Gas prices aren’t slowing down on their consistent northward climb, so a more efficient engine is definitely a move on the right direction.

The new V6 should appear in the XF or XJ sometime in early 2013 or 2014.

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2011 Jaguar XF and XJ Designer Edition

2011 Jaguar XF and XJ Designer Edition

After what seemed to be a flop of an auto show in 2009, the AutoRai is said to come back this year chock full of automakers ready to show off the best of their work. One luxury automaker making its presence known will be Jaguar with two special editions designed by Jaguar’s chief designer, Ian Callum. The two models are called the XF and XJ Designer Editions and will be limited to only 20 units each.

The XF Designer Edition is based on the 3.0 liter V6 version and will feature Bi-Xenon headlights, 19 inch alloy wheels in Artura Stratus Grey metallic paint or Ultimate Black, a heated leather steering wheel, standard sports seats, and a heated windshield.

The XJ Designer Edition is based on the same 3.0 liter V6 version and will be distinguished by a leather headliner, a Bowers & Wilkins 1200W audio system, a TV tuner, and a Dual View display on the Touch HD Screen.

Both models have been painted in Stratus Grey London and combined with tan leather upholstery and a Piano Black dash finish. Sales will begin in May 2011 with the XF Designer getting a price tag of € 77,790 ($110,000 at the current exchange rates), while the XJ Designer will sell for € 121,290 ($171,000 at the current exchange rates).

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Jaguar C-X75 goes into production; XJ Coupe also in the works

Jaguar C-X75 goes into production; XJ Coupe also in the works

Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept car at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to show everyone that they had plenty of potential left to uncover as an automaker. And, although the concept was a huge success and served its purpose, Jaguar still needed to prove that this potential prevailed in more than just a design study. Now, under Tata’s influential arm, Jaguar is looking into building "a more accessible variation of the C-X75 concept." Turns out the translation of this statement is a sports car with the C-X75 look and a more conventional engine. There are no details for this model just yet, nor is there any official confirmation of its production, but we’re adding it to our list of models likely to be built within the next few years.

Tata’s influence over Jaguar is further illustrated in their future lineup, which includes a lightweight XKR R-type Spyder, a high-performance diesel, and, yes, a crossover that will take on models like the Audi Q5. The British luxury automaker is also working on a coupe version of the current XJ luxury sedan featuring a shortened wheelbase and described as "much more dynamic and emotional than a Mercedes CL."

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: Sedan of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: Sedan of the Year

Out of the all year-end lists we compiled, picking the top sedan of the year was quite honestly the most difficult of them all.

First of all, the choices are limitless compared to the other segments. Second of all, 2010 has been characterized as a year when sedans - be it entry level ones or luxury types - have become as popular as ever. And lastly, picking one over another has become a matter of preference - and to a certain extent, budget constraints.

For our list, we’ve narrowed it down to five models, all of which are worthy of being hailed as 2010’s top sedan. In this list, three are of German descent, one is of Japanese origin, while the other is British-born. From our hints, you can probably surmise which models made it, but for the sake of suspense, we’re not going to spoil anything.

Head over after the jump for the full details.

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