Jaguar R Models are Being Cannibalized by SVR Models
The future of Jaguar’s R models is in jeopardy, and the biggest culprit of its uncertain future could be the model that’s sitting above it. A report from Auto Express revealed that Jaguar ‘R’ models will likely be discontinued because of the presence of the ’SVR’ models that sit above them. Apparently, the British automaker is now feeling the effects of one model cannibalizing the sales of another. It took longer than expected for Jag to realize this, but, hey, better late than never.
A Lot of People Are Fighting Over The Lister Thunder
The Lister Thunder made its official debut on Wednesday, January 31. Less than 24 hours later, almost a quarter of all units Lister plans to produce were sold. The mad rush to score a unit of the Lister Thunder resulted in 22 sales of the sports car. Considering that each car costs £139,950 ($198,000) and only 99 units are planned, selling 22 units in less than a day is a pretty impressive haul for a company that’s been dormant for so long.
The Lister Thunder: A 660 Horsepower, 200+ MPH Jaguar F-Type That You Need in Your Life
The F-Type has cemented itself as one of Jaguar’s greatest, most successful models in the automaker’s long history. From the new turbo-four model to my personal favorite, the SVR, the F-Type is a true sports car worth of attention. But Lister Motor Company saw some ways of improving the beast. It’s called the Lister Thunder, and it rumbles our a sinister 666 brake horsepower (660 in U.S. terms) and 719 pound-feet of torque thanks to upgrades made to the F-Type’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. The namesake feature, of course, is the upgraded exhaust system that, quite literally, sounds like thunder.
Insider Knowledge – You can Save BIG Money on the Jaguar F-Type Right Now
So, here’s the deal – Jaguar isn’t advertising it, but it’s dealers are getting a major discount for each Jaguar F-Type sold. How Much? As much as $30,000 Gertrude; that’s how much. The nitty-gritty: Dealers are getting $30,000 cash incentives on the F-Type SVR, $20,000 on the F-Type R, and $10,000 on the F-Type V-6. So, if you’re planning to buy an F-Type, walk into your dealer with this knowledge, otherwise, they might try to get one over on you. Either way, this is a pretty big deal, and even if some dealers try to play stupid, others out there are already applying a full discount. And, they should.
See, the whole point of this huge dealer cash incentive is to help them move 2017 inventories, not for them to make $30,000 on some poor guy who doesn’t know what’s going on. The dealers can mark them down as much as they want, to the maximum amount and will still get their full incentive, but, there’s a catch. See, the dealers only get the cash incentive if the sale isn’t combined with promotional financing. That means you’re either paying case or walking into the door with a check pre-written by the loan agent at your bank or credit union – you know, outside financing.
With that in mind, you could – in theory – get yourself a V-6 F-Type for as little as $50,000 if your dealer has one in stock and will give you the full $10,000 cash incentive. OF course, most dealers have already sold out of the base model, as usual, so you’ll probably have to go for an R or SVT, both of which will drain the bank a bit more. But, with when you take into account that just a week ago the F-Type SVR had a sticker of $130,000, and you can now find them listed for just over $100,000, you’re still getting a damn good deal for a car that’s still new. Oh and, by the way, there’ are absolutely no dals on the table for buying or leasing a 2018 model with all current offers expiring after the new-years blowout on January 1, 2018. So, I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting to get a better deal on a 2018 model and, for what it’s worth, the 2018 model will probably be the exact same anyway so do yourself a favor and take advantage of this deal while you still can.
2017 Jaguar Future-Type Concept
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s no shortage of predictions when it comes time to guess what’ll happen when autonomous driving technology really takes off. One of the more popular projections is a dramatic change to the current car ownership model, with shared, on-demand vehicles taking a bite out of the high costs of car ownership that we know today. In a lot of ways, it makes sense, and now, Jaguar is jumping on the bandwagon with the new Future-Type Concept. Framed as an all-inclusive solution to the passenger transportation needs of the year 2040, the Future-Type mates advanced AI, fully autonomous driving capabilities, social sharing, on-demand ride summoning, and electric power, all with the traditional Jaguar elegance, refinement, and excitement. Or so it would seem.
“Future-Type offers an insight into the potential for driving and car ownership in the future. It’s part of our vision for how a luxury car brand could continue to be desirable, in a more digital and autonomous age,” according to Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar. That’s all well and good, but what exactly are the details of that vision? Read on for a little more insight.
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Jaguar Travels The World To Show The People Of Dull And Boring The F-Type: Video
Believe it or not, but the world is a pretty interesting place. It’s so interesting that there are actual places in the world that have some unique names. Take Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland as two examples. They’re not exactly bustling cities. In fact, Dull is literally made up of a single street and has a population of no more than 100 people. Boring, on the other hand, is a megacity by comparison, though its population is less than 8,000 residents. Well, Jaguar has paired the towns together in what it calls the "Pair for the Ages." So why exactly did Jaguar pick these map dots? Because where else would the Jaguar F-Type stand out so well?
The F-Type’s visit is all part of a promotional campaign by Jaguar to bring some life to these desolate places. The visit itself is newsworthy on its own, but Jaguar took it a step further by inviting residents of both Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon to give the sports car a spin. The results are what you’d expect. The four people who were given the opportunity to drive and ride the F-Type had the time of their lives. On top go that, they also caused a few scenes in the towns, thanks in large part to the rip-roaring noise of the F-Type’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The whole video is a good example of Jaguar’s growing cheekiness as a company. It’s funny and informative at the same time (I didn’t even know there was a Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon). Best of all, the video gave the residents of the two towns a good idea on what the F-Type is all about itself. Hopefully, next time, Jaguar can petition the League of Extraordinary Communities – an actual organization – to head to the third community of these pairings: Bland, New South Wales, Australia. Who knows, the league could grow if it adds Ordinary, Maine, U.S. into the fold.
A Jaguar F-Type with a Four-Cylinder? New Entry Level Trim on the Way
Around since 2013, the F-Type is Jaguar’s newest sports car, a spiritual successor to the E-Type, and an all-out replacement for the XK. Up until now, you could get it with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that’s tuned to deliver either 340 horsepower in entry-level form or 380 horsepower in S form. Or you could get a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 tuned to deliver either 550 horsepower or 575 ponies if you went with the range-topping SVR trim. Prices ranged anywhere from about $61,000 to more than $125,000 for the SVR, but as fate would have it, the F-type just might get a little more affordable and easier to obtain by those without deep pockets.
So, what’s the big deal here? Well, the F-Type is now going to be offered in entry-level form with a four-cylinder engine. But, don’t go freaking out, punching walls, or setting shit on fire just yet. See, the new four-cylinder in question is a 2.0-liter turbo with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap. Not bad, huh? Jaguar hasn’t mentioned where maximum horsepower kicks in within the powerband, but all of that torque is available at an excessively low 1,500 rpm – obviously, made possible by a healthy dose of turbo goodness. Power will be routed to the wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic.
Sounds pretty wild, right? Well, keep reading to learn more about this new, all-aluminum, Ingenium engine and what makes it tick.
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2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition
Despite some initial skepticism surrounding the car when it first burst into the scene back in back in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type has flipped the script on those narratives by making a compelling case as one of the most enjoyable sports cars on the market. That’s a testament to Jaguar, who saw the potential for the car and worked tirelessly to make it happen. Fast forward to today and the F-Type is still going strong with close to 15,000 units sold since it first entered the market. And so, as the F-Type prepares to enter the new year, Jaguar is throwing a handful of updates its way to go with the debut of the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition, a special edition variant that will only be available for 2018 F-Type models.
The F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition comes with special indicators that should let customers know that they’re buying a variant of the sports car that’s going to be sold for only a short period of time. It’s hardly a surprise that Jaguar is making this move, in large part because it already has a number of F-Type variants on the market today. Instead of adding another one into the mix, it’s packaging it as a special edition that not only carries unique cosmetic features, but it also has a specific output that no other F-Type variant has. Judging by the name it’s been given, we can all venture a guess how much power this version of the F-Type is going to have.
It’s unclear though if Jaguar plans to sell the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition in all the markets where you can find F-Type models, although it did say that the model will be sold “worldwide, but for one model year only.” Expect more details to arrive regarding the availability of the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition in specific markets, but at least for Jaguar’s home market of the U.K., the special edition F-Type is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 at a starting price of £70,115, or around $85,360 based on current exchange rates.
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2018 Jaguar F-Type Update Adds Cool Go-Pro App and More Powerful V-6
If I were to create a list of cars that don’t need a facelift over the next 10 years, the Jaguar F-Type would definitely be included. The sports car that put Jaguar back on the performance map is downright gorgeous and its design seems timeless. Granted, the way car designs evolve nowadays will probably make the F-Type seem dated in a decade or so, but this Jag will only get better with time in the eyes of British sports car enthusiasts. Jaguar also seems to agree, as the F-Type’s refresh for the 2018 model year is as mild as its gets.
So what changes you may ask? Well, go get a magnifying glass because there isn’t much new to talk about in terms of styling. Look close enough and you’ll notice full LED headlamps, revised bumpers front and rear, and slightly altered grilles for all models in the lineup. For instance, the R-Dynamic model, which replaces both the base and the S variants gain gloss black bezels. Around back, the LED rear lights clusters have been subtly updated. Needless to say, Jaguar didn’t meddle too much with the design, which is actually a good thing if you ask me.
Inside, the British sports car received new lightweight seats with sculpted surfaces and frames made of magnesium alloy for weight savings of more than 17 pounds. The new design also allows the seatback to move rearwards by up to 50 mm (two inches) more than before, which provides a lower seating position and increased legroom. The new seats come in two flavors. The Sport versions is offered with the R-Dynamic line, while the Performance variants, which has more detailing and more pronounced bolstering, comes with the R and SVR models.
Other cabin highlights include a Satin Chrome finish for the engine start button and gearshift paddles, Noble Chrome for the door switch packs and air vent bezels. Also, in order to further differentiate the models in the range, Jaguar added Delta aluminum and Linear Vee aluminum in the R-Dynamic and R models, respectively, with a carbon-fiber option available across the lineup. Another noteworthy addition is ReRun, an app created with GoPro. The new features combines GoPro footage with speed, steering, and throttle information. It’s very similar to GM’s Performance Data Record and will come in handy at the race track.
Under the hood, things are pretty much the same, but there’s a new, limited-edition model called the F-Type 400 Sport. Sporting a name seemingly borrowed from Lotus, the 400 Sport uses the same supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 as the base and S models, but massaged to deliver 400 horsepower. That’s 60 horses more than the entry-level car and 20 horsepower more than the F-Type S. This engine can be paired with rear- or all-wheel drive, but it only comes with the eight-speed automatic. It also comes standard with the bigger Super Performance brakes and 20-inch wheels. There are a couple of downsides though. It can only be ordered in white, silver, or black, and it’s only available for the 2018 model year. It’s likely very expensive too, although there’s no specific info on pricing as of January 2017.
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2020 Jaguar J-Type
When it comes to using four wheels to get around a track as fast as possible, the blueprint is pretty well established at this point. All you have to do is look to the top echelon of racing to figure it out. Formula 1, Le Mans prototypes, winning GT cars – all of ‘em mount the powerplant towards the middle of the chassis. Why? Because when a car’s weight is balanced between the axles, the tires and suspension can do their job more effectively. The mid-engine solution has worked wonders in competition, and as such, it’s trickled down to street cars as well. Now, it’s looking like Jaguar might be the latest to offer a mid-engine performance machine, and although it’s not yet confirmed, the cat badge could very well mix it up with a new halo mid-engine supercar sometime relatively soon.
The idea for such a project can be traced back to none other than legendary car designer Ian Callum, the current head of design at Jaguar. Callum is highly respected throughout the industry given his brain is behind some of the most sensuous automotive designs of the past several decades, with just a few entries on his resume including the Jaguar C-X75 and XK, the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish, and the Nissan R390.
Road & Track recently got a chance to speak with Callum at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and during the interview, he dropped a few tantalizing hints that Jag could indeed be working on a new mid-engine supercar.
While a proposition like that is still very much up to us to fill in the details, it’s nonetheless an all-around exciting idea. But what would such a vehicle bring to the table? Read on for the details.
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NHTSA Issues Recall Of Jaguar F-Type SVR Because Of A Suspension Bolt
Recalls happen in the auto industry far more often than most people realize. It could be any number of things affecting any kind of model, but if the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration deems it necessary, these recalls are going to happen time and time again. I say this because Jaguar has announced a recall of its most exotic model, the range-topping variant of the F-Type sports car, the F-Type SVR, over faulty suspension bolts.
Actually, the only defect is a single suspension bolt that connects the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly. The specifics of the defect wasn’t mentioned, only that if the bolt “fails,” the entire rear control arm assembly may separate from the car, resulting in a “loss of control and increased risk of a crash.”
There’s something sneakily hilarious about a recall for the Jaguar F-Type SVR being implemented because of a single suspension bolt, but the ramifications of not heeding the recall are certainly no laughing matter. As such, the recall for the 23 F-Type SVR affected units in the US, built between February 2016 to August 2016 US, should be treated with utmost importance.
The recall is expected to begin on December 19, 2016, although Jaguar will also notify affected owners ahead of schedule. Like always, owners are urged to bring their F-Type SVRs to their local dealerships, where the bolt will be replaced at no cost to the owner.
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2016 Jaguar F-Type S 4.2 By Wheelsandmore
The Jaguar F-Type has been around since 2013, and in the three years that it’s been in the market, it’s made quite a name for itself as a world-class sports car. It’s got the look, the power, the speed, and the handling of a legitimate performance machine. It is surprising then that as well received as the F-Type is, it hasn’t captured the imagination of aftermarket tuners the way some of its rivals have. The reason for that is unclear, but fortunately, a tuner like Wheelsandmore knows tuning potential when it sees it and that’s exactly what it saw in the F-Type S.
We already know what the German tuner is capable of doing. It’s been featured in these pages a handful of times and its tuning programs are as good as anything the industry has to offer. It’s no surprise then that this kit follows along those lines. There’s a menu of upgrades to choose from here, none more important than the engine program that adds a good amount of extra power to the total tune of 420 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The tuning kit also has features some prominent modifications on the Jag’s wheels and suspensions, two sections in any care that Wheelsandmore completely specializes in.
The whole program isn’t meant to turn the F-Type S over its head. But for what it’s worth, it’s effective in enhancing certain qualities about the Jag sports car that are already considered top-class by the industry. More power? Check. Better handling? Check that one too. At the end of the day, that’s really what a car like the F-Type S really needs.
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The Jaguar F-Type SVR’s Sun Visors Are Laughable
There’s plenty to love about the Jaguar F-Type SVR. From its 575-horsepower supercharged V-8 and fantastic handling to its leather-lined cabin and intricate detailing. But there’s one aspect the F-Type seems inadequate in: its laughably small sun visors.
The little sun blockers measure about three to four inches in height when “deployed,” only shading your eyes if the sun is in a narrow section of the sky. What’s worse, the visors don’t rotate to block sun at the side windows. This leaves the driver with either burning retinas or fending for himself with a pair of sunglasses.
For those consumed with vanity, the visors’ mirrors are even more laughable. Their surface area is probably no bigger than a business card. There’s also no light that comes on, forcing you to use the reading light located above the rearview mirror.
This isn’t just some oversight by Jaguar’s interior engineers, however. The visors’ shape is dictated by the roofline and the narrow opening of the windshield. See, Jaguar uses the same visors in the F-Type coupe as it does the convertible. With the drop-top down, it’s clear to see why the visors aren’t larger. They’d stick out past the windshield hoop.
Perhaps Jag should use different visors for the coupe. Perhaps it’s just a small, nit-picky inconvenience that’s not even worth worrying about. After all, the visors hardly spoiled by week’s time in the F-Type SVR. Be sure to read my full review on the car here.