Is the 2020 BMW M5 Competition Really Better Than the Jaguar Project 8?
The BMW M5 Competition is arguably the best car the German automaker has on the road these days. It checks all the boxes you’d want in a prized super saloon. Refinement? Check. Class and sophistication? Check. Power and performance? Check. If you want something from a car, the M5 Competition probably has it in spades. Knowing all of that, is it possible that the M5 Competition is too good of a car that when you line it up opposite, say, a Jaguar Project 8, you’d enjoy the much-less refined special project Jag more than the BMW saloon? Veteran auto scribe Harry Metcalf sought to find an answer to that question, and he did so the only way he knows why: driving both cars and seeing which of the two is the better car.
Rare Car For Sale: 2016 Jaguar Project 7
Originally designed to pay tribute to the original Jaguar D-Type and C-Type, Jaguar took the F-Type and turned it into the Project 7 concept way back in 2013. The reception of this special F-Type was so promising that Jaguar decided to commission its special operations division to create a production model, and that’s what you’re looking at here. To be more specific, you’re looking at 1 of just 50 that was produced for the U.S. market, so keep that in mind when you see that the current bid, as of the time of this writing, is at $145,000 with a couple of days left for bidding.
The Eagle E-Type Is Considered One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cars - This is How It’s Built
Eagle is a small company located in the South of England that’s focused itself on improving what Enzo Ferrari once named ’the most beautiful car ever made’. That car, of course, is Jaguar’s E-Type, a car so amazing that Jaguar itself still cashes in on its image and fame. Eagle, however, does that and a bit more as it strives to build an E-Type that’s as gorgeous as the original without lacking all the niggly little issues you’d expect from a machine from the early ’60s. The latest effort in that direction is called the Lightweight GT and it pays tribute to the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Coupe that Jaguar built in just 12 copies in the ’60s to do battle against Ferrari and Aston Martin.
Jaguar Trademarks "EV-Type" - Is This a Hint at an Electric F-Type Successor or an Electric E-Type Revival?
Trademarks are funny business – sometimes automakers file them just to hang onto a certain name, and other times they manifest into official product names. And now, Jaguar has trademarked the name “EV-Type,” leading us to believe that the company is planning a second EV after the all-electric Jaguar XJ arrives next year. What that second electric model will be, however, is a complete mystery, but the name “EV-Type” name does give us some clues.
Need An E-Type Engine? Jaguar Makes The 3.8-Liter XK Mill Again
Jaguar cares about its long and storied past and wants to take care of the people that keep its history on the road. To that end, the British automaker created its very own Classic division that does everything from restoring old models to building, from scratch, legendary ’Continuation’ models such as the Jaguar XKSS.
Another thing the Jaguar Classic division does is provide customers with period-correct parts for their cars and now the list of parts has been enriched by the addition of one of Jag’s truly emblematic powerplants, the 3.8-liter XK engine that’s powered anything from the XK150 to the S-Type.
Jaguar Could Kill the XE and XF Sedans to Replace Them By Something Radical and Unexpected
Jaguar launched the XE back in 2015 as a groundbreaking compact to compete with the popular BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. But even though it arrived with state-of-the-art technology and a segment-first aluminum structure, the XE failed to meet expectations. As a result, Jaguar is now looking for a way to replace it with a more appealing vehicle. What’s more, the XF midsize isn’t doing great either, and word has it that Jaguar might merge the slow-selling sedans into a single model.
If the Jaguar XK Was to Make a Comeback, This Is Probably What It Would Look Like
The latest Jaguar XK was discontinued in 2014, after eight years in production. The grand tourer went into the history books a few months after the F-Type was introduced and despite rumors that a new-generation model was underway, the XK did not return. It’s been six years since Jaguar doesn’t offer an XK and this rendering from Future Cars Now gives us a glimpse as to how a modern version would look like.
This Jaguar XJ220 GT1 Is Bedroom Poster Material
Yes, the Jaguar XJ220 was a real supercar. Not without its flaws, though. Still, Jaguar aimed to pose a real treat for the likes of Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 in terms of top speed.
See, the ’220’ in the Jag’s name was supposed to represent its top speed expressed in miles per hour. Both the F40 and the 959 topped out at 197 miles per hour, so Jaguar made a statement out of this. Sure, the car never achieved that landmark, but it was the fastest production car in the world for about a year or so after its launch.
The XJ220 even competed at Le Mans, and that is a story in itself. So this digitally-applied livery from Jonsibal just begs that we tell you what’s what.
2021 Jaguar XJ EV
It’s no secret that Jaguar has eyes on launching an all-electric version of the XJ sedan, and just as we started lamenting the lack of tangible evidence of an all-electric XJ, a batch of spy photos fell on our laps and, lo and behold, we get our first look and what looks to be the all-electric XJ.
Granted, the spy photos don’t show the heavily wrapped sedan doing blitzing test runs, but, rather, they show the sedan getting transported to an undisclosed location where it could potentially do those blitzing test runs. We’ll take our victories where we can get them, though, and this batch of spy photos is validation — to a certain extent, at least — that the Jaguar XJ EV is actually a real thing. Expect more spy photos to come in the near future. Hopefully, those photos will show the sedan with its wheels touching the ground.
Update 3/9/2020: The Jaguar XJ EV Prototype has finally be spotted. Check out the first set of prototype spy shots in our special “Spy Shot” section below!
Have You Noticed That 2019-2020 Jaguar F-Type is Quieter? Here’s Why
The whistling of a turbocharger, the unmistakable whine of a supercharger – these are the noises that we’ve associated with performance for the better part of two decades. It’s not like we had a choice, as automakers were forced to choose forced induction over displacement, but that’s a story for another day. The point of this story is to emphasize the fact that not everybody likes to hear these noises that we now associated with performance, and that’s exactly why the Jaguar F-Type – all V-8 models and the recently discontinued V-6 models – are all quieter than the used to be.
Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?
It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.
X-Tomi Design Strikes Again, This Time with the 2021 Jaguar F-Type R Shooting Brake
The arrival of the updated 2020 Jaguar F-Type has brought car renderers and artists out of their winter slumber. One such artist is X-Tomi Design, but instead of rejigging the new F-Type’s design into something that would suit his taste and sensibilities, the artist decided to give it a different body altogether, one of the shooting brake variety. This is X-Tomi Design’s Jaguar F-Type Shooting Brake, and it looks darn impressive. Don’t get too excited, though. This is strictly a rendering; Jaguar has given no indication that it’s building an F-Type Shooting Brake.
2021 Jaguar F-Type First Edition
The arrival of the facelifted 2021 Jaguar F-Type also comes with the launch of the F-Type First Edition. Limited to the facelifted F-Type’s first-year production run, the F-Type First Edition offers a smattering of refinements that includes exclusive features inside and out, including a choice of three paint colors and plenty of premium touch-ups in the cabin. The only real downside is that the 2021 F-Type First Edition could set you back at least $90,000.
What is the Cheapest Jaguar?
The cheapest Jaguar you can buy right now in the US is the XE sedan, available from $36,995. It’s Jaguar’s rival for the BMW 3 Series and what it brings to the table are razor sharp handling (among the best-in-class), sleek, sporty exterior design and a surprisingly comfortable ride. Its biggest downfall was always the cramped interior, though, which, before the recent facelift, didn’t feel especially premium - it had a low rent feel compared to premium rivals. This has been addressed with the recent refresh, but there’s nothing Jaguar could do about the mildly claustrophobic feel that occupants get inside.
What is the Sportiest Jaguar?
The sportiest series production Jaguar currently on sale has to be the F-Type. As its name suggests, its makers intended for it to be the spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed E-Type of the 1960s. It is a traditional coupe, with its longitudinally-positioned engine sending its power to the rear wheels (or to all four, depending on which version you go for). It is available as either a coupe or a convertible, powered by four-, six- or eight-cylinder engines, so it caters to a wide range of potential buyers. Jaguar also builds some limited series models that are sportier than the standard F-Tye, though, like the F-Type Project 7 (only 250 made) or the bonkers XE SV Project 8 (just 300 will be made), which is the most powerful road-going Jaguar ever (more powerful than the XJ220 supercar of the 1990s).
What is the Most Popular Jaguar?
Given that SUVs and crossovers are hugely popular these days, you’d think that the most popular Jaguar model is a high-rider. And you’d be right, because it’s the F-Pace, the larger of the company’s two available SUV models. Its sales peak was in 2017, when a total of 76,350 units were sold worldwide. The XE and XF sedans are also fairly popular too, selling 30,000 to 40,000 units per year each. Jaguar’s smallest SUV, the E-Pace, sold 42,186 units in 2018, its first full year on sale. The company’s first all-electric vehicle, the i-Pace sold just over 5,000 units in 2018 (also its first full year on sale).
What is the Most Expensive Jaguar?
Believe it or not, the most expensive Jaguar you can currently buy new is an all-electric version of the classic E-Type (called E-Type Zero). The price is quite astronomical, though - close to $1.1-million. The second most expensive new Jag is the XE SV Project 8, an extreme track-focused version of the XE with 592 horsepower which will set you back from $189,000. Aside from these two rather special vehicles, the most expensive regular production car is the top-spec version of the XJ. Called the XJR575, it packs 575 horsepower and has a starting price of just over $123,000.
What is the Fastest Jaguar?
The fastest Jaguar on sale right now is the XE SV Project 8. Its supercharged V-8 puts out 592 horsepower, has a claimed sprint time from naught to 60 mph of 3.3 seconds and its top speed is 200 mph (322 km/h). It’s not the fastest road-going Jaguar ever, though, as that distinction will probably remain with the early-to-mid 1990s Jaguar XJ220, a proper mid-engined supercar whose top speed was recorded at 212.3 mph (341.7 km/h). It’s unlikely that another production Jag (that we know of) will ever come close to beating it, especially since the automaker’s last attempt at making a supercar, the C-X75, failed. It was a vehicle with a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h), but it was killed close to the end of its development cycle with no sign that anything similar might be undertaken in the near future.
Are Jaguar Cars Reliable?
Jaguar reliability is a mixed bag, so owner experiences do vary quite dramatically. There are many quite vocal current (and now former) Jaguar owners who express their dissatisfaction on forums, and even though most say the cars themselves aren’t inherently bad (they praise them for being beautiful and very good to drive); they report very frequent problems with their car - opinions seem to be mostly negative, although there are still plenty of owners out there who are generally pleased with their purchase. Main problems reported by owners have to do with the drivetrain, electronics as well as frequent squeaks, rattles and leaks.