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Jaguar Land Rover Brings The Goods At L.A. Auto Show

Jaguar Land Rover Brings The Goods At L.A. Auto Show

From fast to posh, JLR has it covered

The 2017 L.A. Auto is now in full swing, and JLR kicked things off with a swanky party in downtown L.A. filled to capacity with hot rides and top brass. In attendance was SVO managing director John Edwards, legendary car designer Ian Callum, and Design Director Gerry McGovern, while celebrities of the four-wheeled variety included the Jaguar Project 7, Jaguar Project 8, Discovery SVX, the new Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Sport SVR, and Range Rover SV Autobiography. Attendees got a chance to hear from JLR reps about the development of the JLR’s latest crop of vehicles both quick and comfortable, and even got up close and personal for a little hands-on experience before the convention doors opened Wednesday morning.

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2016 Jaguar I-Pace Concept

2016 Jaguar I-Pace Concept

Previews Jaguar’s first electric vehicle and a competitor for the Tesla Model X

Jaguar entered a new era in 2013, when it launched the F-Type and revived the sporty and innovative spirit it had lost in recent decades. The British company made another step into the future in 2015, when the F-Pace became the first SUV to wear the iconic "Cat" logo. Come 2016 and Jaguar is ready to take a new step into the future, this time with an all-electric vehicle. It’s called the I-Pace, it’s only a concept for now, but will become a production model for the 2018 model year.

Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the I-Pace is loosely based on the F-Pace styling-wise, but ditches Jaguar’s already familiar four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 powerplants for a pair of electric motors and a battery pack. The I-Pace will become Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle when it hits public roads and will essentially bring to fruition the electrification process that the company began back in 2010 with the C-X75 concept.

The I-Pace was created and developed by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director and the man who has previously penned cars such as the Aston Martin DB7 and DB9, Jaguar XK, XF, and XJ, as well as the F-Type sports car. Callum also designed the Ford RS200 and Nissan R390 race cars.

Described as a smart five-seater that’s "a performance car, a family car, and an SUV all in one," the I-Pace grants Jaguar entry to the electric car segment, and if performance figures are any indication, the popular Tesla Model X will finally get a worthy competitor.

Updated 03/15/2017: Jaguar dropped a series of new images showing the I-Pace concept in action on the streets of London. Also the company confirmed that the I-Pace will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and will have a driving range of about 500 kilometers.

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Jaguar XK SS Prototype Previews $1.25 Million Continuation Cars in L.A.

Jaguar XK SS Prototype Previews $1.25 Million Continuation Cars in L.A.

Nine will be made and sold to carefully selected Jaguar owners

In 2014, Jaguar and its Heritage division decided to build the remaining six chassis of the E-Type Lightweight sports car exactly 50 years after the final original example left the factory. The new-old cars were put together using numerous original parts and techniques, as well as modern technology for improved safety, and became an instant hit with collectors, despite the £1.2 million (around $1.5 million as of November 2016) sticker. As a result, Jaguar turned its attention to yet another classic sports car whose production came to an abrupt halt: the XK SS. And, the prototype that will be used as a blueprint for the continuation cars was just presented at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Often referred to as the world’s first supercar, the XK SS was originally produced in 1957 using chassis and components from the retired D-Type race car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row. Initial plans included a 25-unit production, but nine cars earmarked for export to North America were lost in a massive fire at Jaguar’s factory, leaving only 16 examples on the road. Much like it did with the E-Type Lightweight, Jaguar plans to roll out the remaining nine cars in 2017.

All vehicles, which will look identical to the Sherwood Green prototype shown in L.A. (except for the paint of course) will be completely new and have period chassis numbers from the XK SS chassis log. The cars will cost "in excess of £1 million each." That’s at least $1.25 million. Why the steep price you ask? Well, not only are these cars difficult to build, as the prototype required 18 months of intense work and research, but they’re also highly desirable among collectors and will be sold to carefully selected customers who already own classic Jaguars. All told, the new XK SS won’t be a dealership model and not everyone can buy one. And, despite the high sticker, the Brits will have no trouble selling all nine examples.

So how new is the "new" XK SS? Jaguar says that most components are true to the original car, including the magnesium alloy body, the bronze welded chassis frames, the four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes with a Plessey pump, and Dunlop tires with riveted two-piece magnesium alloy wheels. The engine will be the same 3.4-liter, six-cylinder, D-type unit rated at 262 horsepower, but it will feature completely new cast iron blocks, new cast cylinder heads and three Weber DC03 carburetors. On the other hand, because the original styling bucks do not exist, Jaguar Classic produced a new, bespoke styling buck based on the original bodies from the 1950s.

Inside, the XK SS will get perfect recreations of the original Smiths gauges, the wood-rimmed steering wheel, grain of the leather seats, and brass knobs on the dashboard. However, minor specification changes have been made in order to improve driver and passenger safety. The fuel cell, for example, uses modern materials to support throughput of modern fuels. Jaguar will probably give customers a few exterior color options based on its 1950s palette, including the iconic British Racing Green.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Convertible

2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Convertible

The Jaguar F-Type is already one of the best-looking, most capable drop-top sportscars around. It’s stupendously fast, especially in V-8 S guise, and the gorgeous shape designed by Ian Callum looks like it was carved from solid granite instead of pounded from aluminum. Now, Jaguar is throwing a raft of new tricks at the F-Type, including a new all-wheel-drive system, manual transmission, and a new F-Type R convertible with the same supercharged, 550-horsepower V-8 from the F-Type R Coupe. In short, Jaguar wants to make the F-Type more usable for more people.

The new AWD system is available as an option on V-6 powered F-Type S Convertible (but not with a manual transmission), and is standard on the F-Type R convertible, which now replaces the V-8 S Convertible in the current lineup.

Yes, the Jaguar F-Type is getting a six-speed manual transmission, but it only works with limited drivetrains. Namely, the V-6-powered rear-wheel-drive variants, but Jaguar deserves a round of applause for its part in helping prevent manual transmission extinction. The company says it added the manual in response to widespread demand, most of which came from the United States.

Along with the addition of a F-Type R Convertible, the new features mean the F-Type’s range more than doubles in size from a mere six to a Porsche 911-rivaling 14 derivatives. Porsche has had incredible success with is vast range of 911s, which currently sits at 20, so Jaguar is almost certainly looking to replicate that success.

Updated 03/23/2015: Jaguar announced prices for the recently launched F-Type AWD Convertible. The model will go on sale in April at a starring price of $87,900.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Coupe

2016 Jaguar F-Type AWD Coupe

The Jaguar F-Type was launched in 2012 as a spiritual successor to the E-Type. At first as drop-top only, the F-Type received a coupe version in 2013. The sports car was received with great enthusiasm, often being labeled as a stout competitor for the Porsche 911. Available with a range of supercharged V-6 and V-8 powerplants, the F-Type’s output ranges from 335 to 567 ponies, numbers that speak volumes about Jaguar’s intentions with its stylish sports car. While owning a wild and exciting rear-wheel-drive sports coupe like the new Jaguar F-Type sounds like an absolute blast, there is a large part of the population that likes their sports cars with a little less drift and a lot more traction. Just look to the sales of the Audi R8, Audi TT, and the Porsche Carrera 4 for evidence of that. Jaguar is well aware of the customers it may be losing in the colder regions of the world by only offering a rear-wheel-drive coupe, so it’s now offering an all-wheel-drive versions of the F-Type R and S for the 2016 model year.

Set to make its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19th, the AWD F-Type made its first official appearance in the Hakskeen Pan desert in the Northern cape of South Africa, where Jaguar joined the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record program during its first high-speed testing session. Not because the F-Type is a record-breaker now that is sports all-wheel drive, but because Jaguar is the new main partner of the Bloodhound Project. Still, it’s a good way to showcase a vehicle that’s quicker than its RWD counterpart.

Updated 03/23/2015: Jaguar revealed prices for the entire 2016 F-Type lineup, including the recently launched AWD version. The model will arrive in dealerships starting in April at a starting price of $84,800. Continue reading for the full lineup price list.

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Jaguar to Bring 8 New F-Types to the LA Auto Show

Jaguar to Bring 8 New F-Types to the LA Auto Show

Jaguar has just made quite the surprise announcement regarding its F-Type. When the LA Auto Show rolls around, there will be an all-wheel-drive version of the F-Type Coupe R sitting in the Jaguar booth. More than that, we have word from Jaguar PR that there will be a total of 14 different F-Type models in the 2016 model year, and all of them will be on display at the show.

Jaguar already has six production models between the Roadster and the Coupe, and the AWD F-Type R makes seven. The Project 7 car will no doubt be there as well making for eight. But what are the other six cars? We have some pretty good ideas of what other machines are going to be announced, but we cunningly hid them after the break.

So continue reading to find out what we think Jaguar has up its sleeves, and then be sure to hit those comments to tell us if you think we are right, or to discuss what you would like to see show up when L.A. kicks off in a few weeks.

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2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2014 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

Jaguar prepared a nice little surprise for us for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. We all knew Jag was going to unveil the coupe version of the recently launched F-Type, but the company decided to also offer a more powerful R version for those customers interested in a little bit more than just the base sports coupe. The new F-Type R Coupe is offered as almost the coupe equivalent to the F-Type V8 S Roadster, but with a more powerful engine, a more aggressive look, an updated suspension, high-performance brakes and a revised interior. Jaguar has distinguished the new F-Type R Coupe from the rest of the lineup by adding more aggressive bodywork, lots of carbon fiber, and "R" logos placed on the grille and the back end. Under the hood, you’ll find a 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers an awesome 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, but the downside is that there is no manual transmission available.

With a starting price below $100,000, the New F-Type R is certainly a strong competitor in a segment where a model like the Nissan GT-R is continuously trying to take a more dominant chunk of the pie. The new F-Type R went on sale in early 2014 as a 2015 model, but does it stack up well against the GT-R or Audi’s R8 V10? Well, check out our full review below to find out for yourself. We have lots of pictures and plenty to talk about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

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2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Shortly after Jaguar released the F-Type roadster, Design Director, Ian Callum, revealed that a coupe version would follow it. After testing it for a few months, Jaguar finally unveiled it at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As no surprise, the new F-Type Coupe is nearly identical to the roadster version, except, of course, the fixed roof. There are a few changes regarding the engine lineup, as the base F-Type will only be offered with a V-6 engine — standard and supercharged, while the V-8 engine is offered only in the new, R version.

The new F-Type Coupe will be put on sale in early 2014, and prices will range from $65,000 for the base F-Type Coupe to $77,000 for the F-Type S Coupe. Unlike the Roadster version, the new coupe variant will also get a R version priced at $99,000.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2014 Jaguar XFR-S

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

Jaguar certainly knew what it was doing when it presented the XKR-S at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as it has stolen the hearts of many car enthusiasts and also proven to everyone that Jag is still capable of developing amazing sports cars. As everyone expected, this was just the beginning of a new series of high-performance sports car. This was confirmed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, as that R-S lineup has been expanded with the incredible XFR-S.

After we have seen it in many times testing on and outside of Nurburgring, Jaguar has decided to use to finally unveil the new high-performance sports sedan. Unfortunately, supply to U.S. customers will be rather limited and the price will be astronomical.

The problem is that everyone knew what the new XFR-S will bring, especially after the firm’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark said in an interview: "’I can confirm there is a project to transfer the upgrades from the XKR-S to the XFR." The question remains: how this upgrades transformed the XFR-S’ performance figures?

Updated 03/20/2013: The XFR-S made its racing debut at Goodwood today,. It was driven by 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour Race winner, Andy Wallace. You can see the images of this Italian Racing Red XFR-S in the gallery.

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

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Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Jaguar F-Type Firesand

2013 Jaguar F-Type Firesand

The all-new Jaguar F-Type made its North American debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Alongside this much-anticipated model, Jaguar also unveiled the "Firesand" version. This version is based on a standard F-Type V-6 S model and demonstrates the range of personalization options that are available for customers.

As it name suggests, this version features Firesand paintwork — available as a special order paint — and comes equipped with the two optional packages: “Design” and both exterior and interior “Black” packs. This “Black” pack adds a more aggressive look to the F-Type, thanks to a gloss-black paint applied to the grille and its surround, and the side power vent surround and mesh.

The V-6 S version is powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 to 5,500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 171 mph.

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Jaguar Drops XFR-S Teaser No. 2

Jaguar Drops XFR-S Teaser No. 2

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

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

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

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

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2013 Jaguar F-Type Black Pack Edition

2013 Jaguar F-Type Black Pack Edition

We all know that Jaguar will be unveiling the new XFR-S sports sedan next week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show next to the new F-Type roadster. But, the company now announced that a special "Black Pack" F-Type will also be on display on its stand.

As its name suggests, the new Black pack will add lots of black elements. A distinctive gloss black finish will be added to the alloy wheels, the grille and window surrounds and it will be combined with a limited list of body color options. And, for an even more aggressive look the package will add smoked lights and blacked-out mirrors. The same black treatment will continue on the interior.

The new Black Pack will go on sale in the same time with the F-Type - mid-spring 2013 - and will add an extra $1,600 to the car’s total price. It will be offered for both V6 and V8 engine configurations.

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Jaguar XFR-S Teased

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

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

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

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

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Jaguar XFR-S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

2013 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

Jaguar made a sensational decision in producing the XKR-S Coupe and they have decided it’s time to expand the impressive line-up with the addition of a new Convertible model. The new XKR-S Convertible made its world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and is the most powerful and fastest open-topped GT Jaguar has ever built.

The convertible uses the same 5.0-liter supercharged AJ-V8 engine as the coupe version. It delivers a total of 543 HP and a peak torque of 502 lbs-ft; enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 186 mph.

Just like the coupe version, the XKR-S Convertible received an impressive aerodynamic package that helps maintain stability in an open-topped car capable of speeds as high as 186mph. More than that, all the exterior changes make the XKR-S look more aggressive and sportier than ever.

Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director says, "There is nothing as liberating as life behind the wheel of an open-topped Jaguar and the new XKR-S Convertible takes the Jaguar GT experience to new heights."

UPDATE 02/02/2012: Jaguar has unveiled a new video showing the XKR-S Convertible as it plays in the snow somewhere in Finland. Enjoy!

More details on the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S after the jump.

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