2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got almost 95 years of experience in the world of performance cars – if you want to move product these days, high-stance utility is where it’s at. What’s more, customers now demand speed with their practicality, flagrantly abusing the laws of physics through forced induction and an oversized contact patch. It’s certainly a popular formula – [Porsche,-rub5] Bentley, Maserati, and Lamborghini have all heard the siren call of the sporty SUV. So has Jaguar, which recently unveiled its first-ever crossover just last year. It’s called the F-Pace, and it’s pretty quick. But some think it could be quicker, and rumor has it there’s a new apex-munching, V-8-powered range-topper headed our way called the SVR.
The Cat Badge has yet to confirm the F-Pace SVR’s existence, but Car And Driver is optimistic, reporting Jag already has prototypes up and running. That’s a pretty quick turnaround, considering the SUV just started production.
That said, JLR certainly has what it takes to make it happen. The letters “SVR” are a reference to Special Vehicle Operations, the brand’s specialty tuning division, which means the F-Pace SVR would join the same go-faster stable as the F-Type SVR and Range Rover Sport SVR.
Update 11/24/2017: The Jaguar F-Pace was just caught testing for the second time sporting a couple of changes and a near-production-ready body. Check out the spy shots section below to see it for yourself.
Could Jaguar Have A Mystery Unveiling Planned At Goodwood?
Count Jaguar in as one of the many automakers that will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s not exactly ground-breaking news though, is it? Well, it appears that Jag isn’t coming to Lord March’s estate empty-handed as rumors are circulating that the company is coming with a new version of its XJ sedan.
Now, this isn’t actually a rumor in the traditional sense because Jaguar itself announced such plans. What’s been left in the dark is what kind of version of the XJ this mysterious model is going to be. The only thing Jag hinted at is that it will be a new “derivative” of the luxury sedan and that it will use the Festival of Speed’s famous Hill Climb event to complete its final testing phase. Other than that, we’re left to our own imaginative devices to speculate on what derivative of the XJ this model is going to be. Could it be a new performance-oriented XJR? Maybe something out of Jag’s SVO division to sit alongside the XE SV Project 8? There’s also the possibility that with the current generation XJ nearing its life cycle, Jag might be developing this mystery XJ as a last hurrah of sorts - like perhaps an ultra luxurious final edition model? There are plenty of different directions that this mysterious XJ could go so predicting what it’s bringing to the table at Goodwood will likely amount to nothing. We’ll know the answer soon enough.
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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Introduced in 2007 to replace the ageing S-Type, the Jaguar XF was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The makeover brought an evolutionary restyling but turned the four-door sedan in a sportier proposition on the outside and a more luxurious vehicle on the inside. The XF also received new drivetrains, most notably the company’s recently launched 2.0-liter four-cylinder in both gasoline and diesel formats. The 3.0-liter V-6 was also carried over, but with significant upgrades. Unlike the first-generation model, the second-gen XF arrived without a wagon version. This changed for the 2018 model year when Jaguar launched a redesigned XF Sportbrake.
Making things that much better, it’s available in the U.S. too!
The Sportbrake’s return is a bit surprising, especially since Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, once predicted the death of the station wagon. But, while I’d like to know what made him change his mind, I’m actually glad that the Sportbrake is back in dealerships and especially in the U.S., where the midsize market was limited to just two models, with a couple more available in other niches. Sure, it’s still ridiculous, but with three different products in the premium market, we finally have some proper action going on.
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Jaguar F-Type by B&B Automobiltechnik
The Jaguar F-Type has been called many things, and as the ultimate sports car in the Jaguar family, it bears a lot of responsibility to make a good impression on the auto industry. To Jag’s credit, it prepared the F-Type to do just that and a lot of people have taken notice. That includes the tuning world, as is the case with German tuner B&B Automobiltechnik, which has a new tuning program for the F-Type. This kit is as extensive as they come as it offers plenty of engine upgrade packages for three different variants of the F-Type. The range-topper of the lot, the F-Type SVR, headlines the list with a package that brings an output of 645 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
In addition, B&B is also offering engine upgrade packages for the F-Type V8 S and the F-Type R with each program designed to net more power and performance out of the Jag sports car. Chassis and suspension modifications are also being offered, as is a new set of 21-inch wheels. All of these upgrades meet a certain standard that we’ve come to know from B&B Automobiltechnik.
Owners of the F-Type should take note of what B&B Automobiltechnik is offering for the Jaguar F-Type. As the face of the British automaker’s performance lineup, the F-Type and all of its variants have to live up to the expectations that have been set for it. These upgrades from B&B help Jag meet those expectations.
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2017 Jaguar F-Pace – Driven
Back in 2000 when BMW launched the X5, brand loyalists and German enthusiasts call heresy. How could BMW stoop to this? BMW is all about being “the ultimate driving machine.” Well, the naysayers kept taking hits as Audi, Porsche, and other non-SUV-type automakers jumped into the category. Now for 2017, Jaguar is taking the leap.
The F-Pace isn’t some solid-axle, old-school SUV, however. No, Jaguar designed the F-Pace using as much lightweight aluminum and high-strength materials as possible. It’s the same type construction found in Jaguar’s XE and XF sedans. In fact, a third of the F-Pace is made from a propriety aluminum alloy blended together from 75 percent recycled materials.
Inside, the crossover takes after the XE sedan. Fit and finish are all spot-on Jaguar, with all the familiar controls and digital interfaces. The F-Pace isn’t’ without its flaws, however, but I’ll get into that later.
One thing that’s not flawed is the F-Pace’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Yep, it’s the same V-6 found in the F-Type – the F-Pace’s spiritual brother. The V-6 pumps out 380 horsepower in this optional tune. The standard tune dials back the all-aluminum mill to 340 horsepower. And as you can guess, Jaguar wants you to associate the F-Pace with the F-Type. It’s that air of sportiness marketing types want to convey.
So what’s it like to live with the F-Pace for a week? Keep reading to find out.
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