The Lister Thunder Gets A Name Makeover, You Can Now Start Calling it The LFT-666
We previously knew it as the Thunder, but British sports car company Lister is renaming its Jaguar F-Type-based supercar with a somewhat more appropriate name that reflects its capabilities. So instead of the Lister Thunder, we’re going to have to get used to calling this beast the LFT-666. The model isn’t entirely new; in fact, we’ve discussed it a few times the past, most recently in June 2018. But, apparently, a lot has changed since June 2018. The Lister Thunder now goes by a different and far more fitting name.
2018 Jaguar XJR575
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.
Jaguar Pulls The Covers Off Of The New E-Pace, Officially Establishes SUV Family
The Jaguar F-Pace represents Jag’s first foray into the SUV market and it’s been an unbridled success. It’s received rave reviews, posted strong sales numbers, and was even named the 2017 World Car of the Year back in April. Needless to say, the follow-up model would have enormous shoes to fill. That model has now arrived, and from the looks of things, the all-new Jaguar E-Pace is going to do just fine slotting in below the F-Pace in Jag’s now-potent crossover and SUV lineup.
The entry-level premium crossover officially made its world debut in London and there’s already growing confidence among Jaguar execs that it has another hit on its hands with the new E-Pace. The crossover won’t have an easy time at it, though, because it’s entering a market that already features entrenched models like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA-Class, and Porsche Macan. Don’t expect Jag’s new crossover to shrink away from the competition, not when it has the F-Pace’s pedigree and some technical assistance from Jaguar’s sister company Land Rover, regarded as the godfather of today’s modern crossovers and SUVs. All things considered, the Jaguar E-Pace has all the tools to be as successful as its big brother. The more important question to ask is if it’s good enough for World Car of the Year consideration. It’s too early to say at this point, but the signs are there for the E-Pace to have a similar trajectory as the F-Pace. It just has to prove it’s worth all the hype.
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2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Unveiled
Jaguar just dropped details on its latest SVO-tuned monster, the XE SV Project 8, an eight-cylinder, AWD, four-door cruise missile jam-packed with go-fast stuff. As a reminder, SVO stands for Special Vehicle Operation, which is Jag’s skunk works division. The Project 8 follows in the footsteps of the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and is definitely a worthy second act.
Here are the specs. Carbon fiber and aluminum are everywhere, with composites for the hood and bumpers. The body gets flared wheel arches and 20-inch aluminum wheels in the corners, while the aero is very much track-ready, with an adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear spoiler, flat underbody, and rear diffuser. Under the hood is a 592-horse supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 featuring a Titanium Variable Active exhaust. Top speed is rated at 200 mph, while 0-to-60 mph is done in 3.3 seconds, making Project 8 the quickest Jag ever produced. The suspension gets a manually adjustable ride height, while multiple Driveline Dynamics settings help fine tune your set-up for track duty. Throwing the anchor are carbon ceramic brakes, plus there are silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, which are similar to what’s used in Formula 1. The cabin gets a four-seater layout in the U.S., while elsewhere, the Project 8 gets race buckets and a harness bar. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is set to make its first public debut later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sales will be worldwide, although production is set at just 300 units total.
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Jaguar Files Trademark For "XJ13" Nameplate
Jaguar has trademarked a name that was long thought to be dead, bringing fans of the British automaker into a frenzy on the possibility of finally seeing the XJ13 name become a reality 50 years after the first and only example was completed.
According to Autocar, a Jaguar spokesman denied any intention the company has in remaking the XJ13, suggesting merely that the trademark filing is standard practice for the company. Those comments notwithstanding, there are enough reasons to believe that Jaguar’s cooking something up with the XJ13 that could lead to a limited production of the mid-60’s race car that was supposed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For one, Jaguar Land Rover’s Heritage Division could have something to do with the car’s revival. The division is known for tackling historical and sentimental projects that are attributed to Jaguar and Land Rover. There’s a precedent for remaking the XJ13 with the XKSS, the road-going version of the D-Type that the JLR Heritage Division is bringing back to life as a nine-unit model to commemorate the nine models that were destroyed in a fire at the Browns Lane plant back in 1957. As a result, Jag was only able to build 16 of the 25 units it was supposed to create.
In a lot of ways, the XJ13’s history fits into the same category as the XKSS. Once thought of as a contender in Le Mans, the XJ13 has an even more tortured history than the XKSS because of indifference from the company’s management at that time and a crash in 1971 that wrecked the only XJ13 prototype ever built. In fact, Jaguar once admitted that the only official living example of the XJ13 ￼is not an exact reproduction of the original, claiming that the “wheel arches are more flared” and that some of the “electric and mechanical components have been changed.”
It would be fitting that on the 50th anniversary of the XJ13, the heritage division may finally produce the 25 units of the XJ13 that it once intended to do. Jaguar’s not copping out just yet, but don’t be surprised if we finally get to see the XJ13 come to life like it was supposed to five decades ago.
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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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After months of rumors, teasing and other details surrounding the all-new Jaguar XE, it is finally official, as Jaguar unveiled it on September 8, 2014. Marketed as the British answer to the BMW 3 Series, the XE looks as if it will take on the 3 Series lineup from top to bottom. At the official reveal, Jaguar turned much of its attention to the XE S, which is obviously the answer to the BMW 335i and Mercedes C400, but there is also a collection of smaller diesel and gasoline engines for the lower level trims. The only model that Jaguar failed to talk about was the answer to the C63 AMG and M3, which should wear either an "R," "R-S," or an "SVR" badge.
This new car is the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV. Jaguar has been building aluminum-intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move further reduces the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.
The new XE, which will likely be the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 — U.S. availability is 2016 — is the first big step the company is taking toward a lineup that will include lighter and fuel-efficient, yet powerful and sporty vehicles. Let’s have a closer look at the brand-new XE right after the jump.
Updated 11/19/2015: Jaguar XE made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show where it was unveiled with AWD and Apple Watch Connectivity.
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Jaguar has always epitomized the proper gentleman’s car for me – especially its sports cars. The imagery of an Englishman with his driving cap donned, twisting down some wet country road after tea time flashes through my mind when I consider where a Jaguar should feel most at home. Sadly, Jaguar lost its way for a few years, producing less-than-stellar vehicles with even less-stellar reliability records.
However that tide is certainly turning, thanks to Jaguar’s new parent company Tata Motors. Jaguar, along with is sister company Land Rover, has seen vast improvements. Leading that charge for Jag is this: the F-Type.
Introduced in 2013 as a convertible and 2014 as a coupe, the F-Type has swung perceptions of the brand and enlivened and grown (or should I say replenished) its fan base. Jaguar does make other fantastic cars, but none of them boast the outright appeal and allure as the F-Type.
And within the F-Type category, none appeal more than the 550-horsepower F-Type R. With the keys in hand for a week, I set out to discover exactly what the F-Type – and its revived brand – have to say for themselves.
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Jaguar Land Rover has been really working on its in-car technologies these days. Remember all the fancy self-learning software inside those Land Rovers in this video? Well, Jaguar is showcasing its own set of dashboard wizardry in the upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE with this swanky video.
With the help of animated parts exploding outward for detailed views, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director, Mike Bell, takes us on a tour of what we can expect from the upcoming luxury car.
The Jaguar XE will be the first of many Jaguars featuring the automaker’s "InControl Touch Infotainment system" that integrates many advanced features through an eight-inch touch screen in the dash and Jaguar’s new Plain Speech Voice Control system. The infotainment software will seamlessly connect with both Apple and Android devices for in-car integration of certain applications. An in-car Wi-Fi hotspot allows multiple devices to access high-speed Internet.
Also present is an optional laser-projected heads-up display system that shows information over the entire width of the windshield including driving directions, vehicle information, and even road sign recognition. Of course a premium audio system will be featured; this one coming from Meridian.
Protecting all this valuable technology and the entire Jaguar XE will be the InControl Protect and InControl Secure systems with the former allowing for SOS emergency and Jaguar Assistance calls to be placed without the need for a cell phone in the car while the latter allows authorities to track the vehicle should it become stolen.
Overall it seems Jaguar Land Rover is working hard on becoming the leader of in-car technology and smart phone integration. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on this gadgetry when it debuts in late 2015.
Jay Leno’s clout in the auto industry is well established. That’s one of the perks of being a certified car enthusiast but in the comedian’s case, automakers trip over themselves to get featured in his own auto web show series, Jay Leno’s Garage.
Recently, Jaguar took its turn and it brought along its latest pride and joy, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S. Eric Johnson, vice president of Jaguar Western Region, presented the car to Leno and true to the script, the pair began by talking about the car before Leno does what he seemingly always does: take the F-Type V8 S for a spin. Obviously, a car of the F-Type V8 S’ stature deserves to have some kind of special attention given to it and Leno was quick to point out how impressed he was with its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
In addition to the F-Type V-8 S, the episode also featured Leno’s drive of another one of Jaguar’s recent builds: the Project 7 Concept. Like we said, this guy really gets all the treats, doesn’t he?Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster
As the Jaguar product renaissance continues full-steam ahead with the XQ-type crossover’s reveal, there is even more excitement back home with the debut of the Eagle Low Drag GT.
Sharing the lawn with dozens of other priceless exotics, the Eagle Low Drag GT applies the same priceless supercar restoration and upgrade that makes its Speedster such a showstopper.
Finished in gorgeous hand-polished aluminum for the panels and chassis, the Low Drag GT revives one of the most celebrated Jaguar racing concepts ever: a fastback E-type that was wider, more powerful and far more streamlined than any production Jaguar coupe from then or now.
The original E-type was many things during its prime, including a super-rapid, high-speed express that could reach huge top speeds for a fraction of the price of its competition from Italy.
For all this beauty and heritage that flows into the F-type today, the E-type was surprisingly never a truly successful racing machine or a good-looking two-seat coupe.
As Jaguar puts the final touches on the F-type Coupe ahead of its arrival this spring, the Eagle Low Drag GT is the perfect example of Jaguar fastback style.
With pricing likely to be in the seven digits and a total production run of perhaps five cars, the 2013 Eagle Low Drag GT writes a new chapter in the celebrated Jaguar E-type legacy.
Details about the new Jaguar XQ-type midsize crossover are emerging from Coventry ahead of the $45,000 model’s expected debut next month in Frankfurt. Exclusive TopSpeed renderings offer a speculative glimpse at the styling of this make-or-break next generation of aluminum models.
Twinned with the XQ-type is the Q-type sedan, which will be the smallest models in Jaguar’s range outside of the F-type sports cars. The XQ-type aims for the sweet spot of the premium crossover market occupied by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, each of which are formidable competition for Jaguar’s first American family SUV.
Fast-tracking the XQ-type’s ‘PLA’ code name aluminum chassis and body panels means this new compact benefits from both a nimble chassis and the best current and future components in the Jaguar Land Rover parts bin. Both the XF’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the supercharged V-6 are expected, with the latter to offer Jag’s new Instinctive AWD as seen on both the U.S.-market XF and XJ.
A sporty bias for The XQ-type offers enough space between this model and the Land Rover SUVs, and the XQ is even likely to run as a rear-drive model in base configurations.
The XQ’s performance will be closely benchmarked against its German rivals, with further R and R-S options on the table. The beauty of this chopped-length PLA architechture, which will also underpin the new XF and XK, is that even the compact models will be quite wide and should be able to fit the firm’s rorty supercharged V-8 under that shapely ’bonnet.’
Is this the dream Jag for sporty crossover shoppers? Click past the jump to stare into the future of the Jaguar XQ-type, which is a sure thing to be officially imported into the U.S. as a late 2015 or early 2016 model.
We have seen Jaguar’s modern day interpretation of the classic E-type sports car before, and although it looked a lot like our latest member of the Top Speed test fleet it was a cat of a completely different nature. That is because our Liquid Silver Jaguar XK convertible is powered by the automaker’s all new 5.0 Liter V8 that makes a total of 385 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque that propels the drop top sports coupe from 0 to 60 MPH in only 5.2 seconds and gets as much as 22 MPG on the highway.
Whereas last year’s model felt a bit tame; the new XK, even in naturally aspirated form, is packing enough power under the hood to satisfy a few desperate housewives. Much of the 2010 XK’s exterior remains the same, the only update for the new year are a pair of thin slits that serve as air intakes as opposed to the previous model’s round fog lights and the lower air dam has been squared off with a few 90 degree angles. Starting up front the Jaguar’s familiar fish eye headlights frame the E-Type inspired retro round opening in the front bumper. The XK’s blistered wheel arches house a set of multi spoke Caravela alloys measuring 19 inches in diameter. While out back our feline retains its familiar wide rear end.
On the inside the Jaguar XK is finished like a fine English sports car. Pieced together with high quality materials ranging from Burl Walnut veneer to the polished aluminum cup holders and seat controls, suede on the A pillar and soft Ivory/Oyster leather that covers the seats, dash and door panels. Every item that you can touch takes the XK one step beyond what you would expect from ordinary automobiles. One fun touch for driving enthusiasts is that the perforated leather wrapped front seats have multiple power adjustments, allowing the driver to inflate a pair of adjustable hip bolsters that inflate to keep them in place during spirited driving. On the other hand our XK came with the same complicated touch screen navigation system that controls everything from climate control to the satellite radio. At an even $89,000 our 2010 XK is a perfect example of just how luxurious a base model Jaguar can be.
The 2010 Jaguar XFR is simply the best sports car value on the market today. Don’t be fooled by the vehicle’s four door appearance because this factory tuned hot rod is anything but an ordinary sports sedan. The vehicle offers unmatched levels of performance, style and luxury. Staring off, the car’s 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 510 HP allowing the XFR to rocket to 60 MPH from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds. Next our XFR’s Aero Performance Design bodywork is covered in a very attractive Indigo Blue metallic paint and is made to look even better with the large 20 inch Nevis wheels. Finally the interior has been crafted with unique R soft grain leather and suede, materials you won’t even find in a Bentley, and it is all priced at only $80,000.
We thoroughly enjoyed our opportunity to get to know the XFR intimately, just being behind the wheel made our test editors giddy with excitement. Just knowing that there is so much power at your disposal is enough to put a grin on any gear head’s face. The XFR is an incredible performance machine that is capable of mind numbing speeds while still maintainging the elegance and presence that comes standard with any Jaguar. In our opinion the XFR is a steal, in order to find this level of performance, style and luxury prepare to spend a bit more than $100,000.
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Jay Leno isn’t the only one lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the 510 HP Jaguar XF-R, thanks to our local Jaguar fleet service Top Speed has just received a brand new Indigo Blue version of the now Indian automaker’s high performance four door. The crown jewel of the XF-R is the new 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 that makes over 500 ground pounding horses and takes the XF from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 4.7 seconds and can complete the standing quarter mile in just over 13.0 seconds.
The XF-R sets itself apart from lesser XF models thanks to Jaguar’s aero performance design that includes a new lower hanging front bumper with a larger mesh grille and functional cutouts in the hood to allow a little hot air to vent. The sides of the car sit lower to the ground thanks to a set of restyled side skirts and out back the XF-R receives a subtle trunk mounted spoiler to go along with the distinctive R badge. One of the nicest touches included by the Jaguar design team are the 20 inch Nevis alloy wheels that clearly spell out that this XF is something special.
On the inside our XF-R is a step up from the standard model. There is the same familiar wood grain, but this time the seats are much more bolstered and are covered in a combination of London Tan and Charcoal leather that makes a set of seats that are as nice to look at as they are to sit in. Jaguar has kept the familiar dial style gear selector, but we have a hard time imagining it in any other setting aside from Sport. If you have ever been inside of an XF you know just how plush and luxurious the cabin can be, the XF-R takes it a step further and adds in a little taste of sport.
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Jay Leno’s been out of the public spotlight ever since he relinquished his seat as host of the Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien.
The affable comedian, known for his witty wisecracks and passion for cars, returns from his public hiatus to host the launch of the all-new 2010 Jaguar XJ at what is expected to be a lavish and glamorous event at the Saatchi Gallery in London on Thursday, July 9.
Leno will be joined on the stage by Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars.
The 2010 Jaguar XJ is one of the most highly anticipated launches for 2010 and with the countdown reaching its last leg, the car Jaguar hopes can lead their brand out of its financial troubles is about to be let out of its cage. You can catch the official unveiling live on July 9, 20:30 BST at the Jaguar website.
After months of breathless anticipation, the 2010 Jaguar XJ will finally be set loose and knowing Jay Leno, he probably already has one parked in his garage.
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When Jaguar introduced their replacement for the now defunct S type with the new XF the only thing they were missing was the blower, well the now Indian automaker has solved that problem with the Jaguar XF Supercharged. From our test car’s Radiance Metallic red paint, to the stylish 20 inch rims, the exterior of our XF Supercharged is an eye catcher. The interior features a few new tricks that are promised never get old. Te seats are comfortable and the ride is smooth, but what sets this 420 HP Jaguar apart from the rest is its supercharged 4.2 Liter V8 engine that when combined with the six speed automatic transmission, allows our XF to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds. Can Jaguar sell enough of these high performance sports sedans to up and coming car shoppers starting at around $63,000 in order to keep a good thing going, we can only wait and see.
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