When talking about cult icons, adjectives usually stream in an overwhelming fashion, making it hard to discern fact from fabrication. The Jaguar E-Type is one of these cars, earning an invitation to the Pantheon of motoring just as quick as the first journalists laid eyes on it. The long hood belied the size of the white two-door sports car as it was sitting on an exquisite animal print wall-to-wall. The public was elated, so much so that a second car was driven from Britain to Switzerland as Sir William Lyons, the company’s founder, was already receiving orders for the new ,,Big Cat’’.
Such was the initial impact of the E-Type that even the Italians, who were famed for putting together some of the most beautiful cars in existence, were left dumbfounded. One Italian in particular eulogized the styling of Jaguar’s new two-seater. His name? None other than Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, who is quoted to have said that the XK-E, as it was marketed in the USA, is "the most beautiful car in the world".
Despite of early reliability issues that pushed the debut date of the racing version further into 1962, the E-Type proved handy on race tracks around the world, especially the 12 lightweight chassis. Away from the track, the first E-Type, known as the S1, was built in far greater numbers, nearly 40,000 cars coming out of the Coventry-based plant between 1961 and 1968. The figure includes all variations, including the less fluid 2+2.
While the E-Type stayed in production until 1975, the S1 is the most distinguishable, as the latter versions lost the headlight covers as well as adopting larger fender flares, on the S3, that somehow messed with the original shape. This is mainly why the first iteration is also the most sought-after, with prices rising each year.
Continue reading to learn more about the 1961-1968 Jaguar E-Type.
Drag racing is practically a rite of passage for a petrol-head. For decades we have settled performance disputes one quarter-mile at a time. As part of that journey and competition, there are always debates on horsepower versus weight, traction versus torque and so on. Well in its latest episode of Drag Battle, EVO takes a look at the hard truth behind the effectiveness of AWD traction off the line versus raw horsepower with a race between the new Subaru WRX STI and the Jaguar F-Type V6 S.
The Subaru WRX STI rolls to the line with 305 horsepower coming from its turbocharged, 2.5-liter, flat-four, Boxer engine, and it has Subaru’s most advanced AWD system sending that power to all four corners. The Jaguar F-Type V6 S has almost 80 more horsepower being produced by its supercharged V-6 engine, but as anyone who has ever owned a high horsepower RWD car will tell, getting that power down can be tricky.
I’m not going to spoil the outcome, but make sure you stay to watch the entire video. They break down what is happening and who is winning at the 30-mph, 60-mph, 100-mph, quarter-mile and one-kilometer marks. If you are a fan of stats and numbers, this video will make you very happy.
One thing is for certain from the moment you hit play, the Jaguar certainly wins in the war of exhaust note. Man that thing growls.
Ever since the F-Type debuted, it has received rave reviews, but there has been one sore spot among traditionalists. This issue is that it is only available with a eight-speed auto transmission, and traditionalists want the opportunity to row their own gears. I, for one, want the fastest shift times possible, and the eight-speed automatic is likely faster than any manual ever could be shifted, but some people just like that analog feeling.
Well, for those of you who have been craving for a manual in the F-Type, it looks as if Jag is working on making your dreams a reality. Today, the spy shooters from Touriclips managed to film an F-Type lapping the Nurburgring. But there is something a little different about its shift pattern. That’s right, this is the obvious sound of a test driver manually rowing a shifter through the gears as he laps the Green Hell
This can only mean that Jaguar is at the very least toying with the idea of offering a manual gearbox, but with it already doing hot laps around the `Ring, it is likely well past the "toying" phase. Jaguar is likely readying the transmission for release in the next few months, and simply testing out its durability on the famed raceway. This new transmission will be among a series of upcoming updates that will also include an all-wheel-drive option.
We’ll keep you updated on this development and pass along any new information as soon as we can.
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
When Jaguar promised to bring a design study of the F-Type to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, few people had any inkling that the British automaker was talking about this car.
This is the Project 7, a fully-functional, high-performance sports car (translation: it’s not a concept) that highlights the automaker’s new F-Type roadster while also paying homage to its winning tradition at Le Mans that saw the automaker take home the title seven times between 1951-1990 - a record for a British manufacturer.
Notice that the blue paintwork of the Project 7 looks like a classic shade turned up for a modern purpose. That’s not an accident because this same color is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957. Pretty interesting historical fact, huh?
And like we’ve already mentioned, the basis for the Project 7 is the F-Type, particularly the latter’s rigid all-aluminum architecture, providing the perfect starting point for Jaguar to add some tweaks and modifications and giving birth to quite a stunning sports car.
Updated 10/03/2013: Jaguar unveiled a new video featuring Ian Callum which explains the design process behind the new Project 7. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar Project 7
Jaguar F-Type arrives in U.S. showrooms this month and, in order to promote the sports car the company launched a global advertising and marketing campaign called "Your Turn." It will include span across TV, cinema, print, digital, mobile and tablet, as well as experiential and social media. The first commercial aired a few days ago during the season finale of ABC’s ’Once Upon A Time’.
Jaguar is also offering you the possibility to test drive the new F-Type sports roadster, so if you want to be among the winners, go on Jaguar USA’s Facebook page and let them know why you should be one of the first to win a test drive in the all-new Jaguar F-Type!
Four winners will be selected based on their submission and the test drives will be held in different regions of the country: New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. The drives will be filmed and shared across Jaguar USA’s social channels.
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Okay guys, we have a question for you: who is Raquel Pomplun? You likely have no idea, unless you are a frequent reader of Playboy; and we’re sure you have neeever looked at that… Well, to shine some light on this beauty, she is the 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year!
So, what does she and the F-Type have in common? Well, they are both gorgeous. And that’s the exact reason why Jaguar selected Pomplun to promote its newF-Type sports roadster.
This is just a teaser video of the photo shot and we’re pretty sure the pictures will arrive shortly!
As a reminder, the F-Type is offered in three different trim levels: F-Type, F-Type S, and F-Type V8 S. The base model delivers a total of 340 horsepower, the S version goes up to 380 horsepower and the V-8 version delivers a total of 495 horsepower.
As promised today, April 24th, Jaguar has dropped its long awaited "Desire" - a movie that tells the story of Clark, played by actor Damian Lewis, and features the all-new F-Type.
Clark is a man who delivers cars for a living and gets into trouble after encountering a mysterious, young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) in the middle of the desert. But could it be that simple? Apparently not because in the desert nothing is simple!
The stars of this short movie are: Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, Shannyn Sossamon and Jordi Mollà. The music is played by BRIT award winner Lana Del Rey. In fact, the F-Type also stared in one of Del Rey’s previously launched clips: "Burning Desire."
The highly anticipated short film was shown for the first time at London’s The O2, after the festival’s opening press conference, which attracted media from all over the world. You can enjoy the video above.
Tiff Needell has put face to face two models that have kept themselves in headlines in the past few months: theJaguar F-Type and the new-generation Porsche 911 Cabrio. To keep the battle fair, Needell had to opt for the F-Type V6 S version; a model that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.
Even so, the 911 Cabrio has quite a disadvantage, as it only delivers 345 horsepower - 35 horsepower less than the F-Type. But the F-Type is about 353 pounds heavier, so it looks like we are in for quite a fair fight, or are we? Check out the above video to see which of the two roadsters is the fastest!
Regardless of which one wins, we wouldn’t mind having either one at our disposal, despite the fact that we definitely prefer the looks of the F-Type. Enjoy!
The recently announced Jaguar XKR-S GT has been a real success and, as no surprise, the company had to look into possibly increasing production numbers from the initially planned 30 units up to 50 units. According to AutoCar, Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark admitted that the company could develop more limited-edition models in the same spirit of the new XKR-S GT.
These upcoming limited-edition models could also include an F-Type GT. This version will most likely be powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 found in models like Jaguar XJR and XKR-S. Unlike the XJR and XKR-S, which pump out 542 horsepower, the F-Type it could see 600 horsepower, making it the most powerful most powerful Jaguar on sale.
A production version for this 600-horsepower F-Type isn’t expected until late in 2016, but a concept version could be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Hit the jump to read more about the current Jaguar F-Type.
After Jaguar unveiled the new F-Type Roadster, rumors suggested new derivatives would soon arrive on the market. The first alternative version to arrive will be the coupe version, but now Jaguar is reporting that a new derivative will arrive every 12 to 18 months.
The announcement was made by Jaguar global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, who said the company plans to apply the same strategy Porsche applied to the 911 lineup. The new lineup will include everything from a targa-top version to an ultra-high-performance all-wheel-drive flagship. All new models will arrive between now and 2020.
Hallmark said that the new F-Type has a huge potential and developing a coupe or a targa is very simple. Even more, elements from the XKR-S GT track special editions can be easily applied to the F-Type, so this model will be offered to blaze a trail for the high-performance version, the F-Type R, or maybe something even more powerful.
Back in January, Jaguar announced that its new F-Type sports roadster would be featured in a new video called "Desire," which is set to be released later this spring. Now the sports car is once again featured in a video, but this time around it is a trailer for a film named "Desire" video.
After these two teasers, we are excited to finally see the full "Desire" film, which was created in collaboration with Ridley Scott Associates.
The film obviously takes place in the desert, where the main character - Clark, played by actor Damian Lewis - delivers cars for a living. He gets into trouble after encountering a mysterious, young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) in the middle of the desert. Alongside them, the video will also star Jordi Mollà and music by BRIT award winner Lana Del Rey.
The C-Type was one of the most successful Jaguar models in racing, especially at the Le Mans 24 hours race, which it won twice. The most amazing result was obtained by Norman Dewis who ran a modified XK 120 up to a record speed of 172.4 mph.
Now, sixty years after,Jaguar F-Type V8 S with 1988 Le Mans 24 hour race-winning driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel recreated the famous test drive at Jabbeke, Belgium, on Saturday March 2, 2013. While running a two-mile sprint, the F-Type managed to hit a top speed of 179 mph and went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
The F-Type was joined by classic cars like: XK 120, C-type, D-type and E-type sports cars.
After the speed run, the F-Type was driven 519 miles to Geneva by a specialist in frugal driving and delivered a record average fuel consumption of 35.6 mpg.
We don’t know how many of you remember the preview Jaguar offered for the future "Desire" video last month, but if you do not remember it, you can watch it in our original review). It now looks like Jaguar is continuing its partnership with Lana Del Rey, as her latest music video "Burning Desire" also stars the F-Type Roadster.
The music video was filmed in South East London at Rivoli Ballroom - the only intact ballroom in London from the 1950s. The music video is another preview of the next "Desire" video, which is set to be released this spring. The video’s main character is Clark, played by actor Damian Lewis. Clark is a man who delivers cars for a living and gets into trouble after encountering a mysterious, young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) in the middle of the desert.
One thing is for sure: we will surely buy the car if she comes included in the package!
In the latest episode of his famous show, Jay Leno has reviewed one of the Jaguar models from his collection — a one-of-a-kind XK-E. The model was produced by Jaguar between 1961 and 1974 and combines good looks with great-for-the-era performance.
This particular XK-E as specially customized by Jason Len from XK Unlimited several years ago – a neat side story is that Jay actually bought the car from Len. It is considerably shorter than the original car with numerous updates made to the body panels and to the car’s performance figures. It is powered by a 5.3-liter V-12 engine updated with Weber carburetors and a unique soundtrack, so hearing it on the streets is pure music to the ears. The car features a sporty coat of red paint that makes it even sexier.
Check the video and see what Jay Leno has to say about this amazing car, and why he wanted to have it in his collection. Enjoy!
Now that was fast! Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the new Jaguar F-Type has already seen its first upgrade package. It comes from the German tuner Arden and we have to admit, it looks great in that British Racing Green — the international racing color of Britain. Despite our love of this dark green, we have to admit that the standard Firesand paintwork is definitely our favorite.
On the exterior, the only updates the car received us a set of 20-inch Sportline wheels and an optional high-performance braking system. As usual, Arden is focusing most of its attention to what’s under the hood where the updates are a little more thorough.
The best update is that offered for the 5.0-liter V-8 engine, which Arden has tuned to deliver an estimated 550 horsepower — up from the standard 495 horsepower. Arden did announce upgrades for the V-6 engine, but final numbers are still unknown.
There is no price attached top this upgrade kit, but we’ll pass that information on as soon as we receive it.
Jaguar officially unveiled the new F-Type Roadster back in September at the Paris Auto Show, but it looks like the company is still performing lots of testing on the prototype versions. At a recent test drive, Jaguar invited three world-renowned drivers — Martin Brundle, Christian Danner and Justin Bell — to push both the F-Type S and F-Type V8 S prototype models to their limits. The test was been performed in the cold and challenging conditions of the UK’s Snetterton 300 circuit, as well as the surrounding Norfolk roads. The only reason this is of importance is because Jag released a video of the whole thing.
The video is pretty sweet, as you get a good listen to both supercharged engines – 3.0-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 – and what sweet melodies they play. We are especially fond of the V-6, but that’s not a slight at the awesome sound that resonates from the V-8’s tailpipes. It’s just that you would never expect that sort of sound from a 6-pot. We can’t really put it into words, so you’ll just have to hear it for yourself in the video (above).
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.
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.
The new Jaguar F-Type generated a ton of buzz even before it was officially unveiled in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. It is scheduled to go on sale in 2013, but even though its release is still months away, Jaguar has already received a total of 2,000 orders for the F-Type — about a third of the 6,000 to 7,000 units Jaguar plans to develop next year.
According to Jaguar, this will not propel the company back to its impressive 140,000 units it sold in 2007, but it will certainly help it to achieve its future sales target of 10,000 F-Types sold annually by 2014.
In the U.S. market, prices for the F-Type Roadster will range from $69,000 for the base model to upwards of $92,000 for the V8 S version. The F-Type Roadster will have a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which delivers 340 to 380 horsepower, or a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 495 horsepower.
Two days before the official debut of the 2013 Jaguar F-Type, someone has finally let that luscious and much-anticipated cat out of the bag. Just last week, the first leaked image of the Jaguar was revealed and, now, TeamSpeed has broken the embargo and unveiled the first multiple images of the upcoming sports roadster.
As expected, the next F-Type features a very aggressive look with a number of design elements inspired by the C-X16 Concept. The most obvious, borrowed features are the split air intakes on the front end and the long bonnet.
The 2013 Jaguar F-Type will be offered with a choice of three engines: Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with an output of either 340 or 380 HP and the existing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine for the R version. All engine options will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.
Stay tuned for the official debut of the 2013 F-Type on September 27th at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
It probably takes a lot of hard work trying to keep a model a secret until its official official launch date. Fortunately for all of us, we have learned that this rarely ever happens as many automakers have all kinds of leaks, including Jaguar and its upcoming F-Type. The first official image of the new F-Type has surfaced on the internet revealing the small roadster in all its glory. Jaguar didn’t have much choice but to admit that this was a real photo and not just another rendering.
The sports cars shown in this image illustrate just how much the new F-Type took from the design of the C-X16 Concept that was unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. They include the concept’s split air intakes on the front end and the long bonnet, emitting a sense of power and elegance that we have grown accustomed to from Jaguar. Under the hood, there will be a choice of three engines: a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with an output of either 340 or 380 HP and the existing supercharged 5.0-liter V8 offered for the R Version.
The new Jaguar F-Type will be making its world debut next week at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Jaguar has confirmed that the future F-Type two-seater convertible will be priced under the current XK, or at about $85,000. That would mean the F-Type Coupe would have a similar if not identical engine lineup and will also be in the same price bracket, possibly with a few thousand dollars knocked off.
While we are all waiting to see the new Jaguar F-Type next week at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the company is busy testing out the sports roadster at the famous Nurburgring race track. British magazine, AutoCar, was lucky enough to shoot a video of the hot laps, allowing us to hear the sound of the 3.0 liter V6 supercharged engine!
This engine delivers a total of 250 HP in a normally aspirated version and 375 HP in the supercharged R version. As you probably know, theF-Type will be built as a two-seater convertible, with a coupe version to follow, and will feature all-aluminum construction. It will be priced under the current XK, so expect to pay about $85K if you want to buy one.
This is all we have for now, but tune in next week when the official details of the Jaguar F-Type are revealed!