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PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

There is no shortage of car models in the auto industry these days. Some models have gained followings while others have become flashes in the pan. Then there are the titans of the business, the models that have lasted the test of time and have been around, literally, for generations. In the course of their respective lifetimes, these models have evolved in more ways than one, none more evident than their designs. These seven models have been around for so long their designs have evolved considerably from when they first came out. Knowing their place in the business, these models are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Jaguar XJ

If you’re looking for a full-scale sedan but don’t want to go with the big German three, then Jaguar is where you want to look. And, look no further than the Jaguar XJ – a premium luxury sedan dripping wet with style, leather, technology, and decent performance too. It’s offered with a range of supercharged engines that includes a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. Power output ranges from a decent 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque all of the way up to 550 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. That’s one fast, beautiful, luxury sedan, don’t you think. Well, we certainly do, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it out wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite and compiled a gallery of plenty more in case you’re into something a little different.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XJ50

One of the most iconic sedans ever produced, the Jaguar XJ is celebrating 50 years in 2018. And the British firm launched a special anniversary model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Introduced in 2009, the current XJ is the eighth generation of the sedan that served as luxury transportation for many VIPs over the years. Jaguar is celebrating this special event with a handful of add-ons to the vehicle’s exterior and cabin. It also modified its badge for the event, renaming it the XJ50.

The XJ goes back all the way to 1968 when it was launched to replace the S-Type and the Mark 2. The first XJ was produced until 1992 with significant upgrades in 1973 and 1979. A complete redesign followed in 1986, with new updates in 1994 and 1997. The previous-generation XJ was unveiled in 2003 and received a facelift in 2007, two years before it was discontinued in 2009. The current model is already nine years old, and a new generation is about to be released. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at this anniversary special edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar XJ50.

PostHeaderIcon Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain Gets a Custom-Built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6

When he isn’t chopping wood on bangers like “The Trooper” or “Run To The Hills,” heavy metal drummer Nicko McBrain entertains himself with a collection of handsome Jaguars. Now, he’s got another Bad Cat to indulge in following the debut of this customized XJ6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

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“Over 3,500 man hours went into its creation, with more than 4,000 individual parts either refinished, replaced, or redesigned during the build.”

Built in Coventry by the skilled hands of Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works, this custom XJ6 heads to Geneva as part of Jag’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the XJ nameplate. Over 3,500 man hours went into its creation, with more than 4,000 individual parts either refinished, replaced, or redesigned during the build. From the exterior, to the interior, to the powertrain and suspension, every facet of the machine was customized to McBrain’s specification.

Outside, the updates include new customized front and rear bumpers embellished with chrome detailing, as well as flared fenders front and back. Under the larger wheel wells, Jag stuffed in customized 18-inch wire wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber. There’s also new sills and rear door pressings, as well as Series 2 XJ door handles and mirrors. The fascia gains LED headlights with “Halo” daytime running lights, and the whole thing was slathered in Mauve paint.


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“Step into the cabin, and you’ll find new seats covered in leather with a Pimento Red finish and black piping”

Step into the cabin, and you’ll find new seats covered in leather with a Pimento Red finish and black piping. Up top is an Alcantara headliner, while the dash uses a Dark Grey sycamore veneer, much like McBrain’s snare drums. The pedals also get a musical nod, rocking a design similar to that of a kick drum pedal. An “Eddie Growler” badge (basically an Iron Maiden-ized Jaguar) was added to the steering wheel.

A new infotainment system, complete with a touchscreen and a rear back-up camera, bring it into the modern age, with aluminum switchgear inspired by the controls of a guitar amp used for inputs. Unsurprisingly, the XJ also gets a kick-ass stereo pumping out 1,100 watts of raw acoustic power.


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“An “Eddie Growler” badge (basically an Iron Maiden-ized Jaguar) was added to the steering wheel.”

Mechanically, the are new adjustable dampers added front and back. Under the hood is a 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder, which makes fun noises through a bespoke quad-tipped exhaust.

“This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly named ‘Johnny 3,’” says the multi-platinum selling musician. “It has been a true labor of love between Jaguar Classic and myself. I’m so excited by its completion and especially to be showing it at Geneva – it really is a Greatest Hits edition, and to me, it defines what the Jaguar XJ is all about.”

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PostHeaderIcon Watch Out Tesla – the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968. In that time, it has soldiered on as the company’s resident flagship. Generation after generation of XJs have filled our streets, but a new report claims that Jag is looking to reinvent the next-generation XJ into something it has never been in its 50-year existence: an electric car.


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“Despite the dramatic changes, the XJ will remain a saloon, just as it has always been since 1998”

The thought of an all-electric Jaguar XJ is appealing for a lot of people. For Jaguar, it might be born out of necessity as the company looks to offer a high-tech flagship model to compete against the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and most importantly, the Tesla Model S. It’s a bold move for Jaguar, but a brief look at the XJ’s history as a model shows that the automaker hasn’t been afraid to take risks when it comes to its flagship sedan. Remember, the X350-generation of the XJ was the first Jaguar to use aluminum in large volumes. More recently, the current X351-generation was introduced in 2009 as the first version of the XJ to redefine its looks. A completely reinvented, all-electric Jaguar XJ fits into the risks that Jaguar has taken with the model.

At the very least, an all-electric XJ is a fresh offering to a market that’s starved for something new in the wake of consumer interest shifting more towards luxury SUVs. According to Autocar, the new XJ is already in the development phase, right next to a new Land Rover model that’s internally being called the “Road Rover.”

Despite the dramatic changes, the XJ will remain a saloon, just as it has always been since 1998. There’s no word yet on when the car will launch, but it should happen a lot later than the I-Pace, Jag’s first venture into the electric car space. That model has been earmarked for a March 2018 launch, presumably in time for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Expect a lot of the tech Jag has developed for the I-Pace to translate heavily to the next-gen XJ.

From a business standpoint, introducing the I-Pace before the all-electric XJ is a solid move on Jag’s part. Not only does it give Jag enough time to work on its new flagship, but more importantly, it will give the British company a good idea of the landscape of the electric car market. Using that knowledge should help determine its approach in developing an all-electric XJ sedan.


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“An electric powertrain is also in development, one that will offer segment-level power and performance figures to go with a range that can easily eclipse 300 miles.”

Details about the car itself are still being kept under wraps, but the sedan is expected to carry a new aluminum architecture that Jaguar will use with Land Rover. In addition, an electric powertrain is also in development, one that will offer segment-level power and performance figures to go with a range that can easily eclipse 300 miles.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch Out Tesla – the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968. In that time, it has soldiered on as the company’s resident flagship. Generation after generation of XJs have filled our streets, but a new report claims that Jag is looking to reinvent the next-generation XJ into something it has never been in its 50-year existence: an electric car.


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“Despite the dramatic changes, the XJ will remain a saloon, just as it has always been since 1998”

The thought of an all-electric Jaguar XJ is appealing for a lot of people. For Jaguar, it might be born out of necessity as the company looks to offer a high-tech flagship model to compete against the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and most importantly, the Tesla Model S. It’s a bold move for Jaguar, but a brief look at the XJ’s history as a model shows that the automaker hasn’t been afraid to take risks when it comes to its flagship sedan. Remember, the X350-generation of the XJ was the first Jaguar to use aluminum in large volumes. More recently, the current X351-generation was introduced in 2009 as the first version of the XJ to redefine its looks. A completely reinvented, all-electric Jaguar XJ fits into the risks that Jaguar has taken with the model.

At the very least, an all-electric XJ is a fresh offering to a market that’s starved for something new in the wake of consumer interest shifting more towards luxury SUVs. According to Autocar, the new XJ is already in the development phase, right next to a new Land Rover model that’s internally being called the “Road Rover.”

Despite the dramatic changes, the XJ will remain a saloon, just as it has always been since 1998. There’s no word yet on when the car will launch, but it should happen a lot later than the I-Pace, Jag’s first venture into the electric car space. That model has been earmarked for a March 2018 launch, presumably in time for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Expect a lot of the tech Jag has developed for the I-Pace to translate heavily to the next-gen XJ.

From a business standpoint, introducing the I-Pace before the all-electric XJ is a solid move on Jag’s part. Not only does it give Jag enough time to work on its new flagship, but more importantly, it will give the British company a good idea of the landscape of the electric car market. Using that knowledge should help determine its approach in developing an all-electric XJ sedan.


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“An electric powertrain is also in development, one that will offer segment-level power and performance figures to go with a range that can easily eclipse 300 miles.”

Details about the car itself are still being kept under wraps, but the sedan is expected to carry a new aluminum architecture that Jaguar will use with Land Rover. In addition, an electric powertrain is also in development, one that will offer segment-level power and performance figures to go with a range that can easily eclipse 300 miles.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar XJ.


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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Jaguar XJR575

2018 Jaguar XJR575


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Read our full review of the 2018 Jaguar XJR575 or check out more wallpaper-worthy images in the gallery below.

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2018 Jaguar XJR575


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Read our full review of the 2018 Jaguar XJR575 or check out more wallpaper-worthy images in the gallery below.

PostHeaderIcon Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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Autozam AZ-1


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Let’s start this list with a complete oddity. The Autozam AZ-1 is the rare car that manages to be cool and strange at the same time. It traces its roots to Mazda’s short-lived Autozam marquee, which specialised on building small cars, otherwise known as keicars in that market. In the five years that Autozam was around, it developed a full lineup of these cars, one of which was the AZ-1. It’s hard to tell what the AZ-1’s defining feature was because there’s enough of them to go around. It could be the gullwing doors. It could be its mid-engine layout. Heck, it could even be its flamboyant styling. Whatever it was, the AZ-1 was ahead of its time in a lot of different ways.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


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Technically, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has already made its way into the U.S. market. But that didn’t happen until 2003 when the Evo VIII became available. Unfortunately, the first seven versions of the street-legal rally car remain unicorns in the American market, at least until this year when the first iteration of the Lancer Evolution turns 25 years old. It’s now legal to register the OG Evo in the U.S., and the next few years should also open the doors for succeeding versions of the all-wheel-drive hero ride when they hit their respective magic numbers.

Ford Escort RS Cosworth


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The Ford Escort RS Bosworth sits in the same wheelhouse as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in that both trace roots to the rally racing world. Like the Lancer Evo, the Escort RS Bosworth was homologated for road use in 1992. It even received a good number of Cosworth bits and pieces, including the iconic YBT engine that has developed a cult following of its own. That engine was capable of producing 227 horsepower and together with its top-flight handling and all-wheel drive capabilities, it was able to run on any kind of surface and speed up to around 137 mph. Having been built by Ford of Europe, the Cossie never made it to the U.S., at least until this year when all 1992 models received their 25-year entry cards.

Alfa Romeo RZ


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Alfa Romeo has produced its share of memorable cars in its history, but very few captured the hearts and wallets of people like the RZ convertible. Designed in collaboration with Zagato, the RZ featured dramatic styling that emphasized the stylistic strengths of the Italian design house. It also came with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produced 210 horsepower, enough power to help make it a serious performer on the road. Combine that with the car’s race car-derived hydraulic suspension and those who are willing to spend time and money to bring the RZ to the U.S. could have a car that can grab serious attention.

BMW M5 Touring


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The BMW M5 Touring is not the sexiest car in this list. It might not even be the most prominent of its body type (more on that later). But it makes its way here because it achieved unicorn status when its sedan counterpart made its way stateside in 1992. That model went on to do well here in the U.S., but those who preferred the wagon version we’re out of luck. That all changed when the calendar flipped to 2017. Sure, it’s 25 years too late for the M5 Touring, but it’s worth noting that the car’s classic look still makes it a desirable piece of vintage BMW. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s powered by a straight-six engine that produced 311 horsepower.

Subaru Impreza WRX


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As awesome as it is to own a 1992 BMW M5 Touring, I’m not taking it over a same-year make of the Subaru Impreza. It was back in 1992 when the first versions of the Impreza came to life, and the performance-spec WRX variants quickly became sensations to every market they were sent to. Sadly, the U.S. was shut out from getting the OG Impreza WRX, depriving us of a car that featured a number of rally-inspired technology, including an all-wheel drive system, a stiffened suspension, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that came with 240 horsepower. 2017 is the first year that we can get our hands on the car that started the WRX legacy. Now that the opportunity is here, expect a lot of collectors to try to get their hands on one.

Maserati Ghibli


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When Maserati introduced the third-generation Ghibli at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, it brought back a name that the Italian automaker hadn’t used since 1998. That was the last year of the second-generation Ghibli’s six-year production run, which began in 1992. The second-gen Ghibli will never upend the first-gen version in my mind, but if you’re looking for a four-door performance sedan from the early 1990’s to buy, few offer the kind of stories that the second-gen Ghibli has. Its persona non grata status in the U.S. for the past 25 years may be its defining trait, but it also came with some notable features, including a 2.0-liter V-6 engine that produced in excess of 300 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the second-gen Ghibli was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds on its way to posting a top speed of 156 mph.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS (964)


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The Porsche 911 Carrera RS (964) is a good example of a car that should be bought and registered as soon as it became eligible for road use in the U.S. It’s not as iconic as its predecessor, but it’s still the real deal. Emissions and safety regulations prevented us from enjoying it when first came out, but now that it’s been unshackled, you can get one this year in all its glory, including its 3.6-liter flat-six engine that produced 256 horsepower. In the event that you’re looking for one, you need to be quick at it because the model is already making a good case for itself as a sought-after collectible among Porsche collectors. Just last year, a 1991 Carrera RS 964 sold for around $200,000, roughly the same price you’ll have to pay for a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo. Now go imagine what the 1992 model will fetch in the same setting.

Honda NSX-R


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The last two cars on this list are without question the most desirable ones to get. First up is the Honda NSX Type-R, or NSX-R for short. You’ll get varying opinions about the original NSX-R, but those opinions most likely fall under the awesome and really awesome categories. Not only is the NSX-R regarded as the model that really brought to life Honda’s Type R brand, it also set a standard for performance cars that’s still held in high regard to this day. It doesn’t have mind-blowing power numbers — “only” 276 horses from a 3.0-liter VTEC V-6 engine — by today’s supercar standards, but everything else about the NSX-R is still impressive even by today’s standards. It was 256 pounds lighter than the standard NSX. It had a cabin that came with lightweight carbon-Kevlar seats. It had forged-aluminum Enkei wheels. It even had a stiffened chassis and suspension that made it potent on the track. The NSX-R’s legacy is cemented by its current status as a sought-after collectible among car collectors. It’s next to impossible to find one of these models today carrying anything less than a six-figure price tag.

Jaguar XJ220


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It’s only fitting that the holy grail of the “batch of 1992” is one of the first modern supercars to capture the world’s attention. The Jaguar XJ220 was, at one point, the fastest production car in the world. That record-setting achievement was largely due to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produced 550 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of power, the XJ220 was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 212.3 mph. The supercar’s stranglehold on the “fastest production car” title even lasted for a few years until the McLaren F1 came along and beat it. That’s not a diss on the XJ220, but a compliment to how impressive of a supercar it really was. It took the McLaren F1, arguably the most important supercar of the modern automotive era, to usurp the XJ220 as the fastest production car in the world. To say that the Jaguar XJ220 is sought after in today’s collector’s scene is a gross understatement. It’s already reaching six-figure price tags on account of its status (only 275 were made) and history, and as the years go by, those prices will only go one direction: up, up, and away.

PostHeaderIcon 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.

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: The New Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Already 10 Years Old

And how are you folks doing this week? I gotta tell you, last week was rough with all that Mercedes X-Class jazz. And awkward and funny at the same time with reports that Jeep is doing better than FCA. And just when I thought that I would take a break from writing this week, Rolls-Royce launched the new Phantom. The NEW Phantom. With new everything. Except for the design. Have you seen it? Well, if not, have a look at the old Phantom because they’re basically identical. Remember how a while back I said that some at Rolls-Royce must be smoking pot at the office? The new Phantom is proof of that.

Seriously now, I wish this was some sort of prank, but April 1st is… ermmm… seven months way? What’s Rolls-Royce thinking? And what with the Pagani Zonda Fanstasma Evo that just broke cover? Wasn’t the Zonda discontinued years ago? And, why would Jaguar waste a more powerful V-8 engine on an XJR that doesn’t have an “SVR” badge? Yup, that’s what’s bugging me today, and it’s exactly what we’ll discuss below. So grab a cup of something and read on.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Jaguar XJR575

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Jaguar released today an updated XJ range including a new range-topping super hot model. The 2018 Jaguar XJR575 is a £93,710 super saloon with 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque, the ability to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100km/h) in just 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h), which is by the way achieved from standing still in a mere 44 seconds.

In fact Jaguar has come up with an interesting way to demonstrate this amazing acceleration to top speed with this video in which TV presenter and race driver Amanda Stretton conducts an interview with Jag designer Wayne Burgess in the time it takes the XJR575 to hit 186 mph:

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Being a top of the line model, 2018 Jaguar XJR575 benefits from some SVO options such as Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey. The car itself is set apart from regular XJs by virtue of a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring gloss black surrounds, plus exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres, red brake calipers, 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels, embossed tread plates alongside intaglio and diamond-quilted seating.

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The 2018 Jaguar XJ range features many updates, chief among which the latest Touch Pro infotainment system and 4G Wi-Fi, new larger 10-inch central touchscreen, and upgraded safety kit including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitoring. Prices for the new XJ range start at £59,995.

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PostHeaderIcon Bridgestone To Begin Offering New Tires For The Jaguar XJ220

What’s that? You desperately want fresh rubber for your 20-plus-year-old supercar? Well, fear not, because Bridgestone is here to help. Working in conjunction with U.K.-based XJ220 specialist Don Law, Bridgestone has announced that it’s developing a next-gen tire for Jag’s decades-old two-seat speed wedge.

For some time now, XJ220 owners have had to tread carefully (see what I did there?) when it came time to actually using the XJ220’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, as appropriately sized tires are no longer in production.

Now, however, following a “coming together of minds” between Bridgestone and Don Law, the tire maker will coordinate a new compound for the uber-kitty, bringing the car’s original chief development engineer and test driver along for the ride. A pre-production XJ220 model will provide the test bed.

“It’s very important to keep such iconic vehicles running today and supporting people like Don Law and his team of expert technicians,” said Christophe de Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone Trope. “ Technology has moved on significantly in the last 25 years and we believe we will be able to produce a tire that will keep the smile on the face of the enthusiast drivers of the XJ220.”

The plan is to get the tires finished in time for the model’s twenty-fifth anniversary next year.

I think that’s worthy of a burnout, don’t you?

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XJ220 Pays Jay Leno's Garage A Visit: Video

Any mention of the Jaguar XJ220 will illicit responses that’ll cover the full spectrum of human emotions. Built in 1992 as a science project of sorts, the XJ220 became one of the first cars to really live up to its supercar label. Sure, the McLaren F1 was and continues to be regarded as the godfather of the modern-day supercar, but before the F1 burst into the scene, it was the XJ220 that held the title of fastest car in the world. You would think that such a distinction has given the Jag “iconic” status within the industry, and for the most part it has, but as we find out in the latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”, the XJ220’s history isn’t as straightforward and is bit more complicated than any other supercar built in its era.

One such example of the XJ220 paid Leno a visit with its owner, Philip Sarofin. Together, the two discuss the rather eventful history of the XJ220 dating back to its early years in development all the way to its modern-day status as one of the most misunderstood supercars of all time. Sarofin’s XJ220 even has quite the history of its own, as the owner only acquired the supercar in July 2015 after the previous owner kept it on the 37th floor of his office building in Tokyo for the past 12 years without even driving it.

For the most part, the XJ220 doesn’t have the lasting legacy of the F1. Leno and Sarofin even described it as an “oddity”, a word nobody would ever use to describe the F1. So the question is: why doesn’t the XJ220 occupy the same type of reverence as the F1? Leno and Sarofin spent the majority of the episode discussing that and without spoiling anything, the two tackle a number of issues and controversies that plagued the XJ220.

It’s an enlightening episode on one of the world’s most misunderstood supercars and definitely worthy of the next 12 minutes of your time.


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Impressive Wrap Hong Kong has revealed one of their latest projects, a fully custom Jaguar XJL featuring a dark theme inside and out. Unlike most of their previous works which began and end in a body wrap, this one gets a fairly thorough treatment.

IW’s custom Jaguar XJL features a full matte black exterior wrap along with black brushed accents and tinted windows and lights. Those window tints are actually 3M Crystalline tint which is the finest brand you can get. The combination of all this blackness has created a dark and moody vehicle which looks pretty aggressive and hella cool!

The treatment does not end there for this Jaguar XJL as the car also gets gloss black wheels and emblems painted in the same color, plus black brushed interior accents that complement the stock black interior leather and trims. You get the feeling this Jag was ordered by someone who was obsessed with the Goth culture. What we want to know is if they actually dress up before they drive this thing.

Whether you like what has been done to this Jaguar or not, there is no denying it is now a lot less boring than the stock look.

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The post Custom-Wrapped Jaguar XJL from Hong Kong appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XJ-C from 70s TV Show Up for Grabs

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An outstanding 1976 Jaguar XJ-C 12 with a custom muscular body and special features will hit the auction block at H&H Classics on 14 October 2015. This car’s party trick is being the star of mid-1970s British hit TV show The New Avengers. But there are other aspects to this car which make it a very interesting proposition.

Jaguar XJ-C is widely regarded by car connoisseurs to be one of the best looking Jags of all time. The two-door sports coupe has one of the most recognizable designs in history, what with that unique XJ silhouette and quad headlights. What sets this XJ-C apart from the rest is that it comes with a Broadspeed wide body kit, specifically designed for the star of the show John Steed.

Another reason why this Jaguar XJ-C is a fascinating car has to do with value. You see, this car is essentially a barn find. It’s been dry-stored for many years and is now in need of a complete restoration which makes it the perfect project car for an enthusiasts, especially as it’s really cheap. It has a modest estimate of just £10,000 to £12,000. Done and dusted, we reckon this Racing Green, 5.3 liter V12 XJ can easily fetch up to 50 grand.

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Damian Jones, Sales Director of H&H Classics, comments: “Who of us who remember the series did not at one time or another fancy ourselves at the wheel of this car? Now there is a chance to make that fantasy a reality for a very nominal amount. And who knows, maybe the chance to find a modern-day Purdey in the passenger seat!”

The post Jaguar XJ-C from 70s TV Show Up for Grabs appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XJ

Jaguar has announced an update for its flagship XJ luxury sedan, and it promises a refreshed exterior design, loads more technology, and a slew of different model iterations to choose from.

First launched in the US in 2011, the XJ has grown a bit stale over the years, but Jag wants to shake the old-man connotations by utilizing aluminum construction and the latest and greatest gadgetry. What’s more, the exterior espouses a timeless style with a hint of modern aggression, making for an enticing package.

The new XJ is also available in no less than eight different models, including several long-wheelbase variants that offer even more luxury than the standard car.

The questions is: can the new XJ outgun the top dogs hailing from Germany? Mercedes, BMW, and Audi are all in the hunt for high-dollar, luxury four-door sales, and each is bringing its own brand of technology and performance to the table.

Updated 06/15/2015: Jaguar unveiled the official details on the revised XJ which will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the fall of 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the facelift Jaguar XJ.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 Jaguar XJ Revealed with Mild Updates

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Jaguar announced the launch of a new and upgraded version of their luxury saloon, the XJ. The refreshed 2016 Jaguar XJ comes with new LED lights, a revised front grille, a subtly redesigned front bumper, and a bunch of new comfort and convenience features.

The all-aluminum 2016 Jaguar XJ comes with full LED headlights and unique double J-Blade daytime running lights which gives the car a more purposeful look at the front and set it further apart from the XF and the XE. But that’s the extent of noticeable design modifications you get.

Inside the cabin, the new XJ comes with a redesigned instrument cluster with enhanced customization and a new InControl Touch Pro touch-screen infotainment system with built-in iOS and Android connectivity, available Wi-Fi hotspot and a standard 17-speaker, 825W Meridian Surround Sound audio system.

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You get a lot more in terms of features and equipment with the 2016 Jaguar XJ, starting with a suite of advanced driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection, 360° surround camera system and semi-automated perpendicular and parallel-parking (RWD Only). Another new feature which is a welcome addition especially in the UK is the All-Surface Progress Control enables enhanced drive-away on low-traction surfaces such as snow and ice.

As for the other notable changes about the 2016 XJ, the Black Pack is standard now on the XJR, the R-Sport trim is enhanced, and XJL Portfolio and XJL Supercharged are distinguished with the introduction of quilted seating surfaces finished with a diamond sewn pattern on the seat center and cushion.

The post 2016 Jaguar XJ Revealed with Mild Updates appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Keeping The Jaguar XJ220 Alive And Fast: Video

When talking about Jaguar, sports cars and motorsports success are the first two things that come to mind. The Brits became highly competitive on the track in the 1940s and went on to win seven 24 Hours of Le Mans races between 1951 and 1990. From the XK-120C, C-Type, and D-Type of the 1950s to the XJR racers of the late 1980s, Jaguar showed the world it has what it takes to build fast, innovative, and reliable race cars. But despite having things to brag about on the race track, Jaguar never had a proper supercar until 1993. That’s when the JX220 was born.

Developed in cooperation with the brand’s long-time partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the XJ220 was Jaguar’s only attempt at building a production supercar. Produced between 1992 and 1994 in only 275 units, the XJ220 was praised for its throttle response and precise handling, but criticized for its subpar interior and subdued presence among other supercars. The £470,000 sticker and the fact that the car received a turbo V-6 engine instead of the V-12 Jaguar initially promised didn’t help either. However, the fact that the 542-horsepower engine was able to provide 0-to-60 mph sprints of only 3.8 seconds and top speeds of 213 mph was enough to earn it a place in the “Supercars Hall of Fame.”

Check out Drive’s latest video for the history the XJ220, and the story of a father and son who are responsible for Jaguar’s only supercar to date.

Keeping The Jaguar XJ220 Alive And Fast: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:00 EST.

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