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PostHeaderIcon A Jaguar F-Type with a Four-Cylinder? New Entry Level Trim on the Way

Around since 2013, the F-Type is Jaguar’s newest sports car, a spiritual successor to the E-Type, and an all-out replacement for the XK. Up until now, you could get it with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that’s tuned to deliver either 340 horsepower in entry-level form or 380 horsepower in S form. Or you could get a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 tuned to deliver either 550 horsepower or 575 ponies if you went with the range-topping SVR trim. Prices ranged anywhere from about $61,000 to more than $125,000 for the SVR, but as fate would have it, the F-type just might get a little more affordable and easier to obtain by those without deep pockets.

So, what’s the big deal here? Well, the F-Type is now going to be offered in entry-level form with a four-cylinder engine. But, don’t go freaking out, punching walls, or setting shit on fire just yet. See, the new four-cylinder in question is a 2.0-liter turbo with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap. Not bad, huh? Jaguar hasn’t mentioned where maximum horsepower kicks in within the powerband, but all of that torque is available at an excessively low 1,500 rpm – obviously, made possible by a healthy dose of turbo goodness. Power will be routed to the wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift automatic.

Sounds pretty wild, right? Well, keep reading to learn more about this new, all-aluminum, Ingenium engine and what makes it tick.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the Jaguar S-Type and has been a fairly successful model, with 202,678 models sold between 2009 and 2016. In 2015, the XF went through a generational shift that didn’t change its overall design too drastically but did bring about the use of aluminum, allowing Jag to shed more than 400 pounds compared to the first-gen model. The second-gen model is offered with a wide variation of engines that include diesel and gasoline models, depending on the market. The 2.0-liter diesel engine gave buyers the option of a six-speed manual transmission, but going with the larger diesel or any of the gasoline drinkers sticks you with an automatic. An AWD system is available with some drivetrain configurations, and power output ranged anywhere between 161 and 375 ponies.

It’s only been two years since the second-gen XF rolled into showrooms, and for 2017, the U.S. model was updated to include a diesel engine for the first time. No other notable changes came with the 2017 model year, but 2018 might be a different story if these spy shots are any indication. The prototype you see here is wearing extensive camo for some reason and, while it’s hard to spot any real changes, there are a few. It’s way too early for Jag to be testing a third-gen model, so it looks like we may see a serious design update in the near future. For now, let’s take a better look at these spy shots and talk a little more about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Jaguar XF.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition

Despite some initial skepticism surrounding the car when it first burst into the scene back in back in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type has flipped the script on those narratives by making a compelling case as one of the most enjoyable sports cars on the market. That’s a testament to Jaguar, who saw the potential for the car and worked tirelessly to make it happen. Fast forward to today and the F-Type is still going strong with close to 15,000 units sold since it first entered the market. And so, as the F-Type prepares to enter the new year, Jaguar is throwing a handful of updates its way to go with the debut of the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition, a special edition variant that will only be available for 2018 F-Type models.

The F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition comes with special indicators that should let customers know that they’re buying a variant of the sports car that’s going to be sold for only a short period of time. It’s hardly a surprise that Jaguar is making this move, in large part because it already has a number of F-Type variants on the market today. Instead of adding another one into the mix, it’s packaging it as a special edition that not only carries unique cosmetic features, but it also has a specific output that no other F-Type variant has. Judging by the name it’s been given, we can all venture a guess how much power this version of the F-Type is going to have.

It’s unclear though if Jaguar plans to sell the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition in all the markets where you can find F-Type models, although it did say that the model will be sold “worldwide, but for one model year only.” Expect more details to arrive regarding the availability of the F-Type 400 Sport Launch Edition in specific markets, but at least for Jaguar’s home market of the U.K., the special edition F-Type is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017 at a starting price of £70,115, or around $85,360 based on current exchange rates.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type Sport 400 Launch Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar J-Type

When it comes to using four wheels to get around a track as fast as possible, the blueprint is pretty well established at this point. All you have to do is look to the top echelon of racing to figure it out. Formula 1, Le Mans prototypes, winning GT cars – all of ‘em mount the powerplant towards the middle of the chassis. Why? Because when a car’s weight is balanced between the axles, the tires and suspension can do their job more effectively. The mid-engine solution has worked wonders in competition, and as such, it’s trickled down to street cars as well. Now, it’s looking like Jaguar might be the latest to offer a mid-engine performance machine, and although it’s not yet confirmed, the cat badge could very well mix it up with a new halo mid-engine supercar sometime relatively soon.

The idea for such a project can be traced back to none other than legendary car designer Ian Callum, the current head of design at Jaguar. Callum is highly respected throughout the industry given his brain is behind some of the most sensuous automotive designs of the past several decades, with just a few entries on his resume including the Jaguar C-X75 and XK, the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish, and the Nissan R390.

Road & Track recently got a chance to speak with Callum at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and during the interview, he dropped a few tantalizing hints that Jag could indeed be working on a new mid-engine supercar.

While a proposition like that is still very much up to us to fill in the details, it’s nonetheless an all-around exciting idea. But what would such a vehicle bring to the table? Read on for the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar F-Pace Designer Edition

Automakers have always put particular importance on charity auctions. Not only is it good publicity for the brand, it also provides these companies with opportunities to make some form of contribution for the benefit of others. At one point or another, a car brand has gone the charity auction route to help raise money and awareness for a cause, and the latest to do so is Jaguar, which presented a unique F-Pace SUV that ultimately raised £102,500 ($127,920) at the annual Ben Ball in the U.K.

The SUV is officially known as the F-Pace Designer Edition, a title it was given because of the particular involvement of Jaguar’s famous head designer Ian Callum. It could as well have been called the F-Pace Ian Callum Edition too because, according to Jag, Callum himself was responsible for all of its bespoke appointments, which covers certain sections of its exterior and interior.

Seeing as how well-dressed the standard F-Pace already is, the Designer Edition is a next-level upgrade that adds extra splashes of shine into the SUV’s overall make-up. The fact that it’s also based on the range-topping F-Pace S variant means that it not only looks the part of a special edition SUV, it also performs like one.

The one-off F-Pace Designer’s Edition fetched a pretty impressive price at the Ben Ball auction given that the F-Pace S comes with a starting price of $57,700. Sadly, Jaguar has no plans to build any more F-Pace Design Editions after the one that was auctioned off at the Ben Ball. Those who got priced out at the auction can take comfort though since Jaguar appears to still have units of the F-Pace First Edition available in the U.K. That’s a good alternative, as are the myriad of options and accessories that the automaker is offering for the SUV in the first place.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Pace Designers Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-Pace SVR

Jaguar is a great automaker, but it hasn’t been without turbulence in its past. Somewhere along the way, it lost the spirit and drive that it once had, but redeemed itself when in launched the F-Type back in 2013. Come 2016, and Jaguar has shown off its I-Pace Concept – an SUV that is loosely based on the F-Type but carries along two electric motors and a battery as its primary source of motivation. This all-electric SUV will mark Jaguar’s entry into the small but growing market of cars that don’t require dino juice to get rolling. Jaguar has also announced that its Special Vehicle Operations division will produce an electric vehicle with an SVR badge – yet another first. Rumors have been circling that this will be a sports car, but if SVO really wants to dip into the electric pot, it will have an excellent canvass for its first model: The 2018 I-Pace. The SVR version will naturally be more aggressive on the outside, will feature some unique and race-inspired features inside, and will come with a decent power improvement over the standard I-Pace. And, since the I-Pace is slated to enter the market for 2018, the I-Pace SVR could hit make its debut before the turn of the decade.

There’s also a hidden benefit to using the I-Pace as the canvass for the first SVR-badged electric vehicle. First, the brand can save heavily on the development costs up front by focusing on upgrading the powertrain and making other minor modifications to the I-Pace SUV. Then, once the high-performance SUV is perfected, it can then focus on building its all-electric sports car that can boast the same juiced up powertrain as the I-Pace SVR.

As such, we’ve created a rendering what the I-Pace SVR could look like. So let’s take a good look at the rendering and speculate a little on what SVR will do to improve on the future I-Pace electric SUV.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Jaguar I-Pace SVR.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Exec Shuts Door On Brand Developing Fuel Cell Vehicles

Jaguar may be fully invested in the development of electric vehicles, but that doesn’t mean it’s embracing other low-emissions vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover technical director Wolfgang Ziebart made that point very clear at the Los Angeles Auto Show when he outright dismissed hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. In his own words, Ziebart called FCVs “complete nonsense,” in large part because of their poor efficiency relative to battery electric vehicles.

At the heart of Ziebart’s disdain for FCVs is the well-to-wheel relationship from the energy source to the vehicle. According to Jaguar’s point man in the development of the I-Pace EV SUV, the whole process of producing hydrogen and them compressing and cooling them for use in a fuel cell vehicle is a lot less efficient compared to outrightly using electric energy. “You “You end up with a well to wheel efficiency of roughly 30 percent for hydrogen, as opposed to more or less well to wheel 70 percent efficiency for a battery electric vehicle,” Ziebart explained. “So the efficiency of putting the electric energy directly into a battery is about twice as high as the efficiency of producing and using hydrogen.”

To be fair, Ziebart did concede that there’s a place for hydrogen-powered vehicles if somebody finds a way to improve the whole process of improving the infrastructure for hydrogen production, including producing and distributing the energy without compromising its efficiency. Electric energy just makes more sense at this point, and for what it’s worth, Ziebart’s comments is all part of continued discussions among people within the industry of the short- and long-term benefits of fuel cell technology.

At the very least, Ziebart’s position on the issue is backed by a recent study by scientists at Stanford University and the Technical University of Munich that was published in the journal Energy. According to the study, battery electric vehicles offer a more affordable way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions than cars powered by hydrogen, citing lower costs and higher energy efficiency as the main reasons for the advantage.

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar I-Pace Concept

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar I-Pace Concept.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar Wants To Bolster Lineup With Electric Vehicles By 2020

No matter where you look in the auto industry these days, every automaker worth its salt is making plans for zero emissions vehicles. BMW wants a 25-percent share of the EV market by 2025. Toyota’s planning to “mass produce” EVs by 2020. That same year, Kia wants to launch 14 new alternative powertrain models. Today, fresh off of introducing the I-Pace Concept, Jaguar Land Rover has officially made its EV plans known, and it involves injecting close to $3.7 billion into research and development of EVs with the goal of creating electrified options for half of its entire lineup by 2020.

The ambitious goal is par for the course in a business where rivals like Mercedes (10 EVs by 2025) and Porsche (Mission E family of EV models) are doing something similar. That’s where the industry is headed, and JLR is making sure that it doesn’t get left behind.

A big part of the company’s plan is to push the development and expansion of its powertrain and design center in the UK. That not only involves doubling the facility’s actual size in the next few years, but also beefing up its workforce to accommodate the increased attention put into its future EVs. In some ways, the British automaker has already started in that road, investing close to $375 million in electrical engineering while also hiring more than 20,000 employees to go along with the 40,000-strong workforce it already has.

Just as important to this goal is the development of the I-Pace Concept, the electric SUV that was recently shown at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The model, according to Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum, is the “most important” Jaguar since the E-Type, a label that carries more than its fair share of pressure as the company’s first foray into the world of EVs.

Ultimately, Jaguar hopes to build on what it started with the I-Pace Concept and while it doesn’t have specific plans yet on the other models that will get electrified in some form or fashion, the long-term objective of having half of its models come with electrified options by 2020 has been set.

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PostHeaderIcon NHTSA Issues Recall Of Jaguar F-Type SVR Because Of A Suspension Bolt

Recalls happen in the auto industry far more often than most people realize. It could be any number of things affecting any kind of model, but if the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration deems it necessary, these recalls are going to happen time and time again. I say this because Jaguar has announced a recall of its most exotic model, the range-topping variant of the F-Type sports car, the F-Type SVR, over faulty suspension bolts.

Actually, the only defect is a single suspension bolt that connects the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly. The specifics of the defect wasn’t mentioned, only that if the bolt “fails,” the entire rear control arm assembly may separate from the car, resulting in a “loss of control and increased risk of a crash.”

There’s something sneakily hilarious about a recall for the Jaguar F-Type SVR being implemented because of a single suspension bolt, but the ramifications of not heeding the recall are certainly no laughing matter. As such, the recall for the 23 F-Type SVR affected units in the US, built between February 2016 to August 2016 US, should be treated with utmost importance.

The recall is expected to begin on December 19, 2016, although Jaguar will also notify affected owners ahead of schedule. Like always, owners are urged to bring their F-Type SVRs to their local dealerships, where the bolt will be replaced at no cost to the owner.

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PostHeaderIcon JLR Is Bringing Virtual Reality Into Its Showrooms

Jaguar Land Rover is planning a major revamp of its dealerships, and included in the updates will be the implementation of virtual reality technology to enhance the car-buying experience.

That’s the latest from Automotive News, which spoke with Jaguar Land Rover’s North America CEO Joe Eberhardt at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

“We will have some virtual reality experiences in our dealerships. I think that will be a big part of the showroom experience,” Eberhardt told the news outlet, adding that VR is best suited for engaging customers prior to the arrival of a new model.

Conceivably, the technology can be used to check out a cabin space in a variety of different trim levels and colors, and it would allow potential buyers to look at certain models not currently in stock at one particular dealer.

“I think there’s definitely a space for that, and we’re working on that as we speak,” Eberhardt said in regards to the various use of the technology. “It will never replace the real dealer experience, but it will have a big role, a very prominent role in the sales process going forward.”

According to Automotive News, JLR is currently updating its dealerships to include a new “arch store design,” creating a space that will include both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The first such redesigned dealership was opened recently in Darien, Connecticut.

Additionally, JLR is looking into different ways of connecting online and in-store shopping.

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PostHeaderIcon The Jaguar F-Type SVR's Sun Visors Are Laughable

There’s plenty to love about the Jaguar F-Type SVR. From its 575-horsepower supercharged V-8 and fantastic handling to its leather-lined cabin and intricate detailing. But there’s one aspect the F-Type seems inadequate in: its laughably small sun visors.

The little sun blockers measure about three to four inches in height when “deployed,” only shading your eyes if the sun is in a narrow section of the sky. What’s worse, the visors don’t rotate to block sun at the side windows. This leaves the driver with either burning retinas or fending for himself with a pair of sunglasses.

For those consumed with vanity, the visors’ mirrors are even more laughable. Their surface area is probably no bigger than a business card. There’s also no light that comes on, forcing you to use the reading light located above the rearview mirror.

This isn’t just some oversight by Jaguar’s interior engineers, however. The visors’ shape is dictated by the roofline and the narrow opening of the windshield. See, Jaguar uses the same visors in the F-Type coupe as it does the convertible. With the drop-top down, it’s clear to see why the visors aren’t larger. They’d stick out past the windshield hoop.

Perhaps Jag should use different visors for the coupe. Perhaps it’s just a small, nit-picky inconvenience that’s not even worth worrying about. After all, the visors hardly spoiled by week’s time in the F-Type SVR. Be sure to read my full review on the car here.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar F-Type SVR – Driven

Since its introduction for the 2013 model year, the F-Type has been praised for its sultry looks, high-end cockpit, and pair of potent engines. The F-Type, especially the F-Type R, still remains one of Britain’s best two-seat sports cars, but Jaguar felt it time to up the ante. The mad scientists inside Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations department were let loose to develop the F-Type Project 7 – a car which was as much a design concept as a test bed for high-performance parts. Now SVO brings several of the Project 7’s advancements to the 2017 F-Type’s SVR package.

Lighter wheels, optional carbon ceramic brakes, improved aerodynamics, sharpened handling via improved suspension components, more horsepower and torque, and a true, dual-pipe exhaust system constructed from titanium all make the list. The result is a 575-horsepower F-Type with a quickened 0-to-60 mph time, better limit handling on the track, and a top speed that hits the magic 200 digit.

Make no mistake – the F-Type SVR is every inch a supercar. Jaguar’s SVO team pushed it over the edge, making it the fastest production Jaguar ever while giving it a renewed list of competitors like the Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Carrera S, and even the McLaren 570S.

Speaking of mistakes, Jaguar threw me the keys to the 2017 F-Type SVR for a week. It wasn’t a mistake on Jag’s part, but on mine for accepting them. Now, sadly, I’m jaded, deaf, and searching for a Kidney buyer willing to pay $150,000. Oh, and I probably have a noise complaint from the HOA in my mailbox.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon Jaguar F-Pace R

Announced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and previewed by a concept car, the Jaguar F-Pace entered production in 2016 as the company’s first foray into the SUV market. Equipped with powerful, but efficient four-cylinder and V-6 engines, the F-Pace was received with great enthusiasm, helping Jaguar build on the success of the F-Type, the car that basically revived the brand as a top-level sports car manufacturer. Much like the F-Type, the F-Pace is scheduled to spawn several iterations, including R and SVR models. While the extreme SVR is still in its infancy, the F-Pace R is already well underway, with the first test model being spotted on public roads.

Thanks to our sneaky paparazzi, we have our first look at the upcoming R-badged SUV, which will make its global debut sometime in 2017. As with most prototypes, the SUV is wrapped in swirly camouflage, meaning that most of details that set it apart from the base model are hidden under wraps. Despite this, we know that we’re looking at the F-Pace R thanks to the exhaust note sounding a lot more aggressive than that of the V-6-powered, F-Pace S model.

Once it hits the market, the F-Type R will become Jaguar’s most powerful and aggressive-looking SUV, at least until the more extreme SVR is unleashed. Find out more about the company’s upcoming performance crossover in the speculative review below.

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PostHeaderIcon JLR's Ingenium Powertrain Family is Getting a Little Bigger

It was just a couple of years ago that Jaguar announced its new Ingenium modular engine technology with the debut of a pair of 2.0-liter diesel-powered engines. The engines were first seen at the Detroit Auto Show and have proven to have excellent fuel economy, lower emissions output, and decent power output as well. So far, the family of engines has only included the pair of 2.0-liter diesels that deliver either 160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque or 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Now, JLR is expanding the Ingenium family and has started production of some new gasoline-powered engines based on the same modular technology.

Much like the diesel-powered engines that came before them, these new engines are based on the 500 cc per cylinder architecture. JLR has yet to release specifics as for as overall engine size, but, if the new engines are of the four-cylinder variety, they will displace 2.0-liters while a V-6 or straight-six will displace 3.0-liters. The most likely at this point would be a straight-six engine as Jaguar previously announced that it was favoring the straight-six over the V-6.

For now, the most we know is that the engines will deliver 25-percent more power than the engines they replace and offer fuel savings of up to 15 percent in comparison. They are said to have an electrohydraulic valvetrain, twin-scroll turbochargers with ceramic bearings, and will have an integrated exhaust manifold, among other things. Nick Rogers, JLR’s Group Engineering Director, said, “Ingenium has been developed as a modular family of powerful, efficient and refined all-aluminum petrol and diesel engines. All Ingenium engines deliver benchmark low levels of friction, contributing to inherently good efficiency and refinement.”

These new engines have already moved into production and will be available starting in vehicles made for the 2017 model year. Expect to see four-cylinder versions of the gasoline-powered engines in the Jaguar F-Type and the Jaguar XE. Sources are indicating that the inline-six engine will deliver anywhere between 270 and 500 ponies and could find its first home in the Discovery SUV. But, news about these new gasoline-drinking mills isn’t all that Jaguar announced today. There’s a new transmission in development, but you’ll have to keep reading to learn more about that.

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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?

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PostHeaderIcon 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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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar F-Pace By Lumma Design

This time last year, the Jaguar F-Pace technically didn’t exist yet. One year later, it’s poised to become the best-selling model of Jaguar’s entire lineup. Fortunes do change that quickly in the auto industry and Jaguar is poised to reap the benefits of finally diving into the crossover/SUV market. But Jaguar customers aren’t the only ones who are looking forward to the F-Pace. That applies to aftermarket tuners as well and one of them, Lumma Design, has already prepared a tuning program for the SUV, promising an engine upgrade package that would give the F-Pace 480 horsepower to play with.

Of course, the kit itself isn’t complete yet because Jaguar is only starting the process of delivering the SUVs to its prospective owners. That’s why Lumma Design indicated that orders for the kit won’t begin until the third quarter of 2016. Be that as it may, the details of what Lumma Design is offering provides a sharp preview of what we can expect out of this program. There’s a comprehensive carbon fiber aerodynamic kit. There’s a new set of massive wheels. There’s a promise of a lavishly decorated interior. And there’s that part about the engine upgrade that will add an extra 100 horses into the F-Pace’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine.

Considering the excitement surrounding the range-topping V-6 model, I wouldn’t be remiss into thinking that once Lumma Design starts taking orders for its new Jag program, it’s going to receive quite a handful of attention from interested buyers who want to immediately go “next-level” with their new SUV. On that note, I can’t say that I blame them.

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PostHeaderIcon Real Racing 3 Launches Evolution of Jaguar Car Pack

It may not be as powerful or as detailed as the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports video game franchises, but mobile racing simulator Real Racing 3 also has its share of fans and gamers alike. Now, those people have been rewarded with a new update package that can unlock three of the most prized Jaguars of all time. There is one catch though. The cars won’t be available as soon as the update is downloaded. If gamers want to get them, they’re going to have to compete for them.

The package is called Evolution of Jaguar, a fitting name for an update that can yield a gamer the 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, the Jaguar XJ220, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR. Each of the three models will be available as rewards of three Jaguar Legacy events that are also part of the update. The first of these events, Jaguar Legacy: Part 1, kicks off today, August, 9, and will be followed by Parts 2 and 3 in the coming days and weeks. The three events make up the six real-time racing events included in the update, each having a window from anywhere between four to nine days. All the players need to do is to win these events for the chance to take home the classic Jags.

In addition to the Jaguars that are up for grabs, the update also includes events wherein the prizes include the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Mercedes SLS GT3, complete with a new livery kit. Capping off this rather eventful update is the eight season of the Gauntlet challenge, which begins on September 10. Players who compete in this event have the chance to win a 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

All told, that’s six cars that players of Real Racing 3 can add to their virtual garages. They’re going to have to work for hard for all of them and if they think they’re up to the task, they can start downloading the Evolution of Jaguar pack as a free download through the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store, and Google Play.

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PostHeaderIcon Real Racing 3 Launches Evolution of Jaguar Car Pack

It may not be as powerful or as detailed as the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports video game franchises, but mobile racing simulator Real Racing 3 also has its share of fans and gamers alike. Now, those people have been rewarded with a new update package that can unlock three of the most prized Jaguars of all time. There is one catch though. The cars won’t be available as soon as the update is downloaded. If gamers want to get them, they’re going to have to compete for them.

The package is called Evolution of Jaguar, a fitting name for an update that can yield a gamer the 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, the Jaguar XJ220, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR. Each of the three models will be available as rewards of three Jaguar Legacy events that are also part of the update. The first of these events, Jaguar Legacy: Part 1, kicks off today, August, 9, and will be followed by Parts 2 and 3 in the coming days and weeks. The three events make up the six real-time racing events included in the update, each having a window from anywhere between four to nine days. All the players need to do is to win these events for the chance to take home the classic Jags.

In addition to the Jaguars that are up for grabs, the update also includes events wherein the prizes include the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Mercedes SLS GT3, complete with a new livery kit. Capping off this rather eventful update is the eight season of the Gauntlet challenge, which begins on September 10. Players who compete in this event have the chance to win a 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

All told, that’s six cars that players of Real Racing 3 can add to their virtual garages. They’re going to have to work for hard for all of them and if they think they’re up to the task, they can start downloading the Evolution of Jaguar pack as a free download through the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store, and Google Play.

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