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Jaguar Brings Back the 1957 XKSS

British maker plans only nine of the $1.4 million replicas.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The Jaguar XKSS reappears after 60 years.

When a fire struck the Jaguar plant in March 1957, it destroyed the last of a batch of D-Type race cars that were going to be converted to street vehicles, and nearly doomed the British maker in the process.

Nearly six decades later, Jaguar says it will build the nine XKSS models it was never able to produce, selling them for a “severe” 1 million British pounds, or about $1.4 million at the current exchange rate.

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“We will now build the nine XKSS cars that never saw the light of day,” said Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the unit that primarily focuses on providing parts and restoring old vehicles for their owners.


New Jaguar XF Gets Larger, Lighter, Faster

Coupe-like sedan takes aim at major German luxury brands.

by on Mar.31, 2015

A Jaguar XF appears to float above the ground during its official NY unveiling on Tuesday in NY.

After offering a tease of the new XF during a daring tightrope drive across the Thames River in London, Jaguar has again taken the wraps off the new mid-lux sedan during a New York Auto Show preview – this time revealing some intriguing details.

The new “aluminum-intensive” model gets much larger inside, resolving long-running complaints about its previously cramped interior. At the same time, it gets lighter and, Jaguar promises, significantly faster.


“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team, we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity,” proclaimed Jaguar chief of design Ian Callum, adding that, “Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing is superfluous.”


Jaguar Rides a Tightrope with New 2016 XF

Complete redesign is lighter, roomier, more powerful.

by on Mar.24, 2015

A new Jaguar XF makes its high-wire debut in a drive 800 feet above the river in London.

As it rolls out a procession of new products aimed at rebuilding its position in the global luxury market, Jaguar has been riding a tightrope – quite literally, with the first showing of the newly redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF.

With movie stuntman Jim Dowdell behind the wheel, the new sedan rolled across a pair of wires strung nearly 800 feet above the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. The daring stunt came a week before the official debut of the new Jaguar XF at the New York International Auto Show.

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“Over my 35 years in the industry I’ve driven Jaguar vehicles on many Hollywood movie sets,” recalled Dowdell. “However, the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements. Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34 mm (about 1.3 inches) in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control.”


Jaguar Readying New F-Type Sports Car

All-new model joining line-up in 2013.

by on Apr.04, 2012

A camouflaged version of the new Jaguar F-Type undergoing testing.

Jaguar will add an all-new sports car to its line-up a little more than a year from now, the maker revealed during its New York Auto Show news conference.

Dubbed F-Type, it is the long-anticipated production version of the CX-16 concept car unveiled last year.  The new 2-seater will slot underneath the British maker’s current XK line and provide an affordable, high-performance entry into the Jaguar line-up.

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“It opens up a much bigger part of the market to us,” explained Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global marketing chief, during a conversation with

Though the production F-Type won’t be quite as radical as the CX-16 show car – with its unusual, side-opening hatchback – Jaguar contends the new model will put a premium on both styling and performance.  It is expected to come close to the brute power of the maker’s current muscle car, the XK-R, hinted Hallmark.


First Look: 2012 Jaguar XF, XF-R and XKR-S

Brits celebrate 50th anniversary of the classic E-Type.

by on Apr.20, 2011

The new 186 mph Jaguar XKR-S.

There will be plenty of reasons to celebrate on the Jaguar stand at the New York Auto Show, this year.  The maker will not only mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of its classic E-Type sports car but will also roll out a significant update of its current midsize “saloon car,” the XF.

Putting a premium on performance, the Brits will have several new muscle cars to unveil, as well, including both the XFR and the 186 mph XKR-S

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With the new offerings, “Jaguar is at full strength,” contends the maker’s design chief Ian Callum – though there remain plenty of rumblings that even more product is in the works, notably a downsized “entry luxury” sedan that will eventually replace the largely unloved X-Type.

The maker has received a far more positive response to its sporty XF, which helped reframe the design equation for Jaguar when it made its debut several years back.