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200 MPH Jaguar F-Type SVR to Make Geneva Debut

New model looks to do 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.

by on Jan.27, 2016

The new Jaguar F-Type SVR is expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Jaguar is set to crack the 200 mph barrier with the debut of the new F-Type SVR at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The British maker has acknowledged the upcoming debut of the sports car’s latest iteration. What it’s not quite ready to confirm is that the Jaguar F-Type SVR will match the 0 to 60 times of the limited-edition Project 7 hypercar. That would mean something on the order of 3.6 seconds, according to reports out of the UK.

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“The new F-Type SVR is the first series production Jaguar car to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design,” said John Edwards, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. (more…)

Jaguar to Reveal New F-Type Coupe at LA Auto Show

North American launch in spring 2014.

by on Nov.05, 2013

The Coupe version of the Jaguar F-Type will reach U.S. dealer showrooms next spring.

Hoping to expand upon the success of its new F-Type convertible, Jaguar plans to introduce a coupe version of the sports car at the upcoming LA Auto Show and follow up with an Asian preview at the Tokyo Motor Show a day later.

Dubbed the “spiritual successor” to the legendary E-Type, the Jaguar F-Type has scored a long list of kudos – and strong sales – since its debut earlier this year, including honors as the World Car Design of the Year.

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“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the F-Type Convertible, but for me the purity of creating a sports Coupe is a uniquely satisfying process – and I know that both visually and dynamically, F-Type Coupe raises the bar yet again,” said Jaguar’s global design director Ian Callum.

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F-Type Ads Aimed At “Youth Minded”

Campaign supports Jag’s new sports car.

by on May.14, 2013

Jaguar is kicking off a new advertising campaign for the F-Type across a variety of media.

Jaguar is kicking off a new advertising campaign featuring its new F-Type that includes both television and a heavy dose of social media to help shape perceptions of Jag’s new sports car.

Dubbed “Your Turn,” the campaign supporting the launch of the all-new F-Type, Jaguar’s first new true sports car model in 50 years, which also represents a return to the company’s heartland, a two-seater, convertible sports car, focus on performance, agility and driver connection.

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“We have built on Jaguar’s sports car heritage which stretches over 75 years, and in the F-Type we have reignited the flame,” said Adrian Hallmark, global brand director of Jaguar.

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First Drive: 2014 Jaguar F-Type

Well worth the wait.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The Jaguar F-Type V8 S during a first drive in Spain.

There’s an unexpected chill in the air as we head out from our hotel on the outskirts of Pamplona, Spain, dawn still 30 minutes away.  Yet despite the early hour, it’s hard to contain the excitement about what’s to come.

It isn’t very often that we get to test a new sports car from the folks at Jaguar.  Indeed, the last time the maker launched an all-new one was more than a half-century ago with the groundbreaking E-Type.  While there have been tweener cars since then, such as the XK, none has truly targeted the sports car segment.  Until now, with the Jaguar F-Type, that is.

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Few new entries have generated more buzz in recent months, and with good reason.  The 2-seater comes through with a blend of sensuous yet menacing styling that one would expect from Jaguar. And those good looks are complemented by exhilarating performance and dynamic handling.  Is the new F-Type really the “best sports car in the world,” as Jaguar officials have started to boast? Here’s what we discovered during two days of hard driving both on-road and on-track.

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Jaguar May Be Planning 600-hp F-Type

by on Apr.17, 2013

Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum with the F-Type.

Expect to see a steady stream of Jaguar F-Type variants over the coming years, likely including an R-line model that could push the already beefy V-8 version of the sports car up into the 600-horsepower range, according to various sources.

“You can expect us to do things to maintain interest” in the F-Type, “rather than launch it and leave it,” Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand chief, told TheDetroitBureau.com during the sports car’s first media drive in Pamplona, Spain.

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While Hallmark declined to offer specific details, he made it clear that Jaguar intends to take steps to enhance its performance credentials. The maker has been rapidly adding new R-line models in recent months, including the 550-horsepower Jaguar XJR, and the limited edition XKR-S GT.

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Jaguar Likely Boosting Limited Run of “Track-Focused” XKR-S-GT

Additional models to come for Europe, possibly elsewhere.

by on Apr.12, 2013

Jaguar may boost production of the "track-focused" XKR-S -- though not for the U.S. market.

Jaguar apparently didn’t know it would have a hit on its hands when it unveiled the “track-focused” XKR-S GT at the New York International Auto Show a few weeks back.

One of three new high-performance R-line models to be added to the British marque’s line-up in recent months, that mouthful of a name is being branded on a version of the familiar XK equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 upgraded to make a tire-spinning 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.  That is enough to propel the Jaguar XKR-S GT from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.

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And despite a $174,000 price tag, the XKR-S GT has generated enough buzz that Jaguar is thinking of boosting production by as much 50%. Of course, one has to consider that in perspective. The original run was only planned to total 30, including 25 for the U.S. and the rest for Canada.

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Jaguar Unleashes “Track-Focused” XKR-S GT

British maker’s fastest production model ever.

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new "track-focused" Jaguar XKR-S.

You better look quick. Jaguar is billing its new XKR-S GT as its fastest production model ever – and with only a handful planned to roll off the British maker’s assembly line, it doesn’t expect them to be around for long.

“This is our most track-focused car yet,” engineering director Pete Simkin pronounced during a media sneak peek prior to the official unveiling of the super-coupe at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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The Jaguar XKR-S GT starts out as the maker’s big sports coupe but undergoes a number of modifications designed to boost both performance and handling.  And while that includes a number of body modifications, Simkin stresses that “every exterior element has a function.”

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Jaguar Will Price New F-Type Between Porsche’s Boxster and 911

All-wheel-drive, even higher performance versions likely to follow – but forget diesel.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Jaguar reveals what could be its most important new model in six decades, the F-Type.

Only the Brits would come to Paris to unveil a new convertible in the pouring rain. But Jaguar is hoping that the soggy send-off for the new F-Type sports car won’t dampen the reception for the long-awaited “spiritual successor” to the legendary Jaguar E-Type.

The new F-Type will get its official debut on Thursday, during the opening press day of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.  The maker offered relatively few details about the new sports car during the Wednesday sneak peek, but TheDetroitBureau.com has gotten an inside look at Jaguar’s ambitious plans – which include a range of additional F-Type variants that will come to market during the new model’s likely 6- to 8-year lifecycle.

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Among other things, expect to see even more powerful versions of the Jaguar F-Type than the 495-horsepower supercharged V-8 that will reach showrooms early next year.  An all-wheel-drive model may very well be in the works, TheDetroitBureau.com learned, though a diesel model is not in the cards.

Meanwhile, Jaguar hopes to capture as much as 10% of the global sports car market, Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover North America revealed, in part by pricing the new F-Type between the Porsche Boxster and 911 models.

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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 TheDetroitBureau.com.

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.

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First Look: Jaguar C-X16

Jaguar offers a hint of a sports car to come.

by on Aug.17, 2011

A hint of one or more sports cars to come? A sketch of Jaguar's new C-X16 concept, which will debut in Frankfurt next month.

Stretch your mind a bit and this sketch will give you a hint of what’s the come at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, when Jaguar officially unleashes what it’s calling a “precursor” to a future sports car it hopes will do for the brand what the classic E-Type did precisely 50 years ago.

What that means, well, the British maker isn’t saying much more beyond calling the concept the C-X16, and suggesting its ambitious goal is to “set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology.”

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“Jaguar has set in place bold, ambitious plans for the future,” suggests Adrian Hallmark, the marque’s global brand director. “This production concept demonstrates the depth of design and engineering ability we have within Jaguar to make these plans come to life. I look forward to sharing this latest, exciting step at the Frankfurt Motor Show.”

If you have a sense of déjà vu, no surprise.  There is certainly some hint of the current Jaguar XK in this sketch, though it’s clear Jaguar design chief Ian Callum wants to take the styling to a new level, going beyond the somewhat generic look of the current 2-door.  But it will nonetheless be a tall order to even come close to the classic E-Type, which was a revolutionary breakthrough that even rivals adored.

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