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Wards Names Its Ten Best Engines Of 2018 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Mustang, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Clarity, Infiniti, infiniti q50, Jaguar, Jaguar-XF, Kia, Kia Stinger, Toyota Camry on 12 15th, 2017


Wards Auto has released its annual list of the 10 Best Engines for 2018.

After spending two months testing 32 different powertrains, the company’s editors selected the winners. Surprisingly, the winners were primarily from mainstream brands and the publication notes not a single German automaker made the list.

Ford came away with two wins as editors loved the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 in the F-150 as well as the 5.0-liter V8 engine that resides in the Mustang GT. Other winners include the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Honda Civic Type R and the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that powers the Infiniti Q50. Jaguar and Kia also appeared on the top 10 list for the first time thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the XF and the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 in the Stinger.

Alternative powertrains had a strong showing as well as Wards honored the Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Clarity, and Toyota Camry Hybrid. These models are a very diverse group as the cars have electric, plug-in hybrid, fuel-cell, and hybrid powertrains.

Performance models were largely absent from the list even though contenders included the Audi RS3 and S4. The sole diesel engine, the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Chevrolet Equinox, also failed to make the cut.

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Get A Low Mileage Jaguar F-Type V8 S For The Price Of A Civic Coupe 8
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Galleries, Jaguar, Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar Videos, video on 12 8th, 2017


With four days still left to bid on this 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible, any petrolhead who’s on the lookout for a new ride might want to check out this ad.

To us, the prospect of purchasing a 495 PS (488 HP) F-Type with just 13,000 miles (20,921 km) on the clock is pretty exciting. At the time of writing this article, the highest bid was $20,000, which makes it very tempting indeed.

According to the Bring a Trailer ad, the car comes with adaptive suspension, active exhaust, electronically-controlled LSD, 20-inch wheels, heated seats and steering wheel, and a Meridian sound system.

It also sports the Vision Pack, which adds adaptive lighting, automatic high-beams, a rear-view camera and blind spot monitoring, and the Design Pack that includes the body-colored front bumper splitter, aero splitters and side sill extensions. In other words, this car is pretty loaded on all fronts.

The F-Type V8 S can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds and tops out at 300 km/h (186 mph). Moreover, the seller was nice enough to make a video showing off the Jag’s exhaust note, which you’re probably going to enjoy.

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Is The Jaguar I-Pace A Worthy Tesla Model X Rival? 7
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar, Jaguar I-Pace, Jaguar Videos, reviews, video on 12 7th, 2017


That’s a pretty daring question to ask, considering that Jaguar’s new electric crossover has not been unveiled yet, but everything about it sounds promising.

Starting with the elegant exterior, moving through the high-tech cabin that offers plenty of space for passengers, and ending with the driver assistance equipment, the Jaguar I-Pace seems to have plenty going for it.

Even the numbers look good: 0-100km/h (62mph) in about 4sec, and 400PS (394hp) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque coming from the electric motors mounted on both axles, backed up by a 90kWh battery that’s believed to allow it to cover some 500km (310 miles) between charges.

The sporty suspension may be on the stiff side, but the Jaguar I-Pace absorbs most bumps in the road comfortably, even when equipped with 22-inch wheels.

However, is that enough to worry Tesla and BMW’s upcoming ‘ix’ range of fully electric SUVs after it debuts next March, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show? Let’s see what AutoExpress have to say in their shotgun review of a pre-production model, in sunny California, but we’ll give you a hint: it’s exciting.

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Road-Going Jaguar I-Pace Launching At Geneva Motor Show 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar, Jaguar I-Pace, Reports, SUV on 12 7th, 2017


Jaguar has confirmed that the production-spec I-Pace will premiere at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

The eye-catching crossover is the carmaker’s first all-electric vehicle and will directly rival the Tesla Model X. Unlike the Tesla, however, the I-Pace won’t look like a bloated¬ sedan and instead more closely resemble a sporty luxury car fitting of the Jaguar badge.

As we’ve seen from recent spy shots, the road-going I-Pace will be very similar to the original concept in terms of both its interior and exterior designs. As such, the crossover will adopt very short front and rear overhangs, allowing Jaguar designers to maximize interior space and to keep the vehicle’s dimensions within a normal range.

One of the biggest question marks about the new I-Pace relates to its powertrain. In concept form, the vehicle uses electric motors at both the front and rear axles, producing a combined 400 hp and 700 Nm of torque with permanent all-wheel drive. A 90 kWh battery was also featured, as was a range of 310 miles (500 km).

After taking a passenger ride in an I-Pace prototype recently, Autocar reports that the SUV is very quick and Jaguar asserts that the engineering will remain true to the concept. If that’s the case, no significant mechanical alterations are to be expected.

European sales of the Jaguar I-Pace will commence immediately after the car’s Geneva debut. Later in 2018, the I-Pace will launch in the United States.

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Jaguar Reportedly Rules Out BMW M3 And M5 Competitors 6
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jaguar, Jaguar XE, Jaguar-XF, Reports on 12 6th, 2017


The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 recently set a lap record for production sedans at the Nürburgring as the model lapped the green hell in 7 minutes and 21.23 seconds. That’s significantly faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio but it doesn’t mean the British brand is ready to take on the competition.

According to Road and Track, Jaguar doesn’t have any plans to offer a V8 engine in either the XE or XF. The only exception is the XE SV Project 8 which features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 600 PS (441 kW) and enables the all-wheel drive model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

When asked about the possibility of high-performance models, Jaguar design director Ian Callum told the publication “We work volume out proportionally” and “If we do an M3 version of XE, for instance, they’ll take the proportion of M3 to 3-Series and work it back from there.” Callum went on to say he doesn’t agree with this approach but “I’m not the one making those decisions.”

While we shouldn’t the company to introduce direct competitors to the BMW M3 and M5, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has plans to introduce at least one model every year so we can expect an assortment of high-performance variants in the future.

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Jaguar Putting Final Touches On Electric I-Pace SUV Ahead Of Early 2018 Reveal 6
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Galleries, Jaguar, Jaguar I-Pace, Jaguar Videos, Reports, video on 12 6th, 2017


Jaguar’s upcoming all-electric I-Pace SUV is entering final validation testing ahead of its global reveal in early 2018.

Jaguar has successfully tested over 200 prototypes of the I-Pace, covering 1.5 million miles and 11,000 hours of component rig testing and now says that we’re only months away from seeing the final production version at its showrooms.

“After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-PACE is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge,” said Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director. “Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle will also be fast to charge; our target is a zero to 80 per cent charge being achievable in a short break.”

Thousands of potential customers have already placed a deposit or registered their interest in buying the British electric SUV, with Jaguar having invited a lucky few of them to accompany their engineers in the final validation tests of the I-Pace.

For example, Ann Voyer from Pasadena wanted to find out if the I-Pace would have enough range to complete her favorite road trip along California’s West Coast and Jaguar took her on a long-distance 200-mile range test -between Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, and Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo- which was completed on a single charge.

Jaguar will announce the full specs and pricing of the new all-electric I-Pace SUV in March 2018, when the order books will officially open.

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Land Rover Will Offer Its Own Version Of The Jaguar I-Pace 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jaguar, Jaguar I-Pace, Land Rover, Reports on 12 5th, 2017


Jaguar is gearing up to launch its I-Pace in the second half of 2018 and a new report is suggesting Land Rover will eventually receive its own version of the electric crossover.

In an interview with Drive, Land Rover Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern confirmed the variant was inevitable. He declined to say when the model will be launched or how it will be positioned but the designer confirmed the vehicle will have to be capable off-road.

That’s not much to go on but focusing on the model’s off-road capabilities would be one way to distinguish it from the Jaguar I-Pace. The model would also have unique styling with plenty of Land Rover DNA.

There’s no word on what Land Rover’s version of the I-Pace will look like but McGovern said electric powertrains open up a number of possibilities as the elimination of a conventional engine frees up a significant amount of space. As he explained, “Do you want to utilize that space for all types of innovative features. Do you put all that extra space inside? That does fundamentally change the volume and proportions of the vehicle, which is crucially important to design.”

Assuming Land Rover’s variant remains faithful to the I-Pace, we can expect the model to have a 90 kWh battery and an electric powertrain that develops approximately 400 hp (298 kW) and 516 lb-ft (698 Nm) of torque. This should enable the crossover to accelerate from 0-60 mph in around four seconds and have a range in excess of 220 miles (354 km) on a single charge.

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Look For Jaguar SVX, SVAutobiography Models To Come 3
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Reports, SVO on 12 3rd, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has been busy lately coming out with more powerful, more hard-core, and more opulent versions of both brands’ products. But there’s more to come.

Speaking with Jaguar’s design boss and SVO’s chief, Motor Trend reports on the prospect of the Leaping Cat marque getting either or both of the SVX and SVAutobiography trims in the near future.

“I don’t see any reason why not,” lead designer Ian Callum told MT on the possibility, accompanied by what the publication described as a “sly grin” suggesting that such models may already be in development.

SVO boss John Edwards similarly described the process within his division of fielding “constant” proposals from his team of 400 engineers and designers.

To date, Jaguar has adopted the performance-focused SVR treatment on the F-Type and SV Project approach on that same model as well as the XE sports sedan.

The SVX and SVAutobiography trims have, meanwhile, thus far only been applied to Land Rover models like the Discovery and Range Rover, respectively. But they could extend to Jaguars like the F-Pace crossover and XJ sedan.

An F-Pace SVX would ostensibly serve as a more hard-core off-road version of Jaguar’s first crossover, jacked up to tackle more serious terrain. And an XJ SVAutobiography would take the flagship sedan (whether in its current or future iteration) to even more luxurious heights to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class –much as a proper XJ SVR would pit the existing XJR 575 against the Mercedes-AMG S63.

Whichever models do get the ne-plus-ultra treatments, what’s clear at this point is that the SVO division is full of ideas, and will put the best of them into production.

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1954 Jaguar D-Type Le Mans Racer Is Expected To Fetch More Than $12 Million 1
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, Le Mans on 12 1st, 2017


Major collector-car auctions take place around the world and throughout the year. Scottsdale is surely one of (if not the) highlight of the year, though – and this car is bound to be the toast of next year’s events.

This Jaguar D-Type was the lead car in the British automaker’s effort at Le Mans in 1954, driven by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the finish line, retiring in the middle of the night with brake trouble – but before it did, it set a new record when it reached 172.97 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight.

Pictured here by Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s, OKV 2 went on to compete in numerous other events, but arguably even more important was the role it played in developing Jaguar’s future Le Mans winners. For the next three years, subsequent D-Types would go on to complete a hat-trick of victories in the famous endurance race, cementing Jaguar’s place in the history of motor racing.

With so much history behind it, RM Sotheby’s projects this D-Type will sell for more than $12 million when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore on January 18-19. And the auction house should know, having sold another of its kind just last year for over $20 million.

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1954 Jaguar D-Type Le Mans Racer Is Expected To Fetch More Than $12 Million 1
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, Le Mans on 12 1st, 2017


Major collector-car auctions take place around the world and throughout the year. Scottsdale is surely one of (if not the) highlight of the year, though – and this car is bound to be the toast of next year’s events.

This Jaguar D-Type was the lead car in the British automaker’s effort at Le Mans in 1954, driven by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the finish line, retiring in the middle of the night with brake trouble – but before it did, it set a new record when it reached 172.97 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight.

Pictured here by Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s, OKV 2 went on to compete in numerous other events, but arguably even more important was the role it played in developing Jaguar’s future Le Mans winners. For the next three years, subsequent D-Types would go on to complete a hat-trick of victories in the famous endurance race, cementing Jaguar’s place in the history of motor racing.

With so much history behind it, RM Sotheby’s projects this D-Type will sell for more than $12 million when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore on January 18-19. And the auction house should know, having sold another of its kind just last year for over $20 million.

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1954 Jaguar D-Type Le Mans Racer Is Expected To Fetch More Than $12 Million 1
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, Le Mans on 12 1st, 2017


Major collector-car auctions take place around the world and throughout the year. Scottsdale is surely one of (if not the) highlight of the year, though – and this car is bound to be the toast of next year’s events.

This Jaguar D-Type was the lead car in the British automaker’s effort at Le Mans in 1954, driven by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the finish line, retiring in the middle of the night with brake trouble – but before it did, it set a new record when it reached 172.97 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight.

Pictured here by Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s, OKV 2 went on to compete in numerous other events, but arguably even more important was the role it played in developing Jaguar’s future Le Mans winners. For the next three years, subsequent D-Types would go on to complete a hat-trick of victories in the famous endurance race, cementing Jaguar’s place in the history of motor racing.

With so much history behind it, RM Sotheby’s projects this D-Type will sell for more than $12 million when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore on January 18-19. And the auction house should know, having sold another of its kind just last year for over $20 million.

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The Jaguar F-Pace SVR Is Coming, And It’ll Probably Look Like This 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jaguar, Jaguar F-Pace, Renderings, SVO on 11 30th, 2017


With all the spy shots we’ve seen already, it’s an open secret that Jaguar is working on an F-Pace SVR. And this is probably pretty close to what it will look like.

Rendered by Russian designer Nikita Aksyonov, these images give us a taste of the forthcoming performance version of Jaguar’s debut crossover, amped up with all manner of go-fast upgrades.

Just look at that deep air dam, the vents in the hood, those oversized lightweight alloys, that big diffuser with the quartet of tailpipes popping out.

Of course, the F-Pace SVR will be more about what’s under the hood – and what it’ll be capable of doing – than how it looks. And we’re expecting big things: namely, Jaguar’s celebrated 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, likely in the latest 575-horsepower state of tune as we’ve seen in the F-Type SVR and XJR575.

That’d give it some serious performance credentials to take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – both of which offer over 500 horsepower – to say nothing of the Audi SQ5 and BMW X3 M40i.

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Sexy Jaguar XF Sportbrake Quenches Our Wagon Thirst, But At A Price 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jaguar, Jaguar-XF, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 29th, 2017


Jaguar has embraced crossovers with the E- and F-Pace but that hasn’t stopped the company from introducing the XF Sportbrake in Los Angeles.

Set to compete with the Mercedes E-Class Estate, the XF Sportbrake is a stylish station wagon that features LED headlights and a long sloping roof. The model also has a dual exhaust system and low profile roof rails that can hold approximately 220 lbs (100 kg) of accessories such as skis and snowboards.

The interior echos the sedan but the Sportbrake is distinguished by a larger luggage compartment that can hold 31.7 cubic feet (897 liters) of cargo. When the split folding rear seats are lowered, the cargo capacity climbs to 69.7 cubic feet (1,973 liters).

The standard model comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display but there’s an optional InControl Touch Pro system with a 10-inch display. Other options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic glass sunroof, and a 17-speaker Meridian audio system. Customers can also order interior mood lighting and an air purification system which promises to neutralize odors and remove bacteria.

At launch, the wagon will be offered exclusively with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 380 hp (283 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. This setup allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

The XF Sportbrake will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $70,450.

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Sexy Jaguar XF Sportbrake Quenches Our Wagon Thirst, But At A Price 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Jaguar, Jaguar-XF, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 29th, 2017


Jaguar has embraced crossovers with the E- and F-Pace but that hasn’t stopped the company from introducing the XF Sportbrake in Los Angeles.

Set to compete with the Mercedes E-Class Estate, the XF Sportbrake is a stylish station wagon that features LED headlights and a long sloping roof. The model also has a dual exhaust system and low profile roof rails that can hold approximately 220 lbs (100 kg) of accessories such as skis and snowboards.

The interior echos the sedan but the Sportbrake is distinguished by a larger luggage compartment that can hold 31.7 cubic feet (897 liters) of cargo. When the split folding rear seats are lowered, the cargo capacity climbs to 69.7 cubic feet (1,973 liters).

The standard model comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display but there’s an optional InControl Touch Pro system with a 10-inch display. Other options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic glass sunroof, and a 17-speaker Meridian audio system. Customers can also order interior mood lighting and an air purification system which promises to neutralize odors and remove bacteria.

At launch, the wagon will be offered exclusively with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 380 hp (283 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. This setup allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

The XF Sportbrake will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at $70,450.

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New Jaguar I-Pace Looks Ready For Its Big Debut To Take On Tesla Model X 29
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jaguar, Jaguar I-Pace, Jaguar Scoops, Scoops on 11 29th, 2017


Automakers out testing new vehicles go to great lengths to keep them from prying eyes. But some lean into it, like Jaguar has with the forthcoming I-Pace.

The British automaker has been spotted by the shutterbugs at CarPix once again testing a pair of prototypes for its soon-to-be-released electric crossover, not only covered in camouflage but emblazoned with hashtags.

Jaguar first showed us the I-Pace as a concept this time last year at the 2016 LA Auto Show. Since then we’ve seen it repainted from silver to red at the Geneva Motor Show, converted to track spec for the eTrophy series, and out testing several times.

Just when it will debut in final production form, we don’t know – but we do know most of the details. The production Jaguar I-Pace is expected to pack a 90-kWh battery pack and a pair of electric motors (one at each axle) to deliver the electric equivalent of roughly 400 horsepower, giving it a 0-60 time of around four seconds.

It’s also slated to boast enough range to drive for 310 miles on the New European Driving Cycle, or 220 miles by the more conservative US EPA’s standards. Either way, a 90-minute quick charge is anticipated to top it up to 80 percent capacity.

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