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Jaguar Expands XF and XJ Engine Offering

Jaguar will be introducing two new forced induction petrol  engines to their local linup with the 2013 model year (MY).

The two engines to be introduced include the 3.0 litre V6 250kW and 450Nm  Supercharged petrol engine and the four-cylinder 2.0 litre 177kW and 340Nm  Turbocharged petrol engine.

Ron Lee, Group Chief Engineer Powertrain, Jaguar Cars, said: “Both the 3.0 V6 S/C and 2.0 Turbocharged make intelligent use of forced-induction technology to produce high-specific output in an efficient way, while delivering the compelling combination of flexibility, refinement and driver reward that are integral attributes in all Jaguar engines.”

The 3.0 V6 S/C petrol engine has been developed by Jaguar powertrain experts from its existing award-winning 5.0-litre V8.

The 3.0 litre V6 wil be offered in both the Jaguar XF and XJ models replacing the naturally aspirated version of the 5.0-litre V8, whilst the 2.0 litre will replace the 3.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol AJ-V6 in the Jaguar XF.

The 3.0 litre engine fitted to the Jaguar XF, will propel the Jaguar XF to 100km/h in a claimed 5.9 seconds and a top speed limited to 250km/h all this whilst having a claimed combined fuel economy of 9.4l/100km and CO2 emissions of 224g/km.

In its XJ application, the 3.0 V6 S/C accelerates to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 250km/h, whilst having a claimed combined fuel economy of 9.4l/100km and CO2 emissions of  224g/km.

The 2.0 liter turbocharged engine powering the Jaguar XF is capable of accelerating to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds and on to 241km/h while at the same time achieving 8.9l/100km on the EU combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 207g/km.

Both of these engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission , now available across the XF and Xj model ranges.

To enhance fuel economy the 3.0 litre V6 S/C  will also be available with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system.

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Jaguar XFR-S Driven On Scenic Hill Route [Promo Video]

Jaguar points out that the XFR-S is the fastest, most powerful and agile sports saloon that Jaguar has ever built. The Jaguar XFR-S was revealed last week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar, said:”Sporting character is evident in all Jaguar saloons. In the XFR-S that character has been amplified, the result being a truly engaging car with a combination of technical innovation, assertive design and staggering performance that will satisfy the most demanding of drivers.”

The power for the Jaguar XFR-S comes from a monstrous 5.0 litre V8 with a power and torque output of 405kW and 680Nm, up about 29kW and 55NM more than the XFR, with apparently no impact on fuel consumption or emissions when compared to the XFR.

The 0 to 100km/h acceleration is slated as taking 4.6 seconds, with the maximum speed limited to 300k m/h.

The 5.0 litre V8 fitted on the Jaguar XFR-S is mated to and eight speed transmission with ‘Quickshift’ functionality which enables optimal acceleration throughout the speed and rev ranges.

Other than the engine upgrade, the Jaguar XFR-S has also received some exterior changes to the body to aid airflow. At the front these include the deeper front bumper with its larger lower air intakes, vertical vanes and carbon fibre front splitter.

On the side the XFR-S also gets deeper sills and unique ‘aero-blades,’ whilst at the back the deeper rear bumper sides while a carbon fibre rear diffuser between the signature quad tailpipes extends underneath the rear of the XFR-S to reduce lift. The rear bootlid mounted spoiler also aid to reduce lift.

The ride of the Jaguar XFR-S has also been improved by the use of the unique 20” lightweight forged alloy ‘Varuna’ wheels which are wider front and rear and are shod with specially developed Pirelli rubber, giving the XFR-S a more muscular stance and increasing its grip and stability. Allied to this are extensive suspension revisions which serve to increase lateral suspension stiffness by 30% for greater steering precision and responsiveness.

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Jaguar Land Rover and Chery Formalise Joint Venture in China

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chery, the British and Chinese car makers, will be setting up a joint venture plant in China. This past Sunday the companies formally laid the foundation stone for their new manufacturing facility in China. The investment is said to be worth 10.9 billion RMB.

The new plant, built in Changshu, near Shanghai, will manufacture JLR vehicles as well as new models for a partnership brand in China, as well as host an R&D facility and an engine production facility. The two companies plan to complete construction of the new plant during 2014.

The joint venture will blend together the heritage and experience of luxury premium vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover with the intricate knowledge and understanding of Chinese customers evident at Chery.

In a joint statement, at Sunday’s press conference in Jiangsu, Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Yin Tongyao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chery Automobile Company Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone, achieved thanks to the understanding and foresight of the Chinese authorities and we want to thank them for recognising the potential of our joint venture in the fast-growing Chinese market. Together, we will now begin working in close collaboration on our partnership plans to harness the capabilities of our respective companies, to produce relevant, advanced models for Chinese consumers.”

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Watch Out, the Jaguar F-Type Cometh to Steal Thine Heart

I love the Jaguar E-type, so I have to admit that when I saw the Jaguar F-Type, I was immediately hooked, I have a helpless crush which can only lead to a very tragic solution in the future and it might just break or hurt a relationship or two. Why, because I can see myself going to the bank with eyes closed, oblivious to any marital or financial implication, to place an order for ther Jaguar F-Type.

The all-aluminium Jaguar F-type, two-seater convertible, aims to deliver performance, agility and driver involvement when it is launched. According to Jaguar delivery of the F-Type will commence from mid 2013 in the UK.

Three models of the Jaguar F-Type will be available at launch; the F-Type, the F-type S and the F-Type V8 S.

The F-type will have a 3.0l V6 engine churning out 250kW and 350Nm (fuel consumption of 9.0l/100km and 209g/km), the F-Type S has an uprated 3.0l V6 engine churning out 280kW and 460Nm (fuel consumption of 9.1l/100km and 213g/km), whilst the F-Type V8 S has a 5.0l V8 engine churning out 364 and 625Nm (fuel consumption of 11.1l/100km and 259g/km). All the F-Type variants sport an 8-speed ‘Quick Shift’ transmission albeit with varying Final drive ratios.

The V6-powered S model also includes a Dynamic Launch feature, which optimises acceleration from rest.

The claimed 0-100km/h accelerations for the F-Type, F-Type S and the F-Type V8 S, are 5.1, 4.8s, and 4.2s respectively, with the claimed top speeds being electronically limited at 260km/h, 275km/h and 300km/h respectively.

To encourage driver engagement Jaguar has fettled with the exhaust by adding valves in the exhaust system which open under load from 3000rpm which allows the exhaust note to build to a thrilling crescendo at the redline.  This active exhaust system will be standard on the S and V8 S models.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar said: “A piece of design should tell a story and this is why every line in the F-TYPE has a start, a direction and a conclusion. If you approach every line individually and get it as aesthetically correct as possible, get the dimensions right, it will stand the test of time.”

Yes, I do agree. The F-Type has what it takes to become a classic of our time, am I being too subjective, perhaps but I believe Jaguar has struck a good cord by creating a relatively well balanced design.

The design of the Jaguar F-Type remains true to the Jaguar CX-16 concept which was unveiled in 2011. The front of the F-TYPE features a new interpretation of the bold angular Jaguar grille from which flows the muscular clamshell bonnet with its signature ‘power bulge’.

The rear of the car features an active rear spoiler which deploys at speed to reduce lift by up to 120kg. “Full LED rear lamps create a new Jaguar sports car signature by reinterpreting classic cues from the past and, by wrapping around to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarch, emphasise the powerful stance of the car and its rear-wheel drive sporting potential.”

The interior of the Jaguar F-Type has a rather asymmetric cabin, in that the driver and passenger side of the cabin are rather differentiated by the use of different trim materials, with a more technical finish on the driver’s side.

The controls are ergonomically grouped by function, having taken inspiration from fighter plane cockpits, and the joystick-shaped SportShift selector controlling the eight-speed transmission further echoes it’s aeronautical inspiration.

Another innovative feature of the interior are the trick air vents on top of the dashboard which only deploy when instructed to by either the driver or complex control algorithms, staying tucked discreetly out of sight in other circumstances.

Here’s to seeing a few more of these Jaguar F-Type’s on our roads, and making our dreary journeys to work a bit more bearable.

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2013 Jaguar F-TYPE S Unveiled

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More Jaguar F-Type Videos Ahead Of Unveiling

In the last week we have seen a number of Jaguar F-type pictures leaked on the web and to some extent we all know what it will look like. However Jaguar has not caved in and released any official pictures, what it has continued to do is release more footage of its disguised Jaguar F-type.

In the last 4 days Jaguar has released 3 videos; ‘The F-type Is Coming,’ ‘The F-type Focused,’ and the “F-type Fierce.’ The last two videos are taken at two renowned test tracks, ‘The F-Type Focused’ video is shot at the North Loop of the  Nürburgring and the ‘F-Type Fierce’ video is shot at the Nardo Test Track in Italy.

Enjoy the Jaguar F-Type teaser videos. It’s only 3 more days to the beginning of the Paris Motor Show, so lets hope we can keep our calm untll then.

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Jaguar F-Type Picture Leaked

The Jaguar F-Type is based on the concept CX-16 which was showcased at the 2011 Franfurt Motor Show and will officially debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

However a picture of the Jaguar F-type leaked yesterday, thanks to photographer Chris Doane, which according to the website Motoring Authority, had the caption “Something interesting just popped up in my inbox…”

The picture showcases three convertible’s which seem to bear their resemblance to the CX-16, more especially at the front –end, indicating that Jaguar has done it’s best to keep the F-type as close as possible to the concept CX-16.

The F-Type will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: a 250kW and 280kW version of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.

From an engineering perspective Jaguar has spend quite a bit of time testing the Jaguar F-Type in the virtual environment, having run numerous computer simulation in an effort to reduce physical real world prototypes. Based on the teaser videos it has released over the last few months and the appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of this year, it seems they have done a great job in developing the car.

Thanks to Motoring Authority for the headsup.

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Jaguar Announces New F-Type

Jaguar confirmed yesterday on the 4th of April that they will be introducing a new model to their current line-up which consists of the XF, XJ and XK. The new model will be called the F-Type.

The new F-Type is based on the concept C-X16 which was first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show last year.

Speaking at the New York auto show Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, confirmed: “We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we’ve accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car.”

The production version of the car will be revealed later in 2012. Full F-Type technical and range details will also be announced later in 2012 with planned sales starting in mid 2013.

The F-TYPE will launch as a convertible, and a strict two-seater with the focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward. A range of petrol engines will be available. We hope a coupe version is developed as well. According to autoblog, the roof will use a standard soft top and there are no plans for a retractable hardtop version.

Check the gallery and videos below.

The teaser video for the new F-Type.

 

Martin Brundle introduces the new F-Type.

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Jaguar Heritage Racing

Jaguar last week on Monday the 12th March announced that they would be returning to the competitive arena through the vibrant world of historic motorsport.

This will see Jaguar taking part in historic races such as Goodwood, the Mille Miglia, AVD Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and each round of the E-type challenge in the UK – a series.

The first race will be the 2012 Mille Miglia retrospective in May(17-20 May), which also marks 60 years since Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis (then Jaguar’s chief development driver) took the start in the first disc-brake equipped C-type.

CNN will be the Global Media Partner for Jaguar Heritage Racing. Frequent reports and results from these events in the form of thirty second and one minute updates – created by CNN ad-sales’ creative agency, TCP – will appear in commercial airtime across the CNN global network.

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Jaguar C-X16

Indications are that the Jaguar C-X16 which was presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show last year might just make it into production. If approved the C-X16 would be introduced in late 2014, and would be priced between the Porsche Cayman R and the base 911 Carrera.

This is according to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, who was interviewed by  Inside Line.

According to Adrian Hallmark a four month market study in respect of the car’s market positioning was recently completed and the results were highly encouraging.

This can easily be understood especially since the C-X16 was earlier this year voted,  by the British readers of What Car? Magazine as the vehicle they would most like to see launched in 2012.

Source: Inside Line

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