Two Jaguar XFR's drifting in Wales at the Anglesey race track (2010)
Two Jaguar XFR's drifting in Wales at the Anglesey race track. Following on from the Jaguar feature in this months CAR Magazine. http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/CAR-Manufacturers/Jaguar/Jaguar-XJ-Drift-blog-by-Ben-Barry/
Audi RS5 (2010) CAR review
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2011 Jaguar XJ L--Jaguar Elmhurst
The incredible new Jaguar XJ, in long-wheelbase L model form. A new
standard in supreme luxury. Presented by Chris Moran from AutoMedia.
Above all things, Jaguar desires to be different. That's why the new 2011
XJ flagship has the flamboyant lines of an Italian torpedo and the driving
manners of a German autobahn cruiser and is tuned for Buckingham Palace
fleet duty. Cultures collide in spectacular ways in this luxury limo.
The XJ is a cab-rearward design and is incredibly riveting to stare at as
it sits back on its haunches with as much cool as James Bond lighting a
Chesterfield. In black, with the big-dish 20-inch wheels, the car is
sinister enough to warrant its own RICO investigation.
Jaguar Cars managing director Mike O'Driscoll, who's peddled more than his
share of schlock over a 35-year career with the company, is smiling more
lately. He says the mission was to recapture the uniqueness of the original
1968 XJ but in a modern form. They looked at the class stalwarts—the
Mercedes-Benz S-class, the BMW 7-series, and the Audi A8—and the more
driver-oriented oddballs, including the Maserati Quattroporte and Porsche
Panamera, and decided to shoot for a middle ground. Passion—but with
typical British reserve.
If you focus on those front three-quarter shots, you'll wrongly dismiss the
2011 XJ as just an XF with a pituitary run amok. Skip down to the side and
rear profiles to capture the XJ's more exotic stance. The beltline is
pulled way up, the side glass is pinched narrow, and the flowing taffy
stretch of aluminum sheetmetal ends in a high, short trunk.
The C-pillars are clad in wonky glossy black panels that bridge the side
glass with the backlight. Styling head Ian Callum—who gave us all of our
current Jaguars and a few Aston Martins—demanded it and got his way. You
don't hear odes to the Jensen Interceptor very often, but Callum is
fascinated with the way that car's rear glass wrapped around the body sides
to isolate the roof. He wanted to create an unbroken black band around the
car's cranium, like the Lone Ranger's mask. On lighter colors the effect is
more pronounced—and a little forced, frankly—but it's definitely not
something Jaguar's competitors would ever do.
On sale now, this XJ arrives stateside with two wheelbases and three
engines, the latter shared with the smaller XF. The base short XJ with a
direct-injection 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 starts at $72,500. The XJ
Supercharged uses forced air to attain 470 hp and costs an additional
$15,000. Both engines are also available in a size-XL (extra long) version
that pulls the wheelbase out another 4.9 inches. The base XJL starts at
$79,500 and is expected to be the volume player in the U.S., with about
half the sales. The XJL Supercharged is $90,500. Finally, by special order
only, there's the XJ Supersport with 510 hp, thanks to revised engine maps
similar to those of the XFR. Price: $112,000 in short form, $115,000 with
the stretch. Europe also gets a tugboat-ready 3.0-liter turbo-diesel from Peugeot that is unfortunately
considered a bit too, uh, European for America.
Lately, the market's air has been pretty thin at the XJ's price point—the
company sold just 1161 of the big cats in the U.S. last year, 2452 in
2008—so you can't blame Jaguar for leaning on existing components where
possible. Unexpectedly, it's the Jaguar XFR that donates the most gear,
including its suspension, steering rack, and, in the Supersports, the
active electronic differential with few modifications.
The riveted and glue-bonded aluminum unibody shares DNA with the previous
XJ, but thanks to a learning curve and a change in priorities, there are
substantial changes. Besides the graceful sheetmetal, there are more cast
nodes in the new XJ's skeleton, helping to drive up torsional rigidity by a
claimed 11 percent, and the front subframe is now solidly mounted. In the
past, Jaguar used rubber isolation bushings, something it found only
negatively affected handling while supplying little isolation benefit.
The curb weights reflect aluminum's great promise: about 4000 to 4300
pounds, practically a trifle these days, especially for a car casting this
big a shadow.
If there are shared bits with other Jaguars, you won't find them without
pulling up the carpet. Besides the extravagant exterior, the cabin is a
fascinating departure for Jaguar. For one thing, unlike most previous XJs,
the space is huge, especially in the stretched models. Resembling a
California landslide, the dash seems to have sunk a few inches from the
windshield, with a band of the requisite burled wood filling in the gap and
reminding one of the prow of a handmade yacht. The dropped dash puts
everything lower, making the cabin more intimate and deemphasizing the
Rinspeed's first underwater Car
Rinspeed will present its new sQuba, the worlds first diving car, at the
Geneva Motor Show (March 6-16). The car is not only able to drive on roads
autonomously with a push of a button (thus without a driver, passenger or
further assistance), but can also transform into an amphibious vehicle
which can be submerged in water up to 10 meters (33 feet). An electric
motor with powerful torque drives the rear wheels, while the propulsion on
the water is ensured by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet
drives in the bow propelling the vehicle under water while diving. When
underwater, the driver and passenger are enclosed in the vehicle thanks to
light weight body components made of futuristic Carbon Nano Tubes and are
supplied with fresh breathing air by the self-contained on-board system.
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2012 Jaguar XFR Drive & Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Are you looking for a very fast premium and
sporty luxury car but the Cadillac CTS-V just seems too plain Jane, while
the BMW M5 is an overdone and oversold German technology sedan. Perhaps you
should check out this sleek and sexy beast...the Jaguar XFR. In our opinion
this is one of the the sexiest and most refined luxury sedans that you can
purchase today. Did we mention that it has a supercharged V8 under the hood
that put out a face crunching 510 horsepower. With 0-60 MPH
time approaching 4 seconds this Jaguar will eat up any and all mid-sized
luxury sedans that don't have an M, S, V or AMG in their name and yes we
do mean BMW, Audi, Cadillac and Mercedes. And unlike all of those luxury
brands the Jaguar is perhaps the only one that won't rattle your teeth on
expansion joints and rail road crossing. It has that unique Jaguar ability
to combine a supple ride with impeccable road feel and razor sharp
INCREDIBLE LOUD Jaguar XF-R w/ Modified Exhaust Acceleration SOUND
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supercharged V8 engine. In this video you can hear the start up, a pair of
loud revs two fantastic accelerations with backfires, downshifts and a
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2013 Lexus GS350 vs Jaguar XF Mashup Review: And the best sport luxury sedan is...?
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Lexus GS350 is all new and completely
redesigned from the ground up. Gone is the stodgy car of old replaced by a
much more passionate and sporty Lexus. The 2012 Jaguar XF has gotten a
minor facelift but the heart of the car remains the same with a 385 HP V8
under the hood. Both of these cars drive for that perfect balance of sport
performance and opulent luxury so which one is better? Check out another
unique TFLcar mashup review as we compare the two luxury sedans to see
which one deserves to be called the best sport luxury sedan.
The New XJ Jaguar
Sleek, sporting and sophisticated, the all-new Jaguar XJ brings a daring
new spirit to automotive luxury. It offers a seductive mix of striking
design, breathtaking performance and engineering without compromise. Watch
the video review...........
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