Jaguar previews most potent model ever – the XKR-S

February 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It was one year ago that Jaguar dropped the covers on its updated XKR and now it’s ready to go again with the launch of its most potent series production car ever, the all-new XKR-S, at the Geneva Motor Show.

With an uprated supercharged V8 engine, overhauled suspension and a new aerodynamically-driven design, the XKR-S is set to be the ultimate expression of Jaguar’s dual purpose objectives – GT luxury with high performance.

The XKR-S is fitted with modified version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 and produces 405kWs and 680Nm of torque, enough power to offer a top speed of 300km/h. It will do the 0-100kph sprint in just 4.4 seconds.

Alongside the engine upgrades, the British firm’s engineers have also upgraded the suspension and reprogrammed the Adaptive Dynamics system, while the XKR-S rides on a new set of lightweight alloy wheels cloaked in performance tyres.

In terms of styling, the XKR-S is distinguished by a new aerodynamics package with a more aggressive looking front bumper, re-profiled side skirts, additional bonnet vents, a large rear wing and a redesigned rear bumper housing a diffuser and quad tail pipes.

“The XKR-S is a bold and exciting new model for Jaguar,” said Paul Ricketts, Jaguar’s Brand Manager. “We hope to secure allocation of the model in New Zealand for customers who want comfort, opulence and class only a Jaguar can offer, combined with inspirational performance.” Continue reading “Jaguar previews most potent model ever – the XKR-S” »

Jaguar puts XJ Coupe into development

February 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar is making plenty of moves at the moment with the latest being a mass expansion to its current lineup. In addition to a rumored small sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar is looking at building a larger luxury two door coupe based on its new 2011 XJ sedan.

Apparently, sources within Jaguar say that the XJ coupe will feature a pillarless design with a full glass roof and will use completely separate sheetmetal from the sedan it’s based on. Adrian Hallmark, brand manager for Jaguar in Europe, says that the two-door XJ will be “much more dynamic and emotional than a Mercedes CL.”

Hallmark went on to say that Jaguar is considering a whole bunch of new models which could include an XF wagon, a high-end sports car based on the C-X75 concept, a crossover vehicle and even a possible shooting break version of the next-generation XF.

Sultan of Brunei to sell exotic car collection through NZ broker

November 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The world isn’t short of wealthy supercar collectors, but there’s few that can rival the mysterious collection of the royal house of Brunei. The collection is often the subject of much rumour and speculation, with only occasional leaks giving away some truth to its contents. That may be set to change because apparently part of the collection is now up for sale and interestingly, it’s through a NZ broker.

Among the rare and exotic gems up for sale are three Lamborghinis, two lightweight Porsche 911 Turbos, a Jaguar XJ220, one of only eight Cizeta V16s ever produced, the ItalDesign BMW Nazca and no less than 25 Ferraris, including an Enzo, an F50, an F40 and a custom-built 512 TR Spider.

The collection is rumored to be located currently in Singapore, but the broker is based in New Zealand with a website set up to promote the sales. Although the website does not disclose the liquidating owner, not many people except the Sultan of Brunei and his controversial brother Prince Jefri could assemble such exotic metal. What’s more, many of the cars have never been driven with the odometer only reading their original factory mileage, and all are worth well into the six and seven figures, making this one of the most valuable car collections ever put up for public sale.

To take a closer look for yourself click here to visit the Ferrari Collection For Sale website.

Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar concept unveiled in Paris

September 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The new Jaguar C-X75 concept vehicle has been officially unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show and it is one special beast. Continuing to commemorate the brand’s 75th anniversary, the Jaguar C-X75 concept is powered by four electric motors, one for each wheel. If that’s not ultra-modern enough, there are micro gas-turbines that generate electricity for the batteries. The two gas-turbines can generate as much as 140kW of power offering the “range-extended electric supercar” a range of up to 900km.

In total the Jaguar C-X75 develops 800 bhp and a stomach-turning 1200 lb-ft of torque. With this massive serve of raw power, the Jaguar C-X75 is able to shift from standing to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 330km/h. Good times. Apparently the concept can run on just its batteries for around 100km before the twin turbines engage and extend the range to it’s full 900km.

Naturally the C-X75 is built with the help of lightweight aluminum construction techniques and features active aerodynamics, including a complex underbody Venturi system.

Inside, the seats are fixed in place, with the steering wheel, instruments and pedals moving to accommodate the driver. Three high-res TFT screens present driver information, with readouts and displays changeable between all of the screens

Jaguar hasn’t announced whether or not it will put the Jaguar C-X75 concept into production, but it’s fairly clear this is a pure concept vehicle with little to no production consideration. However, it may feature some technologies the iconic carmaker will use in its next 75 years.

Check out images of the Jaguar C-X75 in the gallery below. Continue reading “Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar concept unveiled in Paris” »

Jaguar XJ75 Platinum concept celebrates 75th Anniversary

August 25th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar XJ75 Platinum concept celebrates 75th Anniversary. Walk around and commentary from those involved.

Jaguar marks 75 year anniversary with XKR175 limited edition

August 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar is using this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance being held in California to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its brand. For the thousands in attendance, the English marque will be revealing the limited edition 2011 Jaguar XKR175 Coupe.

Limited to 175 units, the car is powered by a 380-kW supercharged V8 that generates up to 624 Nm of torque. Top speed is kept to an electronically-limited to 280 km/h. To ensure that the XKR175 remains stable at high speeds, a revised aerodynamic package incorporates a new front air dam, new side sills, a new rear diffuser and a larger rear spoiler providing increased balance and a reduction in lift. New 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers and Ultimate Black exterior paint adorn the car’s exterior.

Inside the cabin there’s ‘Warm Charcoal’ leather, finished with Cranberry stitching. The wood veneer trim is finished in Piano Black, and there are the mandatory special badging with the series number on the door sills.

The brand new Jag will be priced at $104,500 ($147,400 NZ) and will be on display throughout the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend.

Land Rover to start production in India

August 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Tata Motors big cheese Carl-Peter Forster has just announced that Land Rover production would begin in India in 2011. So far there is no word on which model exactly would be built in the sub-continent but the T5 platform used on the current LR4 and Range Rover Sport seems a likely option. The T5 platform is also expected to be used on an upcoming replacement model for the iconic Defender range which is expected to be launched sometime in 2012.

Forster also announced that Jaguar is looking for a partner to produce cars within China. Because Chinese law dictates that foreign automakers are required to work with local companies in China, Jaguar is in negotiations for a production deal in the rapidly developing nation. China’s luxury vehicle market is still experiencing growth and local production would undoubtedly make it easier for Jaguar to get a much larger share.

Jaguar XJ arrives in NZ – pricing announced

July 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar’s range topping sports sedan, the all new XJ, will arrive in New Zealand next month.

Building on the success of the exciting XK and XF models the introduction of the all-new XJ is a landmark for the revitalised Jaguar brand. Clearly positioned as the company’s four-door flagship, it will attempt to extend the appeal of the XJ to a new generation of customers.

“The new XJ is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the quintessential Jaguar. Its visual impact stems from the elongated teardrop shape of the car’s side windows, that powerful stance and its wide track. It is the most emphatic statement yet of Jaguar’s new design direction”, said Ian Callum, Design Director of Jaguar Cars.

Eight different models are available with short and long wheelbase chassis and a choice of a three litre diesel, five litre V8 and supercharged V8 engines.

Pricing begins at $174,990 for the XJ SWB 3.0 Diesel with the performance topping LWB 375 kW supercharged Supersport model at $324,990.

An innovative new panoramic glass roof is an integral part of the all-new XJ’s design concept, enabling the car to have a lower, more streamlined roofline, while increasing the feeling of light and space inside.

Standard and long-wheelbase models are available from launch in New Zealand. The long wheelbase offers an even more refined environment for rear-seat passengers with an additional 125mm of legroom. Whichever the wheelbase, the XJ’s 520-litre boot can swallow two large suitcases side-by-side.

In the all-new XJ’s cabin chrome and piano black detailing provide contrast to the leather and veneer surfaces.

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