Our Jaguar XK never had a fair shot in this market. While the car is perceived to be a modern classic in the United States and Europe, it had a weird reputation here — a mix between expensively unreliable, driven only by old British men, and expensive enough to get a ton of road respect.
The Jaguar F-Type has been fairly popular for its handsome design and borderline-illegal exhaust note. But the Indian-owned British sports car has been growing a little old in the tooth, not even counting the fact that it’s actually based on a shortened XK platform that dates back to 2006. Which is why Jaguar decided to update the 2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Convertible. While the classic platform remains the same, the new models get a better design, more tech and powerful engines but they ditch the manual transmission option.
The last generation of the Jaguar had a massive factory problem. One of several electronic control modules on the HID headlights used to keep shorting out in some way or the other every time there was some sort of power surge, such as when your battery dies or sometimes even randomly, maybe once every two years. This used to cause the auto-levelling function to go stupid, making the headlights point permanently downwards even though they are perfectly working fine otherwise (while flashing a warning light in your gauge cluster permanently as well). Oddly enough, the warning light was for the turning-headlights feature,
Tesla has played a lone hand in the premium performance EV segment for the past several years, but the genre is now starting to gain critical mass, with virtually every mainstream prestige manufacturer pouring massive investments into developing and marketing battery-powered offerings.
Hard to believe, but our 2008 Jaguar XK is a decade old now. I’d say we’ve kept it cleaner than most, even though we simply park it outside all the time and service it once a year. Real premium cars (not the rebadged stuff from mainstream carmakers) are generally built with better materials, so they last longer in terms of trim and leather (but not always mechanically). However, our Jag needed a bit of care to keep it looking fresh.
If you roam around enthusiast circles, you will consistently hear just one thing — “It’s much cheaper to buy car parts online than at the dealer!” And for the most part, it’s true. But is it universally true though? We find out with our aging Jaguar XK, which had a minor issue recently.
Right after revealing cars like the XE SV Project 8 and XJR575, Jaguar has taken a step in the opposite direction of the performance scale by downsizing the engine of the F-Type sports car. This new cat on the block will now come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of 296 hp, putting the F-Type in the odd position of competing with both the Porsche 911 and the Porsche 718.
Jaguar is on a run, churning out car after car. The XE SV Project 8 that was released a few days ago was the British manufacturer’s answer to the compact sedans from the Mercedes AMG and BMW M division. And now they have turned their attention towards their full-size sedan, the XJ. Jaguar has given the XJ a bunch of performance updates to create the 2018 Jaguar XJR575 Super Sedan.
Jaguar has launched a new sub-compact crossover to accompany the F-Pace in its lineup. The new model called the E-Pace will lock horns with the trio from Germany, Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. Loosely based on the Range Rover Evoque as both are front-wheel-drive-based platforms, the E-Pace is expected to hone Jaguar’s appeal to the crossover buyers.
Pick the lightest car in the arsenal and plonk in the most powerful engine from the shelf. This elemental process is exactly what Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department (SVO) did to produce the XE SV Project 8 that they revealed at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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