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First Drive: Jaguar E-Pace

Crossovers are currently where all the cash sits. Car buyers want them, and automakers keep cranking them out. That’s how we wind up with a vehicle like the all-new Jaguar E-Pace.

It’s the baby of the Jaguar crossover bunch, but that doesn’t mean it’s simply an entry-level cash grab. Okay, it’s sort of that… but it’s actually pretty good as well.

We trekked to Corsica to sample the new smaller Jag not-a-wagon, and we were more than pleasantly surprised. Under the hood is a healthy Ingenium four-cylinder engine that cranks out 300 horsepower when you get the P300 model.

On-road and even off-road, there’s clearly some Jaguar and Land Rover DNA to be found. While we’d prefer an XE wagon, we’re not getting a lame duck with the E-Pace.

This one might surprise you… it certainly did that for us.

[DisclaimerJaguar put us on a plane to Corsica and then put us up in two amazing hotels. There was food and drink as well. Somehow, they also made the weather act all “British-y”.]

The Jaguar F-Type SVR summed up in 3 minutes

It’s the shape of the thing… that hits you first.

The long hood, the open face, and those hips… To say that Ian Callum’s style influence at Jaguar has been a good thing is as vast an understatement as saying the F-Type is a non-subtle piece of automobile.

Despite the fact that your heart never fully moves on from the lines of the car, your eyes do… that’s because your ears are taken over by the noise of the thing.

Between the valley created by the front fenders, you have a 5.0-liter V8 and it works like a superhero duo with the supercharger sitting on top of it. Batman and Robin don’t cause screams like these two though, because they don’t use guns. The F-Type, however, sounds like it’s fronting an assault on everything and everyone it drives by because there’s the rapid fire pop when you lift off the throttle.

This is one of the few machines that sounds as good or even better off the throttle as it does when your foot is attempting to squeeze the life out of the go pedal.

The steering is fine but you won’t be dancing with a Porsche on a curvy road. The gearbox is perfectly suited for the car because it’s the oft-used and always loved ZF eight speed. Sending the power out to all four wheels, you’d think would sap some of the RWD fun of the prior R iteration… but you’d be wrong.

This is still the Gentleman Hooligan’s ride of choice. If you desire to arrive to your local high society snob spot, you can do so sideways and loud. And I recommend you do this everywhere you go by pressing that exhaust button and leaving all four pipes un baffled so they may sing the V8 song to all those present in a three county radius.

You want one of these for yourself. That’s no surprise. You’ll need to part with at least $130,000. In an anti-porsche move, the options list doesn’t climb too high from there. You don’t need the carbon ceramics because you’re not taking this to the track…. So save the dough. Enjoy the open road, the view of the hood and fenders stretching before you, and one of the hilariously great soundtracks of any modern vehicle on this planet.

[Disclaimer: Jaguar tossed us the keys to the F-Type SVR for a week and included a tank of fuel. That fuel went quick, as most of it was burnt up by the exhaust farting awesomeness into the air.]

Review: 2017 Jaguar F-PACE S AWD

The 1990’s were especially fond of truck-based SUVs. But then, with the new millennium, a change came. First it was the BMW X5. Then Porsche followed it with the Cayenne. Eventually there were many others, too. Unibody vehicles in the general shape of SUVs, but with direct resemblance to their corporate luxury sports car siblings were popping up everywhere. Those vehicles combined, more or less, the road manners of sport sedans, the utility of SUVs with none of the off-road prowess, and the preconceived notion of prestige. Needless to say they sold in droves to those who wore sport chronometers.

Jaguar was resilient toward an SUV model. The brand exhausted every possible option first. They evolved the XJ, they introduced of a beautiful convertible and then an equally stunning coupe. Two sport sedans followed – the new XE and the revamped XF. Jaguar was even about to introduce the C-X75 supercar, only to nix it in the last minute, probably when someone in a board meeting asked how it was going to be financed. In the end, there was no other means of generating profits but to succumb to the evil that is SUV.

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First Drive: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar wants to sell more vehicles. The 2017 F-Pace is the one that will surely lead the way for the brand. Alongside the new XE, the F-Pace is set to bring more folks into Jaguar dealerships. In fact, there’s already a waiting list to get the sporty luxury crossover in its home country of England.

We settled in behind the wheel for a first impression of the F-Pace and sampled it along the curvy mountainous roads of Aspen, Colorado. It’s a dual-natured machine that is certainly most at home on the road, but just might surprise you when the tarmac gives way to dirt.

If you were thinking if getting the Range Rover Sport, perhaps you should pause and seriously consider the (better looking) Jaguar F-Pace…

[Disclaimer: Jaguar flew us to Aspen and put us up in a swanky hotel. There was food and booze consumed as well.]

First Drive: 2017 Jaguar XE

Jaguar makes some good looking cars, and it’s a company that still has an air of exclusivity around it even though it’s not quite as expensive as its competition. It’s a brand that’s looking to sell more vehicles too, and to do that it needs to actually offer a wider range of products.

There’s a two pronged attack on this sales goal coming up, and the first prong is the Jaguar XE. This is the leaping cat’s compact luxury sporting sedan, and it will do battle with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Lexus ES, Audi A4, and a few other premium machines.

We trekked to Aspen, Colorado to get a first look at this latest small saloon. On the menu for today is great roads, good weather, and one Jaguar XE packing a 340 horsepower supercharger V6 and another with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that produces 318 lb-ft of torque.

So how does it stack up? Click play to find out.

[Disclaimer: Jaguar put us on a plane and gave us a hotel room in Snowmass so we could sample the new XE. There was also food and some drinking when the driving was over.]

Quick Spin: 2015 Jaguar F-Type R AWD

2015 jaguar f-type r front

Not that long ago I reviewed the . I found it to be a sweet little roadster but somewhat lacking in the performance and attract-the-ladies department. Now, here I am again, with another F-Type, but this is one is a little different because it’s red. And it also has which give it an extra 170hp, and an new all-wheel-drive system. Can those minor differences really make a big difference?

YES!

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Jaguar F-Type R: Pretty, Powerful, …Perfect

It’s been a hell of a year for those of us who love noise, horsepower, and cars that encourage driving shenanigans. The perfectly sculpted icing on this massively delicious cake has to be the Jaguar F-Type R coupe.

It’s a simple recipe at first glance; you take a powerful engine, pair it with a small rear-wheel-drive coupe, and you make the world happy. Jaguar has a lot more going on underneath the surface here though, as there cabin is wonderfully laid out and designed, the driving experience is precise and tight, and the multitude of smart systems employed keep everything moving in the right direction.

The Jaguar F-Type is pretty. It’s also quite powerful. The F-Type is… perfect.

[Disclaimer: Jaguar tossed me the keys to the F-Type R for a week, and included a tank of gas. I went through that tank, and smiled during the next few fill-ups as well because it meant I got to hear more F-Type R noise.]

First Drive: 2014 Jaguar F-Type
Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill

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The sense of sound is one of the most wonderful things we have in this world. Still, sight is arguably tops on the list because the world around us, regardless of how it sounds, is truly majestic. There are emotions around good sunsets. Watching a wave crash on the shore is powerful even without the noise. Rock and roll would still feel powerful even with the sound turned all the way down. Despite that, how much better are all of those things with some sound… yes, even the sunsets.

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is a truly beautiful car. It’s blessed with perfect proportions, gracefully aggressive lines, and stylish flourishes that are a delight to the eye from nearly every angle. See that picture up there? It barely tells a fraction of the feeling you get when you’re standing next to such a gorgeous machine.

But that style is nothing without the sound.

Lucky for, well, all of humanity then that the design team and the engineering team must wind up at the same pub after the Jaguar end of day whistle screams that it’s five o’clock.

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2010 Jaguar XKR

The 2010 Jaguar XKR
Power corrupts… and supercharged luxury sport coupe power corrupts awesomely.

In the rarefied air of this automotive segment, there are a few must-have items to be checked off the list. I want elegant exterior styling with subtle muscular design cues. I need a comfortable interior that is fitted with up-scale materials, up-dated technology, and provides adequate support if the road gets twisty. Finally, I need a power plant under the hood that growls, snarls, pops, and shouts at me when I push the gas pedal to the carpet – yet remains civil and smooth when I pick my wife up from a long day at her office.

So does the 2010 Jaguar XKR cover all areas of my checklist? No.

It lights the list on fire while slapping me in the face… it has everything I want and more. … Continue Reading