The Jaguar XJ has finally received the R treatment, gaining a more powerful engine, a more capable suspension and a spiffier outfit. In fact, the new Jaguar XJR is said to be “the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made.”
Under the hood of the large performance-tuned executive sedan is a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that boasts 548 horsepower (550 PS) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque. Paired with an 8-speed transmission, the V8 launches the XJR from 0 to 60 (96 km/h) mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds) and on to a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
Handling and stability have been optimized with retuned dampers and spring rates, recalibrated settings for the active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control system, and retuned steering hydraulics and calibration. Stopping power is provided by a high performance braking system consisting of 380 mm front and 376 mm rear internally ventilated discs.
Subtle exterior styling cues, which also optimise the flow of air over and around the car, provide the XJR with a more distinctive look. They include a front splitter, special ‘R’ bonnet louvres, ‘R’ spec side sills, bootlid-mounted lip spoiler, quad tailpipes and five-spoke, lightweight Farallon forged alloy wheels.
The interior benefits from a technical palette of materials, including optional semi-aniline leather and veneers in either Carbon Fibre or Piano Black, as well as a choice of contrasting colour stitching for the seats.
In the U.S., the 2014 Jaguar XJR will be priced at $116,000 for the standard wheelbase model and $119,000 for the long-wheelbase version.
Next Jaguar F-Type To Be Inspired By C-X75 Supercar Concept?
The British sports car could have a mid-engined layout.
Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 supercar concept may actually come to life vicariously though the generation F-Type.
According to sources that spoke with , the company is thinking about giving the F-Type’s successor a mid-engine hybrid configuration or even an all-electric powertrain, switching away from the current mid-front architecture.
Former design director Ian Callum previously revealed that he took part in designing the next F-Type, which could take some inspiration from the C-X75 concept (pictured), featuring an engine positioned just behind the cabin, one possibly sourced from BMW.
Had it been produced, the C-X75 would have done away with the concept’s micro gas-turbine generators for more traditional hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder forced-induction engine and a pair of electric motors.
“We could get quite close [to the C-X75],” Callum stated with regards to the next F-Type.
Jaguar still hasn’t made a decision, but it appears to be leaning towards a mid-engined design. Regardless of the configuration it ends up choosing, it’s good that the company is working on a replacement for the F-Type in a market that favors SUVs over sports cars.
BMW, Jaguar Land Rover Team Up To Build Electric Vehicles
The two premium automakers will jointly develop electric motors.
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have announced a new partnership that will see them split the costs of developing electric cars, more specifically new electric drive units for future EVs.
Both companies have experience making electric cars, and they will bring together their individual expertise. The Jaguar I-Pace crossover (pictured) went on sale in 2018 and will spawn other electric vehicles from both Jaguar and Land Rover, while BMW released the i3 EV in 2013 and will follow up with a crossover named iX3 in 2020. Both firms also sell several plug-in hybrid models.
“We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products,” said Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director. “It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies’ requirements for next generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”
Expect to see the first results of their collaboration sometime in the early 2020s.
Jaguar Land Rover Adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To Its Vehicles
It’s better late than never for this Brit.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will now be available on its vehicles, starting with select 2019 models.
For the 2019 model year, all vehicles equipped with the British automaker’s InControl Touch Pro or Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems with navigation, InControl Apps, and Wi-Fi connectivity are available with the Smartphone Pack, either as a port- or factory-installed. The I-Pace electric SUV (pictured) comes standard with the connectivity.
Speaking of the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, it has received a few updates to coincide with the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, gaining voice command for the navigation system, refreshed graphics, and more shortcut buttons.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were introduced in 2014 and 2015, respectively. It’s about time Jaguar Land Rover got with the program.