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Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport and Chequered Flag editions revealed

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

Jaguar has unveiled two special editions of its F-Pace SUV: a performance-led 300 Sport and a feature-packed Chequered Flag. 

And tech fans rejoice, because the entire F-Pace range now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

New Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

The F-Pace 300 Sport comes with a choice of two 300hp engines: a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel. The petrol offers 295lb ft of torque and can sprint to 62mph in 6.1 seconds, while the diesel delivers a thumping 516lb ft of torque and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.

In the petrol version, the F-Pace 300 Sport will hit a top speed of 145mph, with the diesel capable of reaching 150mph. Both are all-wheel-drive and equipped with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 300 Sport models are distinguished by a set of 22-inch grey alloy wheels, dark satin grey exterior detailing, 300 Sport badges and a choice of three colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport interior

On the inside, 300 Sport versions get yellow contrast stitching, and a logo on the treadplates, carpet mats and steering wheel and front headrests. Standard spec includes Touch Pro Navigation, a 12.3-inch interactive driver display, Meridian sound system, panoramic roof and 14-way heated electric front seats.

The 300 Sport costs from £53,980, with Jaguar saying that it offers £8,430 of added extras compared with the petrol 300hp R-Sport, but at a price of less than £5,000 more. In the diesel, buyers get £4,555 of added extras over the F-Pace S for just £500 more.

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag

The Chequered Flag edition is based on the R-Sport and comes with a host of exterior and interior upgrades. Highlights include a sport front bumper and gloss black detailing on the front grille, door cladding, side vents and roof rails.

Gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with the Chequered Flag available in Yulong White, Santorini Black and Eiger Grey.

Inside, buyers are treated to leather trim, meshed aluminium detailing, Chequered Flag treadplates, 10-way electric front seats, Touch Pro Navigation, Meridian Sound System and a 12-inch interactive driver display.

A range of engine options are available and prices start from £46,995.

‘Something for everyone’

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag interior

These are the headline acts of an F-Pace range refresh, with Jaguar adding ultra-low rolling resistance tyres to deliver CO2 improvements of up to 8g/km across the range. The standard fitment of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is another welcome addition.

Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, said: “The Jaguar F-Pace has established itself as the ultimate performance SUV. Not only does it combine sports car DNA with the practicality of a larger vehicle, it does so with a great aesthetic.

“The latest special editions build on this visual appeal by enhancing the model’s sporting character to each create something unique. The F-Pace line-up has something for everyone.”

The 675hp Lister LFT-C is a 205mph drop-top

Lister LFT-C

Following what it is calling “high demand for an open-top LFT-666”, Lister has unveiled its most powerful open-top supercar – the LFT-C.

But while Lister is building 99 tin-top variants, just ten drop-top LFT-Cs will be available, each one with a price tag of £139,000. Not that many cars will leave the factory in standard form, with Lister offering “an almost unlimited” number of options for the LFT-C.

Thanks to its supercharged 675 horsepower V8 engine, the Lister LFT-C will hit 62 mph (100 kph) in “just over three seconds”, before reaching a top speed in excess of 205 mph. Each LFT-C will feature a solid silver (solid silver!) number plaque on the engine cover, so you can go full on UB40 with the ‘One in Ten’ bragging rights.

2019 Lister LFT-C

In common with the LFT-666, the LFT-C features carbon fibre body panels, along with extended rear arches, a new grille design, lightweight alloy wheels and Michelin tyres. Lister has also uprated the suspension and braking system, while a bespoke exhaust has been designed to enhance the sound of the V8 engine to work with an open cockpit vehicle.

Each LFT-C will be built to order, with the interior retrimmed by hand using Nappa hides from Bridge of Weir leather.

Lister LFT-C interior

Lawrence Whittaker, Lister CEO, said: “Launching the new LFT-C is a personal triumph, as I have always loved convertible cars, even since my second car, an MG Midget.

“While we are famous for cars like the Knobbly and the Storm, the LFT series heralds a new era for Lister and continues our historical enhancement of Jaguar drive trains, which dates back to 1957.

“In 2019, we will see the launch of at least two new cars and have also just opened our new £5m headquarters in Lancashire that will be known as the home of the new Lister.

There is lots more to come, and we look forward to sharing more news in the near future.”

Lister LFT-C 2019

Lister hasn’t provided a delivery date for LFT-C, but said its launch is timed for it to be “ready for summer 2019”. Meanwhile, although the entire 2019 allocation of LFT-666 has been snapped up, buyers can place an order for the remaining cars for delivery in early 2020.

Here’s why the new Jaguar Land Rover straight-six is a BIG deal

Jaguar Land Rover new six-cylinder engine

Jaguar Land Rover’s introduction of its new twin-charged 3.0-litre straight six is a big deal. Here are five reasons why we think that’s the case…

First of all, some background is required. In the short term, the new engine is a replacement for the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 in the Range Rover Sport – first appearing in the new HST Edition. The same engine is used elsewhere and we expect those applications will see the i6 swapped in, too. That’s exciting and we’ll tell you why in a minute. It produces 400hp, thanks to turbocharging and supercharging, with the latter benefitting from a 48v system that also allows mild hybridisation.

That means longer stop/start periods, boost from takeoff and real-world economy improvements, so they say. It’ll deliver 12 percent better CO2 figures than the supercharged V6 Range Rover Sport, get 30.5mpg on average and when not being frugal, get the Sport to 62mph in 6.2 seconds. Also, it’s built in JLR’s new £1 billion Wolverhampton plant. Anyway, on to why we’re excited about this engine…

It could mean the return of properly old-school Jags

Jaguar Land Rover new six-cylinder engine

What is the most famous Jaguar ever made? There are some corkers in the Big Cat’s best-of album but none have a cult status to match that of the E-type. Arguably the most beautiful car ever designed, the E-type thrummed along with a 3.8-litre variant of the then-prolific Jaguar XK straight-six. The XK is one of the most famous Jaguar engines of all time…

Fast forward to 2019 and the F-Type is considered by many to be the best-looking Jag since the E-type. Now, for the first time in nearly five decades, a soft-top Jag could be making its way to forecourts with a straight-six under the bonnet…

Likewise, the old Mark 2 is celebrated as one of the original super-saloons. Over 400hp from this new engine in a modern-day XE sounds like a super-sweet homage to help us forget all about the S-Type…

Goodbye, ageing Ford engines

Jaguar Land Rover new six-cylinder engine

While the supercharged V6 and that incredible supercharged V8 are fun and characterful engines, they’re vestiges of Jag’s days under Ford ownership that have long outstayed their welcome. For the longest time in this new era of up-to-date Jags, we’ve wondered when it would come up with new performance engines to take over from the old Ford lumps.

When the Ingenium four-cylinders debuted almost four years ago, the signs looked good. But it’s been a long wait for this genuinely punchy home-grown six-pot. It’s time for Jags (and Land Rovers, of course) to hustle under their home-grown muscle.

Eco-conscious performance

Jaguar Land Rover new six-cylinder engine

Power, performance and noise are obvious delights, it’s the short-sighted manufacturer that bestows its cars with such things without paying mind to the environment. While it’s very cool that this new engine is a straight-six, the reality is that its conception had eco-friendly motivations.

This is a clever power unit that earns its place in JLR’s engine lineup with genuine eco credentials and improvements in all figures.

Straight-six music

Jaguar Land Rover new six-cylinder engine

For years, BMW has had it all its way, with reviewers and owners alike singing the praises of its various six-pots’ soundtracks.

Now, this new lump could be about to sing a tune all of its own, that’s just as good. Turbocharging and supercharging could make for interesting vocals, but JLR knows its way around an active exhaust. Our hopes are high.

Pre-electric last hurrah…

Jaguar Land Rover new six-cylinder engine

For all the talk about the drive towards electrification over the past few months, this engine comes as a bit of a surprise. Likewise, there have been a good few rumours that JLR is to ramp up focus on electric powertrains going into the next decade.

In reality, this engine, with its 48v system and mild hybridisation, is one of a few baby steps towards this, but it’s a pleasing conglomerate of old and new. It’s possible that one of the last internal combustion engines to power a Jaguar will be an in-line six-banger, and that just feels right.

Jaguar XF update could save company car buyers thousands

2020 Jaguar XF Chequered Flag

Jaguar’s XF executive car is being updated for the 2020 model-year. Buyers can expect more technology, lower emissions and a new Chequered Flag special edition.

Jaguar wants you to swap out your company Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class or BMW 5 Series. So, what could tempt you?

Cleaner diesels mean big savings

2020 Jaguar XF Chequered Flag

Updates to four-cylinder diesel XFs make them compliant with the RDE2 emissions regulations. CO2 emissions fall from 134g/km to 126g/km for the 180hp variant, for example.

Not mandatory until 2021, meeting these regulations is something currently unique to the XF in this segment. The cold, hard figures are telling – a potential £2,304 saving over three years of company car ownership, plus a £345 vehicle tax saving in the first year for private buyers.

To clarify, RDE2-compliant cars do not attract the four percent supplement to Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax, which adds up to £2,304 over a typical three-year company car ownership period.

The caveat is that only rear-wheel-drive 163hp and 180hp models qualify, so be specific if you’re ordering with these savings in mind.

The new model-year XF also stays contemporary with a new Smartphone Pack as standard, including Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

XF Chequered Flag edition

2020 Jaguar XF Chequered Flag

This new special edition is a bit of facelift fluff to match the substance. It has racy badging on the side vents, sport bumpers and the Black Pack as standard, along with body-coloured sills, a boot spoiler and 18-inch wheels. The chequered flag badging continues on the inside, too.

You can have the XF Chequered Flag edition in Yulong White, Santorini Black or the newly-introduced Eiger Grey.

Standard equipment includes Navigation Pro with InControl Connect Pro, which means live traffic, route sharing, parking availability and fuel price functions.

You can get into a new XF from £34,950 for the saloon, or £37,390 for the Sportbrake estate. All engines bar the 163hp Ingenium diesel are available in Chequered Flag spec. 

2020 Jaguar XF Chequered Flag

GCotY Jaguar I-Pace

British car wins 2018 German Car of the Year

German CotY Jaguar I-Pace

The new Jaguar I-Pace has added German Car of the Year to its extensive list of accolades and awards. Yes, we’ve beaten the Germans on their own turf with the Jaguar I-Pace – arguably the most important car release of 2018.

It’s no small achievement and no small task for the I-Pace. Given another 58 cars to compete with and a panel of 12 expert journalists to impress, Jaguar’s first EV had its work cut out to grab the inaugural gong.

Indeed, the car is an impressive achievement by Jaguar before you ever get behind the wheel. Nearly 300 real-world miles on a charge, class-leading and genre-defining cabin space, classic Jag good looks. All over six months in advance of key German rivals that, when they presented alternatives, didn’t match the I-Pace’s specs. The German judges were impressed.

“The Jaguar I-Pace is not only the first premium electric vehicle from an established manufacturer, it also makes uncompromising use of the advantages of an electrified vehicle architecture,” said Jens Meiners, German Car of the Year award jury member and spokesman.

German CotY Jaguar I-Pace

Driving the I-Pace yields no disappointment, either, displaying the dynamic prowess and pleasing experience you would expect from a big cat. This, among its appealing design and practical credentials, helped earn it this latest praise.

“Its performance is impressive, and its design and practicality stand out, which is why the I-Pace ultimately was the winner against strong competition.”

It just goes to show that the early bird gets the worm, especially if it’s an exceptionally impressive bird…

Read more:

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XE SV Project 8

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 super sedan smashes U.S. lap record

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Jaguar’s tyre-shredding skunkworks super saloon, the XE SV Project 8, has smashed another sedan lap record, following its seven minute, 21 second time at the Nurburgring last year.

This time, the American Laguna Seca circuit was the target, with a one minute, 37 second time achieved by presenter and racer, Randy Pobst.

The supercharged 600 horsepower XE beat the previous record at the 2.2-mile circuit, set by the Cadillac CTS V, by just under a second. The Project 8 is more than two seconds a lap quicker than an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadafoglio.

Jaguar calls the Project 8 “the most extreme Jaguar yet produced”. And when you look at the lengths gone to creating it, that statement seems a bit of an understatement. 

Video: Jaguar XE SV Project 8 on-track

Project 8 comes in left-hand-drive only, due to the tight fit of that supercharged V8 under its bonnet. The significant widening of the car at the rear required a total redesign of the rear doors; a great undertaking for what is a comparatively tiny 300-car production run. Still, it needed to be more than a quick engine swap for nearly £150,000 ($200,000)…

“This Laguna Seca lap record is another powerful demonstration of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s performance credentials,” said Michael van der Sande, MD of JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.

“Designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations, this record-breaking sedan is made for the world’s most demanding driving enthusiasts.”

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JLR classic infotainment

Back to the future: classic Jaguars and Land Rovers get touchscreen tech

JLR classic infotainment

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a range of retro-styled infotainment systems for its classic models, following the lead of Porsche. It brings sat-nav and digital music to cars that were designed long before such technology existed. 

Jump in an E-type or Land Rover with the new infotainment fitted and you’ll be hard pressed to spot it straight away. Unless, of course, you’ve just been in an identical car without it. Needless to say, it’s not a simple case of plonking a Tesla-style tablet where the beautiful dashboard of a classic Jag used to be.

What is it and what do you get?

JLR classic infotainment

Nestled cleverly in existing dead space on the dashboard, the 3.5-inch high-definition touchscreen is minimally invasive, with analogue – and vintage-style – control knobs either side. It features DAB, FM and AM radio, plus Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav and smartphone integration.

The system costs £1,200 and is available now. As for fitment, the JLR Classic Works in Warwickshire is the obvious go-to. However, if that’s a bit too far, selected retailers will be trained to fit it.

Is it wrong to fit modern tech to classic cars?

JLR classic infotainment

Much like an old country cottage, the rustic heart-over-head appeal of classic cars is often too much to ignore. When you get inside, though, the lack of modern accoutrements can turn the rose-tinted dream into a bit of a nightmare.

That’s not to say that you’d slather your lovely rustic property in solar panels (so to speak).The integration of modernity should be subtle and tasteful, and there’s an inherent appeal in clever, sympathetic installations. This JLR system is just that.

Purity and true-to-period presentation are all well and good when bragging in the pub. When it comes to one’s own usage, though, most would be hard pressed to turn down a few modern luxuries. We wouldn’t say no.

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JLR Virtual Eye autonomous test pod

Jaguar Land Rover is testing new self-driving vehicles with EYES

JLR Virtual Eye autonomous test pod

No, you’re not watching Disney Pixar’s Cars. Jaguar Land Rover really is putting eyes on cars, albeit for the purposes of research into pedestrian trust of autonomous cars.

You won’t be seeing Range Rovers with big eyes on the windscreen anytime soon, though. The “virtual eyes” are only being fitted to self-driving pod research vehicles… for now.

It may sound quite amusing but it’s a chuckle-worthy means to a rather serious end – developing the software and modifying the ‘behaviour’ of autonomous cars so they’re better prepared to deal with the unpredictable, very human-infested world of commuting.

The project is the baby of a team of cognitive psychologists, hired by Jaguar Land Rover to find out more about how vehicle behaviour affects people’s confidence in new technologies. The autonomous pods are to drive around makeshift streets in Coventry while the behaviour of pedestrians is analysed.

This is where the ‘eyes’ come in, as the pods make ‘eye contact’ with nearby pedestrians on their travels. That, in theory, should put that passer-by at ease: making eye contact with the ‘eyes’ acknowledges they’ve been recognised by the car.

Trust levels are recorded in instances with and without use of the ‘eyes’, presumably to result in pedestrians trusting in the car that’s ‘seen’ them more. 

JLR is carrying out the study in response to previous studies which have suggested that nearly two in three pedestrians and cyclists say they’d feel less safe sharing the streets with self-driving cars.

“It’s second-nature to glance at the driver of the approaching vehicle before stepping into the road. Understanding how this translates in tomorrow’s more automated world is important” said Pete Bennett, Future Mobility Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover.

“We want to know if it is beneficial to provide humans with information about a vehicle’s intentions or whether simply letting a pedestrian know it has been recognised is enough to improve confidence.”

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Order, order: the cars of British politicians

Order, order: the cars of British politicians

Order, order: the cars of British politiciansIt’s all eyes on Chequers, the Prime Minister’s official country residence, as the Cabinet battles it out over the future of Brexit. The TV cameras have been camped out for hours, and those following the news channels will have clocked an entire fleet of high-end cars dropping off ministers for the discussions.

We thus decided take a brief look back at the history of politicians on four wheels. Order, order…

Theresa May: BMW 7 SeriesOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

In her role as Home Secretary, Theresa May was often seen arriving at Number 10 in an armoured BMW 7 Series. The Right Honourable Theresa May has been Home Secretary since May 2010, but she was forced to give up the 7 Series when she took over as PM. So it’s out with the BMW and in with the Jag…

Jaguar XJ SentinelOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

The current Prime Ministerial Car is an armoured Jaguar XJ Sentinel. It’s virtually indistinguishable from the standard XJ, but it happens to offer B7 levels of ballistic protection. Oh, and the small matter of blast protection against 15kg TNT and underfloor grenade protection. When David Cameron hands the cars keys to Theresa May he can assure her she’s in safe hands.

Jaguar XJOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

The current XJ Sentinel has been on the PM’s fleet since 2010, but an XJ was also used by Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major. In fact, the relationship between Jaguar and Downing Street goes back many years, stemming from a time when Jaguar was still a British company.

Rover P5BOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

Prior to that, high-ranking government offices and Prime Ministers would have been seen in the majestic Rover P5B. The uniquely-British saloon car was powered a 3.5-litre V8 engine sourced from Buick, hence the B in P5B. Sir Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Harold Wilson (seen here) all made use of a P5B while in office.

David Cameron: Honda CR-VOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

Of course, our Prime Ministers have a life outside of Number 10 and many would have owned cars prior to being elected to the biggest job in the land. Indeed, during a visit to the Honda factory at Swindon, David Cameron told staff how much he missed driving his Honda CR-V.

David Cameron: Nissan MicraOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

In May 2016, David Cameron hit the headlines when he bought his wife Samantha an ageing 2004 Nissan Micra. He paid £1,500 for the 90,000-mile Micra and drove it home from a used car dealer near his home in Oxfordshire. We suspect Mrs Cameron was delighted with the car.

Nigel Farage: Volvo V70Order, order: the cars of British politicians

Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, owns an old tank. No, not the one pictured, but a 59-plate Volvo V70.

Nicola Sturgeon: Jaguar XJOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t own a car, but the leader of the SNP does perform her ministerial duties by making use of a Jaguar XJ.

Natalie Bennett: bicycleOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

As you may have guessed, the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, doesn’t own a car either, preferring to ride a bicycle or take the train. We also understand she’s a member of a car club.

Leanne Wood: Volkswagen PassatOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

We understand Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, drives a Volkswagen Passat. #TogetherStronger and stuff.

Boris Johnson: Toyota PreviaOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

In 2014, the former Mayor of London was pictured filling his ageing Toyota Previa with fuel. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, we fully endorse running a car on a budget. But surely the former Mayor should have been out riding one of his Boris Bikes?

Ed Miliband: Ford FocusOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

Remember when Ed Miliband came under fire for having his green Ford Focus washed for him? No, neither do we.

Nick Clegg: Ford GalaxyOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

In a Galaxy far, far away… In 2014 former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told listeners of a radio station that he owned ‘a second-hand Ford Galaxy, not in prime condition’, before going on to claim he really wanted an electric people carrier. May we humbly suggest the Tesla Model S with the optional two extra seats in the boot? Perfect.

Gordon Brown: Vauxhall Omega CDOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

Gordon Brown caught the eye when he became Prime Minister in 2007 by refusing to give up his Vauxhall Omega CD. Despite promising to chop it in for a Toyota Prius, he still owned it nine months later. Sadly, he did eventually give up on this austerity measure by upgrading to a 4.2-litre Jaguar XJ.

Alan Clark: Jaguar SS100Order, order: the cars of British politicians

The late Alan Clark was a former Conservative MP who served under the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. As well as a published author, he was also known for his love of cars and he owned a beautiful Jaguar SS100 similar to this one. He was often seen driving away from the House of Commons in the old Jag.

Ann Widdecombe: Ford FocusOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

OK, we don’t actually know if Ann Widdecombe has ever actually owned a Ford Focus, but we suspect not. But any excuse for us to use this photo is fine by us.

Sir Winston Churchill: Land Rover Series IOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

This is probably the most British photograph you’ll see today. Sir Winston Churchill and a Land Rover Series I. Superb.

John Prescott: ‘two Jags’Order, order: the cars of British politicians

Whatever else John Prescott does with his life, he will always be remembered for having two Jags. Famously nicknamed ‘Two Jags’, the former Deputy Prime Minister had one Jaguar in his Hull consistency and another Jag — an XJS — in London. The latter of which he sold on Auto Trader in 2014.

Chris Huhne: TeslaOrder, order: the cars of British politicians

This is Chris Huhne at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster. He was driving it as part of an Eco Rally. That’s about all we can say.