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Jaguar F-Pace SVR review: don’t fear the leaper

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division hasn’t been backwards about coming forwards. Its opening salvo was the 2016 F-Type SVR, a bona fide British supercar to rival the Porsche 911 GT3. In 2018, SVO then followed up with something even more extreme. The XE SV Project 8 was a hand-built 600hp road racer that (vaguely) resembled an XE saloon. Until a few weeks ago, it was the fastest four-door around the Nürburgring – its 7min 18.3sec lap time besting a Ferrari 488 GTB.

Such cars generate copious column inches, but rarely do much for the bottom line. In today’s car market, the fast-track to fat profits is an SUV. Jaguar’s sister brand, Land Rover, has already launched several under the SVO banner, including the ultra-luxurious Range Rover SVAutobiography and armoured Range Rover Sentinel. However, it’s the Range Rover Sport SVR, which shares its 575hp V8 with the flagship F-Type, that is most closely related to the new Jaguar.

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In the F-Pace SVR, that same 5.0-litre supercharged engine has been detuned slightly to 550hp, although nobody – except perhaps your passengers – will complain about 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and 176mph flat-out. The downside, inevitably, is a prodigious thirst for petrol. Jaguar quotes 23.7mpg, but I managed mid-teens during a week of mostly urban and motorway miles. Best commandeer the company fuel card.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Being large and conspicuously SUV-shaped, the F-Pace only delivers on the latter two parts of Jaguar’s classic ‘Grace, space and pace’ ad slogan. Nonetheless, it’s a handsome car that doesn’t shout about its sportiness. Many will overlook the SVR’s larger 21-inch alloys (optional 22s here), slash-cut air intakes and quad tailpipes, but its V8 soundtrack is impossible to ignore. It rumbles like rolling thunder, intensifying to a bestial snarl at high revs.

Inside, there are quilted race-style seats from the Range Rover Sport SVR, which look oddly out of place in a luxury SUV. Then you turn your head and realise Jaguar has given the rear chairs the same treatment. Quality feels a smidgen short of Audi or Mercedes-Benz and the touchscreen media system isn’t especially intuitive. On the plus side, there’s no shortage of space or standard equipment – as you’d hope for £75,335.

Minor quibbles melt away when you start driving, too. While BMW M Division boss Markus Flasch recently told CAR magazine “We didn’t want to do the M version of an X3, we wanted to do an M3 in an SUV appearance”, Jaguar has taken the opposite approach. This two-tonne family holdall isn’t trying to be an F-Type; instead, it brilliantly combines the easygoing comfort of an SUV with the brawn and bombast of a muscle car.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Enter the wilderness beyond the M25 and you’ll also find the chassis isn’t simply a supporting act. Select one of the sportier drive modes and SVR changes direction like something half its heft. It feels neutral and keenly balanced, with supple damping and direct, nuanced steering. Unlike some of its ilk, you never feel detached from the process of driving. As a vehicle for every occasion, even a slippery grass field or snow-covered track, it’s hard to beat.

So you should buy one, right? Well, maybe. If you like the lofty seating position and off-road ability of an SUV – and you can stomach the fuel bills – the F-Pace SVR is a slam-dunk. But if, like me, you prefer the dynamic advantages and less abrasive image of an estate car, the Mercedes-AMG E63 is equally practical and even more exciting. If only Jaguar would shoehorn that epic V8 into its XF Sportbrake wagon. Are you listening, Coventry?

Price: £75,335

0-62mph: 4.3 secs

Top speed: 176mph

CO2 G/KM: 272

MPG combined: 23.7

Jaguar F-Pace SVR: in pictures

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Jaguar is making classic tool kits for the E-Type again

Jaguar Classic E-type tool kit

For the first time in nearly 50 years, Jaguar Classic is putting the original E-Type tool kit back into production. The last time these were available new was when the final Series 2 E-Type was sold in 1971.

Original kits trade hands for as much as £5,000. Now, you can pick up a newly-manufactured set for £732 from Jaguar Classic. The kits are exact reproductions, with the team at Jaguar Classic making use of engineering records and drawings.

As well as being something you can buy on its own, the kit is also offered alongside a ‘reborn’ E-Type restoration.

Jaguar Classic E-type tool kit

All the spanners are sized for working on fittings the E-Type uses; the kit allows you do everything from checking your tyre pressures, to adjusting the handbrake, to greasing the hinges. Indeed, you could effectively dismantle your E-Type with these tools alone.

The kit includes the following:

  • Adjustable spanner
  • Tyre valve key
  • Pliers
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Points screwdriver
  • Feeler gauge
  • Three-piece screwdriver
  • Spanner ¾ x 7/8 AF
  • Spanner 9/16 x 5/8 AF
  • Spanner ½ x 7/16 AF

Jaguar Classic E-type tool kit

  • Spanner 11/32 x 3/8 AF
  • Box Spanner 7/16 x ½
  • Box Spanner 9/16 x 5/8
  • Box Spanner ¾ x 7/8
  • Sparking plug spanner
  • Tommy bars (one short, one long)
  • Valve timing gauge
  • Grease gun
  • Handbrake adjusting wrench
  • Brake bleed tin and tube

“The original E-Type tool kit has become a collector’s item thanks to its rarity and historic appeal”, said Dan Pink, director of Jaguar Classic.

“We’ve had customers across the world contact us about obtaining one, which is why we decided to manufacture the tool kits again to their original specification. It’s the perfect finishing touch for E-Type aficionados.”

You could own Bond villain’s Jaguar hypercar

James Bond spectre Jaguar sale

A Jaguar C-X75 prototype stunt car used in 2015 James Bond film Spectre is up for auction later this month. If you can drag yourself away from the Formula One action, it will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sale on 30 November.

While it looks like Jaguar’s mothballed hybrid hypercar of 2013, this is a very different beast underneath. The first of four prototype stunt cars, it features a WRC rally-spec spaceframe and a 492hp V8, rather than the Cosworth four-cylinder engine of the original.

It also has a hydraulic handbrake, for some sideways car chase theatrics, plus a bucket seat to keep the stunt driver held in properly.

James Bond spectre Jaguar sale

In the film, Mr Hinx, played by muscle-bound wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, pursued Daniel Craig’s 007 around Rome at the wheel of the big Jag. Craig, of course, was piloting his special Aston Martin DB10.

As well as the film, this car has also appeared for various promotions. Felipe Massa had some hot laps in it prior to the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix, for example.

The car has undergone a full inspection by its builders, Williams Advanced Engineering, while recent work includes an engine rebuild and new clutch.

James Bond spectre Jaguar sale

While the Jaguar is far from a finished article, it is a curious slice of movie history. Not to mention being devastatingly pretty.

How much can you expect to pay? It’s anyone’s guess; there’s not much of a precedent here. All will be revealed when the car crosses the block in Abu Dhabi.

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Royal Daimler with seats for the Queen’s corgis sells for £80,500

Queen's Daimler sells for £85,000

A Daimler Double Six bought new by the Queen in 1984 has sold for £80,500.

The luxury saloon, a royal custom order, was test-driven for 3,000 miles to ensure it was perfect before the Her Majesty took delivery. 

Queen's Daimler sells for £85,000

Special features included a bench seat in the back for HRH’s corgis, in place of the standard chairs. A blue convoy light was also carefully hidden near the rear-view mirror, so the car could be easily identified in case of an emergency. 

The Double-Six long-wheelbase, which was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, is finished in a very dark green, with tan leather and wood trim.

During its time at Buckingham Palace, it was regularly driven by the Queen herself. She used it for three years, but it stayed in the household until 1990, when it was sent back to Jaguar. It covered 29,000 miles in royal ownership. 

Queen's Daimler sells for £85,000

It remained in Jaguar’s custody until 2010, when it was sold to a private owner.

“This Daimler is quite literally fit for a Queen, having known to be regularly driven by Her Majesty herself when the car was new in the 1980s,” said Paul Darvill of RM Sotheby’s.

“To this day, the car remains in perfect condition, having been immaculately maintained by Jaguar at the factory after its royal tenure, up to when it came into the hands of the consignor in 2010 and carefully curated thereafter.”

Jaguar reveals Vision GT Coupe – all-electric super coupe for Gran Turismo

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe

Jaguar has joined the Vision Gran Turismo fray with its all-electric Vision GT Coupe. The marque describes it as the ultimate expression of Jaguar DNA, takeing inspiration from the C- and D-Type racers of the 1950s.

This is anything but a straight-six Le Mans racer, though. It packs 1,020hp courtesy of three electric motors, delivered to all four wheels. It can get to 62mph in under two seconds, and top out at over 200mph.

Of course, all of this ripsnorting performance is only accessible via the Gran Turismo racing game. It will be available to download for use on Gran Turismo Sport on the Playstation 4 by the end of November.

Don’t think that electric powertrain jars with Jaguar’s racing history, however. The days of straight sixes and V12s are long behind the British marque. Today, it runs electric racers in Formula E and the I-Pace eTrophy. The Vision GT Coupe pulls from all corners of Jaguar history.

Designing the ultimate Jaguar for Gran Turismo

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe

The beauty of the Vision Gran Turismo project is, of course, that certain restraints you might encounter in the real world as a car designer don’t exist. The limits are the imagination of the designers. 

There are elements of many of Jaguar’s timeless classics. From fenders inspired by the C-type, to a cabin that calls back to the Lightweight E-type.

There are even elements taken from more stately cars from Jaguar’s past. The rear haunches are inspired by the 1968 XJ, but carry charging sockets. We see bits of XJ13, XJR15, and even the stillborn C-X75 supercar. Dare we say, a bit of next-gen F-Type?

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe

“This was the dream project for a car designer, creating a futuristic sports car for Gran Turismo means our designs and ideas could be truly limitless,” said Oliver Cattell-Ford, Exterior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design.

“It has to excite future generations and most importantly, look and feel unmistakably Jaguar.”

“The team have done an incredible job in creating something which is clearly identifiable as a Jaguar, inspired – but not constrained – by our iconic past,” added Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director.

Inside the Jaguar Vision GT – meet ‘KITT-E’

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe

KITT-E – we see what they did there. The AI system that’s featured in the Vision GT Coupe’s cabin isn’t just an excuse for a play on words. It’s designed to be an interface with the driver, for the hum-drum of what’s displayed, including vehicle data and maps.

It’s also supposed to ‘interface between the driver and machine to enhance the emotional connection with the car’. It joins other futuristic tech like hologram displays and augmented reality.

The cabin is familiar-futuristic. It carries on the wrap-around driver-focused feel that Jaguar sports cars from the C-type, all the way to the F-Type, have featured.

Power of an I-Pace, voice of a D-type

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupe

In spite of being powered by electrons, the Vision GT Coupe will sound like Jaguar legends of old. The team responsible for developing the sound of the I-Pace, have taken brand new recordings of the 1957 Le Mans podium-finisher. The sound of its straight-six is woven into the artificial futuristic sound.

“We are delighted to today announce the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo project,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo creator, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. 

“It was a great experience for us to work with Julian Thomson who is the new design director now at Jaguar. The design and performance of this car is a result of the team’s skill, craftmanship, and long years of collaborations together. We look forward to having drivers get behind the wheel next month.”

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Jaguar I-Pace is the new Nurburgring eTaxi

Jaguar Nurburgring taxi

The all-electric I-Pace is to be put to work at one of the most formidable automotive proving grounds as Jaguar’s new race eTaxi experience car.

Far from leaving the Nurburgring behind in the development phase of its life, the I-Pace is back at the ‘Green Hell’. It’ll be used to ferry punters around the ‘Ring at near-race pace by expert drivers.

Jaguar Nurburgring taxi

Jaguar’s rapport with the German circuit is strong: it holds the four-door lap record, with a 7-minute 23-second time, set by the XE SV Project 8. P8s were also used for the Race Taxi experience last year. Though a quick car, we doubt the 400hp I-Pace eTaxi will be gnashing at the Project 8’s heels just yet. 

The Porsche Taycan recently set an all-electric production car record of 7-minutes 42-seconds, as a demonstration of the repeatability of its performance. Though the Jag is unlikely to beat that either, you don’t have to break records to prove endurance. The I-Pace will have its work cut out, regardless of whether the stopwatch is running. Putting the I-Pace to work at the Nurburgring with paying customers is an impressive vote of confidence.

Jaguar Nurburgring taxi

Of course, Jaguar’s no stranger to the abuse of battery-powered vehicles. The racing I-Pace eTrophy is a one-make series for track-only variants of the electric SUV, while Jag is also a big name on the Formula E grid.

If you want to see how the I-Pace handles the Nurburgring, you can book a ride for yourself. They’re available up until the end of November, and are available to book now.

Classic Jaguar converted to electric power: yours for £350k

Lunaz electrified classics

A new company aims to modify classic cars with 21st century electric power. The first car to get the silent treatment? A 1950s Jaguar XK120, and there are more to come.

Lunaz has pooled expertise from F1 racing, as well as high-end marques including Aston Martin and Ferrari, to develop new electric tech for classic cars. Its goal is to ‘answer questions of reliability, usability and sustainability with classic cars restored and converted to electric powertrains’. The project is overseen by former Renault F1 technical director, Jon Hilton. 

“The Lunaz solution takes cars that are under threat and gives them new purpose,” said Hilton. “These cars will be true to the original in their aesthetic, peerless in their performance and effortless in their day-to-day use. To breathe new life into these classics represents vital engineering in the purest sense.” 

Lunaz electrified classics

As for power? Well, this Jaguar now offers 380hp and 516lb ft of torque from an 80kWh battery.

Every classic Lunaz electrifies will come with fast-charging capability and regenerative braking, so it’s a comprehensive job.

They also get some modern creature comforts, including traction control and cruise control. Of course, installation will be ‘sympathetic’ to the original car.

The restoration behind electrification

Lunaz electrified classics

It’s not just a case of fitting a classic car with an electric powertrain. The cars themselves are restored to ‘better-than-new’ condition, with a price tag to match. Expect to pay upwards of £350,000, depending on the original car.

What comes next? Well, a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Rolls-Royce Cloud are going through a similar process, and will soonjoin the Jaguar in the line-up. Beyond that? Watch this space…

Opinion: is electrifying classic cars wrong?

Lunaz electrified classics

There is a lot to be said for originality in classic cars, but consider this: children today, and those yet to be born, will get ever-fewer chances to see these beautiful shapes on the road.

If modifying a classic means future generations take an interest, it gets a pass from us. Lunaz founder, David Lorenz, seems to agree:

“For Luna, my daughter, not to have access to a car like the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL when she is of driving age would be a tragedy. Without building Lunaz, this is the reality she faces.”

Lunaz electrified classics

Then there’s the added usability. The ease and reliability of electric powertrains means these once-temperamental historic cars become turn-key commuters. Perhaps Lorenz explains it best:

“I wanted a car like a 1953 Jaguar to be my daily-driver. Lunaz takes a history we all love and gives it a bright future. We are innovating to create cars that are usable, dynamic and stand as the ultimate drivers’ classics.

“I want to respond to the demands of those drawn to the beauty and romance of classic cars, but reject them because the current proposition doesn’t align with their sensibilities and lifestyle requirements. Lunaz provides these people the perfect solution; a beautiful but usable, sustainable and reliable electric classic.”

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Jag queens: Jaguar teams up with drag acts for charity

Jag-racing drag racers

Jaguar has partnered up with Attitude magazine to launch an online mini-series with ‘the world’s most fabulous drag queens’. The aim is to raise funds for LGBTQ+ charities.

The ‘Jag Queens’ will be going head to head, racing Jaguar I-Pace SUVs. The first face-off, between Courtney Act, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and The Vivienne, has already taken place. 

The contestants are racing a quarter-mile for the top prize of £10,000 for their chosen charity. Everyone’s a winner, though – the runner-up will be get £6,000, while the remaining contestants will each receive £2,000.

Jag-racing drag racers

Not to spoil things too much, but the race doesn’t sound like a close one.

“I can’t tell you the exhilaration I felt when I zoomed across the finish line, but then I realised you hadn’t even started,” said Courtney to The Vivienne. “You didn’t even get to drive the car…do you even have a licence?”

“I think I misunderstood when they said it was an electric car,” said The Vivienne. “I thought you could just get in and it just went. I have a license for some things, but not driving.”

Jag-racing drag racers

Hosted by Channel 4’s Drag SOS star, Cheddar Gorgeous, the next heat is due out on October 3 at 9am UK time. Taking part are Peppermint, also a RuPaul veteran, and Miss Tickle, a contestant on BBC Three’s forthcoming North East Premier Show Girl series.

The winner will be facing off against Courtney Act in the final heat for the overall win, due for broadcast October 7 at 9am.

The chosen charities are the Albert Kennedy Trust, Stonewall Community Foundation, Sahir House and Angle Trust. Fans can donate, with money being split equally between the four charities.

Jaguar I-Pace wants to redefine car

Jaguar wants to redefine the word ‘car’

Jaguar I-Pace wants to redefine carJaguar has submitted a formal application to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and Oxford Dictionaries to change the official online definition of the word ‘car’.

It wants the online definitions updated to include a reference to additional powertrains, including electric vehicles. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that it has launched the I-Pace all-electric SUV and is preparing to launch an electric version of the XJ saloon.

David Browne, head of Jaguar Land Rover’s naming committee, said: “A lot of time and thought is put into the name of any new vehicle or technology to ensure it is consumer friendly, so it’s surprising to see that the definition of the car is a little outdated.

“We are therefore inviting the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionaries to update its online classification to reflect the shift from traditional internal combustion engines towards more sustainable powertrains.”

Presently, the OED defines a ‘car’ as ‘a road vehicle powered by a motor (usually an internal combustion engine) designed to carry a driver and a small number of passengers, and usually having two front and two rear wheels, esp. for private, commercial, or leisure use.’

The Oxford Dictionaries definition is similar: ‘A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.’

Vroom vroom

Vroom vroom

Of course, there are other online definitions to consider. For example, the Urban Dictionary offers multiple definitions, including: ‘A people shell with four wheels’, ‘Something that goes vroom vroom’ and ‘Men’s best companion’.

There are a couple of others, but these aren’t necessarily safe for work.

Jaguar is asking people to “get behind the campaign” by using the hashtag #RedefineTheCar on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Now probably isn’t the time to point Jaguar in the direction of the Urban Dictionary’s top definition for ‘electric car’.

‘Yet another marketing scam to disguise something as environmentally friendly when it really isn’t.’ #scam #electric #car #emission #fossil

Oh.

New Jaguar website teaches you how to drive electric

Jaguar I-Pace range calculator

Jaguar reckons the all-electric I-Pace could fit in with your life. And the company’s new online range calculator can help you refine your driving style to best an electric car.

The website shows how different conditions, driving styles and environments can impact your driving range, for better or worse.

Teaching you to drive again

Jaguar I-Pace range calculator

Four categories can be selected to show the effects on driving range: interior climate, extreme temperatures, driving style and driving conditions.

Driving style is where Jaguar particularly wants to re-educate us. ‘One of the biggest impacts on range is the driver’, the site reads.

‘Frequent, heavy acceleration will have a detrimental impact on the car’s state of charge, whereas travelling at a steady pace will help an electric car preserve range. Gradual acceleration can also reduce your reliance on hard braking which consumes more energy than gentle braking.

‘Travelling at a steady pace will help an electric car preserve range.’

Jaguar I-Pace versus the motorway

Jaguar I-Pace range calculator

In terms of driving profile, you can select from Urban, Motorway and Combined. They have respective average speeds of 17mph, 59mph and 29mph. Other factors you can change are climate control use, outside temperature and which alloy wheel size you have.

Urban is what the calculator seems to think is the best for the Jaguar, with 300 miles range estimated if other factors are optimal. On the motorway, with everything else exactly the same, that drops to 202 miles, while combined it sits at 258 miles.

This is all at an optimum temperature of 25 degrees centigrade, without any climate control on and with the small eco-friendly 18-inch wheels. Turn the AC on and you lose over 50 miles from that 300-mile urban range.

Likewise, if you upgrade to 20-inch wheels, you lose 20 miles – or 32 miles if you go for the 22-inch wheels. The wheels make less of a difference to the motorway range, but still take it below 200 miles, as does use of climate control.

Jaguar I-Pace versus cold weather

As for how different temperatures affect range, the I-Pace takes a blow in cold weather. That 202-mile motorway range at 25deg C drops to 197 miles at 20deg C, 187 miles at 10deg C and 173 miles at 0deg C.

In urban driving, the drop is even worse. A 300-mile range at 25deg C goes to 244 miles at 0deg C.

In short, if you want that headline 292-mile WLTP-certified figure, it had better be a perfect summer’s day…

Go I-Pace – does the car fit your life?

Jaguar I-Pace range calculator

The new Go I-Pace app is a clever thing, too. It follows your movements over the course of a week. It calculates how far you’re driving, how much battery would be used and what the savings would be if you switched to electric.

The app has logged over 35,000 journeys so far, showingthat as many as 87 percent could cover their weekly mileage with two full charges. And 52 percent of users would only need to charge the I-Pace once every seven days.

“The Go I-Pace app was designed to demonstrate how EV ownership can benefit drivers, particularly in understanding journey impact on range and how often they would need to plug in,” said Joanna Hewitt of Jaguar Land Rover.

“Looking at the data we have had so far, it is clear to see that not only is I-Pace ownership cost-effective, it is extremely convenient too.”