Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019

Why Jaguar’s first hypercar is cheap at £300,000

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019It may have set world records for top speed when new, but the Jaguar XJ220 is still something of a bargain when it came to prices paid at a recent auction.

At around £300,000, an XJ220 is clearly a substantial amount of money. However, in contrast to other high-performance machines from the 1990s, it appears relatively affordable.

It also represents a saving on the £470,000 paid by owners when the 549hp car first launched in 1992, following a troubled gestation period.  

Only 700 miles from new

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019Last month, we previewed the two Jaguar XJ220s featured at Silverstone Auctions’ British Marques sale, and now we know what the values were when the hammer fell.

Lot 429, a right-hand-drive car finished in Le Mans Blue, had spent most of its life being pampered in a Malaysian car collection. As a result, it had covered just 700 miles from new, and had recently undergone a substantial period of restoration with a renowned XJ220 specialist.

Buyers clearly appreciated the money that had been spent, and the low mileage, with the car selling for £337,500 to a UK-based buyer.

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019Lot 410, a left-hand-drive XJ220 wearing Spa Silver paintwork, had originally been delivered to a German buyer in 1997.

Although the car has been owned by six different people in the UK, it is now heading back to Europe after selling for £303,750 at the British Marques sale.

The unique Jaguar XJS-based Railton F29 Claremont, created by legendary designer William Towns, sold for slightly below its estimated price, with a final hammer value of £69,500.

Other classic Jaguars under the hammer

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019Run in association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, the British Marques sale also saw other Coventry products achieve respectable values.

A 1965 Jaguar E-Type, still wearing the original paintwork it left the factory with, managed £56,238. Another E-Type, a 1964 Series 1 version sold as a restoration project, sold for even more, at £69,750.

The same price was also paid for an immaculate Jaguar Mk2 3.8, which had covered just 8,725 miles since leaving the factory in 1962.

Other highlights included a 1954 XK120 Drophead Coupe sold at £68,583, plus a Jaguar C-Type recreation achieving £103,500.

Jaguar Classic builds David Gandy a bespoke XK120

David Gandy Jaguar XK120

David Gandy is quite a good looking chap. He also looks half-decent in a pair of M&S undies. And now, he’s has taken delivery of a bespoke Jaguar XK120.

Life must be pretty tough for the male model.

Having taken part in the Mille Miglia, Gandy commissioned Jaguar Classic to source and restore an XK120 for use in classic motorsport events. The result is a specification inspired by the original XK120 Lightweight.

The project started with the sourcing of a 1954 base car from California and finished after 11 months and 2,700 hours. Everything was completed at Jaguar Classic’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire.

Jaguar XK120 David Gandy

To make it race-ready, the team boosted the performance of the 3.4-litre straight-six engine from 180hp to 225hp and added a new exhaust system with dual pipes. Further upgrades include a racing-style four-speed gearbox, disc brakes with four-pot calipers at the front, and fully adjustable dampers.

Gandy – who is worth an estimated £12.5 million – has made a living out of looking good and once said that “anyone can have a body like mine, but it’s hard work”. Needless to say, the XK120’s body had to live up to Gandy’s high standards.

Which is why the bespoke XK120 is finished in solid black, made up of 13 litres and four coats of paint.  Also note the use of a flip-top fuel cap, plus twin aero screens, a tip of the hat to the XK120 Lightweight.

Jaguar Classic XK120 David Gandy

Inside, Jaguar Classic removed one of the batteries behind the driver’s seat to free up space for Gandy’s 6ft 2inch frame, while a smaller steering wheel has been used to free up legroom. The seats are finished in Aged Saddle tan leather with a bespoke lattice design.

David Gandy, said: “Having driven a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2014, I knew that I wanted to own one of these incredibly special cars. The team at Jaguar Classic have done such a remarkable job engineering this car and executing everything that I asked for and it was amazing to have such an in-depth involvement in its creation.”

Calum McKechnie, head of Jaguar Classic, said: “This unique XK120 showcases the expertise, skill and craftmanship that Jaguar Classic makes available for all of its customers. Not only were we able to bring this iconic sports car back to life mechanically, but the attention to detail and the bespoke design of the interior sets David’s car apart.”

Future Jaguars and Land Rovers could prevent coughs and sneezes

Jaguar Land Rover sneeze

Future Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models could stop the spread of colds and flu thanks to the use of ultraviolet light technology (UV-C).

UV-C is used within the medical industry for disinfecting water, filtering air and sterilising surfaces via wavelengths of light between 200-280 nanometers. Now, JLR believes that UV-C could be used within its air conditioning systems to stop bacteria and harmful viruses in their tracks.

Put simply, exposing the bugs to UV-C within the air-con breaks down the molecular structure of their DNA, neutralising them. Clean air is then released into the cabin.

According to JLR, the technology could even help in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover chief medical officer, said: “The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilise cars for administering preventative healthcare.”

“The implementation of individual wellbeing measures as part of our ‘tranquil sanctuary’ research promises to not only improve quality of life for our customers but in this case, offers clear advantages in reducing pathogen spread – protecting the overall population from the threat of disease; particularly as we move towards shared mobility solutions.”

Neutralising pathogens

Jaguar I-Pace

JLR is already actively seeking to neutralise pathogens in its latest air conditioning units, with the four-zone climate control and cabin air ionisation system using high voltage to create trillions of nano-sized negatively charged particles (ions) coated in water molecules.

These ions deactivate pathogens, forming larger particles that are removed from the air as they are brought back into the filter. As well as combating pathogens, the ions also act upon odour molecules and allergens in a similar way.

Dr Iley said: “In the colder months infections are spread more easily, it’s reassuring to know that in your car at least, you can be confident that harmful pathogens are being neutralised.”

The use of UV-C is just one part of JLR’s vision to create a so-called ‘tranquil sanctuary’ inside its vehicles. In the future, you can expect to emerge from your driverless car feeling energised, relaxed and free of bugs.

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…

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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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