Students at the Royal College of Art (RCA) working in conjunction with Jaguar’s Advanced Design studio have today unveiled a large hunk of metal that was inspired by Jaguar’s current design direction.
The sculpture was chosen from nine different proposals submitted by RCA students to Jaguar Advanced Design. The winning artists were Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller. The installation was revealed at the opening of the Clerkenwell Design Week in London, which runs from 21-23 May (apparently a week in London only amounts to three days).
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This year, as you’ve probably noticed from all the teasers, rumors, spy shots and leaks, the most important release for Mercedes-Benz was the new S-Class. It was so important that Mercedes chose to reveal it with a big bang at the Airbus A380 delivery center.
But this article isn’t really about the new model, instead it explores the German luxury triumvirate, revealing its impact on the automotive industry as a whole, and briefly touching on a particularly interesting and innovative segment. Continue reading ‘Teutonic Wars: Luxury Arms Race’ »
Autocar is currently reporting that a high-performance version of the Jaguar F-Type is being considered for production. If the rumors are to be believed then the F-Type GT could conceivably come equipped with a 600 horsepower supercharged V8. Eclipsing the most powerful version of the XK, the XKR-S GT in the process.
If Jaguar were to green light an F-Type GT model, it would only be sold in very limited numbers, possibly no more than 50. Jaguar sees these high-performance, low-volume sports cars primarily as test beds for new technologies which will filter down into the next generation of cars. Not as mass-produced vehicles which will bring in major revenues for the company.
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Jaguar’s recent introduction of the legendary E-Type’s successor in the form of the F-Type sparks a question lots of people have asked before. Which other models from the company’s rich past might be reintroduced? Indian designer Mudit Gupta from the International School of Design in Pune, India thinks he has the answer in the form of a D-Type-inspired concept. Although it’s a little more complicated than that as the concept was inspired by a number of other classic Jags. But it’s the D-Type that really shows through.
The Jaguar XK-I concept (the “I” stands for Image) was developed during Gupta’s internship at Tata Elxsi under the guidance of design director Nick Talbot. The strictly single-seat XK-I looks to have been designed with the race track in mind. It’s bulging, muscular wheel arches are emphasised by the car’s extremely narrow waist and low-slung body. At the rear is a distinctive off-centre fin which characterised the D-Type racers.
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Jaguar decided to make a big splash at this year’s New York Auto Show by revealing not one, but two high-performance models. We’ve already seen the hardcore XKR-S GT, but for those who like a little luxury to go with their performance, the XJR should be just the ticket.
With a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft (680Nm) of torque, the XJR is the most focused, agile and responsive Jaguar XJ ever made. It’s capable of sprinting from zero to 60mph in 4.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 174mph (280km/h). An eight-speed automatic transmission, with a bespoke setup for the car, offers optimal acceleration throughout the speed and rev ranges while still retaining a civilised character for city driving.
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Jaguar is rapidly running out of consonants for their ever expanding high-performance XK models . First their was the XK, then came the inevitable XKR, then they upped the ante with the XKR-S, and now they’ve unveiled the XKR-S GT. The XKR-S GT was developed by the company’s ETO (Engineered to Order) division, and is the ultimate track-ready but road-legal version of the XK Coupe.
Production is said to be capped at just 30 cars, making the XKR-S GT the rarest ‘R’ badged Jaguar ever. The car is, unsurprisingly, based on the XKR-S, but gets a few additional upgrades designed to improve downforce and high-speed cornering stability.
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Later today, at the 2012 LA Auto Show, Jaguar will unveil the latest and greatest version of their XF model. The XFR-S is touted by the company as an “ultra high performance” sports sedan. It shares its engine with the XKR-S, and that means the driver has 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque just waiting for a prod from the right foot.
On the design front, Jaguar’s scribes haven’t made any attempt to hide the fact this is a bit of an animal. In fact from every angle it advertises its performance credentials; from the gaping air intakes up front, lowered stance, huge 20-inch wheels, and absurdly over-sized carbon fiber rear spoiler.
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Automotive themed watercraft. Lancia have done it, Mercedes have done it (twice), Porsche have tried it, and both the Veyron and the Corvette have also been re-imagined for the water. Well now Jaguar has joined the club and set their designers the task of designing a speedboat inspired by their cars. Simply called the “Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars” the vessel is a compact yet powerful three-seater which features a number of styling cues from a variety of classic Jags.
The Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars was presented at the launch of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design commented at the event: “The Concept Speedboat looks powerful. It follows, in so many ways, the idea of a traditional speedboat but with the sleek and fast characteristics that you would expect from a Jaguar Car.” He continued: “I hope our design inspires people to think about our products in a much broader sense, especially in lifestyle and enjoyment. I have always had a passion to create such an object and it seemed fitting that we relate this to a lifestyle vehicle such as the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. The two sit together perfectly.”
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Long rumored, often speculatively rendered, and once before making it to the concept stage (12 years ago!), the Jaguar F-Type has been on the horizon for what seems like an eternity. But now it’s here, uncamouflaged and ready for sale, next year. Built on an aluminium chassis, the F-Type is a strict two-seater. It’s smaller and more agile than the XK, and from launch it will come in three different models, the F-Type, the F-Type S and the F-Type V8 S. The three different trims equate to three different engines; a supercharged 340 horsepower 3.0 litre V6, a supercharged 380 horsepower 3.0 litre V6, and a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 which produces 495 horsepower. Initially the sole transmission option for the F-Type will be a ZF 8-speed semi-automatic.
Looks-wise the Jaguar F-Type is typically Jaguar, and there are many styling cues tying it to the brands other offerings. At the same time it’s got a slightly more youthful and dynamic look about it, which suits the car’s target market – one which is less concerned with getting golf clubs in the back than your average XK buyer.
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Jaguar made a small announcement today proclaiming that henceforth the XFR sports saloon would be optionally available with something called a “Speed Pack”. Thankfully the Jaguar XFR Speed Pack doesn’t just consist of a badge and some embossed logos here and there. It does actually add some extra speed to the British barn stormer.
The Speed Pack option centers around a more liberal speed limiter which sees the top speed rise from 155 mph to 174 mph. To compensate for the extra 19 mph the engine and 8-speed transmission have been recalibrated to take advantage of the increased potential. Jaguar haven’t yet released acceleration figures for the XFR Speed Pack so its unknown whether the changes affect the more crucial 0-60 mph times.
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