Brabus’ sister tuning company Startech has revealed earlier this week an upgrade program for the gorgeous Jaguar XJ. The company as you know is specialized in tuning the Jaguar Land Rover brands and for this model they’ve installed a new set of huge 21-inch rims, a bunch of subtle exterior aerodynamic tweaks and a couple of goodies inside the cabin.
Jaguar XJ by Startech
The front end of the XJ now has an attachment which fits the car’s standard bumper and gives it a much sportier look, with extended air-damps as well as built-in LED daytime running lights. According to the tuner, this modification brings performance benefit and it also helps diminish lift on the XJ’s front axle.
Jaguar XJ by Startech
Looking at the back of this Jaguar we find a rather subtle lip spoiler along with a diffuser with stainless steel mufflers. On the sides we notice the extended air gills for the front wings along with bigger wheel arches that provide the car with a more masculine look.
Jaguar XJ by Startech
Inside the cabin of this Jaguar XJ by Startech we find heated rear seats, front footwell lights, leather-trimmed center console and individual rear passenger lights. The tuner has also installed a brand new multimedia system that is based around an Apple iPad, along with a modem which allows the car to be connected to the Internet. The rear passengers also get electric tables which they can use with the bundled Bluetooth keyboards from Apple.
Jaguar XJ by Startech
As you would expect, the tuning program can be customized according to what the customer wants. The entire upgrade program costs somewhere around 8,000 pounds.
Jaguar has launched a new campaign to promote its lineup and it emphasizes on the power and beauty of the cars. Whether it is the XF, XJ or the XKR-S, these three cars manage to offer the perfect blend between a proper sports car and a luxury vehicle that has just about all of the features that you’d want, all wrapped around in a very attractive styling.
The 2012 Jaguar XF can now be ordered with a new 4-cylinder 2.2-liter engine that develops 187 hp (190 PS / 140 kW) and a peak torque of 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm). It’s linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that allows the vehicle to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). With this engine, the car can return 43.5 mpg (52.3 mpg UK or 5.4 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of only 149 g/km.
For the XJ model, the British automaker used an aluminum body architecture which makes the car 150 kg less heavy than its main rivals. It is available with a V6 3.0-liter diesel engine, a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 power unit that offers 385 hp and also with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 510 hp. With the diesel engine, the Jaguar XJ can return 40.1 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 184 g/km. The power is sent to the back wheels via the six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Back in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar unveiled the 2012 XKR-S Convertible which is powered by a supercharged V8 5.0-liter engine that churns 542 hp (550 PS / 405 kW) and a peak torque of 501 lb.-ft (680 Nm). The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and it enables the car to sprint to 62 mph in only 4.2 seconds, en route to a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).
The British automaker Jaguar revealed earlier this week a couple of option packs for its very beautiful and luxurious XJ model. The first one is called the Sport Pack and brings a bunch of visual upgrades inside and out, while the Speed Pack lifts the electronic speed limiter for the supercharged model, thus allowing the car to reach a top speed of 174 mph.
The Sport Back is available across the entire XJ range and includes an aerodynamic splitter located under the front bumper as well as an extended boot lip spoiler. The front grille gets a glossy black mesh finish, while the side vents and the lower air opening get the same treatment. Behind the massive 20-inch Venom alloys are red brake calipers.
Inside the cabin, this Sport Pack for the Jaguar XJ brings front seats which are upgraded to Performance versions, featuring softgrain leather, heavier bolstering and a wide array of adjustments. Other than that, it has a carbon fiber trim and stainless steel pedals that are engraved with the company’s name.
As for the Speed Pack, this is available only for the top-spec V8 supercharged 503 hp model where aside from eliminating the top speed limiter; it also brings a couple of aerodynamic tweaks.
The British automaker Jaguar revealed a few days ago that in less than two years the company will launch an all-wheel-drive version of its flagship model, the elegant XJ sedan. This launch will coincide with the model’s mid-cycle refresh and with this move the company hopes to boost sales in the northern U.S. (more…)
Usually tuning companies release their aftermarket packages with plenty of space in-between, but Wald International took a radically different approach and revealed not one but five new tuning projects.
The packages, all aimed at exclusive luxury sedans, are certain to make plenty of people excited. As such, BMW 7 Series, Infiniti M (Nissan Fuga in Japan), Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera and Rolls Royce Ghost owners should start saving up for when these packages will appear. Sadly though, the Japanese tuning group didn’t reveal any concrete details about what the kits will contain, but judging from these pics, new body kits as well as a few other cosmetic enhancements have all been added.
Hit the gallery below to see all of the modifications Wald International made to these luxury sedans.
New reports indicate that Jaguar is working and even has a fully-working prototype of an electric XJ sedan, which not only uses a motor connected to a battery pack, but also a range-extending engine which fills up the batteries as you drive along.
It seems that Jaguar is betting big on such types of technologies, and wants to create something that will truly be useful in day to day life, hence the generator, a 35 kW 1.3-liter three-cylinder unit created by Lotus with this specific goal in mind. The true power of the car will come from an electric motor though, capable of 145 kW (around 194 HP) of power and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Performance and emissions figures are quite impressive, as the electric XJ can go for 600 miles, uses just 57 mpg, emits under 120 g/km of CO2 and has a top speed of 112 mph. According to inside sources, the removal of the conventional powertrain has drastically lowered the weight of the car and also improved handling.
This isn’t the first green outing for the current XJ, as the British brand also presented the XJ Limo Green Concept last year. Overall, the promise of such a Jag is pretty alluring. What do you think?
Jaguar is doing well under its new Indian ownership, Tata, and is thinking about a new model which will arrive next year. Judging by the recent release of the XJ luxury sedan, some voices said that the new car would be an XJ Coupe, which will rival the Mercedes-Benz CL Class.
But such a model would be a waste of money, according to some Jaguar sources, which revealed that the XJ Coupe wasn’t really talked about in a serious manner. The most likely model to appear from the British brand will be a new roadster (rendered above), under the C-Type name, which will rival cars like the BMW Z4, Audi TT or Mercedes-Benz SLK.
But even though design and manufacturing won’t be a problem (thanks to the many rupees from Tata), Jag still has to work out what engine it will place under the bonnet of the roadster, as its newest unit is a big, naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8. According to the guys at Inside Line, the engineers might resort to cutting a couple of cylinders from the aforementioned unit, and ask former owner Ford to borrow its EcoBoost technology, resulting in a turbocharged V6 unit, more than befitting of a roadster.
Most of these things are rumors though, but a roadster from Jaguar will be arriving soon, and judging by the ascending trend of in terms of the quality, design and good engines, “ze Germans” have reasons to worry.
Last night, at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London, the 2010 Jaguar XJ was officially revealed, during an event hosted by Jay Leno. And oh boy, it looks amazing. Following the acclaimed XF, Jaguar’s new flagship’s design is a mixture of sporty and elegance, with a very aggressive front part and a very stylish rear part. Jaguar Cars Managing Director, Mike O’Driscoll, commented: “These are truly exciting times for us at Jaguar. The new XJ is truly beautiful, exhilarating to drive, and with its bold, enlightened approach to design, it meets the challenges of our fast-changing world. It re-imagines the ultimate sporting luxury car.”
Beside an innovative panoramic roof which enhances the feeling of light and space inside, the new XJ’s interior features a choice of colors, veneers and leathers which the British carmaker says it has never been seen before in a Jaguar. Customers will be able to choose between five trim levels, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, Supercharged and top-of-the-line Supersport, which includes leather roof-lining, , semi-aniline leather seats and veneers with laser inlays. Interior highlights include 1200W Bowers&Wilkins audio system, 12.3 inch high-definition Virtual Instruments and Dual-View technology 8-inch touchscreen that can project DVD movies or TV programmes to the passenger while the driver views vehicle info or the satellite navigation.
Under the hood, the 2010 Jaguar XJ will come with the company’s ultra-efficient Gen III petrol and diesel engines, including the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 and a 470 horsepower version of the latter one. According to Jaguar, the diesel-powered XJ returns combined economy figures of 40.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 184g/km.
The all-new XJ is available to order now (dependent on market), with the first customers due to receive their cars in early 2010. Prices start at £52,500 for the standard wheelbase 3.0-litre V6 Diesel Luxury and go all the way up to £88,000 for the long wheelbase 5.0 s/c V8 Petrol Supersport.
So, what do you think, will the new XJ be able to compete its German rivals from BMW, Mercedes or Audi? It’s too early to say, but judding from what we have so far, it will probably be a tough competitor in the market.
Last week, speaking at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, Jaguar’s Managing Director Mike O’Driscoll released the first details about their upcoming Jaguar XJ, which is set to be unveiled this summer in London, on July 9th. According to Mr. O’Driscoll, the new XJ will feature the next generation of Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminium body architecture, together with a range of new ultra-efficient Gen III petrol and diesel powerplants, including the 510 hp supercharged V8 engine. Also, the new XK will be available in standard or long wheelbase. More details will be unveiled closer to debut, but Jaguar promises the new XJ will feature the “highest standards of personal luxury and specification”. For those interested in the new model, Jaguar has also put up a special microsite for the new XJ (click here).
German tuner Arden announced a new addition to their range of accessories for the Jaguar XJ 358, which include a front-end conversion and a sporty rear diffuser. The front part has received two new spoiler lips installed under the fog lights, LED daytime running lights integrated into the air inlets and a newly designed central stainless steel grille. At the rear, Arden installed a new diffuser which, beside looking good also has an important part in increasing downforce to generate additional grip for a more sporty and safe driving.
Other features of the Arden AJ14 Noble Cat are the “Zelem One” wheels, a rear muffler that fits into the rear diffuser and several interior upgrades, including stainless steel pedals wearing the Arden logo.
Jaguar has announced that the 2009 Jaguar XJ will be revised, the British company looking for ways to increase their sales through these tough times. There are no new features available for the Jag, instead what they did was try and attract new customers by offering more equipment for the same amount of money. The update is available for the 2.7 liter diesel versions and it includes satellite navigation, front and rear parking aids, Bi-xenon headlamps, bright mes lower grille and side vents, plus Jaguar tread plates, which will all come as standard for the Executive version, priced at £44,599 in the UK. The Sovereign version will also be updated, with 20 inch Takoba wheels, 16/16 soft grain leather seats with embossed front headrests, leather for the instrument panel and grab handles and Jaguar tread plates. The XJ Sovereign will be priced at £50,472.
At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar XJ Portfolio special edition will make its world debut. This limited luxury special edition will feature lightweight advanced aluminum construction, Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a self-leveling air suspension, unique exterior styling (including Celestial Black or Astral Gold paint colors, bespoke 20 inch Selena alloy wheels with red Jaguar ‘Heritage’ badge, chrome mirror caps and Portfolio trunk lid signature badge).
The interior will feature a blend of high-quality, luxurious materials and top of the line technologies, like individually heated and cooled front seats, 7-inch touchscreen, Jaguar premium sound system, dual-zone climate control systems, JaguarVoiceTM, Adaptive Cruise Control and rear multimedia system with DVD player and twin display screens.
In the United States, the Jaguar XJ Portfolio will be offered with the 400 hp 4.2 liter V8 supercharged powerplant or with the naturally aspirated V8 engine. Jaguar already started taking orders for the limited edition XJ and first cars will be delivered this summer.
Check out a complete photo gallery and the full press release after the jump.