The XF and its performance-enhanced XFR sibling are Jaguar's midsize sports sedans. Reflecting these fuel-frugal times, there are two new powertrain options: a 3.0-liter supercharged 340-bhp V-6 and a 2.0-liter turbo 240-bhp inline-4. With either powerplant, an 8-speed automatic is part of this dieting program. For non-dieters, the R retains its 5.0-liter supercharged V-8.
The XJ and its extended-wheelbase XJL counterpart are styling leaders in their class—and they're the sportiest of these large luxury sedans as well. Also offering a frugality option, the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 teams with that high-efficiency 8-speed automatic. Last, 30 examples of the Jaguar XJ Ultimate will be offered in the U.S. Priced at $155,000, these come with scads of bespoke features: individually tailored rear seats, a business table back there with dual iPads—and a pair of champagne flutes to lubricate your business discussions.
The XK, XKR and XKR-S are the firm's sports/GT cars, each now available as Coupe or Convertible. These first two are available with a new Portfolio Pack, featuring even more leather and wood. Engines range from the XK's normally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 (385 bhp), through the XKR's supercharged version (510 bhp) to the XKR-S's 550-bhp tune of the latter.
The big news is Jaguar's return to a dedicated 2-seater, the F-Type. It's powered by the firm's new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 producing 380 bhp. This V-6, mounted in front and driving the rear wheels, exploits key technology from its V-8 sibling, including direct injection, variable valve timing and aluminum construction. Styling of the car, seen in prototype spy shots, evokes a heritage with earlier 2-seat Jaguars. But it also suggests lineage with the C-X16 Concept, except for being a convertible rather than a coupe. Though identified as a 2014 model, the F-Type will likely be introduced sometime in 2013.
In a sense, the C-X16 Concept is already a coupe precursor of the F-Type. A production version could follow quickly as an F-Type Coupe. The C-X75 continues as an advanced work in progress. Its aerodynamics, series-hybrid powertrain and carbon-fiber construction were jointly developed with Williams F1. While the turbine half of its hybrid propulsion is unlikely to make it past concept stage, the car's KERS could certainly see production.
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